Is it possible for the Holy Spirit to live in a sinful, unholy vessel? It is not. God cannot under any circumstance dwell in an unclean vessel. That’s why when Adam committed just one sin, he forfeited the Spirit and died spiritually. Yet, we know God lives in us who have placed our trust in Jesus for our salvation. How can this be?
That’s because contrary to what most Christians believe, we are holy in God’s sight!
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, (Ephesians 1:4 NKJV)
And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. (I Corinthians 6:11 NKJV)
Here is an example to help you understand what God has done and why. You probably have seen people washing and sterilizing jars in boiling water. Why do they do this? They plan to put some type of food into them. And because of how they plan to use the jars, they sanitize the jars themselves to get rid of all bacteria. They do so to protect the food from contamination and spoiling.
This is what God has done with our spirits. The cross is God’s sanitizer. Because he desired to use our spirits as a “container” for the Holy Spirit, he himself took the steps required to cleanse us from all our sins. And by means of the blood, not boiling water, he sanitized our spirits once for all time, purifying our spirits of all sins and keeping them perfectly clean continually.
And every priest stands ministering daily and offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. (Hebrews 10:11-14 NKJV)
God, himself, has cleansed us and made us holy. Now that our spirits are sanitized, God has promised to sanitize our souls and our bodies as well.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. (I Thessalonians 5:23-24 NKJV)
Notice that it is God, himself, who will sanctify your soul and body as well.
Child of God, what is your part? Give him consent. Present your bodies. Believe he is faithful. Thank him for doing it. And then let him transform your attitudes and actions from the inside out as you believe.