Receive the Holy Spirit! (3)

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There is more…

As Paul arrived at Ephesus on one of his journeys, he found some disciples there – followers of Jesus. Now, the fact that you are a disciple of Jesus means that you believe in Him, and to believe in Him you need the Holy Spirit reveal Him to you:

…no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:3)

The Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost to take the place of Jesus on earth, but since He doesn’t have a body, He lives in the followers of Jesus.

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever– the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)

It is safe to say that these disciples that Paul found at Ephesus had the Holy Spirit, yet Paul had a question for them: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (See Acts 19:2) They answered that they had never heard of Him. Although these disciples were saved, they needed some teaching. They had the Holy Spirit inside of them, but didn’t know it; they had the fountain that springs up into eternal life that Jesus spoke about in John 4:14, without knowing how it came to them.

The apostle found it necessary enough to teach them that there was more to be had. To be a disciple of Jesus is a wonderful experience, but there is more for the child of God. Paul asked them about their baptism, because they should at least have heard of the Holy Spirit when they were baptized, but they replied that they were baptized with the baptism of John the Baptist.

Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Acts 19:4-5)

It is true that your spirit is born again, but not your mind, and you have much to learn about this new life in Christ. Paul explained to them the baptism in the name of Jesus, and baptized them right away.

And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. (Acts 19:6)

Something happened to these men when Paul laid his hands on them as they spoke with tongues and prophesied – something they clearly had not done before. The Holy Spirit “came upon them” in a new and more abundant way. What these men had was good, but God had more for them, and Paul thought it was important for them to have it all.

If you are a disciple, a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, have you received the Holy Spirit? If not, be assured that there is more. Just as all twelve these men received the Holy Spirit, you can too, and enjoy the wonderful gifts that come with Him!

 

My soul is filled with boundless love
Whilst gazing on the precious blood
I catch the rays of Jesus’ face
Transfixed in me, the Throne of Grace
Wonders beyond the human mind.
Rushing into me, a Life Divine
I feel the power of the Holy Dove
And speak in tongues of things above
– Smith Wigglesworth

 

 

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