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4. The Holy Spirit will develop Christ in us.
The Holy Spirit comes to reproduce the character of Jesus Christ within us and to make the Lordship of Christ a reality in every area and experience of our lives.
The apostle Paul often spoke of this particular work of the Spirit. He told the Galatians of his great hope that Christ might be formed in them (Galatians 4:19). He told the Roman Christians that it is God’s continuing purpose that we should be ‘conformed to the likeness of His Son’ (Romans 8: 29). He wrote to the Corinthians that the work of the Spirit is to change us day by day into the likeness of Christ. (2 Corinthians 3:18).
This is the distinct, unique work of the Holy Spirit. But you say “Doesn’t Christ already live in our hearts?” Yes He does. Then how can He be ‘formed within us’?
Let’s illustrate it like this: You know how a chicken develops in an egg. At first it is only a tiny speck within the egg. But given the