Wednesday, November 7, 2012

When or How does one receive the Holy Spirit Today?

The Bible teaches that a person today receives the Holy Spirit when they are Baptized by immersion in water for the forgiveness of their sins. 

(Note: The New Testament was originally written in Greek. The Greek word for baptism is not as confusing as our English word. The Greek for for Baptism is transliterated "baptizo" and means "to dip, plunge or immerse". This is a lot more specific then the English word which could also mean to pour or sprinkle water).

Please note the following verses that show when one receives the Holy Spirit.

  • “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:5).
  • “Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38). 
  • “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
Post by Cliff Sabroe. 

All quotations from the New American Standard Version 1995 Update - Lockman Foundation CA.

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