If the Holy Spirit is soooo important how do I receive Him and what does He do? (Part 1)


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Holy Spirit, comforter, abide, How do we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives, What the Holy Spirit does do in our lives, Acts 1:14, John 14:16, Acts 1:8, Acts 1:5

The Pentecost (Restout 1732). A Catholic artist’s depiction of the day of Pentecost. You will notice the prominence of Mary, the mother Christ. In reality her part as recorded in Scripture was minimal (Acts 1:14). I include this to illustrate how important it is to develop doctrine exegetically. Pneumatology (the study of the Holy Spirit) is often a victim of poor hermeneutics and shoddy exegesis. Click image to enlarge.

Jesus prayed, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” (Jn 14:16 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the King James Version)

Three years spent in the presence of Jesus Christ had opened the eyes of the Apostles to many spiritual truths. They were now tasked with the awesome responsibility, “ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)

And yet this hotchpotch band made up of fishermen, a tax collector, a zealot and a few other unnoticables where hardly equipped to change the world were they? With this in mind Jesus’ final teaching to them reminds them of “…those resources necessary to finish the Savior’s unfinished work. They needed the correct message, manifestation, might, mystery, mission, and motive.” (MacArthur 1994:11)

It is to the “might” we now turn; the Holy Spirit, promised to them, “…not many days hence….” (Acts 1:5) is the power in which we too are to live out the Christian life and without whom we’d be left emasculated, ineffectual and helpless.

And so we consider the questions, “How do we receive the Holy Spirit into our lives” and “What the Holy Spirit does do in our lives”.

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2 thoughts on “If the Holy Spirit is soooo important how do I receive Him and what does He do? (Part 1)

  1. Pingback: The Conduits and Flow of the Holy Spirit in Our Lives: Becoming Agents of Change in Our Cities : Jonathan Daniel Keck

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