Galatians 5:21 – I forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
As we think about our relationship with the Holy Spirit, it should lead us to His nature. We know He is holy. We know He is spirit. Christ has given each believer His “holy” nature. In the early church, there were those who embraced forgiveness and eternal life, but who had not been fully converted. They did not understand that God, in the power of His Spirit, was raising up a new kind of man in the earth. Those born of the Spirit are now holy and not continuing to practice the base nature of the flesh.
The apostle John said, “No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him” (1 John 3:6). This is a pretty difficult Scripture to understand in the light of the normal battling of the flesh. John is saying, if you abide in Him, you no longer practice the habit of sin. Your nature no longer is a “sinful nature” controlling you. We have received His nature that should be dominant in how we conduct ourselves. If we insist on making a habit of continuing to practice sin, it is evident we have not truly seen the Lord and certainly do not know Him.
Entering into the kingdom of God is not exclusively some future event, but it begins now, by entering into His life under His authority. This is evidenced by the fact that our life is to be lived under the control of the Spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Jesus only lived to do the will of the Father. He demonstrated a kingdom of God walk throughout His entire life, even by His death on the cross. Heaven becomes the end of the journey which ends at His Throne. It is there at the Throne “we will all appear” (2 Corinthians 5:10). There we will give Him an account of our life and the works done. Repentance and forgiveness bring us to the Throne. Kingdom work brings rewards from Him. When all is said and done, only Jesus stands worthy to receive all the praise, honor, and glory.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you any practices of the flesh that are hindering you from entering fully into His kingdom. Repent, and forsake any such practices. Ask the Lord to fill you with His Holy Spirit to help you in yielding to His Kingly rule.