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The 24 Doctrines of the Bible
The Gift of the Holy Spirit

John the Baptist prepared the world for a special Holy Ghost experience.

He said that Jesus would baptize people with the Holy Ghost and fire.

Luke 3:16
"John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:"

The Bible reveals three important aspects of the person of the Holy Spirit in the life of Jesus.
  1. Jesus received the anointing of the Holy Spirit in the Jordan River.

    Matthew 3:16
    "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:"

  2. Jesus demonstrated the power of the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 10:38
    "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him."

  3. Jesus promised His Disciples that they would also receive the Holy Spirit.

    John 14:16-17
    Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you."

Jesus revealed the value of a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

He promised that the Holy Spirit would be with us and in us -

He would convict us of sin, righteousness, judgment and guide us in all truth.

John 16:7-13
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."

Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would empower us.

This power enables us to be effective witnesses for Him.

Acts 1:8
"But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

This Holy Spirit Gift and Baptism would empower Christians to go out and do Godís work on earth. They were advised not to go out until they have received this power.

Acts 1:4
"Commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me."

This supernatural power imparted into our lives would enable us to do mighty things for the Kingdom of God.

This power would heal any sickness, solve any problem and supply any need.

Mark 16:17-18
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."

Jesus assured us that our experience of ministry would be very similar to His:

John 17:18
"As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world."

John 14:12
"He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;"

The important aspect of the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit
IS RECEIVING POWER!

To understand the Gift of the Holy Spirit in our lives we should consider five things:
  1. We need to consider how the Apostles received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

    Acts 2:1-4
    "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

    There were one hundred and twenty Christians, sitting and waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit. The heaven opened and God came down. The Holy Spirit entered the room like a rushing wind.

    First - tongues of fire came upon them and anointed them.

    Second - they spoke in Unknown Tongues.

    The Holy Spirit gave them the ability and words to speak. No one could understand what they were saying. The Greek word for tongues in Acts 2:4 is "glossais ". It means "a Heavenly language" that does not belong to this world.

    Later they spoke foreign dialects that people from different countries visiting Jerusalem could understand.

    Acts 2:6
    "Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language."

    The Greek word for "language" is "dialekto ". It means "a foreign earthly language."

    Paul clearly teaches that men can speak in both earthly and heavenly tongues.

    1 Corinthians 13:1
    "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels."

    The Holy Spirit empowered them and supernaturally used their tongue.

  2. We need to consider why the Holy Spirit supernaturally uses our tongue.

    He does this for three reasons:
    1. a. Speaking in tongues is a prayer language that only God understands. No one else including the devil can understand it.

      Romans 8:26
      "The Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."

      1 Corinthians 14:2
      "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."

      The Holy Spirit is the source of this heavenly language. He gives the words of this new language through the human spirit, to the mind of the believer to speak out. These words are not produced by our mind. They simply pass through the mind and we speak the words as the Holy Spirit gives them to us to speak.

      1 Corinthians 14:14
      "For if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is unfruitful."

      It is clear that the Holy Spirit gives the language and we speak the words.

      Acts 2:4
      "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."

      The words are spoken, one word at a time and sometimes they gush out like a mighty river. John 7:38
      "He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water."

      When someone speaks in Tongues the hearers hear very distinct words and sentences that are unique, beautiful and refreshing.

    2. We surrender our tongue to the Holy Ghost and He uses it to direct our lives.

      James 3:4-5
      "Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member."

      Proverbs 18:21
      "Death and life are in the power of the tongue:Ē

      It is evident that the Bible says that life and death are in the power of the tongue and by using our tongue, the Holy Spirit steers us and directs our life.

    3. The Holy Spirit uses our tongue to speak:
      • Prophecy
      • Preaching
      • Teaching
      • Wisdom and
      • Knowledge

  3. We need to consider what happened after the day of Pentecost?

    Thousands who witnessed the outpouring of the Holy Spirit desperately wanted it. Peter said:

    Acts 2:38
    "Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

    He clearly outlined the two steps people needed to take to receive this Gift of the Holy Ghost.

    1. They needed to repent of their sins and be saved.

    2. They needed to be baptized by water baptism.

    He also clearly said that this promise was to every Christian the Lord Jesus Christ would ever call, including those living in the last days.

    Acts 2:39
    "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the LORD our God shall call."

    Here are examples of Believers receiving the Gift of the Holy Spirit after Pentecost. Acts 10:44-46
    "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God."

    Acts 19:1-6
    "Paul having passed through the upper coasts ... said unto them, have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

  4. We need to consider the Gift and Sealing of the Holy Ghost as the assurance of our Inheritance.

    Ephesians 1:13-14
    "In whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise which is the earnest of our inheritance."

    The word "earnest" means "down payment or security deposit".

    After this initial experience, Christians may experience many other glorious things the Lord has prepared for them.

    1 Corinthians 2:9-10
    "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit."

  5. We need to consider the Gift of the Holy Spirit that causes us to profit in all aspects of life.

    1 Corinthians 12:7
    "The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."

    • Our spirit profits
    • Our mind profits
    • Our emotions profit
    • Our will profits
    • Our body profits
    • Our life profits

    We are a Temple of the Holy Ghost full of His presence and glory.

    1 Corinthians 6:19
    "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"
How does one receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit?

There are six things to consider when preparing to receive this Gift:
  1. The gift of the Holy Ghost is promised to us and it cannot be earned.

    Acts 2:38-39
    "Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you."

  2. We must have a thirst for this Gift.

    John 7:37
    "Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink."

  3. We must ask God the Father for the Gift.

    Luke 11:13
    "How much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

  4. We receive this Gift by faith.

    Galatians 3:5
    "He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"

    By faith we believe that God will keep His promise and give us the wonderful Gift of the Holy Ghost.

    We inherit all Godís promises by faith and patience.

    Hebrews 6:12
    "Who through faith and patience inherit the promises."

  5. We receive this Gift by the laying on of hands.

    Acts 19:6
    "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them;"

    An anointed Servant of God lays hands upon someone who wants to receive. The Holy Spirit then comes upon them with fire and power. At times this anointing can be so strong that they fall down. When we receive this gift we open our mouths and speak Heavenly Languages. These words come from our spirit, through our mind and we speak the words by faith, even though we don't understand what we are saying.

    2 Samuel 23:2
    "The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue."

  6. We must continue to do three things after receiving this Gift of the Holy Ghost:

  7. Value the Gift that we have received and continue to exercise it.

    Hebrews 6:4
    "Have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost."

  8. Continue to be filled with the Holy Ghost over and over again.

    Ephesians 5:18
    "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;"

    Someone who loves drinking wine continues to do so and it eventually may become habit forming and addictive. The use of lots of wine causes people to become drunk and behave uninhibited. Likewise we must be filled each day with the new wine of the Holy Spirit and come under His influence. When people are intoxicated they laugh, are happy and carefree. That is how the Holy Spirit wants us to be. He fills us with joy.

  9. Edify ourselves with this wonderful gift.

    1 Corinthians 14:4
    "He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself."
The Gift of the Holy Ghost edifies and builds us up spiritually. It strengthens and blesses everyone around us. It also creates a desire in others to want what they see we have.

Let us remember two things:
  1. The Gift of the Holy Spirit causes no confusion and is always decent and orderly.

    1 Corinthians 14:39-40
    "Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues. Let all things be done decently and in order."

  2. We must never grieve or hinder the Holy Spirit in any way.

    Ephesians 4:30
    "And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

    1 Thessalonians 5:19
    "Quench not the Spirit."


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