Did we receive the Holy Spirit when we believed in the Lord? What did the Bible say about people who receive the Holy Spirit?
According to the Bible, some received the Holy Spirit sooner than others. For example, in Cornelius’ house, the Gentiles who were listening to the word for the first time, received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues (Acts 10:45). For others, they did not receive the Holy Spirit when they believed. For example, the Samaritans did not receive it even after they had received water baptism, not until Peter and John prayed and laid their hands on them. Paul was converted on his way to Damascus and believed in the Lord. Three days later, Ananias placed his hind on him and he was filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17). Several believers in Ephesus did not receive the Holy Spirit until Paul placed his hands on them. These are evidence that one does not necessarily receive the Holy Spirit as soon as he believes.
Jesus promises, “But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life” (Jn 4:14).
The Holy Spirit will also transform us and renew us (Tit 3:5). God says, ” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statues, and you will keep My judgments and do them” (Ezek 36:26-27). In other words, the Holy Spirit will empower us to overcome our weaknesses and give us the strength to abide by God’s commandments. The result is that we will grow in the likeness of the Lord: “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (2 Cor 3:18).
What are the steps believers experience when they receive the Holy Spirit?
- Receive the Holy Spirit – Manifesting (1 Cor 12:7): The Holy Spirit descends upon men and manifests in all kinds of gifts, as evidence of men’s initial contact with the Spirit. Like wind, rain and lightning, its descent can be felt. The external behaviour is speaking in tongues or interpreting tongues. The body may vibrate. Moved by the Spirit, one may sing, shed tears, rejoice, see visions, or be elevated.
- Receive the Holy Spirit – Entering (Gal 4:6): The Holy Spirit works within our hearts to renew a steadfast spirit within us. God said, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you.” (Ezek 36:26) Jesus said, “…becomes a fountain in him that wells up to eternal life.” “Streams of living water will flow from within.” After one receive the Holy Spirit, the heart becomes a spiritual spring, which flows to eternal life. It bears the fruit of the Holy Spirit and holds out the word of ‘ life (Phil 2:15-16).
- Receive the Holy Spirit – Indwelling (Jn 14:17): The Holy Spirit dwells in its temple, the human body (1 Cor 6:19). It is a deposit and a seal. As a deposit, it guarantees the heavenly inheritance. As a seal, it works as evidence of belonging to God. It dwells in us until the day of redemption.
- Receive the Holy Spirit – Transforming us into the Lord’s likeness (2 Cor 3:18): “We …are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory.” Renewal by the Holy Spirit is to transform us and renew us from within (Rom 12:2), until Christ is formed in us (Gal 4:19). “The new self is created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph 4:24) “He who unites himself with the lord is one with Him in Spirit.” (1 Cor 6:17) “…who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.” (Phil 3:21) “The perishable will become unperishable.” “…will be caught up …in the clouds ; to meet the Lord in the air.” (1Thess 4:17)
Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?
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