The Holy Spirit -

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The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity:
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is a person
equal in every way with the Father and with the Son.

Jesus said that "the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven"
so the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is not for the casual inquirer. Matthew 12:31
It is for 'born again' Christians, it is not a religion, it is a living relationship
with God, it is not for the unbelieving.
John 14:16-17


What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?

This is found in Mark 3:22-30 and Matthew 12:31,32
Jesus had been performing miracles, including driving
demons out of people by the power of the Holy Spirit. Instead
of recognizing the source of Jesus’ power and accepting Him
as God’s Son, the religious leaders accused Him of being
possessed by the devil and driving demons out
in the power of the devil.
This was an insult to
the Holy Spirit.

Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is not only a matter
of a verbal insult. It is an attitude of heart which is in
willful rebellion against
truth and righteousness.

It is a sin that a person
clings to by continually resisting the testimony and
convicting power of the Holy Spirit to the deity and
saving power of the Lord Jesus. They are unwilling
to repent and believe.

Can a true Christian believer, whose
salvation is in Jesus, be guilty of
blaspheming the Holy Spirit?

The answer is No

Jesus does not say, "All sins can be forgiven except one,"
"The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sins.. God is
faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and
to cleanse us from all unrighteousness"
. 1John 1:5-10
In Acts 16:31: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will
be saved.” Paul didn’t ask, “Have you ever
blasphemed against the Spirit of God?” No,
he said, “If you believe, you will be saved.”

If you ask Jesus for forgiveness and confess your sins,
and invite Him into your heart, and ask Him to save you,
all your sins will be forgiven and blotted out.
You won't be guilty of the unforgivable sin.

God is awesome!

The Holy Spirit is a vital part of every believers life.
  Is by convicting of sin and showing who Jesus is;
  Is by giving assurance that we are indeed children of God;
  Is by cleansing, controlling and filling the
believer as the temple of God.

The Holy Spirit enables the believer to lead an obedient
Christ-centered life. It is the Spirit's power that enables us
to live like Jesus. You can't control yourself
and be controlled by the Spirit at the same time.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit:

Jesus said that we would "receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you"
in Acts 1:8. Power to live holy lives, power to witness, power to pray, to
understand scripture, to minister, and to lay our lives down. Acts 9:17-20; John 16:14;
Luke 24:24; Romans 8:26 The Holy Spirit is to be received by all believers
so they can receive, with the power, certain "gifts" from God.

Gifts of healing, power wisdom, power faith, power knowledge, power miracle
and power to speak the truth of God. In other words , the Holy Spirit is to be
received to receive power to be the active "body of Christ" ministering in the
earth today. The Apostle Paul said for us to "earnestly desire spiritual gifts".
1 Corinthians 12:31, 14:1

Who does the baptizing?

Jesus is the baptizer (Matthew 3:11) He baptizes with fire, not water. Fire either
purifies or destroys. You may want to have other Spirit Filled Christians lay
hands on you and pray but it is not necessary. This is between you and God,
just as your salvation is. Acts 2; 10:44-46; 19:6



How Can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

From the moment of spiritual birth the believer
has the Holy spirit. Romans 8:16

We are Filled by the Holy Spirit by Faith.

You can appropriate the filling of the Holy
Spirit right now if you:

1. Sincerely desire to be directed and empowered by
the Holy Spirit. Matthew 5:6; John 7:37-39

2. Confess your sins. By faith thank God that He has forgiven
all of your sins, past, present and future, because Christ
died for you Colossians 2:13-15; 1 John 1; 2:1-3; Hebrews 10:1-17

3. Present every area of your life to God. Romans 12:1, 2

How to Walk in the Spirit:

Faith:
Trust in God and in His promises, is the only means by
which a Christian can live the Spirit-directed life.





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