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The infilling of the Holy Ghost has been viewed differently by many denominations. Some claim it is not essential and some even state the Holy Ghost is no longer even being poured out. However, in this post, we will find what the Bible says about the topic.

Acts 2:38, “Then Peter said unto them, repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

The third fundamental step in the plan of salvation is being filled with the Holy Ghost!

The Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are used interchangeably in the New Testament. The scriptures refer to the Holy Ghost experience in the following ways:

  • the “gift” of the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:45)
  • the “infilling” of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:4)
  • the “baptism” of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:5)
  • the “receiving” of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38)
  • the “coming” of the Holy Ghost (Acts 19:6)
  • the “falling” of the Holy Ghost (Acts 18:6)
  • the “pouring out” of the Holy Ghost (Acts 10:45)

The word “ghost” and “spirit” are both translated from the same Greek word “pneuma” which means a current of air, a breath or breeze; a soul, a spirit. The word reveals the connection between the “breath of God” and life itself.

  • God “breathed” into Adam and he became “a living soul” (Genesis 2:7)
  • Jesus “breathed” on his disciples and told them to expect to receive the Holy Ghost (John 20:22)

Jesus told his disciples that He would not leave them “comfortless.” Instead, He promised to return to them in the manifestation of the Comforter. In the following scriptures, Jesus clearly identifies Himself as the Comforter:

  • John 14:16-18 “(Jesus said) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever: Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”
  • John 14:26 “But the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

In Acts 2:4 we find this outpouring of the Holy Ghost, and verse 33 confirms this was the promised comforter!

The Holy Spirit Foretold in the Old Testament

  • The Prophet Isaiah (730 BC) – Isaiah 28:11-12 “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet the would not hear. (Paul confirms this as prophecy of the Holy Ghost in 1 Corinthians 14:21)
  • The Prophet Ezekiel (586 BC) – Ezekiel 36:26-27 “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.”
  • The Prophet Joel (800 BC) – Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.” (Peter repeated these words in Acts 2:17-18)

Other Notable scriptures speaking of the Holy Ghost

Passages The Holy Ghost Was Poured Out

The Holy Ghost Is For Everyone!

  • Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh…”
  • Acts 2:39 “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
  • Acts 10:34-35 “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”

What Does The Holy Ghost Do For Us?

In conclusion, the infilling of the Holy Ghost is an essential step in the plan of salvation and it is for everyone! This amazing gift is our comfort and power that God gives to us freely!

 

 

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