THE TRUTH ABOUT THE HOLY SPIRIT Introduction: "Have ye received the Holy Spirit when you believed

?" (Acts 19:2). If not, you need to receive a promise from God that is available to all who believe in Him, as the Scripture (John 7:38-39). Al l you have to do is repent, be baptized in the name of Jesus, and receive the gi ft of the Holy Spirit with the sign of speaking in tongues. What is the Holy Spi rit? The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God. This Spirit of God, which is the same Spirit that dwelt in Christ (John 14:17-18, Romans 8:9-10), and now may dwell w ithin the human body. "Know ye not that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit , which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" (I Corinthian s 6:19). "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" (I Corinthians 3:16). When the Holy Spirit makes its home insi de the human body, referred to as "receive the gift of" or "being baptized with the Holy Spirit" (Acts 10:47, 11:16-17). The purpose of the coming of the Spirit is to comfort and teach, "But the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father w ill send in My name, He shall teach you all things and will remind you all that I said unto you" (John 14:26). Accompanying fill-up of the Holy Spirit comes a h unger for the truth of the Word of God. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth a nd comes to lead and guide the believer into all truth (John 16:13). The gift of the Holy Spirit is a good gift from God. All who believe in the Lord Jesus Chri st, as Scripture says, should receive it (Luke 11:13, John 7: 38-39). The promis e of the Holy Spirit, "Peter replied, Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and receive the gift of th e Holy Spirit. Because the promise is unto you and to your children, and for all who are afar off, as the Lord our God shall call "(Acts 2:38-39). The Holy Spir it was first promised in the Old Testament, "And I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and prophesy your sons and your daughters, your old men shall dream d reams, your young men shall see visions, and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids pour out my Spirit in those days "(Joel 2:28-29). John the Baptist, t he forerunner of Jesus Christ, repeated the promise, "I indeed baptize you with water for repentance, but he that cometh after me, whose shoes I am not worthy t o bear is more powerful than me, he will baptize you Holy Spirit and fire "(Matt hew 3:11). In the fourteenth chapter of the book of John, Jesus promised his dis ciples that he would return to them after His ascension into heaven in the form of the Comforter, or Spirit of Truth, called the Holy Spirit. Earlier, Jesus had spoken of the promise as rivers of water running from the believer. "Whoever be lieves in me, as Scripture says, his heart will flow rivers of living water. Thi s Spirit said that they would receive those who believed in him, he still had no t come the Holy Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified "(John 7:38-39). In the book of Luke was registered security that Jesus gives us the Holy Spirit is a good gift of God, and He will give us greatly if we wish and seek. "And I say unto you, Ask, and ye shall receive, seek and find, knock and the door will open . For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." What father among you, if his son asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if he asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? If you then, being evil , know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father h eaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him? " (Luke 11:9-13). God wants eve ryone to have His Spirit dwelling in them. Everything the man has to do is belie ve in Him as the Scripture says (John 7:38), repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus (Acts 2:38), and ask God's promise of the Holy Spirit and you will rece ive Luke 11:10). The early church received the Holy Ghost: Jesus, in another ref erence to being filled with the Holy Spirit gave a commandment to his disciples, "Behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high "(Luke 24:49). Approximately one hun dred and twenty disciples obeyed the command of Jesus, and on the day Pentecost in the city of Jerusalem, almost two thousand years, Jesus fulfilled his promise . " When the day of Pentecost, they were all together. And suddenly there came f rom heaven a noise like a mighty wind, which filled the whole house where they w ere sitting€and there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire rested

on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance "(Acts 2:1-4). The vers es quoted above record the beginning of one of the most wonderful experiences av ailable to the man, for the fulfillment of the promise had begun with these firs t one hundred and twenty. Joel prophesied all flesh (Joel 2:28). Jesus said that everyone who asks receives (John 11:10). On the day of Pentecost initial spill, Peter spoke of the continuation of the promise. Many onlookers gathered around those who had been promised to see that he meant so much commotion. Peter seized the opportunity to explain that this was what was spoken by the prophet Joel an d Jesus, whom they had crucified unjustly, was Lord and Christ. They, being conv inced in their hearts, they asked Peter and the other Apostles that they should do (Acts 2:37) Peter told them that if they repented and were baptized in the na me of Jesus, they also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Even the promise ext ended beyond the three thousand who accepted it that day (Acts 2:41) "For to you is you promise, and to your children, and all who are afar off, as the Lord our God shall call "(Acts 2:39)." All those who are far away "to include all nation s from that day until now. The promise exists for all who want it, because God i s calling people to repentance (II Peter 3:9). Many believed and were promised d uring the time of the Apostles. Having been able to witness the Holy Spirit comi ng upon them (Acts 1:8), the disciples brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to the entire known world. Felipe took the message to Samaria where many believed and were baptized. When the apostles heard that Samaria had received the word of God , sent Peter and John to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit, "Then they la id their hands, and they received the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8:17). So the Samaritan s, previously considered excluded from eternal life for the Jews, became partici pants in the promise of the Father. Pedro yet delivered the message of the Lord Jesus to the Gentile house of Cornelius. However, not until God had assured him by a vision of God's promise that belonged to every man created by God, no matte r what nation, tribe or tongue . At last, having understood this truth of God, P eter went to Caesarea. While Peter was still speaking to them the things of Chri st, the Holy Spirit fell upon them which heard the word (Acts 10:44). God proved once and for all He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). God filled even Sa ul, one of the persecutors of the early church, with His Spirit. Saul, whose nam e was changed to Paul, he confessed that he was the first of the sinners before God to save him (I Timothy 1:15). However, God filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 9:17) and made him a great missionary of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He took th e message to many nations. In Acts chapter 19 we read that Paul was the truth of the Holy Spirit some disciples of John the Baptist in Ephesus. At the meeting y ou asked whether Paul had received the Holy Spirit when you believed. Finding ou t that had not even heard if there was any Holy Ghost Paul said the Word of God more accurately. Then, on the confession of his faith in Jesus Christ, baptized in the name of Jesus, placing his hands and they received the gift of the Holy S pirit. Saul, the persecutor of the Christian faith, he Paul to be the propagator of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the early church the promise of the Holy Spir it was available to all who obey God (Acts 5:32). Many obeyed, and many received . The promise is still available to all those who obey God. Thousands and thousa nds are obeying are receiving. Is it essential to receive the Holy Spirit? Yes, it's essence) receive the Holy Spirit for full Bible salvation. The Holy Spirit is a gift of God that is received as a result of obedience and faith in Him (Act s 5:32). If the man obeys God's commands to repent and be baptized in the name o f Jesus, has the promise of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). God does not break his promises . If man obeys these commandments, he will receive the Holy Spirit. Jesus used the verb "shall" in reference to the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him as the Scripture says (John 7:38). John said that those who believed in him "they would receive" the Holy Spirit (John 7:39).€Peter said that if they r epented and baptized in the name of Jesus Christ "receive" the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). These Bible verses tell us that the Holy Spirit is a positiv e result of obedience to the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ. "He that sai th I know Him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar and the truth is not

