As noted in John 14:15-18, Jesus promised
to send the apostles a “Comforter”; i.e. Jesus said: “the Holy Spirit, Who is (currently) with you,
shall be in you”. This occurred as written in John 20:22 on Easter Sunday
evening, when Jesus "breathed upon" His disciples and said to them "receive the Holy Spirit".
Yet 40 days later in Acts 1:3-5,
8 Jesus said to his disciples: "Wait for the promise of the Father … and you shall
be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days hence … and you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come
upon you … and you shall be witnesses ..". Acts 2:1-4
The Holy Spirit was only "with" or alongside of
the apostles while Jesus was still with them. In other words, they had not yet fully realized the deity
of Jesus. Their recognition of His deity occurred after His resurrection, when Jesus appeared to them on Easter Sunday evening.
Consequently they became a filled with the Holy Spirit and acknowledged Him as Lord and
Savior. This is where the term "born again of the Spirit" is applied. Jesus
stated that: “unless you are born of the water (unto repentance) and of the spirit unto salvation, you shall not enter
the kingdom of God” 1 Jn.3:1-5. In other words, they acknowledged Jesus’ deity and gift of
salvation when He appeared to them on Easter Sunday evening.
filled with the Holy Spirit & acknowledging the deity of Jesus on Easter Sunday evening, is different than, being empowered
/ baptized by the Holy Spirit to be witnesses to Jesus’ deity and sacrificial death for our sins.
This empowerment gift of the Holy Spirit to be witnesses, is precisely what occurred at Pentecost (Feast of Weeks).
This is significantly different then what occurred on Easter (Feast of First Fruits) Sunday evening:
After Pentecost, according to the book of Acts, when people accepted
Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit entered new believers, and they were both filled with the Spirit
of God (En - in) to the knowledge of His deity, and empowered / baptized (Epi - upon) to be witnesses
to this Good News.
Indeed, the apostles themselves were at first
only filled with the Holy Spirit when Jesus breathed upon them the Holy Spirit Easter Sunday evening (Feast
of First Fruits). But it was not until Pentecost (Feast of Weeks), that the apostles received the Holy
Spirit, empowering them to be witnesses with the manifestations of God's Spirit working through them.
This empowerment / baptism of the Holy Spirit
is manifested by God
- working through us according to His will, as we are willing servants. That is why Paul often encourages
believers to be “filled with the Holy Spirit” Eph. 5:18, “who walk not after the flesh,
but after the Spirit” Rom. 8:1; in order that we may do the will of God; and willing to let Him work through us, as
we are submitted to His will. Reference Romans one 8:1-4.
will not manifest Himself through us, when we choose not to walk according to His will, choosing instead to reject the will
of God in our lives. In other words, by NOT doing the will of God, we are NOT acknowledging Jesus as Lord and Master of our
lives, and therefore we are NOT filled with the Holy Spirit.
is being filled with the Holy Spirit: doing the will of the Father in true acknowledgment of Jesus as Lord and Savior of our lives.
Then God can manifest Himself through us, “empowering” us with gifts of His Spirit to make
known His love.
See Feast of Weeks aka Pentecost
doing the will of God, we are NOT acknowledging Jesus as Lord and master. This is why Jesus said: "Not all who say Lord,
Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but they who do the will of My Father." (Mth. 7:21). This
means that we still have a free will choice to follow after Jesus, or not, such as Judas Iscariot.
this is NOT to be construed to mean that salvation is lost when we fail. In contrast to, turning
away from God as a matter of choice; in blasphemy of the Holy Spirit.
of Salvation Clarification: How can we have a secure "assurance of salvation"?
The apostle John likes to nail things down, to "know" this-or-that,
for sure. Some two dozen times in his First Letter he says we can "know" that we "know" the truth. Half
of those times he uses the word ginosko, which means to be informed, or to gain the knowledge of. The
other half he uses the word eido which means to know by perception of truth, i.e. common sense.
He has "written unto you . . . that ye may know (eido) that ye have eternal life" (1 John 5:13).
How can spiritual common sense give us this
"assurance"? The answer is in 1 John 5:11: "God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." "God so loved the world that He
gave His only begotten Son" (Jn 3:16). Three times in Romans 5, Paul emphasizes that God has given us the "free gift" that has reversed the "condemnation" that came
upon the human race "in Adam,". John says, that gift is "in Christ." The Father gave
Christ to the world, that He might already be "the Saviour of the world," "the Saviour of all men, specially
of those that believe" (Jn 4:42; 1 Tim 4:10).
What it boils down to is this: Salvation
is due to God's initiative; damnation can be due only to our own initiative what we choose not to "believe"
the truth. As surely as Esau had the birthright, so surely you have eternal life in Christ. He gave Himself for you and to
you. He not only offered to give you the gift of eternal life so that your salvation would not depend on your own initiative;
He actually gave you the gift so that in eternity you would never have any reason to "boast" that you took the initiative.
It's 100% "by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God [there's that
word again!]: not of works, lest any man should boast" (Eph 2:8, 9). Although Esau had the birthright, he chose to "despise" it and "sold" it for a trifle of worldly pleasure
(Gen 25:34: Heb 12:16). "He that believeth not" takes the initiative of choosing unbelief; in his being lost at the last (Jn 3:18, 19), "despising" what God has given him "in Christ." Cherish your assurance in Christ.
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