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The Purpose of Receiving the Holy Spirit

Just wanted to give a short post on the subject of receiving the Holy Spirit.  Why does God give us the gift of the Holy Spirit when we repent (Acts 2:38)?  Jesus promised His disciples in John 14:16-17 that He would send the promised Spirit.  Jesus said that the Spirit of truth dwelt with them (in the person of Jesus; 14:6) and He would be in them.  John 7:37-39 clearly shows that the Spirit was not in the disciples until after the cross.  Many, like myself, believe that John 20:22 is when the Apostles received the Spirit.

In Acts 1:8 Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would enable the disciples to be His witnesses.  The Holy Spirit does this in two ways.  He enables us to live godly lives for the glory of God (Galatians 5:16-17; Titus 2:11-14).  Secondly, the Spirit of God empowers us to boldly preach the Lord Jesus Christ to the lost.  We need the Holy Spirit to do effective witnesses for the glory of God.  We are not effective witnesses merely because we can debate with an unbeliever.  What we need is a godly life filled with the power of God to enable us to live for the Lord and to speak of Him.

Hebrews 12:14 says that without holiness no one will see the Lord (NIV).  This is true both in the eternal sense and in the temporal.  When we are living a holy life, it shows the salvation of the Lord.  Sanctification begins at the new birth (Hebrews 10:10, 14) and yet we are to continue to die to self and to sin (Romans 6:11-23).  Ephesians 4:22-24 says:

22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

This can only happen as we trust in the Holy Spirit.  This is why we need the Holy Spirit.  God does not give us the Spirit merely to give us an emotional experience but He gives us His Spirit to help us to be His witnesses and to glorify His name.

Written by The Seeking Disciple

04/24/2013 at 10:00 AM

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