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June 23, 2016

HOLY SPIRIT IN US

by Leslie John

Leslie M. John

“And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22)

Lord Jesus Christ breathed on His disciples the Holy Spirit and they all alike received the Holy Spirit. This was done during the period of forty days of the Lord appearing to His disciples and also to many on this earth before His ascension into heaven.

It should be carefully noted that even though He breathed Holy Spirit on them He did not authorize them to go out of Jerusalem to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ until the power came from high on.

“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth”. (Acts 1:8)

After John 20:22 some more events followed but none of the disciples went for preaching the Gospel until after Holy Spirit came upon them and they received the power.

Acts Chapter 1 commences with Luke the writer of Gospel of Luke and Acts of Apostles addresses Theophilus who was in high position in Government. The name “Theophilus” means he was a ‘friend of God’ that is to say he was a very pious man. However, when Luke was addressing him in Acts 1 he did not include the phrase “most excellent” which means as the time passed Theophilus was no more in Government service. Luke continues to write of all that Jesus began to do and teach in compliance to the treaty he made with him.

“It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus” (Luke 1:3)

“The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach” (Acts 1:1)

The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: 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. (Acts 1:1-4)

Luke records the words of Lord Jesus Christ, who opened the understanding of His disciples that they might understand the scriptures.  It is evident from this point that God only can open our understanding of the Scriptures, and until He opens our understanding we will keep groping in darkness with partial understanding, which causes us to have strife, dissensions and divisions misinterpreting scriptures.

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:45-49)

The inspired scriptures recorded in Luke 24:45-49 say that Lord Jesus Christ promised His disciples that He will send the promise of His Father upon them but that they should tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until they are endued with power from on high.

Apostle John records Lord Jesus Christ’s words that the Lord spoke to the disciples of Jesus that the Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in His name, shall teach them all things, and bring all things to their remembrance whatsoever He spoke to them.

The Lord gave them peace not as the world gives but He gave His peace. He continued saying that He is the true vine and His Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Him which bears not the fruit will be put out from the responsibility of working for Him, and the Lord purges every branch that bears fruit in order that the fruit-bearing branch may bear more fruit. Here clearly the reference is of those who are obedient to His word and work for Him, as His instruments in His hands, to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (cf. John 14:25-31; John 15:1-2)

It was that reason why Lord Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to be at Jerusalem until the Father sends Holy Spirit to be with them forever and ever. Indeed Holy Spirit is omniscient and yet we say He came, and indwelt us for better understanding.

In the Old Testament period Holy Spirit came upon certain men and prophets and after the purpose for which He came was fulfilled He left them and went back to the Father. In the New Testament period, as the Lord promised, the Holy Spirit, the Promise of the Father came into this world on the fiftieth day after the resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, there is nothing wrong in saying that He came and remained with us forever and He will leave when the Lord comes again. There will come a time when Holy Spirit will leave this world when His work is fulfilled, but until such time He leaves this earth He remains indwelling the believers in the Lord to guide them, convict them of what is right and what is not, and comforting them and never leaving them as orphans.

Holy Spirit came into this world when the Pentecost (fiftieth day) was fully come in; never to leave or re-enter time and again. It is the historical event and it happened once; never will be repeated. Therefore, a believer need not wait for Holy Spirit. It is the act of God. There is no such phrase as “Baptism of Holy Spirit” in the Bible. All that the said phrase means, when used as such, is that the believer in Christ is unified not only with Christ but also with other believers in the body of Christ by the work of the Spirit of God at the time of salvation of a sinner.

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13)

Before His crucifixion Lord Jesus Christ prayed for His glorification, and for His disciples, and also for those who receive the Lord as Savior.

“Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me”. (John 17:20-21)

As it is recorded in Acts 1:8 the Lord said to them that they will receive power, after the Holy Spirit is come upon them, and then they will be witnesses unto Him first in Jerusalem, and then in Judaea, and in Samaria, and then unto the uttermost part of the earth. After He spoke to them He was taken up and a cloud received Him out of their sight (cf. Acts 1:8-9)

It is then the events selecting the twelfth disciple followed and then the events recorded in Acts Chapter2:2-4

It may very clearly be noted that the events that followed in Acts 2:2-4 were never repeated in History. Every word recorded in Acts 2:2-4 is very important to note.

“And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:2-4)

The belief that Holy Spirit comes second time or third time or many more times with rushing mighty wind, or anyone could speak the tongues the way the disciples of Jesus Christ spoke during the first occurrence of Holy Spirit coming upon them while they waited in Jerusalem, is a myth. The strange part of this is that those who believe this myth accuse others that they do not possess Holy Spirit.

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