the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides with you and will be in you.
[John 14:17 NET]
Do not fail to mark these two stages in Christian life. The one is the Spirit’s work in us, the other is the Spirit’s personal coming to abide within us. All true Christians know the first, but few, it is to be feared, understand and receive the second. There is a great difference between my building a house and my going to reside in that house and make it my home. And there is a great difference between the Holy Spirit’s work in regenerating a soul the building of a house, and His coming to reside, abide and control in our innermost spirit and our whole life and being.
Have we received Him Himself not as our Guest, but as the Owner, Proprietor and Keeper of the temple He has built to be an habitation of God through the Spirit?
This is my wonderful story,
Christ to my heart has come,
Jesus the King of glory,
Finds in my heart a home.
I am so glad I received Him,
Jesus, my heart’s dear King,
I, who so often have grieved Him,
All to His feet would bring.