It is hard to say how truth will impact a person, or for how long someone will faithfully follow the truth they have. All Christians want to believe they are known and accepted of God, forgiven by God, and loved by God. The difficulty happens when there is a difference of opinion between our flesh and His spirit.
Let’s look at a quick definition of God’s spirit:
(6) This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness, because the Spirit is truth.
The spirit of a person equals what they know and believe to be right and wrong and the wisdom to live it. God’s spirit for right and wrong is all true and accurate. His spirit existed before this world. In fact, it was in His spirit to create man and give him the tools needed to walk and live in all righteousness. God’’s spirit is the eternal spirit, mentioned in Hebrews 9:14:
(14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The sacrifice of Christ was God’s plan from the foundation of the world. The adoption of believing and obedient people, thru Christ, was also from the foundation of the world. All of the above came from that eternal spirit possessed by our heavenly Father.
The Book of Revelation is a step by step examination of the salvation of Zion and the eternal spirit being given to literal Israel. When the spirit of God comes in, that which was literal becomes spiritual, and life is in the spirit, not the flesh. It is the spirit that gives life, and life is to know the only true and living God. Receiving His spirit is to know Him and what He is all about.