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What Is The Gift of the Holy Spirit?

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It has been aptly said that "no importance can be attached to a religion that is not begun, carried on, and completed by the Spirit of God." That the Christian is led, guided, and strengthened by the Spirit cannot be denied by any Bible reader. To deny the fact that the Spirit dwells in us is to deny the Bible (2 Tim. 1:14). But it is asserted with equal clearness that God dwells in us (2 Cor. 6:16), and Christ dwells in us (Eph. 3:17; Col. 1:27). Before we make claims about the indwelling of the Spirit which would not parallel the indwelling of both the Father and the Son, we need to examine closely what is actually involved.

I. Three Different Ways Of Receiving The Holy Spirit Are Spoken Of In The Bible

A. Holy Ghost Baptism -- Direct From Heaven

1. Two examples: Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4 and Acts 10:44-48; 11:15-17; 15:7-9.

2. By A.D. 64, only one baptism remained in practice, Eph. 4:5.

B. Gifts Of The Spirit -- Received By The Laying On Of Apostles' Hands, Acts 8:14-17

1. This was never called "baptism." The power to perform miracles was a gift or measure of the Spirit

which was imparted, 1 Cor. 12:7-10.

2. These miraculous gifts of the Spirit were to cease, 1 Cor. 13:8-10.

C. Indwelling Of The Spirit -- Received Upon Obeying The Word, Acts 5:32.

1. Received by the hearing of faith, Gal. 3:2.

2. The Spirit dwells in those who make up the church, 1 Cor. 3:16-17.

3. Individually, our bodies are the temple of the Spirit, 1 Cor. 6:19-20.

4. The Spirit of God and the Spirit of Christ are used interchangeably apparently denoting the Holy Spirit, Rom. 8:9-17, 26-27.

5. The Spirit of His Son is sent into our hearts, Gal. 4:6.

6. The earnest of the Spirit is in our hearts, 2 Cor. 1:22; 5:5.

7. Believers are sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Eph. 1:13-14.


What Must I Do To Be Saved?

No question is more important than this. We make many important decisions in life regarding matters such as education, marriage, and occupation. But none is as transcending as that which affects our soul's eternity (Matt. 16:26).


"Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and is himself destroyed or lost?"

Luke 9:23-25