While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2 and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”
They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”
3 So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?”
“John’s baptism,” they replied.
4 Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.
7 There were about twelve men in all. Acts 19:1-7
One of the teaching Paul had to address multiple times was that of the Holy Spirit. Many disciples knew about John’s teaching of repentance, but the Holy Spirit was a new concept to them.
Many today regard the Holy Spirit as “just” the third person of the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They do not realize the power that Christians have when the Holy Spirit enters their life. Even well-meaning Christians don’t enjoy the gifts and benefits the Holy Spirit freely gives:
- Power to live a holy and sanctified life
- Daily encouragement
- Daily strength
- Boldness and courage
Thousands of very books have been written about the Holy Spirit in the world and in the life of the Believer. The Holy Spirit lives in each person who calls on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. What Christians “do” with that free gift is entirely up to them.
If we only realized every morning that Almighty God is living inside us, that would revolutionize our thoughts, words, and actions.