Lesson 11 The Conditions for Receiving the Holy Ghost
Reading: Psalm 42
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
5:6 Blessed are they which do
hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7:37–39. In the last day, that great day
of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come
unto me, and drink. 38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath
said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39(But this
spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the
Holy Ghost was not yet given;
because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
14:16–17. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,
that he may abide with you for ever; 17Even
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
2:38, 39. 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. 39For 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.
10:44. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which
heard the word.
8:14–17. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15Who,
when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy
Ghost: 16(For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) 17Then laid they their
hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
5:32. And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey
ON THE LESSON TEXT
5:6. Spiritual blessings are promised to
those who earnestly desire them.
7:37–39. Those who hunger for the Holy Spirit are promised his infilling.
This can now be fulfilled since Pentecost.
14:16, 17. The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, was then with the disciples but
he was to be in them. This is an experience the world cannot receive.
2:38, 39. Peter makes the reception of the Holy Spirit subsequent to
conversion and a privilege for all whom God calls.
10:44. Cornelius, and his friends, received the Holy Ghost while Peter was
8:14–17. The converts at Samaria received the Holy Ghost through the
prayers and the laying on of hands.
5:32. Only those who obey God receive the Holy Ghost.
TOPIC: CONDITIONS FOR RECEIVING THE HOLY GHOST
THE GROUND OF THE EXPERIENCE
The promise of the experience through Christ.
Christ promised to send another comforter, the Holy Ghost. The presence of the
comforter was not to be like the personal presence of Christ—temporary; he was
to abide forever, so he is still with us. B) The coming of the Holy Spirit was
conditioned on Christ’s going away. Hence the promise of the Holy Spirit could
not be fulfilled till after the ascension. C) It was fulfilled on Pentecost.
Since then the Spirit is obtainable by all who meet the conditions.
The prayer of Christ.
Christ prayed for our sanctification. This prayer is not for the disciples alone
but for all who believe in him through their word. B) This prayer is answered in
the baptism of the Holy Spirit who is the Sanctifier.
The death of Christ.
He dedicated himself to die as a sacrifice that we might be sanctified. B) He
died that the Church might be sanctified. C) We are sanctified through his blood
THE EXPERIENCE IS FOR:
Living men in this life.
The advantage of Christ’s departure proves this. There could be no benefit in
Christ’s leaving if the Spirit is not now obtainable. B) It is possessed by
men. The Bible record clearly proves this.
Not for this world.
The world cannot receive him, so Jesus declares. Unsaved men are not in a
condition to receive him. B) Christ prayed not for the world but for those who
had been saved out of the world. His request for sanctification and his promise
of the Spirit concern his disciples only.
It is promised to all. Peter declares the promise is to as many as the Lord
shall call, which includes all Christians. Christ’s prayer includes all
converts. B) Being based in the atonement it is an integral part of the plan of
salvation, hence is not withheld from any who come God’s way.
CONDITIONS FOR RECEIVING THE EXPERIENCE
The condition to be in.
Justified. Those who are justified are in a position to enter the experience of
perfect holiness. B) In Christ. Only branches in Christ receive the purging.
Those who were never in, or those who have been broken off, cannot receive it.
C) Bearing fruit. Sanctification and the Holy Spirit baptism are not to enable
one to bear fruit but to bear more fruit. List of fruits: Galatians 5:22, 23. D)
Obedient. Careless and disobedient people are not prepared to receive this
experience. E) In one accord. Quarreling and contentions must first cease before
the Holy Spirit may be received.
Conditions to be met.
Not tarrying and agonizing. The apostles were to tarry till Pentecost should
come. Since that date the Holy Spirit has ever been in the world. The Apostles
did not instruct people to tarry but offered the Holy Spirit as a present
experience. The struggle is only with one’s self and not to induce God to
fulfill his promise. B) A desire for the experience. It is promised to those who
hunger and thirst for it. Hence one must first know about such an experience and
feel the need. C) The death of the “old man.” Carnality must be destroyed.
This requires the forsaking of every evil inclination and the surrender of every
selfish ambition. At this point some experience a hard struggle with self which
is the only occasion for struggle. D) Consecration. This is a dedication of
ourselves to God’s exclusive service. Having been freed from sin and made
alive in Christ we present ourselves an acceptable sacrifice. The consecration
must be complete. E) Prayer. The Spirit is promised to those who ask him. Many
other promises encourage us to come boldly to him. F) Faith. The household of
Cornelius counted the promises theirs, they received the word, and through faith
they received the experience while Peter yet preached. Other conditions having
been met, they quite naturally grasp the promise and the work is done.
Assistance of others.
Samaritans received the experience through the prayers and laying on of hands of
Apostles. Such assistance, with personal instructions, is often helpful.
THE EVIDENCE OF THE EXPERIENCE
Not particular manifestations.
Not speaking in tongues. This is discussed in one of the other lessons. Many
Spirit baptized men never spoke in tongues. B) No demonstration promised.
The assurance of faith.
Definite faith assures of the experience. This is not faith that it will be done
but that it is done. Such faith is inspired by the Spirit himself. B) Based on
the Word. Having met the conditions of the Word and appropriated its promises
faith grasps the assurance.
The witness of the Spirit.
The Spirit himself is the witness. The possession of him is the greatest
evidence possible. B) The Spirit witnesses with us. As in justification the
Spirit bears witness with our spirits. The sweet inward assurance is more
valuable than outward signs.
The fruits of the Spirit.
works, both in us and through us, witness of his presence. We do show by our
lives. Living right wherever we are and in what we do.