By Pastor Lee Hemen
June 19, 2008
All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:4)
There is so much utter unadulterated garbage taught concerning the Holy Spirit it should make one absolutely want to run around and scream, “Doesn’t anyone ever actually read and study the Bible!?” Imagine my surprise when I first came to know the Lord that all of sudden I found out that I may not be truly saved until I had received some kind of jolt of the “second blessing”? So I did something that made the person who told me this mad, I began to study the Scriptures to see if he was correct. He wasn’t. Not only was he entirely wrong in his theology, but in his view of Christian history as well. (He loaned me a book about how to get the “second blessing,” and it gave all of these quotes and comments by early church fathers. However, as I studied actual church history and the actual complete letters of many of those church fathers quoted in the book, I discovered that the author had conveniently left out the intent of the writer and often edited its context and content! None supported a “second blessing,” and in several cases actually out right condemned it!)
People forget that God actually does things for a purpose. Not to give us a ritual or guidelines on how to do such and such in order to be more holy or more Christian. In fact, because of this I can safely say that there will never be another Pentecost as described in the Scriptures. There will never be another parting of the Red Sea, prophets of Baal challenge vs. Elijah, Noah’s ark, bringing down the house at Jericho, or empty tomb incident! When we actually read Scripture we find that God allowed some folks to utter “tongues” at specific times for specific reasons and each time was often decades apart! In fact we know that if God is three personalities in one godhead: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit – you receive all three when you receive Christ as your Savior and Lord! We know that God the Father is in control and exists everywhere all the time, that Jesus the Son is in heaven making intercession for the saints, and that the believer is sealed and empowered with the Holy Spirit when he believes! How difficult is that?
I like what Spurgeon says concerning the Holy Spirit and this verse: “As sacred oil, he anoints the head of the believer, sets him apart to the priesthood of saints, and gives him grace to execute his office aright. As the only truly purifying water he cleanses us from the power of sin and sanctifies us unto holiness, working in us to will and to do of the Lord’s good pleasure.”
It is the presence of the Holy Spirit that illuminates God’s Holy Word and helps the believer to understand it for the first time. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit that shows the truth of spirits, people or dogma, we need to test in order to actually understand if they are from God or not. It is the presence of the Holy Spirit that enlightens the soul and enlivens the heart of a sinner and makes him a delight to God. It is the believer’s God-housekeeping seal of approval!
Oh I know there will be some of you who just will not be able to resist in trying to set me straight as to the teaching of a second blessing, but it is a sad fact indeed if you actually need a second blessing because the first one was not sufficient enough for you! Why would I say that? Because that is what you are accusing God of. The sacrifice and the cleansing power of His Son’s blood was not good enough and you need one more jolt. To this heresy I say, “Holy hog wash!”
Those on Pentecost were filled because the crowd needed assurance of God’s presence in the lives of those early believers. And was it gibberish they spoke? Nope. It was actual known languages that were understandable to the listeners. While some thought the disciples drunk because they did not understand other people’s language, what they experienced was the power of God for a specific purpose of multiplying the church and not a ritual or guideline to follow in order to receive some convoluted second blessing. They had already received the first and that was all they needed. Just like you.
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