. Christ had commanded it (Matthew 28:18–20) and the church practiced it. In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. 2 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. It is the Spirit who distributes gifts from God “for the common good” of church communities (1 Corinthians 12:7–11). This shows how difficult it is to establish a norm from the way things happened back then. Nov 11, 2017 - Explore Paul Auyeung's board "Receiving the Holy Spirit" on Pinterest. The Holy Ghost teaches the peaceable things of the kingdom, D&C 36:2 . I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized in water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit.’ If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us, when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I should withstand God?”. That’s why Jesus spoke of the Holy Spirit in personal terms (notice the pronoun he throughout): The Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. He … The Holy Spirit is given to us so that, with him dwelling in us, we are able to fellowship with the Father and the Son. But the great advantage to us of the Helper’s coming is that in him we are given the unspeakable gift of experiencing God in all the ways listed above (which are not scripturally exhaustive). He spoke personally to me. The Holy Spirit is given to us so that, with him dwelling in us, we are able to fellowship with the Father and the Son. We must “receive the word.” Verse 41: “So those who received his word were baptized.” Receiving the Word means that it becomes part of you so that you trust the Christ it presents. When we’re tempted to cynically question the strangeness of it all, it’s helpful to remember that we find all of reality strange the deeper we delve into it. He was not simply the force or power of God, but God himself. First, the word of the gospel is received by faith. (John 14:26). Scripture clearly indicates that believers are indwelled with the Holy Spirit—that is, the Holy Spirit moves into their hearts—at the moment of … Your Baptism in the Holy Spirit is received by faith. . In fact, Scripture also says that the believer is the dwelling place of all three Persons of the Trinity. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. The Spirit’s primary work is to show us the unique glory the Father receives from the Son and the Son from the Father in the plan of salvation (John 17:1–5). The really valuable contribution of the Charismatic renewal is their relentless emphasis on the truth that receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit is a real, life-changing experience. From Scripture we learn that the Holy Spirit is God. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 5. In this chapter we will learn what the gift of the Holy Ghost is and how we can receive this great gift from God. Peter has preached that in God’s plan Jesus was crucified, raised, and exalted as Lord over all the universe and that forgiveness of sin and spiritual renewal can be had from him. Pentecostals argue that since baptism in the Spirit happened these four times with speaking in tongues, we should regard this as normative. Paul simply calls it “the fellowship of the Holy Spirit” (2 Corinthians 13:14). Paul finds in Ephesus some disciples of John the Baptist who had never heard of the Holy Spirit. God initiates it by enabling us to believe (Ephesians 2:8–9; 2 Timothy 2:25; John 1:13). But we have done wrong in limiting Paul’s understanding of the baptism in the Holy Spirit to this initial, subconscious divine act in conversion and then forcing all of Luke’s theology in Acts into that little mold. 2. The NASB correctly says in verse 17 that God gave the Holy Spirit after they believed. If ye receive not the Spirit, ye shall not teach, D&C 42:14. . “You will be baptized with the Holy Spirit . But that’s not all. It seems to me that Luke leaves wide open the possibility that the Holy Spirit might fall upon a person with revolutionizing power over sin and power for witnessing and power in worship and yet not with tongues. This is why Paul can say in Acts 19:2 when he meets the confused disciples of John the Baptist, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” What would a contemporary Protestant evangelical say in response to that question? Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. In fact, most of my messages are just that — descriptions of the experience of the Spirit of God in the life of the believer. But this regenerating work of God’s Spirit is not the limit of what Peter means by baptism in the Spirit. The collective human genius still does not understand things like gravity, human consciousness, and even what matter is at the subatomic levels — things we experience all the time. (Whether or not a Christian should seek to speak in tongues is another issue that we are working on in the evening. It turns out, the most important things in life are not simple. And having said this, He breathed on them and He says to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. He reassured them of who he was and spoke peace to their troubled, disoriented hearts (Luke 24:33–43; John 20:19–21). You don’t have to speak in tongues in order to have the Holy Spirit in you. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Let’s walk with them through the book of Acts to see where they get their evidence. The Holy Ghost beareth record of the Father … The baptism in the Spirit is an experience of the Spirit given after faith to faith. It is easy to imagine a spiritual counselor saying to a new convert today, “Don’t expect to notice any difference. We could talk for hours about what that experience is. I’ve offered an explanation elsewhere why the Helper’s coming necessitated Jesus’s absence. A Christian without power is a Christian who needs a baptism in the Holy Spirit. We’re on a mission to change that. New King James Version For they heard them speaking in tongues and extolling God.”. My scriptures on receiving the holy spirit and keeps them, and they were meeting was shaken said, I... 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