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8-HOLY SPIRIT

RECEPTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Acts 2:1-4; 8:14-17; 9:17; 10:44-46; 19:1-6

ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST

  1. An individual experience (Joel 2:28-29 ASV) And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: {29} and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.
  2. 120 received simultaneously with speaking in tongues.
  3. In one accord and one place – Acts 2:1.
  4. All earnestly seeking enduement with power (Acts 1:8) 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.
  5. The evidence – Acts 2:4,14 and following verses.

AT CORNELIUS HOUSE
(Acts 10:44-48) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them that heard the word. {45} And they of the circumcision that believed were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. {46} For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,{47}Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we? {48} And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
a. First Gentile Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
b. Holy Spirit knows no national boundaries…
    1) Indonesia
    2) Brazil
    3) Korea
    4) On every inhabited continent.

AMONG SAMARITANS – no mention of speaking in tongues
(Acts 8:14-17 ASV) Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: {15} who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit: {16} for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. {17} Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
a. v16 - there was a definite lack of evidence and shows the Spirit Baptism had not been received.
b. v17 - the apostles and Samaritans knew the exact moment of the reception of the Spirit Baptism.

AMONG EPHESIAN CHRISTIANS
(Acts 19:1-6 ASV) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper country came to Ephesus, and found certain disciples: {2} and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they said unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was given. {3} And he said, Into what then were ye baptized? And they said, Into John's baptism. {4}And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus. {5} And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. {6} And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
a. they were Christians v2, had been baptized in water v3.
b. Paul laid hands on them, THEN they spoke with other tongues.

THE APOSTLE PAUL
(Acts 9:17 ASV) And Ananias departed, and entered into the house; and laying his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, who appeared unto thee in the way which thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mayest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Spirit. ... (1Cor 14:18 ASV) I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all:

  1. Paul was already converted (Acts 9:5-6) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. {6} And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.
  2. Baptized with the Holy Spirit v17, according to Pentecostal pattern (1Cor 14:18 ASV) I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all.

WHAT THE MODERNIST SAYS ABOUT SPEAKING IN/WITH TONGUES.
1. It is of Satan – But, a house divided cannot stand
(Mark 3:23) And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
ANSWER: Speaking in tongues glorifies God and elevates man to a spiritual plateau previously unknown ~ Acts 2:4.

2. That it was exclusively for the Apostolic period, using – 1Cor 13:8 as proof
(1Cor 13:8 ASV) Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall be done away; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall be done away.

3. That church history does not record speaking in tongues.
ANSWER:
Speaking in tongues has occurred in every era of church history.
a. Luther, Francis Xavier are reported to have experienced Speaking with Tongues.
b. Wesley's and Whitfield's revival converts experienced Speaking with Tongues.
c. Speaking with Tongues characterized Moody's revivals in some instances.

4. That it was discouraged by Paul - 1Cor 14:19 as the evidence.
(1Cor 14:19 ASV) howbeit in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that I might instruct others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
ANSWER:
(1Cor 14:18) I thank God, I speak with tongues more than you all:
(1Cor 12:8-10) For to one is given through the Spirit the word of wisdom; and to another the word of knowledge, according to the same Spirit: {9} to another faith, in the same Spirit; and to another gifts of healings, in the one Spirit; {10} and to another workings of miracles; and to another prophecy; and to another discernings of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; and to another the interpretation of tongues: (18) But now hath God set the members each one of them in the body, even as it pleased him.

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Mail: Pastor Ira L. Hargis
9238 Columbia St.
Sapulpa, Oklahoma USA 74066
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