10/23/12 Daily Devotion

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

When do we receive the Spirit of God? This question has long been a debate in the religious circles and will continue to be until this world comes to an end. Jesus told the disciples to remain in Jerusalem, and they would receive the gift of the Spirt as promised by God. In reading this account, many people believe there is a second baptism, a baptism of the Spirit. While this may be what happened to the disciples, this is not what occurs today. The disciples found themselves in a very unique position, one which we will never be in upon this earth. When they were baptized, they had no need for the Spirt of God because God was with them in the form of His son Jesus, thus negating the need for the presence of the Spirit upon the earth. After the departure of Jesus, all those who were baptized received the Spirit at baptism, while all those who were baptized before the departure of Jesus received it after He departed. While the receipt of and presence of the Spirit will always be in debate, those wanting to know the truth need only read their Bible in its entirety on the subject. For as they do, the truth will be made known.

Prayer Starter:

Lord, help me utilize the presence of Your Spirit within my life.

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