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How Do You Get the Holy Spirit? (2 of 9)
Series: The Sevenfold Holy Spirit
Ephesians 1:13-14, Romans 8:1-27
In the first class in this series, we talked about who the Holy Spirit is. Today, we're going to talk about one question that might be at the top of many people's minds:
How do you get the Holy Spirit?
The Holy Spirit is a priceless Treasure. He is magnificent, holy, pure, sweet, kind, loving, gentle, honoring, and generous. He's AMAZING.
But if you don't have Him yet-or aren't sure if you have Him-then you can't get to know Him. You have to know someone is with you before you can develop a relationship with them!
So how do you get the Holy Spirit? It's simple: He is a Gift. Father God gives Him to you to be your constant Companion at the moment SOMETHING happens in your life.
And what is that SOMETHING? When is that moment when Father sends you this Person, this most precious Gift?
It is at the moment you give your life to Jesus.
Yes, you read that right. At the moment you give your life to Jesus, if you haven't already-or at the moment you gave your life to Jesus, if you already did-you receive the Holy Spirit from God.
Automatically. No effort involved on your part other than surrendering to Jesus and accepting His free gift of salvation.
You don't have to work in order to get the Holy Spirit. You don't have to beg Father for Him. You don't have to be smart enough, good enough, or have enough people like you.
The Holy Spirit simply cannot be bought or earned. He is too priceless, too precious for that. He is a Gift, given to us-to YOU!-by God by grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:13-14 tells us:
"In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.''
When you and I received Jesus Christ as our Lord-when we decided to make Him our Boss, our personal Master, our Sovereign Ruler-we did so by God's grace (His unmerited, undeserved favor toward us) through faith. We didn't deserve to have our sins forgiven, but ''while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us'' (Romans 5:8).
Jesus Christ paid the price for our sin. He died for us so we don't have to die if we will receive His forgiveness and make Him our Lord.
He did all the work. All we had to do was receive the gift of His forgiveness and make Him the Boss of our lives. That is called ''salvation,'' and salvation in Jesus Christ is a gift (Ephesians 2:1-10). You can't earn salvation. You can't buy it. All you can do is accept it as a free gift.
And the Holy Spirit is also a Gift from God to you, given in exactly the same wa ...
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