in him." (I John 2:4) Jesus said very clearly when he spoke to Nicodemus, "Veril y, verily I say unto you, Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he can n ot enter the kingdom of God" (John 3: 5). Being BORN OF THE SPIRIT is a symbolic reference to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Jesus died on the cruel cross for our sins, was buried in a borrowed grave, and the third day he rose victorious o ver death and Hades. This is the gospel of Jesus Christ that man must obey. Ever yone has to die for their sins in repentance, being buried with Him in baptism, and resurrection to new life be born of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit gives the be liever a new life in Christ, "... but the spirit gives life" (II Corinthians 3:6 ). In chapter eight of Romans, Paul talks about life in the Spirit. He says very clearly that those who are filled with the Holy Spirit will be raptured and tho se that are not filled with the Holy Spirit does not have the blessed hope of th e coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. "But ye are not in the flesh but i n the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwelleth in you. And if any man have n ot the Spirit of Christ, is not it. But if Christ is in you, the body is dead be cause of sin, but the spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, who rose from the dead sha ll also quicken your mortal bodies his Spirit that dwelleth in you "(Romans 8:911). Hope to get the full Bible salvation, man must be filled with the Holy Spir it. The initial sign of receiving the Holy Spirit: A person born of the Spirit w ill show the fruit of the Spirit, "the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness, temperance: against such t here is no law "(Galatians 5:22-23). As they grow in the Spirit, they manifest t he gifts of the Spirit, "For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisd om, to another the word of knowledge, by the same Spirit, to another faith by th e same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the same Spirit. to another the wo rking of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to ano ther various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues "(I Cori nthians 12:8-10 .) However, when a person receives the baptism original mind of the Holy Spirit he will speak in other tongues as the Spirit of him who speaks. This evidence of the full tion of the Holy Spirit is separate and apart from the gift of tongues. Isaiah prophesied, "For with stammering lips language, foreign language and speak to this people" (Isaiah 28: 11). Jesus pointed out, "The win d blows where it wishes and you hear its sound, but canst not tell whence it com eth, and whither it goeth: so is everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8). Jesus spoke again to the evidence of those who believed, ". . . speak in other t ongues "(Mark 16:17). Jesus said it would hear the voice of all those born of th e Spirit (John 3:8) and this was a reality on the day of Pentecost." And they we re filled with the Spirit Ghost, and began to speak in other tongues as the Spir it gave them utterance (Acts 2:4). Peter acknowledged that Cornelius and his hou sehold had received the Holy Spirit, "they heard them speaking in tongues and pr aising God (Acts 10:46). Paul laid his hands on the Ephesians to receive the Hol y Spirit" ... and spoke in tongues and prophesied "(Acts 19:6). Even in these da ys when someone is born of the Spirit's voice heard this. They speak in tongues as the Spirit gives them to speak. The languages will follow the full treatment with the Spirit as a natural consequence. Conclusion: The baptism of the Holy Sp irit is promised to all who ask and are willing to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus to receive it. Baptism is particularly desirable because without it, you not belong to Christ (Romans 8:9). When an individual receives the Holy Spirit, speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives you to speak. Anyone who has repented, been baptized in the Name of Jesus and want the Holy Sp irit should ask in faith believing God. What God wants them to have and if they submit to Him, God will pour out His Spirit upon them.€Anyone who has not repen ted of their sins, or has not been submerged in water in Jesus' name, you should . So they also have the opportunity to receive the Holy Spirit. By doing so, the y will embark on a new life full of joy and peace by serving God. It is only thr ough the mercy of God that man can live, walk, sing and worship in the Spirit. A nyone who does not take this opportunity is far from complete infilling that God wants man to have in Him Yes, life in the Spirit is essential for man on earth.

And what is more beautiful is that life in the Spirit is eternal!