He gave us the Holy Spirit to set a seal on us, "For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God," Romans 8:14. I love verse 16-17, it says, "The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs-heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.
How do you suffer with him? Remember my friend, that the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, fear God and be spiritually minded; serve God according to the spirit of holiness, according to the righteousness requirement of the law, walking in the spirit and in newness of life. "Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body," Romans 8:23. Be fervent in spirit, "For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men,” Romans 14:18.
He gave us the Holy Spirit to help us please God, to help us pray, and that we may be established in the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, and so that we may serve God in newness of life, not in the oldness of the letter.
The writer to the Romans says,
"The law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit," Romans 8:2-4.
Those who live according to the Spirit condemn sin also wherever it appears, they set their minds on the things of the Spirit, and their aim is to please God, and abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
He gave us the Holy Spirit, who is busy now ministering to the Churches, and giving gifts to men. We have not the spirit of Christ if we are found to be always causing divisions in churches. "No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit," 1 John 4:12-13. It is very unspiritual for a believer to journey while divorced from the local assembly.
If you read well, in the book of Revelation, the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the Lord Almighty, when He rebuked the dead church, the loveless church, the corrupt church, the lukewarm and compromising church, He never said leave church, do not go to it. "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches," Revelation 3:22. He who teaches to act otherwise has the spirit of error.
John concludes, "We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error," 1 John 4:6.
Paul says, "Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them," Romans 16:17.