What is the Gift of the Holy Spirit?
By: Daron Hoggatt
Key Scripture: Acts 2:38, “38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
What is this “gift?”
A. Luke 12:12, “12 For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”
a. Acts 2:4, “4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
B. Acts 1:8, “8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
C. Acts 19:1, 2, “1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
a. Both Acts 1:8 and 19:1, 2 indicate that the Spirit was given at the time of believing.
D. Romans 8:9, “9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”
E. Ephesians 1:13, 14, “13 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, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.”
F. 2 Peter 1:19-21, “19 And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
We see that the “gift of the Holy Spirit” actually applies to several parts of our lives.
1st It gives us the guidance in what to say. We see that the writers of the Bible did not write upon their own will, but instead, only wrote what the Holy Spirit provided the words of.
2nd We see that it provides us with redemptive power. This means that we know the difference of right and wrong.
3rd With redemptive power we gain ownership. The ownership allows us to make those decisions. The Holy Spirit helps us understand both of these things.
4th By receiving the “gift” we became a temple of the Lord. “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.”