I trust you had a restful weekend.
We have been on a 4 month long series on the Person and Purpose of The Holy Spirit in our lives and what a ride it has been! We have so far been able to deconstruct the core Assignment the Holy Spirit has in a believer as detailed in John 16. It would be great to visit those articles if you haven’t.
As we begin to gradually draw the curtain on this series, I’ll like to give some practical insights in response to some questions surrounding the Person and Purpose of The Holy Spirit in our lives.
1. How Can One Be Baptized in The Holy Spirit? According to Scripture, there is no particularly prescribed approach to receiving the infilling of The Holy Spirit, however the underlying factor in operation as regarding the baptism of The Holy Spirit is usually a Desire and Hunger for His infilling Presence. You can be without The Holy Spirit as long as you can live without it. But I assure You The Holy Spirit is not one to ever live without His infilling Presence. Please note that it is impossible for anyone to be saved without the indwelling presence of The Holy Spirit. He is the One that assured you that you are a child of God, however imthere is a level beyond the indwelling, which is the infilling. It is this infilling we refer to when we speak of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Therefore thirst and hunger after Him and The Bible guarantees that you will be filled.
You may receive the infilling through a believer or minister laying his/hands on you in prayer, or you may be on your own and simply yearn for The infilling and thereafter begin by Faith to pray in the spirit as the Holy Ghost gives you utterance. By all means, hunger and thirst after Him. Luke 11:13, Luke 1:53, Matthew 5:6
2. Is it Compulsory to speak with tongues as a sign of The Infilling of The Holy Spirit? Again, according to Scripture, especially the New Testament, there is no record of anyone who received the Infilling/Baptism of The Holy Spirit without the evidence of speaking with tongues. This should establish as doctrine the need to speak with tongues as a sign of the infilling of The Holy Spirit.
The reason why many times, a lot of people have a problem receiving this as a sign is because of a wrong teaching they might have been exposed to, which can be renewed by The Word of God. Please carefully go through these verses of Scripture; Acts 2 with emphasis on verse 4, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:1-6.
If you are one who doesn’t already speak with tongues, don’t feel condemned, there is nothing wrong with you, The Holy Spirit wants to fill you to the overflow, simply allow Him and you will testify!
3. What is the sin against The Holy Spirit? If you are currently genuinely worried about the unforgivable sin, aka the sin against the Holy Spirit, then you are already not within the scope of those capable of committing the sin in the first place. ????
Let me put it simply this way…
The primary assignment of The Holy Spirit as we have been learning is to reveal the Person of Jesus to the hearts of men. He does the conviction and conversion of souls. Now, when a man who had been saved, enlightened and fellowshipped with The Holy Spirit according to Hebrews 6:1-6, with tangible results to prove
… turns His back on Jesus, which is a possibility (if you need further details on this, I’ll share a podcast with you, where I did an exhaustive explanation of that subject matter), then that man has done what The Bible calls “Respite” to the Spirit of Grace according to Hebrews 10:26-29. This category of error which is irredeemable is what The Bible refers to as the unforgivable sin. The primary reason why it is unforgivable is simple; The Holy Spirit is the One Who makes it possible for a man to repent, once this sin is committed, The Holy Spirit departs permanently and therefore the hope of repentance is lost forever. That is why it is unforgivable, because it is unrepentable. Anything you can repent of, God can forgive!
Next week, we will continue with answering the common questions asked about The Person and Purpose of The Holy Spirit.
Enjoy the rest of your week.