By: CMDAR Writers.
We have learnt a lot through out this month on this topic. Today we want to end this topic on “How to Receive the Spiritual Gifts”. Visit our link to get access to al the topics we have treated so far –> https://christiansmessage.wordpress.com/additional-readers/
How to Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit.
I close by pointing you to Peter’s instructions for how to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2:38–41.
1. THE WORD OF GOD MUST BE HEARD
First, the Word of God must be heard. Peter has preached that in God’s plan Jesus was crucified, raised, and exalted as Lord over all the universe and that forgiveness of sin and spiritual renewal can be had from him. The Word has been heard.
2. THE SOVEREIGN GOD MUST CALL MEN & WOMEN
Second, the sovereign God must call men and women to himself, or they will never come. Verse 39 says, “The promise is to you and to your children and to all that are far off, everyone to whom the Lord our God calls to him.” No one comes to faith in Christ unless the Father draws him (John 6:44, 65). The preached Word is heard with conviction and power only when the effectual call of God lays hold on the hearers.
3. WE MUST RECEIVE THE WORD
Third, we must “receive the word.” Verse 41: “So those who received his word were baptized.” Receiving the Word means that it becomes part of you so that you trust the Christ it presents. You trust his provision for your forgiveness. You trust his path for your life. You trust his power to help you obey. And you trust his promises for your future. And that radical commitment to Christ always involves repentance — a turning away from your own self-wrought provisions and paths and powers and promises. And when you really turn to Christ for new paths and new power, you open yourself to the Holy Spirit, because it is by his Spirit that Christ guides and empowers.
4. WE MUST EXPRESS FAITH THROUGH WATER BAPTISM
Finally, we must give an open expression of faith in the act of water baptism in obedience to Jesus Christ. Baptism was the universal experience of all Christians in the New Testament. There were no unbaptized Christians after Pentecost. Christ had commanded it (Matthew 28:18–20) and the church practiced it. So we do today.
Therefore, I invite you to experience the greatest thing in the world: Repent, trust Christ, open yourself to the power of his Spirit, be baptized in his name, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Christians Message Devotional.