Does a person who hasn’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit “have” the Holy Spirit in them nonetheless? We often tell non-tongues talking believers they need to “receive” the Holy Spirit. Does this mean they don’t already “have” the Holy Spirit? It’s a matter of nomenclature but the common language in which this is discussed can be confusing to people who haven’t come up in a Charismatic, Pentecostal milieu… Let’s look at some scripture to hopefully find some clarity:
Before His ascension Jesus met with His disciples and imparted the Holy Spirit to them:
[Jhn 20:22 KJV] 22 And when he had said this, he breathed on [them], and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
However He then told them AFTER this to expect something further of the Holy Spirit to be imparted to them:
[Act 1:4 KJV] 4 And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.
So even someone who hasn’t experienced the Acts 2 experience “has” the Holy Spirit in them and is born of the Spirit. This is implied by a comparison of John 20:22 and Acts 1:4. However there is (as most Charismatics and Pentecostals would agree) a further and deeper baptism apparently into that which the disciples had already experienced a measure of in John 20:22 …
This would be the answer from a BIBLICAL standpoint. From a personal, anecdotal perspective would be another matter (giving personal testimony which those who have received this baptism could no doubt elaborate on to great effect.).
What is your testimony of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Ghost? Use the comment feature at the bottom of this post to share your experiences.
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