The Holy Spirit

I. Essential to all Believers
A. Jesus Commanded – Acts 1:4 “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart
from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.”
B. Jesus Explained – Acts 1:5 “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not
many days hence.”   “The baptism with the Holy Spirit is an operation of the Holy Spirit distinct from, subsequent, and
additional to His regenerating work.”-R.A. Torrey    Example: John’s Baptism
C. Jesus’ promise of power to witness after receiving   Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and the uttermost parts of the earth.”
II. Evidenced by speaking in tongues
A. Acts 2: 4 “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
B. Acts 8:17-18   “Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money.” NIV)
C. Acts 9:17   Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said,”Brother Saul, the Lord– Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here– has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)
D. Acts 10:44-46   While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. For they
heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.” (NIV)
E. Acts 19:6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.” (NIV)
III. Anyone- Everyone  may receive
Acts 2:39 “For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
IV. Inquire of the Lord Jesus Himself    Luke 11:9-13 “And I say unto you: Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth;  and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 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?”
V. Emotion of the Baptism explained by Jesus Himself   John 7:37-39 “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, ‘If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water’. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)”   Are you not thirsty for a drink of this Spirit from Jesus right now?