The Holy Spirit was first WITH the disciples, who lived with Christ on earth, and later IN them. When Christ went back to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit down from heaven (I Peter 1:12). Members of the Body of Christ, saved during the reign and dispensation of grace, could not have an experience like that of the disciples who lived with Christ both before and after His resurrection. Today the very moment the sinner believes the gospel of grace and receives Christ, he receives the Holy Spirit within and is immediatley sealed by the Holy Spirit unto the day of redemption (Ephesians 4:30, 1:13 and 14). The moment the believer comes to Calvary, he is sealed, anointed, and baptized with the Holy Spirit; and in this age of grace, the sealing, anointing and baptizing with (or in or by) the Holy Spirit is always a past experience and not a religious experience to strive for or pray for or tarry for.
But the believer may and should obey Ephesians 5:18: "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit."
In I Corinthians 12:13, we learn of the Holy Spirit's work in baptizing the believer into the Body of Christ. In Ephesians 1:19, we learn that the mighty power of God is for every member of the Body of Christ, who is also blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenlies (Ephesians 1:3).
How God Saves Men
Believing Christ DIED, that’s HISTORY.
Believing Christ DIED for YOU SINS and Rose again that’s SALVATION.
Read Romans 1:16, Romans 10:9-10 and 1. Corinthians 15:1-4
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Posted By Cecil and Connie Spivey
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