How Do We Receive The Holy Spirit Today?

1). Listen to His revealed and confirmed word in the gospel. Rom.10:17; Acts 2:37

2). Let the truth of His word convict you of truth about Jesus, truth about your sin, and the truth of your desperate need for mercy and grace. - Acts 2:37; John 16:13f

3). Repent of your sins and of your resistance of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2:38; 7:51

4). Be baptized in water (Acts 2:38; 10:47-48) in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.

5). You will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (salvation from sin and condemnation) Acts 2:38,39,21; Rom.8:1

6) Failure to submit to His message is “resisting the Holy Spirit”. Acts 7:51

7) Those who resist remain lost and condemned. Heb.10:29; Rom.3:23; 6:23

What Happens at the point of Spirit guided baptism in the name of Jesus Christ?

1) You are added to the church (Acts 2:47) or baptized into One Body - 1 Cor.12:13

2) You are showing faith and God operates to remove the sins of the flesh - Col.2:12

3) You have buried the old man in baptism with Christ, are forgiven, and rise to walk in newness of life - Rom.6:3-5

4) You have "put on Christ" and have been adopted as sons and daughters. Gal.3:26,27

5) You have been spiritually translated out of darkness and into the kingdom of God's dear Son. Col.1:13

6) Your sins are washed away - Acts 22:16; 2:38 - "you are washed" -1 Cor.6:11

7) You body becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit - 1 Cor.6:19,20

8) You are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus - Acts 2:38; 1 Cor.6:11

9) You are sanctified by the Spirit of our God - 1 Cor.6:11

10) You are saved from sin and condemnation. Mk.16:16; 1 Pet.3:21

11) Your conscience is cleaned in the blood of Christ. 1 Pet.3:21; Heb.9:14; 10:22

12) Your old manner of life is washed away and you are a new creature in Christ. 2 Cor.5:17

13) Your name is written in the Lamb's book of life - Phil.3:20; 4:3

14) You begin growing to spiritual maturity. 2 Pet.1:5-10; 1 Pet.2:1-3

Terry W. Benton

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