If you then know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him? Luke 11:13
The Holy Spirit is the good gift sent from the Father to us to help us live the Christian life. Jesus himself said in John 16:7, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper [Holy Spirit] will not come to you”. Jesus acknowledged that if He could have stayed on earth it would be no advantage for the disciples because the mission of Jesus Christ was to fulfill all righteousness, to die for the sins of the world, and to raise up for our justification. Once that mission was accomplished, it is now the Holy Spirit who applies the work of Christ Jesus unto us. So without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to know Jesus.
Christianity without the Holy Spirit is just a religion. In fact, there is no Christianity without the Holy Spirit because Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:3, “no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Spirit”. The Spirit is the guarantee of our salvation. When we believe in Jesus our confirmation that we are truly saved is the Spirit dwelling in us.
When we believe in Jesus, we need to receive the Holy Spirit into our hearts. The Holy Spirit now days has been put aside when the gospel is preached. The gospel and the Holy Spirit cannot be separated. When we have an alter call for people to receive Jesus Christ in to their lives, we should also introduce the Holy Spirit into people’s lives so that they may receive the Holy Spirit when they believe.
When Apostle Peter was preaching to the crowed during the day of Pentecost, the Bible says that those who heard were “cut to the heart and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” Acts 3:37-38. The people were drawn by the visible gift of the spirit, speaking in tongues and also the word preached through Peter. When Peter was telling them that they’ll receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, he was talking to them also that what they saw happen in the Upper Room was going to happen to those who believe.
When we believe, there is a visible evidence that we are baptized with the Spirit of the living God just like the Apostles. All the believers who believed in the New Testament had an encounter with the Holy Spirit. In Jerusalem, the Spirit fall on the Apostles and they spoke in tongues (Acts 2:4). The gentile Cornelius and his household received the baptism of the Holy Spirit when they believed. “And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the gentiles also, For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God” Acts 10: 45-46. In Samaria the believers needed to be baptized with the Holy Spirit after they believed because they did not have an encounter with the Holy Spirit. When the Apostles laid their hands on them it says in Acts 8:14 “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus”. Believing in the Lord only without being baptized in the Holy Spirit is not a complete salvation. When one believes in the Lord, one needs to have a visible evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Therefore, true salvation is when we receive the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:9 it says, “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His”. The whole reason we became Christians was to receive the Holy Spirit so that we become transformed daily by His Power. It is the Holy Spirit that drew us to Christ through His Power, who imparted to us the measure of faith to believe in Jesus and also who helps us in our walk with the Lord by strengthening our spirits so that Christ dwells in our hearts by faith.
What are the signs that you have the Spirit in you?
- Have you repented before you believed?
- Have you put your trust in Jesus Christ for your forgiveness and justification?
- Have you been introduced about the Holy Spirit when you believed? (Acts 19:2)
- Do you have a personal encounter with Holy Spirit? (Acts 8:14, Acts 10:45-46, Acts 2:4)
- Do you see God as your father and you as his child? (Acts 8:15, 16)
- Do you love God? (Romans 5:5)
- Do you have the passion and the desire to talk to your heavenly father? (Acts 8:15)
- Do you have passion and desire for God more than passion for the things of the world? Does your mind always think about God rather than worldly things? (Romans 8:7)
- Does God speak to you through His Word? Do you feel like you are knowing God through the scriptures? (1 Corinthians 2:11-12)
- Do you have strength to say no to the desires your flesh? (Galatians 5:16)
- Are the fruit of the Spirit revealed in you effortlessly? (Galatians 5:26)
If you don’t have any of these things in you then it is necessary that you be filled with the Holy Spirit. You can be filled with the Holy Spirit by having holy men of God, who believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit pray for you, or you can pray by faith asking God to give you His Spirit (Luke 11:13). Remember that the evidence of you being filled with the Spirit is visible, knowable, and can be sensed. When you pray, you must pray in faith, knowing that God is your heavenly father who gives liberally to all who ask of Him, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.