Did You Receive the Holy Spirit When You Believed? An Experience That Will Empower Your Life

 

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AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL EMPOWER YOUR LIFE H S the Did You eceive R oly pirit WhenYou Believed? ALBERT & PENINNAH OBERDORFER

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Presented to: __________________________ From: __________________________ Date: __________________________

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AN EXPERIENCE THAT WILL EMPOWER YOUR LIFE the DidY Receive oly pirit ALBERT & PENINNAH OBERDORFER H S WhenYou Believed?

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Did You Receive the Holy Spirit when You Believed? An Experience that will Empower Your Life 1st edition © Albert and Peninnah Oberdorfer, 2015 Chiang Mai, Thailand ISBN _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner without written permission of the author and publisher, except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles. A free flip book and PDF file of this book is available on our website http://www.oberdorferministry.com. All scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the New King James Version ®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Scripture quotations marked “KJV” are taken from the King James Version of the Holy Bible. Scripture quotations marked “NIV” are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society, Used by permission of Zondervan Publishing House. All rights reserved. Any emphasis in italics, CAPITAL LETTERS and additional information in brackets [] in the quotations from the bible are the authors’. Photo credits The photographic and clip art images on the front and back page, and pages , 91, 100, 103 (butterfly), 300 are from shutterbox.com. The photographic and clip art images on pages 39, 40, 48, 59, 61, 89, 90, 103 (moon cake), 105, and 106 are courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net. Printed in Chiang Mai, Thailand. ____________________ Other books by Albert and Peninnah Oberdorfer include Find Real Help: What God Has Already Done for You Through Jesus (available in English, German and Thai) and What is the Gospel and How can it be Received? Free PDF files and flip books of Find Real Help: What God Has Already done for You Through Jesus and What is the Gospel and How can it be Received? are available on our website http:// www.oberdorferministry.com.

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THANK YOU To our Thai family in Christ who are sharing with us our journey of faith. Thank you for all your help and encouragement along the way. Thank you especially Pi Eaw and Pi Yuang for all your faithful help in the work of the Lord. Thank you Papa Leif for adopting us into the family! “How BEAUTIFUL ARE THE FEET OF THOSE WHO PREACH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE, who bring glad tidings of good things!” (Rom 10:15b) It’s a new season. Thailand, and other places, shall see the salvation of the Lord springing up in our midst!

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WHAT OTHERS HAVE SAID ABOUT THIS BOOK I have nearly finished reading your book. It is excellent ... I pray many will receive it and act upon it. DAVID MARSH, AUSTRALIA Author of The Apostles’ Handbook: A Detailed Instruction Manual On How to Walk with Jesus in the Supernatural Realm of His Holy Spirit I finished your book about the Holy Spirit, very nice and simple. Easy to understand. Both your testimonies are very inspiring and touching! JEAN-MARC MIGNOT, VIETNAM

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CONTENTS PREFACE................................................................................................1 INTRODUCTION...................................................................................9 I LAYING THE SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION (1)................15 1 Paul’s Question: “Did You Receive the Holy Spirit when You Believed?”—People Can Follow Some Teachings. They Can Believe in Jesus. They Can Have Been Baptized. But It Does Not Automatically Mean That They Already Have Received the Holy Spirit..............19 What Does it Mean ‘To Have Received the Holy Spirit’?—To Have Received the Holy Spirit Means to Have the Spirit in You.................................................................25 How Did the First Disciples Know That Other Believers Had Received the Holy Spirit?—The Accompanying Sign of Speaking in Other Tongues............35 The Holy Spirit is the Guarantee of Our Salvation—When We Have Received the Holy Spirit We Can Be Sure that We Are Saved.....................................53 We Need the Holy Spirit Today, Just Like the First Disciples Needed the Holy Spirit Then— Jesus Sent the Holy Spirit to Be Our Helper and to Empower Us to Do His Will....................................................59 You Can Receive the Holy Spirit—Today— “Repent, Be Baptized ... and You Shall Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit”.......................................................................71 2 3 4 5 6 II OUR TESTIMONY......................................................................75 7 From an Alpine Lake to a Dusty Opal-Mining Town—Albert’s Story—From Catholicism to Jesus.......77

