ESV - 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
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We are given the Holy Spirit when we believe the gospel. First Corinthians 15:1-4 That Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures, that He was buried and rose again on the third day, according to the scriptures. That His blood sacrifice atoned for all our sins forever. When we put our trust in what He did, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 In whom ye also trusted, after ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of you salvation; in whom also AFTER ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the Holy Spirit in whom ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Second Timothy, 2:19 Nevertheless, the foundation of God is sure, having this seal, (The Holy Spirit) the Lord knoweth them that are His. Acts 11:16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how He said, John indeed baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holly Spirit. So when we believe the gospel that Jesus blood sacrifice has paid our sin debt in full forever, we are given the free gift of the Holy Spirit who is our righteousness before God. It is the Holy Spirit that is how we are born again. Born of God. When we were born into this world it was a water birth, but when we are born again it is a spiritual birth. It is our soul/spirit that is saved, not our flesh or old nature. We still have that until we die. But our soul/spirit lives forever and will be reunited with our new sinless bodies at the resurrection. Once we have the Holy Spirit he will never leave us or forsake us. Hebrews 13:5. He is the one who keeps us saved. He is our comforter. We can grieve the Holly Spirit when we sin, but never lose the Holy Spirit who has sealed us forever in Him.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit refers to Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, and 1 Corinthians chapters12 and 14. The believer receives power after the Holy Spirit comes upon them to be greater witnesses, with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as the Spirit of God gives the utterance. It is an awesome gift separate from salvation. (See Acts 19) The baptism in the Holy Spirit is received by the prayer of faith just like salvation and commonly given at the point of laying on of hands (although not necessary). You receive Jesus BY FAITH, you receive healing by faith, you receive deliverance by faith, you receive other answers to prayer by faith, and most assuredly you receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit by faith. Faith is the currency of heaven. Every writer of the New Testament spoke in tongues. There are 680 million people on the earth today that speak in tongues, and each one received BY FAITH. You can too! Next to salvation, it’s the greatest gift you’ll ever receive.
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