The Marks of the Spirit – Gospel in Life
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The Marks of the Spirit

Tim Keller |  July 7, 1991

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Topics:
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Repentance
  • Christian Living and Obedience
Duration:
48:43
Scripture:
Ephesians 5:18-21
SKU:
RS 220-04

Ephesians 5:18–21

Ephesians 5:18-21 talks about the deep idea of being filled with the Spirit. This goes beyond just knowing about God or trying to be good. It’s about having a personal, life-changing connection with Jesus. It reminds us that we need to practice spiritual habits like reading the Bible, praying, worshiping, taking part in sacraments, and spending time with other Christians to fully feel the Spirit’s presence. The Christian life is shown as a balance between saying sorry for our wrongs and living with faith, and making our actions match what the Spirit wants.

1. Understand that Christianity is not like other religions

While ethical systems and religions have similar values like truth, generosity, and purity, the special thing about Christianity is its focus on obeying God, not just being good or practical. Realizing how much harm and sadness sin causes can help us fight temptation better than just following rules. It’s key to say sorry to God for the right reasons, remembering God’s love and trustworthiness, and concentrate on the Savior instead of constantly thinking about our sins. At the same time, we should be aware of Satan’s tricks in making us believe wrong things about sin.

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