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Welcome to Bible Study. Receive God's Holy Spirit. After baptism in water, the Bible shows that God's ministers put their hands on the new convert and prayed for the person to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit and how can we use this gift to transform our lives?.

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receive god s holy spirit

Receive God's Holy Spirit

After baptism in water, the Bible shows that God's ministers put their hands on the new convert and prayed for the person to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. What is the Holy Spirit and how can we use this gift to transform our lives?

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  • The story of the new Christians baptized by Philip in Samaria illustrates the importance of the ceremony of laying on of hands in the giving of the Holy Spirit.
  • After the martyrdom of Stephen, most of the Christians in Jerusalem fled the city in fear of Saul (who later became the apostle Paul).
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  • "But the believers who had fled Jerusalem went everywhere preaching the Good News about Jesus. Philip, for example, went to the city of Samaria and told the people there about the Messiah. Crowds listened intently to what he had to say because of the miracles he did. Many evil spirits were cast out, screaming as they left their victims. And many who had been paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city...
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  • "But now the people believed Philip's message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized...
  • "When the apostles back in Jerusalem heard that the people of Samaria had accepted God's message, they sent Peter and John there. As soon as they arrived, they prayed for these new Christians to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them, for they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John laid their hands upon these believers, and they received the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8:4-8, 12, 14-17, New Living Translation).
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  • What Does the Bible Say About How God Gives the Holy Spirit?
  • At what point does the Bible show the Holy Spirit being given to new Christians?
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  • Acts 8:15-17...who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
  • Acts 19:5-6When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
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  • Peter had preached that those who were baptized would receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). But from these examples, we see that the Holy Spirit didn't come immediately when a person was immersed in water, but came after God's minister put his hands on the person and prayed for the Holy Spirit to be given to him or her.
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  • Is the laying on of hands one of the elementary principles of Christianity?
  • Hebrews 6:1-2Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
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  • What Is the Holy Spirit?
  • How is the Holy Spirit described in Scripture?
  • 2 Timothy 1:7God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
  • Zechariah 4:6So he answered and said to me: "This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' says the Lord of hosts."
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  • Micah 3:8"But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin."
  • Luke 4:14Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.
  • Acts 1:8"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
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  • Receiving the Holy Spirit gives the Christian the spiritual power needed to live a Christian life. It helps provide the motivation and strength that make it possible for us to be able to obey God's commandments, make right choices, overcome and persevere (Romans 8:26; 12:2; Philippians 2:5; 2 Peter 1:3-4).
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  • How Does the Holy Spirit Help Us?
  • What does the Holy Spirit help us to understand?
  • 1 Corinthians 2:9-11But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him."But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God
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  • The Holy Spirit opens our understanding to spiritual truths that seem foolishness to those who don't have God's Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14). It opens a window into the mind of God and helps us to learn to think as God thinks.
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  • What fruit can the Holy Spirit help us grow in our lives?
  • Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.
  • These are all characteristics of God, and He gives us help to develop them through His Spirit. They are in vivid contrast to the works of the flesh that come naturally to human beings (Galatians 5:19-21). Without God's help, we cannot overcome all of these negative pulls and influences.
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  • What else did Jesus Christ call the Holy Spirit?
  • John 14:16-17"And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth..."
  • In the King James Version, "Helper" is translated as "Comforter." The Holy Spirit comforts, encourages and helps us in many ways, if we stay close to God and stir up the Spirit (2 Timothy 1:6). It is also the Spirit of truth and helps us remember and focus on the truth of God's Word (John 17:17).
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  • Does the gift of the Holy Spirit make us children of God?
  • 1 John 3:1-2Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.
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  • As we have been seeing in this series, God wants to have a relationship with you. But not just any relationship. He wants to have the closest of relationships, the family relationship of Father and child. This awesome plan and purpose is beyond our comprehension—that the Creator God of the vast universe wants you to be His child! Keep this thought in mind, and we will come back to it in a future lesson.
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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism

Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism

  • You must first receive JesusChrist as Savior.
  • Be water baptized as aprofession of your faith.
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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Prepare your heart to receive the Holy Spirit baptism.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, God will fill you with the Holy Spirit, but first you must walk in repentance and be willing to humble yourself to receive His gift by faith. The Lord looks not at the outward appearance but He looks on the heart (see I Samuel 16:7). Is your heart broken and contrite? Is it repentant? Is it hungry for Him? A pure heart, emptied of all pride, is one that is ready to be filled. "And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as he did unto us" (Acts 15:8).

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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Ask your Heavenly Father to fill you with His Holy Spirit.
  • The infilling of (immersion in) the Holy Spirit is a gift for those who earnestly desire and ask for it. "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled" (Matthew 5:6).
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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism

We cannot merit or deserve the baptism in the Holy Spirit; it is a free gift of the Father, and He is no respector of persons (see Romans 2:11). Every disciple of Jesus can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit by faith (see Acts 15:8). In Acts 10:44-45 Luke wrote, "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision [the Gentiles or non-Jews] which believed were astonished, as many came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost."

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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit through prayer and worship.

