2. Receiving The Gift Of The Holy Ghost
Receiving The Gift Of The Holy Ghost
“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.”
This is an important passage therefore it must be understood correctly. The English word “of” is a preposition word (a function word used to indicate something in relation to something else). It can be used interchangeably with several words (i.e., from, by) without changing the meaning of the statement.
(Luke 10:22) “All things are delivered to me of my Father…… (from my Father)”
(Ecclesiastes 3:13) “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.” (from God)
(Ecclesiastes 5:19) “Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.” (from God)
(Romans 6:23) “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God (from God) is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In the book of Acts, Peter speaks to the crowd where he informs them about receiving a gift “of” the Holy Ghost (God’s Spirit)
(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.”
Two FACTS must be brought to light in order to properly understand this passage.
1. First, we don’t normally consider God (directly) as being some kind of object for our possession. Our bodies were designed to be inhabited by God (Ephesians 2:22) dependent on our obedience to him (Acts 5:32).
2. Second, the Holy Ghost (= God) is the “source” from which spiritual gift(s) (plural) are given to man. Gifts are distributed as determined by God (1 Corinthians 12:4-6).
(Hebrews 2:4) “God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of (from) the Holy Ghost, according to his (God) own will?”
The gifts from God vary greatly; (riches and wealth – Ecclesiastes 5:19); (eternal life – Romans 6:23) (wisdom, knowledge, the gift of healing, interpretation, discerning spirits, etc… – 1 Corinthians 12:8-11).
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