Bible Study Time, February 16, 2010, Sister Edith Tolbert
Acts 19:1-2 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
The apostle Paul went to Ephesus and found some disciples. He asked them this question: Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? They were disciples but hadn’t heard whether there was a Holy Ghost.
When do we receive the Holy Spirit?
In the very beginning when God made man, he made him in his own image Genesis 1:27. They were holy. There was no sin in the heart.
When Adam and Eve sinned, God sent them out of the Garden of Eden. There was no more sweet fellowship with God. Sin will always separate us from God.
When Adam and Eve had a son; he was in Adams likeness, after his image. a sinful nature in the heart. He was no longer holy after God’s image. Genesis 5:3
Everyone since Adam has been born with a sinful nature.Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; When we come to the age of accountability; we are a sinner. There has been fruit of sin in our life – lying, cheating, stealing, disobedience, etc. When Jesus began to preach , his message was to repent. Matthew 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Repentance –To feel self-reproach or sorrow for past actions.
To feel regret and change one’s mind for wrong doing
To ask God to forgive us of all our committed sins.
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
If we confess and forsake our sins, God will forgive us – our committed sins are all washed away, but there is still a root of sin in our hearts: the carnal nature, Adamic nature or inherent sin. This inherent sin may be summed up by calling it the sin of self hood. God was no longer ruler in the heart, self became the ruler. The Holy Spirit has to purge out the carnal nature.
The disciples were saved, their names were written down in heaven but Jesus prayed in John 17:16-17 to sanctify them. They needed the experience of sanctification and infilling of the Holy Spirit
The two type of sin makes a second definite work of grace necessary.
Only those who have been born –again are qualified to receive the Holy Spirit.John 14:17; the Holy Spirit is with us when we get saved but he is not in us
Sanctify – To make holy, set apart for religious use,
To consecrate, to make free from sin, ,
To purify to cleanse from moral corruption.
The disciples were sanctified on the day of Pentecost Acts 2:1-4
Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
A complete unconditional surrender of self to God without any reservations followed by earnest desire and fervent prayer for the infilling of the Holy Spirit must be made to be sanctified.
When a person gets sanctified their heart will be purified and cleansed from the carnal nature and they Holy Spirit will fill the heart with the Love of God.