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8 From Lifeless Idols to the Living God— Peninnah’s Story—From Buddha to Jesus.......................91 Back to the Basics: What is the Gospel and How Can it Be Received?—Jesus Died, He Was Buried, and He Rose Again For Us (=as Us); Repent, Be Baptized, and Receive the Holy Spirit.........................105 III LAYING THE SCRIPTURAL FOUNDATION (2).............101 9 10 God’s Original Plan: You Were Made to Have the Spirit of God Live in You—God—Who Is a Spirit—Made Man to Be Like Him; so in the Beginning, Man and God Were United in the Spirit, and God’s Spirit Lived in Man..............................................113 11 2 Legacies: Adam’s and Jesus’—Adam Chose Separation from God. Because of That All People are by Birth Separated from God in Their Spirit. But Because of Jesus’ Death, Burial, and Resurrection Everybody Can Now Receive the Holy Spirit...................119 12 How Can I Be Sure that I Will Also Receive the Holy Spirit?—The Holy Spirit Is a Gift That Is for All; It Is Easy to Receive a Gift, if You Have the Right Mind Set..........................................................................127 13 What Kind Attitude You Need to Have to be Able to Receive the Holy Spirit?—You Need to Have Faith and a Sincere Heart...........................................141 IV TIME FOR ACTION—WHAT YOU SHOULD DO WHEN BELIEVE......................................................................153 14 “Repent”— To Repent Means to Change the Way You Think: Hearing the Truth from the Word of God About the Gospel Will Create Faith in You and You Will Be Able to Receive the Holy Spirit..............................157

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15 “Be Baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ”— Baptism Links Us with Our Co-Death and Co-Burial With Jesus Christ .....................................................................161 16 “Receive the Gift of the Holy Spirit”— Act on the Word: Get Baptized (for the First Time, or Again, if Need be), After That Have Hands Laid on You, and Receive the Holy Spirit with the Accompanying Sing of Speaking in Other Tongues................................................189 17 What Happens When We Speak in Tongues— Through Speaking in Tongues We Can (1) Effectively Pray According to God’s Will, (2) Build Ourselves up Spiritually, (3) Protect Ourselves Spiritually, and (4) Effectively Pray for Our Brothers and Sisters....................199 V BUT WHAT ABOUT...? — CLARIFYING MISUNDERSTOOD IDEAS ABOUT RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT AND SPEAKING IN TONGUES...205 18 “Speaking in Tongues is Madness”—Onlookers Who Are Uninformed or Unbelievers Will Say That Speaking in Tongues Is Madness......................................205 19 “When People Speak in Tongues, They Speak a Known Language as in Acts 2; Isn’t It?”— On Pentecost God Performed a Miracle in the Ears of the Listeners.....................................................................213 20 “I Have the Holy Spirit, but I Don’t Speak in Tongues Because I Don’t Have the Gift of Tongues”—There Are 2 Kinds of Tongues. Everyone Who Has Received the Holy Spirit Speaks in ‘Normal’ Tongues, but Certain Believers Also Operate in the Gift of Tongues................................221 21 “Is There a Difference Between ‘Receiving the Holy Spirit’ and ‘Being Baptized with the Holy Spirit’?”—’To Have Received the Holy Spirit‘

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and ‘To Be Baptized with the Holy Spirit’ Is the Same Thing. It Both Means That the Holy Spirit Has Come to Be in You.....................................................233 22 “My Denomination Doesn’t Believe in Speaking in Tongues”—Traditions Can Make the Word of God of No Effect..........................................239 23 “What About Romans 10, 19, which Says that if I Confess with My Mouth and Believe in My Heart, then I Am Saved?”—One Thing That We as Humans Might Not Be Able to Know Is the Heart of a Person; But When God Gives the Holy Spirit to Someone, He Acknowledges That Person’s Heart......................................................................245 24 “How About John, Chapter 20, Where it Says That the Disciples Received the Holy Spirit when Jesus Blew on Them?”—In John 20, Jesus Was Not Yet Glorified. So When Jesus Blew on His Disciples and Said, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” This Was a Prophetic Act. All Disciples Then Did Receive the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, After Jesus Was Glorified..................................................251 25 “Do I Have to Be Water Baptized to Receive the Holy Spirit?”—Some People in the Bible Received the Holy Spirit Unexpectedly, Without Having Been Baptized First. But in All Other Examples in the Bible, People Listened to the Gospel First, Then They Got Baptized, and Then They Received the Holy Spirit.........................................257 VI CLARIFYING THINGS HARD TO BE UNDERSTOOD CONCERNING THE GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND TONGUES................................265

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26 A Brief Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12, 13, and 14........................................................................267 VII FINAL THOUGHTS...............................................................279 27 God is Calling You—The Holy Spirit Is God’s Gift for You............................................................................281 CONTACT INFORMATION..........................................................285 INDEX.................................................................................................287

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