o You Want the Gift?
Acts 2:38 – Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
My question for you today is a simply one? Do you want “the gift of the Holy Ghost?” knowing that God is love, when I hear He has a gift for me, I want it! I believe that any sensible person who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ would certainly want any heavenly gift, especially one that has been made available to ALL believers. And that is precisely what “the gift of the Holy Ghost” is – that gift is for ALL believers. Sadly, not all believers have received that gift.
Many who are believers think they received that gift when they were born again, but this is not the case. Let us examine what God’s Word has to say about that. First of all, consider our Text for Today. The wording of this verse is critical to this knowledge. First, Peter said, “Repent.” That means to change you mind about the way you live, act, and think. You realize you need Jesus, and so you choose to turn your thinking from a Christ-less life of sin and darkness to a Christ-filled life in following after righteousness. Then Peter said, “be baptized every one of you in (INTO) the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.” This is the act of the new birth. Please note: receiving “the gift of the Holy Ghost” is SUBSEQUENT TO the new birth. It is not a part of or simultaneous with the new birth, but SUBSEQUENT TO.
Consider our Manna for Today, especially Luke 11:13. It is clearly indicated there that one must have a relationship of “child to Father” in order to be a recipient of Holy Ghost. Read the words closely. “If ye … know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” There it is. Do you see it? To receive “the gift of the Holy Ghost,” one MUST know Jehovah God as his/her Father. And that can only be the case AFTER the new birth.
Once again, I ask you; do you want the gift of the Holy Ghost? If you are born again but have not already received that wonderful gift, the solution is simple. Ask, believe, and receive. The Word of God declares that to be the case, and the Word of God CANNOT lie. Ask, believe, and receive. And when you receive, you shall speak with tongues as Holy Spirit gives utterance. Expect it! Enjoy it!
Manna for Today – Acts 2:13-41; John 14:15-17; Luke 11:13; 1 John 4:8 &16