What are the requirements to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit?

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We receive the Holy Spirit when we accept and follow the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:5-16). To be “born of water and of the Spirit” is equivalent to being “born again,” that is, “from above” (John 3:3).

The Bible clearly spells out the simple requirements to receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit:

  1. Ask: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13).
  2. Obey God: “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 says, “If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth” (John 14:15, 16, 17). Those who are born from above have God as their Father and resemble Him in character ( 1 John 3:1–3; John 8:39, 44). Henceforth, they aspire, by the grace of Christ, to live above sin (Rom. 6:12–16) and do not yield their wills to commit sin (1 John 3:9; 5:18).
  3. Witness: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me.” (Acts 1:8).

But how do we get filled with the Holy Spirit?

“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:13).

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13-14).

From the above verses, we learn that receiving/indwelling of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation. But the filling of the Spirit is an ongoing process in the Christian life that takes place as we submit daily to His leading.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team


Before you go

Jesus loves you and has died for you so that one day you may live with Him forever.

If you’ve not accepted Jesus, you can do so right now. All it takes is one simple prayer, such as this:

Dear Father, I’m sorry for my sins. I want to be filled with your love in my heart. Please cleanse me that I may be born again as one of your children. In Jesus name, Amen.

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