SHOULD WE WAIT FOR HOLY SPIRIT?

Leslie M. John

“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17)“I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”. (John 14:18)

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:26-27)

• The last portion of John 14:17 says “He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you”. That is, Holy Spirit was with us when we are born-again, and He is in us from the time when we are born-again. Notice the words of Lord Jesus. He said…

• “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me”. (John 14:6) “… no one cometh unto the Father, but by me”.

• The Lord will not leave us comfortless.

• The Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father sent in Jesus’ name, is teaching us and will teach us all things.

WHY THEN PAUL ASKED FEW MEN IN EPHESUS IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED HOLY SPIRIT WHEN THEY BELIEVED?

“And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve”. (Acts 19:1-7)  [emphasis mine]

• Have you received Holy Spirit since you believed?

 What was Paul asking and what answer they gave? From their answer it is very much evident that they were not believers in Jesus Christ. If they were believers in Christ, they would have been led by Holy Spirit and in them would Holy Spirit lived, and they would have known about that fact. They said they were baptized unto John’s baptism. But John Himself said the one (Jesus) who comes after him is greater than Himself. John’s baptism was not of faith in Jesus Christ but of repentance. Obviously they were not of Jesus Christ, but of John.

Romans 8:9, and 1 Corinthians 6:19 show that if a person does not have the Holy Spirit, then he does not belong to Christ.

It is when they said that they were baptized unto John, Paul said to them that they should believe on Jesus Christ. When they heard this fact, they were baptized in the name of Lord Jesus. When Paul laid hands on them, Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke tongues, which are languages understood by everyone as we read in Acts 2:9-11. They all gathered on the occasion of Passover festival on the day of Pentecost, which is 50th day after resurrection of Lord Jesus Christ.

Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, who spoke different languages, understood the languages of one another. (Ref. Acts 2:9-11)

“And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air” (1 Corinthians 14:7-9)