The Faith We Keep

DEFINITE RECEPTION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Luke 11:13
"If ye then, being evil, 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?  (ASV)

In His final discourse to His disciples Jesus remarked of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, "He is with you"; and then further added, "He shall be in you."  When He was about to leave them after His resurrection He told them to wait in Jerusalem until this promise should be fulfilled.  The Comforter came on the day of Pentecost when each one of the "hundred and twenty" received the Holy Spirit.  By many other references in the New Testament it is made perfectly clear that the reception of the Holy Spirit as a Person into the heart of a believer is a definite and specific transaction, entirely distinct from the act of believing in Jesus.  "Behold I stand at the door and knock.  If any man hear My voice and open the door I will come in to him...He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith."  We keep faith with God by taking the Word exactly as it reads, dealing with the Spirit as a Person, and inviting Him to enter our hearts after acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.  From then on we reckon that He has found a dwelling place within.  Thus our lives are yielded to the Holy Spirit of God, and He becomes our personal Guide and Director.