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.
The Mark of the Holy Spirit
Just as Satan marks his followers with the mark of the beast, so also our Lord Jesus Christ seals you with the mark of the Holy Spirit (2Cor. 1:21, 22). Upon receiving the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ, He marks you as His own, so that in the day of Judgement as in John 3:19; Rev. 20:12-15, Our Lord Jesus Christ cannot say to you “I never knew you” as He warns us in Matt. 7:22, 23. The mark of the Holy Spirit is also called the circumcision of Christ (Col. 2:11).
In Gen. 17:11 God commanded Abraham: “And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.” This is circumcision of the flesh and is a mark of flesh from God upon His people, made by the hand of the people of Israel. Gen. 17:13 says: “…and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.”
Just like God put a mark of flesh on His people Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ marks you with a spiritual mark by His Holy Spirit. Thus, you become a spiritual Jew in Christ Jesus.
Rom. 2:28, 29 reads: “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
Receiving the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ happens when our Lord Jesus Christ comes and introduces His Holy Spirit to you. This is when our Lord Jesus Christ appears unto you in the Cloud of Heaven with the Glory of God and shines His Light of the Glory of God in your heart. You will then see Satan’s veil of death and deception that is over your heart lifted and opened up.
This veil of death over your soul being opened up is also known as the heavens being opened. (Ezek. 1:1; Matt. 3:16; Mark 1:10; Acts 7:56) This is the only way that you will be able to know the deference between the light of Satan and the Light of the Glory of God in the Holy Spirit. This is also how you are marked by our Lord Jesus Christ as His property.
Col. 2:10-12 says: “And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
Your baptism into Christ Jesus, together with the circumcision of the Holy Spirit completes your being born again into Christ Jesus. Thus, your old man (your soul) is made new (reborn) in Christ Jesus.
The Circumcision of Christ
Col. 2:11 reads: “In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ.”
The Mark of the Holy Spirit is also known as being spiritually circumcised with the circumcision of Christ. Just like Abraham and his descendants were marked through circumcision as the property of God, so also is the believer in Jesus Christ marked with a spiritual circumcision by the Holy Spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom. 2:28, 29 says: “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” By receiving the Holy Spirit, the believer in Christ becomes a spiritual Jew.
Eph. 2:11-13 says: “Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision (i.e. Israel) in the flesh made by hands; That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.”
Through the circumcision of the Holy Spirit, all the covenants of promise of deliverance and blessing from God unto Israel have become the property of you who believes in Jesus Christ, the Son of God (Gal. 3:13, 14).
Biblical Terms for Receiving the Holy Spirit
The following verses of scripture show the terms which the King James Bible uses to describe what it means to Receive the Holy Spirit, with Strong’s Greek definitions in parenthesis:
- Acts 2:4 – Filled with the Holy Ghost (to fill).
- Acts 10:44 – The Holy Ghost fell on them (embrace or seize).
- Acts 10:45 – The Holy Ghost was poured out (pour forth; bestow).
Acts 10:45 – The Gift of the Holy Ghost poured out (pour forth; bestow).
- Acts 10:47; 19:2 – Received the Holy Ghost (take or get hold of).
- Acts 1:5; 11:16 – Being baptized with the Holy Ghost (make fully wet).
- Acts 11:18 – Repentance unto life (compunction for guilt, including reformation; by implication reversal of decision)
- Acts 19:6 – The Holy Ghost came on them (come or go).
- 2 Cor. 4:6 – Shined in our hearts (beam or radiate brilliancy).
- Luke 1:35 – The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee. (Supervene – that is, to come after you).
- Luke 1:35 – The Power of the Highest shall overshadow thee (to cast a shade upon).
- In Acts 10:44-47; 19:2 the words: “fell”, “poured”, and “received” describe a similar incident to that in Acts 19:6 which use the word “came”.
- The word “received” is used in Acts 10:47 for the same incidents of Acts 10:44, 45 and Acts 11:15-18.
- In Acts 11:15 the word “fell” is used to describe the incident in Acts 2:4 where the word “filled “is used.
- Acts 11:16 refers to Acts 1:5 and also use the word “baptized” to describe the incidents in Acts 2:4; 10:45-47.
- Acts 11:18 refers to the whole incident of receiving the Holy Spirit as receiving “repentance unto Life”.
So, whether the Holy Ghost fall or come on you, or you receive the Holy Ghost, or you are filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit, or when God shine in your heart, or when the power of the Highest overshadow you, it is all one and the same.
Having received the Holy Spirit means that you have received:
- The Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:5; 11:16).
- Repentance unto life (Acts 11:18).
- The seal of the Spirit (2 Cor. 1:22; Eph. 1:13; 4:30).
- The anointing or unction (2 Cor. 1:21, 1John 2:20, 27).
- The gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:45).
- The promise of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:14)
- The earnest (that is, a pledge, a surety, or a guarantee) of the Spirit (2Cor. 1:22; 5:5; Eph. 1:14).
- Circumcision of the heart (Rom. 2:29).
- The circumcision of Christ (Col. 2:11).
- An inheritance with the saints in light (Acts 26:18; 1 Col. 1:12).
Luke 1:35 reads: “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee…”The word “overshadow” is translated from the Greek word “episkiazō” which means to envelop in a haze of brilliancy! When the Holy Spirit descends on you He engulfs you in His marvelous Light of the Glory of Jesus Christ.
The Power of the Holy Spirit is not a sensation or an emotion or an experience of goose bumps; it is an experience of the power and strength and of the Light of the Glory of God that raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Acts 1:8; Eph. 6:10). Any encounter with the Holy Spirit should leave you with the knowledge of the Glory of God.
Receiving the Mark of the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ will rid you of all ignorance about the Light of the Glory of God in Jesus Christ. 1Cor. 12:1 warns against ignorance about spiritual matters, as Satan will surely come and show himself unto you as the Holy Spirit of God in Jesus Christ (2Thess. 2:3, 4).
God bless and guide you.