Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed
There are several occasions in the Bible where it reveals that repentance is followed by Baptism in the Holy Ghost. The great day of Pentecost, recorded in the book of Acts, is all about a gathering of repentant people coming together. They repented but were waiting for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Repentance is evident by believing in the heart and confessing with the mouth that Jesus is Lord, then afterwards comes the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. John the Baptist admitted that his message was to solicit repentance, but said that He Who comes afterwards, Jesus Christ, would bring the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Once again, there is repentance and then afterwards the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed? That question is found in the book of Acts. In Acts, there are several times when a different Disciple would return to repentant believers to bring the message of the infilling of the Holy Ghost. One Disciple would bring the message of repentance, then afterwards another Disciple would bring the message of the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Have you received the Holy Ghost since you received?
“Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Cleanse me from its guilt and power.”
What Christ did for us on the Cross is a double cure!
The first cure is to make us dead to the nature of sin by nailing it to the Cross. The nature of sin becomes dormant, inactive, and it does nothing through our tongue, feet, hands, and all the rest of the body. That is what happens when we accept Jesus Christ into our spirit, soul, and mind. We become separate from the ways of the world, the desires of the flesh, and from servitude to Satan. By separating from the world, our thoughts and actions and words and mind and heart begin to gradually change as we abide in the Cross of Christ from day to day. As Jesus said, “Take up your Cross daily and come follow Me.” What Christ did for us at the Cross makes it possible for us to experience the infilling of the Holy Ghost. When we hear and accept the message of repentance, we believe in our heart and confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord. Then the next thing that is going to happen is that you are going to experience the infilling of the Holy Ghost! Have you received the Holy Ghost since you have believed?
The second cure is our cleansing by the infilling of the Holy Ghost! You will know it when you receive it because; “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” “Winnowing fork” is like a pitch fork that enables one to separate the wheat from the chaff, or rather to separate sin from Holiness, which is the work of the Holy Ghost. A threshing floor is a place where grain is threshed to be separated and then swept of all grain and chaff. The grain is put into the barn, while the chaff is burned in fire. Our heart is going to be cleared of sin in the same way by the Fire of the Holy Ghost. The separation of sin from Holiness is done with an unquenchable fire. We are the barn, the Temple of the Holy Ghost, into which the grain of Holiness gathers into. Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?
The Church of today needs to experience the infilling of the holy Ghost. Here are some descriptions of the Holy Ghost, does it sound like the character of your Church?! The Spirit of God, Spirit of His Son, Spirit of Judgment, Spirit of Grace and Supplication, Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge, Spirit of Counsel, Spirit of the Father, Spirit of Truth, Spirit of Holiness, Spirit of Life, Spirit of Adoption, Spirit of Promise, Spirit of His Mouth, Spirit of Faith, Spirit of Glory and of God, and the Spirit of the Comforter. Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? Here are some symbols describing of the Holy Ghost; Dove (Holy Ghost is Gentle, enables us to walk softly and gently), Living Water (Refreshes, cleans, purifies and is necessary for life), Fire (Refines and changes materials from one form to another), Oil (Saturates our heart totally and completely), Wind (The Holy Ghost can gently blow or will move in might and power). Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
Speaking in tongues is a reality in which many around the world experience, and I also have that utterance. It is an utterance from within me, from within my spirit, an utterance that is consistent with the Spirit of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. It is an utterance that flows in the presence of the Trinity that is accompanied by the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Speaking in tongues does not blaspheme God the Father, does not stifle what Christ did for us on the Cross, and does not grieve the Holy Ghost.