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What Can One Do to Receive the holy Ghost?

One of the most frequent questions we receive from readers and viewers is, "how can I receive the baptism of the holy Ghost (with the evidence of speaking in other tongues)"? Unfortunately, there are no simple "how to" methods in this regard. Each person's experience is wonderfully unique. Each testimony is precious and individual. However there is some valuable advice we can give which will help prepare your heart and mind in such a way as to be able to receive when it is God's time for you.

The first thing of course, is to believe that God wants you to receive this wonderful blessing, and through it, to put you into the body of Christ. It is a great advantage, one that few children of God experience, to first understand exactly WHAT the baptism of the holy Ghost is, and why one needs it. The baptism of the Spirit is, dear friend, the NEW BIRTH experience. Understanding that is your key to not only receiving it, but being able to properly grow after receiving it. Unfortunately, the religion of "Christianity" has so deceived most of God's children, that even the ones who have received the baptism, have been persuaded by Satan's ministers to believe that this experience which was actually the moment they were "born again", was merely "something extra", and that it is possible to be saved in the end, even if one has NOT received it. This is perhaps one of the greatest of Satan's lies perpetrated since God's assembly "was born in a day" on the day of Pentecost. You MUST understand that NOBODY is born again until they receive the baptism of the holy Ghost (with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues). It matters not, how many people believe something else... the truth is that it is the Spirit baptism that puts one into the body of Christ (1Cor.12:13).

We are not saying a person does not have experiences PRIOR to receiving it, for we all have had many blessed things happen in our journeys with God along the way. Perhaps you have been healed, or have been given a love for Jesus that you never had until now. Perhaps you can now understand the Scriptures, or even have a new love for life and people as never before. Those things are wonderful. But the truth is, that believing in Jesus WITHOUT being baptized by the Spirit will not save anyone's soul. A person must first believe, and then afterward, receive the Spirit baptism (which is the new birth), and be led by that Spirit through this life, in order to be saved in the end.

The early congregation did not wait until the new believers had grown cold and disheartened because of the disappointments and defeats they encountered in the start of their journey, but straightway they brought them into the fullness of the holy Ghost. My friend, those early believers were never left to go their own way, but were made partakers of the blessed holy Ghost - the most marvelous experience that can happen to us this side of heaven. Oh, that it were so today with all those who have believed the message concerning Jesus! God has provided for His children the power to live a rejoicing life through the holy Ghost. This life was not for the apostles and the early assembly alone, but for every believer in every generation. Reader, this includes you and me. The coming of the holy Ghost into one's life does not bring a burdensome responsibility to live up to some disagreeable command, as many seem to think; on the contrary, it brings God's gracious offer for a victorious life here among men. And this life is not only the believer's privilege, but it is also God's command (Acts 1:4; 17:30). John the Baptist's ministry was intended to prepare Israel to receive Christ Jesus and his baptism. He baptized with water all Jews who repented, thus making them candidates for Jesus's baptism with the holy Spirit. John's message was this: "I baptize you with water unto repentance, but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear. He shall baptize you with the holy Ghost and with fire." Water baptism was offered to the Jews with the understanding that it was only a preparation for the baptism of the holy Spirit. Isn't it quite strange that so many have received the testimony of John concerning water baptism; yet, at the same time have rejected it with regard to the baptism of the holy Ghost! For as John administered the one, he promised that Christ would administer the other.

This being true, we can understand why Paul told the twelve Ephesian disciples in Acts 19, that they had not actually received John's baptism. If they had, they could not have said, "We have not so much as heard whether there be any holy Ghost", for John's baptism always included the promise of the baptism of the holy Ghost. Paul explained that John baptized with water, "SAYING unto the people, that they should believe on [that is, receive the baptism of] him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus." Thus we see that John truly baptized "in the name of the Lord Jesus" - the same baptism which Peter preached to the Jews on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38), and the baptism which our Ephesian friends finally were given before they received the holy Ghost.

If you have not yet received the holy Ghost, my friend, it is either that you need to be re-baptized, (as the Ephesians were in Acts 19), or you haven't fully repented, for those are the only two conditions which Peter gave in Acts 2:38 for all who would receive the gift of God: the holy Spirit. So that is one of the keys to receiving: fully obeying, and fully repenting. You should not live another day until you take care of both... the day that you do, you will receive the baptism of the holy Ghost!

"Have ye received the holy Ghost since ye believed?" The Bible teaches that believers should receive the baptism of the holy Ghost, but many have not met God's conditions to receive it. Why haven't they? Only God can say. If it was appropriate to ask first-century believers this question, it is appropriate to ask believers now. A believer today who hasn't received the holy Ghost is, in this regard, no different from Jesus's disciples before they received it. The followers of Jesus had been conceived by the word of God (Jn.16:20-24) and were told by Jesus that their names were written in heaven (Lk.10:20); nevertheless, they did not yet have the holy Ghost in them (Jn.14:17). There is, and there always has been, a believing before receiving the holy Ghost. Indeed, my reader, the baptism of the Spirit is an experience that every sincere believer will pursue. In the earliest congregation this was the case. No one who was conceived by the word of God ever stopped seeking until he received the baptism of the Spirit, the gift of God.

Listen to Peter in his great sermon on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38,39): "Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call." Reader, the phrase, "all that are afar off" includes you and me, does it not?

Some consider the baptism of the holy Ghost to be merely a privilege. But I must tell you, my friend, that to submit to Jesus's baptism is a commandment of God. And since it is His command, we must be obedient. We read in Acts 5:32, "And we are his witnesses of these things, and so is also the holy Ghost, which God hath given to them that obey him." Now, reader, can't you see that if you haven't yet received the holy Ghost, it is because you have not been obedient? And if you have not been obedient, then you have been disobedient, have you not? Disobedience, as students of the Bible know, is "as the sin of witchcraft". Such sin, my friend, brings condemnation to the heart; and condemnation will destroy any believer if he doesn't repent and rid himself of it.

Jesus, alone, bestows this blessing. And he bestows it upon all those who "repent and believe the gospel". The holy Spirit is an invisible treasure of peace and joy. And we thank God that, as Paul said, "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

Dear friend, if you haven't been filled with God's holy Spirit, you can receive it now. "For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened" (Lk.11:10). And as Peter said, "The promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" (Acts 2:39). Again Peter says, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him" (Acts 10).

We hope this article has blessed you, and helped you to believe and attain the state of heart and mind which will receive the baptism of the holy Ghost. It's too good to wait... don't go another day without it!

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