We receive the Holy Spirit simply by receiving the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior (John 3:5-16). Paul declares, “For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink” (1 Corinthians 12:13).
The receiving/indwelling of the Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation but the filling of the Spirit is an ongoing process in the Christian life. The Lord continues to fill the believers with His Holy Spirit as they continue living in obedience to Him ”And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him” (Acts 5: 32).
Jesus urged the necessity of walking in all known truth “If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin” (John 15:22). “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth” (John 9:41). When a man learns a point of truth in the Bible and refuses to obey it, he is guilty of practicing sin. Such a man is fighting the Holy Spirit whose primary work is to guide into all truth. This continual refusal to obey hardens the conscience, causing the Holy Spirit to finally withdraw and leads to the unpardonable sin.
The Holy Spirit is a free gift that God gives to all that ask “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. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:7-11).
All what the citizens of the kingdom need is theirs for the asking. What they cannot do in their own strength can be accomplished when human effort is united with divine power of the Holy Spirit.
In His service,
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