By: Tim Sader
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Last week we learned about the importance of baptism and what it means to us who receive Christ for the forgiveness of sins. John baptized with water but when Jesus came and forgave sin’s we are now able to receive the baptism of fire and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11). We are instructed to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus to be forgiven first. Soon after or sometimes right before baptism we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Notice the Spirit is a gift that Jesus gave to us when He returned to the Father so we wouldn’t be left here on our own without Him. A father doesn’t give his children a poisonous creature when they ask for a snack. If we who are evil know how to give good things to our children, how much more will our heavenly Father give us the gift of the Holy Spirit when we ask Him to (Luke 11:11-13)? If we love God we will keep His commands, Jesus said He will ask the Father to send us an advocate to help us and be with us forever. The world cannot accept the Spirit of truth because they don’t know Him and can’t see Him; but we know Him because He is with us and in us. He won’t leave us as orphans but will come to us and abide with us (John 14:15-18). The advocate the Father sent when Jesus asked is the Holy Spirit; He teaches us in all things and reminds us of everything we learned from Jesus and the word of God (John 14:26). When the Father sends the Spirit of truth our Advocate He will testify of Christ and we will testify to because He has been there from the beginning (John 15:26-27). The gift of the Holy Spirit is our constant companion who teaches us and leads us down the path of truth.
The Holy Spirit makes us kind of super humans; we have God given super power to complete His will for our lives. When the Holy Spirit comes we receive power so we can be witnesses of God to every corner of the globe (Acts 1:8). When we are unfairly judged and brought before high authorities we don’t have to worry about what to say. The Holy Spirit will show us at the right time what we should say (Luke 12:11-12). Evidence of us receiving the Holy Spirit is speaking in other tongues as the Spirit enables us to do so (Acts 2:4). The Spirit can be transferred to us when a man or woman of God lays hands on us (Acts 8:17). The hope we have in God does not put us to shame because the love of God is poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us (Romans 5:5). God testified to our salvation by performing signs, wonders, miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His will (Hebrews 2:4). Our bodies are temples of Holy Spirit; we received Him from God and He is inside of us. We are not our own anymore, we have a helper so we can act according to Gods will (1 Corinthians 6:19). We should build ourselves up in our most holy faith by praying in the Holy Spirit and keeping ourselves in God’s love as we wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring us to eternal life (Jude 1:20-21). The Holy Spirit is sometimes referred to as the comforter because with Him we are never alone and if we are devoted to His ways we will always be doing what is right. When we receive this wonderful gift we have God sized power that can change the world. There are many gifts that come from the Holy Spirit so we are equipped to do Gods will in our life.
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No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. Luke 8:16