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What about Romans 8:9?

Submitted: 1/20/2008
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Question: What then does the scripture mean when it says in Romans 8:9...But ye are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his' Second, can we be saved without speaking in tongues? If that is the evidence that the Spirit is in us, without it are we saved?

Answer: Romans 8:9 tells us that we must be filled with the Holy Spirit and we must submit to the Spirit. In other words, receiving the Spirit is the first step, but unless we yield to the on-going influence of the Spirit we do not belong to Jesus. The Spirit must 'dwell in us'; that is, we must let the Spirit live out its life through us. Romans 8:14 makes this same point using different words when it says, 'For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.'

The Bible provides only one way to know for sure that a person has received the gift of the Holy Spirit; that is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (see Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-4; Acts 10:44-48; and Acts 19:1-6). Jesus said a person must be born of both the water and the Spirit to enter the kingdom of God (John 3:5).