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Does God give his Holy Spirit to everyone? Jesus provides the surprising answer in John 6:63. This video explains what happens at the moment of conception and the choice everyone is given: to live by the Spirit or the flesh — God’s life or our own agenda and beliefs about what is right and what is wrong — and why the flesh does not give us life.
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Does the Holy Spirit exist in everyone, everyone who ever lived? Does everyone have the Spirit of God? All across the planet, think of the most evildoing person. Think of that person in your life, in your family, somebody who has really deeply hurt you, somebody who’s far from the Lord. Does that person have the Spirit of God?
The surprising answer is yes — with a caveat.
In the Creed we say that the Holy Spirit is the Giver of Life. Therefore everyone who has been given life has been given it by the Holy Spirit…. But we have to choose between living the life of the Spirit and living the life of flesh. In other words, we have to choose between living the way God wants us to live, doing the words of Christ, first listening to the words of Christ, and coming to understand at least enough to act upon the words of Christ. That’s why He says here, the second part of verse 63, “The words I have spoken to you are spirit and life.”
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