Unlimited: The Gift of the Spirit
Aug 31, 2022 388
[the Holy Spirit,] who has been given to us (Romans 5:5c).
We should never forget that the Holy Spirit is given to us as a gift. There is nothing a child of God can do to receive the Holy Spirit. There is nothing we can do to receive more of the Holy Spirit. We simply accept him.
Some followers of Jesus act as if this is not the case. Just like the yogis of India who in the pursuit of enlightenment thrust spikes and hooks through their bodies, and contort themselves into impossible shapes, some Christians think that the louder they sing, the more they pray, the more they study the Bible, the more of the Holy Spirit they will receive. This is simply not the case.
The Holy Spirit has only ever come upon people as God’s gracious gift as a result of our having responded to the Gospel.
Revival is a good thing to seek, and revival can only come through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit has only ever come upon people as God’s gracious gift as a result of our having responded to the Gospel. This has always been true, from his first outpouring in Pentecost in response to the death, resurrection, and ascension of Christ. As the apostle Peter himself preached on the day of Pentecost.
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).
What things have you done in your life to try to receive the Holy Spirit. If you are child of God, have you ever just simply asked?