Although you can receive the infilling of the Spirit in the privacy of your own home, sometimes it is helpful to have someone who is filled with the Holy Ghost lay hands on you and pray over you. This was common in the book of Acts (see 9:17-18 and 19:6). Here is a sample prayer to get you started:

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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism

"Heavenly Father, You said in Your Word, 'If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?' (Luke 11:13). So I come to You as Your child, with a pure and hungry heart, desiring the infilling of Your Holy Spirit. Let Your Spirit rise up within me as I praise You. I'm asking You in the name of Jesus (Messiah Yeshua) to baptize me with the Holy Spirit."

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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Humble yourself before the Lord and begin worshipping and praising Him from your heart. The Bible says, "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Ephesians 5:18-19).
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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Be willing to speak in a new tongue as the Spirit gives utterance.

While you are worshipping the Lord with all your heart, begin to praise Him for filling you with the Holy Spirit. You may sense joy and peace bubbling up inside you, as well as words or syllables which are not in your own language. Do not be afraid to speak forth these words, but begin to boldly worship and praise Him in the words that He gives you. That is the language of the Holy Spirit. Please note that the Lord will not force you to speak in tongues, but you may if you wish. He gives the utterance; you simply cooperate in speaking.

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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism
  • As the reality of God's promised blessing fills you, let it set you free. Step out in faith. Open your mouth and begin speaking in a language that only God could understand. The language of tongues does not come about through natural mental processes, but through the Spirit (see I Corinthians 14:14-15). "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" (I Corinthians 14:2).
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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Seek the Lord's presence and pray in the Spirit daily.

Every day, you are encouraged to come into the presence of the Lord and find rest and refreshing by worshipping Him and praying in the Spirit. "For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing“ (Isaiah 28:11-12; also see Acts 3:19).

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STEPS TO Receiving the Holy Spirit Baptism

Praying in the Spirit is a marvelous way to communicate with God. The Holy Spirit knows what is needed and actually intercedes for us with groanings which cannot be uttered: "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now he who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God" (Romans 8:26-27).

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Hindrances to Receiving the Baptism
  • There are a few hindrances to receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit. These must be dealt with before the Spirit will come with power.
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Hindrances to Receiving the Baptism
  • Doubt — Unbelief (doubt) is the worst enemy of faith. You will not be able to come to God or receive from Him without faith. “
  • Pride — In the presence of Jehovah, no person will find approval in his own merits; for God alone gets the glory. Being filled with the Holy Spirit does not make someone better than another and should never be a reason for prideful comparisonamong believers.
  • Fear — The Bible tells us to fear God only, for when you fear Him, you will have no need to fear anyone or anything else. "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10).
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Hindrances to Receiving the Baptism

"The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding" (Proverbs 9:10). This kind of fear is an awesome reverence and respect for Him Who is holy; it is recognizing how all-powerful our God (Jehovah) really is. For a Christian, the fear of God is the secret to inner peace.

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Evidences of Holy Spirit Baptism

Evidences of Holy Spirit Baptism

In the book of Acts, the most common sign of Holy Spirit baptism was the expression of unknown tongues. "They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance" (Acts 2:4; also see Mark 16:17; Acts 10:44-48, 19:6). Why was the sign of tongues the most common evidence of Holy Spirit baptism? Well, probably because a person's tongue is the most unruly member of the body (see James 3:2-10), so when the tongue is brought under the inspiration and influence of the Holy Spirit, there can be no doubt that the whole person has been immersed in the Holy Spirit.

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Evidences of Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Some churches teach that speaking in tongues is the sole evidence of being filled with the Spirit, but this is not altogether true. The biblical examples indicate that in addition to tongues, evidences of being filled with the Spirit include prophecy (Luke 1:41, Acts 19:6), boldness (Acts 4:31), miraculous healings (Acts 5:15-16), spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19), wisdom (Acts 6:3), faith (Acts 6:8), and joy (Acts 13:52). Tongues were the common sign, but it was not recorded in every instance (see Acts 8:15-17 and9:17-19). Also, some believers received the Holy Spirit infillingafterwater baptism
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Evidences of Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Paul taught that the sign of tongues was meant for prayer and personal edification, for building up the Body of Christ, and as a sign to unbelievers (see I Corinthians 12:4-11, 14:4-5,22). Paul said, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all" and "Wherefore, brethren, covet [desire] to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues" (I Corinthians
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Evidences of Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Although tongues are beneficial, speaking in tongues should not be the focus of Holy Spirit baptism but rather fully yielding oneself in worship to Jesus. A language of the Spirit will often come spontaneously when the heart is so full of the Spirit that common words are insufficient for expression.
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Evidences of Holy Spirit Baptism
  • The apostle Paul said that every member in the Body of Christ is necessary, and not all will speak in tongues. "Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
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Evidences of Holy Spirit Baptism
  • Conclusion
  • The oil of the Holy Spirit consecrates us and lights our spiritual lamps, while the fire of the Holy Spirit purges sin (a process called sanctification) and ignites a flame of passion (love for Jesus) in our hearts. As believers in Christ, we are responsible for keeping our vessels pure and the oil full like the five wise virgins in Jesus' parable (see Matthew 25:4) so that the light of Christ may shine brightly within us (see Matthew 5:14-16).
  • Those of you who have been filled with the Holy Spirit in the past but have let the oil run out of your spiritual lamps, we encourage you to go to the Lord and ask for a fresh infilling of the Spirit.