Light for the Last Days

Filled with the Holy Spirit, really?

SHORT TALK

And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 

Acts 1.4

Jesus speaks about being baptised in the Holy Spirit. He says John

5 … truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

Acts 1.5

And in verse 8, he says,

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Acts 1.8

And in the book of acts, we see how it happened, that is in next chapter, Chapter 2. Peter stands up. The Holy Spirit comes upon the disciples. They speak in other tongues, other languages, and they begin to praise God.

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2.1-4

And then they preach the Gospel, and Peter preaches the Gospel, and he tells people why Jesus died and rose from the dead.

22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know— 23 Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; 24 whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. 25 For David says concerning Him:

‘I foresaw the Lord always before my face,
For He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken.
26 Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad;
Moreover my flesh also will rest in hope.
27 For You will not leave my soul in Hades,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
28 You have made known to me the ways of life;
You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’

29 “Men and brethren, let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Therefore, being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, 31 he, foreseeing this, spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. 33 Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

Acts 2.22-33

And, at the end, when Peter has finished preaching, the people, impressed and convicted of the truth, ask Peter: ‘What shall we do then?

37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”

Acts 2.37

That is when, in verse 38, Peter provides them and us with the means of confirming our faith and proving of our Salvation:

38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent Μετανοήσατε [Metanoēsate], and let every one of you be baptized βαπτισθήτω [baptisthētō] in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 2.38

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 2.39

So here Jesus speaks about the confirmation of your faith by being baptised in water, being baptised as John baptised with water, and also being baptised or filled with the Holy Spirit.

And that was what happened on the first day of Pentecost. It is also what happened right through the book of Acts.

You can see that people were converted. They became Christians. They were then baptised. They were then filled with the Holy Spirit.

We have seen that some have a big issue with the speaking in tongues, the prophesying, and the miracles which did take place in the day of the Book of Acts.

Do they continue to take place in our time?

I believe they do, but there are some who say that they’ve ceased. We have an issue which sometimes divides Christians, but if you look at the Book of Acts, it’s clear that God intended this pattern to continue.

That there should be baptism in water, baptism in the Holy Spirit and that, as we are filled with the Holy Spirit and look to Jesus in order to preach the Gospel and to spread His word to the nations.

Baptism in water, by the way, is something which God does want people to do, and if you’re baptised as a baby, that’s actually not enough, because you have to repent and believe.

Under the Old Covenant, the Holy Spirit came and anointed people for tasks. But in the New Covenant, God wants to send the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.

Representation

The Holy Spirit is the Third Person Of God in the Triunity. He is Holy. God is three persons: One is the Father, the second is the Son, and the third Person is the Holy Spirit.

The work of the Holy Spirit is to bear witness to Jesus, for Jesus to come inside us and fill us with His Holy Spirit, and to enable us to live according to God’s Law, and not according to our own ways.

The Holy Spirit gives us power to bear witness to Jesus.

And Jesus says that, by the power of the Holy Spirit,

8 “… you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth”.

Acts 1.8

When you read through the Book of Acts, you realise that is what actually happens. They begin their witness in Jerusalem, then they go to Judea and Samaria, and then, the Gospel has been preached to the ends of the earth. And perhaps one reason why the Book of Acts doesn’t end very dramatically is because that process of preaching the Gospel to the ends of the earth was going to continue.

God wants to continue through His people right down to the Second Coming of Jesus. And we need the power of the Holy Spirit. We need the power of the Holy Spirit to do this. How do you get the Holy Spirit? That is the other big question.

In Luke Chapter 11, Jesus said:

9 … ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 11 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Luke 11.9-13

The basic principle is that you ask and you receive. So, if you don’t feel you’re filled with the Holy Spirit or you want more of the Holy Spirit, you want more of God in your life, ask for it and ask God to give it to you. We do see in the Book of Acts that the apostles did lay hands on the people and that they received the Holy Spirit.

14 Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15 who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 8.14-17
Representation

That’s also something which we can do. But, whatever you do, get it. Because you need that power, you need the contact with God through the power line which comes through the Holy Spirit. And that is today.

Notice that in the second chapter, when Peter says ‘you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit‘, then says,

39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

Acts 2.38-39

So, the gift of the Holy Spirit wasn’t limited to the people there. It was something which would go to people everywhere in the world and right through from generation to generation, to your children, and to your children’s children.

11 Then he remembered the days of old,
Moses and his people, saying:
“Where is He who brought them up out of the sea
With the shepherd of His flock?
Where is He who put His Holy Spirit within them,

Isaiah 63:11

26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, 

He will teach you all things,

and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.

John 14:26

Pray to the Lord that He may fill you with His Holy Spirit, and receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. God wants us to hit that power line to be filled with the Holy Spirit, and to be witnesses to Him

… in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Acts 1.8

We also need the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In John 16 it says,

… when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

John 16:13

If you’re going through a minefield, you want to have somebody who knows where the mines are, so who can set you through and won’t get blown up. We are going through a minefield in some ways in today’s world and we need the Holy Spirit to guide us into the truth.

There’s a whole lot of error out there, there’s even quite a lot of error in the church itself. So we need to have the Holy Spirit to lead us into what is truth, and the truth will always point us to Jesus.

The Holy Spirit never glorifies Himself, He always glorifies Jesus. And he brings us into a relationship with Jesus. He also wants to give us hope and love by the Holy Spirit. Romans chapter 5 says,

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:5

The Holy Spirit is not just a figment of the imagination, there is a real power which is available to every Christian who calls on the Name of the Lord by the Holy Spirit, who puts their trust in Jesus the Messiah. And Jesus is the One who sends the Holy Spirit. He ascended into heaven that He might send the Holy Spirit to those who believe in Him.

Tony Pearce

2 comments

  • Hi Tony. Thanks for this article, it has so confirmed what my Pastor preached on the CD,s i get every week, my Pastor is now with the Lord, he died in 2016, but has left much grain in the CD’s that get sent out. He speaks on it about zeal for the Lord, and the power of the Holy Spirit, He preached about what Peter say’s in the begining of Acts etc, you both are so right in what you share, the church the body of Christ needs a zeal and love for Christ Jesus, and the power of the Holy Spirit, even more so in these latter day’s when the Gospel needs to be heard, There are so many on the wide path, heading for hell, so oblivious, so blind and deaf, My husband is one of them and it is heartbreaking!! Anyway thanks again Tony. Marie.

    • Thank you for your encouraging words Marie. It is wonderful to see how the legacy of those who have gone to be with the Lord still supports and influences lives here today.
      Many blessings.

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