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| Author: Dele Oke

Privileges of the family

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." (NIV)

Acts 19:6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. (NIV) Acts 19:1-2

If you were born (naturally) into a rich family you would immediately receive some privileges. These privileges may have been a silver spoon, a cot made of oak wood, plenty of toys or servants waiting on your every beck and call.

The family of God has its own privileges. Jesus, who is the head of the family has sent us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is Jesus gift to his family members. Receiving the Holy Spirit is the privilege we have as members of the family of God.

It was the Holy Spirit who opened our eyes to see that Jesus is Lord in the first place (1 Corinthians 10:3). The Holy Spirit was also at work in our hearts at salvation (1 Corinthians 5:17, John 20:22).

The Holy Spirit is a real person just like God and Jesus are real (John 14:25-26, John 15:26, John 16:5-15).

Jesus wants us all to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. This power will flow out of our lives and bless the people around us. (Acts 1:7-8).

Being baptised with the Holy Spirit means receiving the power of the Holy Spirit into our lives in such a measure that it will flow out and bless the lives of the people around us. Read the flowing scriptures and notice the signs that followed after the people received the Holy Spirit. (Acts 8: 14-20, Acts 9:17-20, Acts 10:44-48).

Jesus has promised and will give the Holy Spirit to all who ask him. (Luke 11:13)

Notice in the main text above (Acts 19:1-2) the question Paul asked the disciples.

You might find it helpful to ask some of the church leaders to pray with you to receive the Holy Spirit.

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