Receiving the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ
Receiving the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is a fundamental part of your Christian Faith. From the Bible we can learn that it is crucial that you receive the Holy Spirit as soon as you have accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into your life. The reason for this is so that you can tell the difference between the Light of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ and Satan’s light of the darkness.
If you have been a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God for some time now, and you have not received the Holy Spirit yet, then you can still receive the Holy Spirit. Therefore, it is also crucial that you:
- Know who the Holy Spirit is,
- How that the Holy Spirit works in the life of a believer in Jesus Christ the Son of God, and
- What exactly the requirements are for receiving the Holy Spirit.
In Acts 19:1-7 it is evident that a believer in Jesus Christ have to receive the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ, whether at baptism, or even after you have been baptised in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Acts 19:1-5 reads: “And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
The Name of the Holy Spirit
In Acts 19:1-5 it is evident that in order for you to receive the Holy Spirit of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ you have to be baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ; not in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost.
- The Name of The Father is Jesus Christ.
While Matt. 28:19 say: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” In John 5:43 the Master says: “I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive.”
Again, in John 10:30 He says: “I and my Father are one.”
John 10:25 reads: “Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.”
- The Name of the Holy Spirit is Jesus Christ.
John 14:26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Acts 19:6, 7 continues: “And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.”
You can only receive the Holy Spirit in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and not in the name of the “Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit”. 2Cor. 3:17 clearly says: “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” 2Cor. 3:17 tells us that our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is the Holy Spirit.
The laying on of Hands is not a requirement for receiving the Holy Spirit.
Acts 8:16, 17 reads: “For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.”
In this verse of Scripture we can see that the believers were baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ but only received the Holy Spirit after that the Disciples laid their hands on them.
There was no laying on of the hands with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:1-4. Also, in Acts 11:15 when the Apostle Peter started speaking, the Holy Spirit moved and fell on those present without any hands laid on anyone present. In Acts 11:15 the Apostle Peter says: “And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.”
Newness of Life
Rom. 6:4 says: “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” This ‘newness of life’ is life in the Light of the Glory of God.
This life in the Light of the Glory of God is life in the Holy of Holies. Heb. 10:19, 20 says: “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh.” This ‘newness of life’ is the life of your soul delivered from that veil of death over your soul and set free to dwell in the Light of the Glory of God in Christ Jesus.
Upon receiving the Holy Spirit of our resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Name of Jesus Christ, you also receive the knowledge of the Light of the Glory of God. Thus, you will be able to knowingly and freely access the Light of Eternal Life in the Glory of Jesus Christ.
This post continues with The Mark of the Holy Spirit
God Bless and Guide You.
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