Have You Received the Holy Spirit Since You Believed? An Experience that will Empower Your Life

 

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Globally, we are seeing an unprecedented and unstoppable move of God, an outpouring of His Holy Spirit on a scale never before seen in history. These are extremely exciting times to live in. What about you? Have you already received the Holy Spirit?

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An Experience that will Empower Your Life “Have You Received the Holy Spirit Since You Believed?” ALBERT & PENINNAH OBERDORFER

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A l b e r t L . O b e rdorfer (Mag.phil.) is an Austrian-born teacher who currently teaches English at Chiang M a i U n i v e r s i t y. A l b e r t ’s b e l ove d wife Associate Professor Peninnah Oberdorfer (M.D., Ph.D.) is a pediatrician and lecturer in pediatric infectious diseases at the same university. Together they have a heartfelt desire to see believers receive the Holy Spirit just like all the early disciples of Jesus, as recorded in the book of Acts. In his 20+ years of experience as a believer in Christ, Albert has had the privilege to see hundreds (individuals as well as groups) receive the Holy Spirit—either before, while, or after they got water baptized. In this book he shares some of his scriptural insights and experiences that will help you to receive the Holy Spirit, as in Acts. Albert and Peninnah believe that a mighty move of the Holy Spirit is currently sweeping Asian nations, including Thailand, which will see a major transformation of the region through the love and power of God.

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“Have You Received the Holy Spirit Since You Believed?” An Experience that will Empower Your Life ALBERT & PENINNAH OBERDORFER

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Not everybody who believes in Jesus has automatically received the Holy Spirit yet. ...when [Peter and John] had come down,[they] prayed for [the Samaritan believers] that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He [the Holy Spirit] had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. —Acts 8:15-16

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Chapter 1 PAUL’S QUESTION: “HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT SINCE YOU BELIEVED?” People can follow some teachings, they can believe, they can have been baptized, but it doesn’t automatically mean that they have already received the Holy Spirit IN ACTS 19, we find this passage.

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22 CHAPTER 1 And ... Paul ... came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit. —Acts 19:1-2 Paul came to Ephesus where he met some disciples. But when he saw them, he must have felt that these people were still missing something. That’s why he asked them, “Have ye received the Holy Spirit since ye believed.” 1 ! The Ephesians were already disciples. The word disciple comes from the Greek word ‘mathete.’ A ‘mathete’ is a learner, like a pupil who learns from a teacher. So these Ephesians had already followed some teachings. They already believed something. 7 In a bible version called Young’s Literal Translation, Paul’s question goes like this: `The Holy Spirit did ye receive—HAVING BELIEVED?' If every believer has automatically received the Holy Spirit, Paul’s question doesn’t make much sense.

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HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT ...? 23 But still, they had not received the Holy Spirit yet. They had not even heard whether there was a Holy Spirit. In Acts 8, we find a similar case. It’s a story about believers in Samaria. Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ to them. ... [W]hen they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. ... Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, Who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He (the Holy Spirit) had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they [Peter and John] laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. —Acts 8:5,12,14-17 Those people in Samaria had already heard the gospel from Philip.

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24 CHAPTER 1 They already believed. They had already been baptized in water in the name of Jesus. But still, they had not yet received the Holy Spirit either. The scriptures explicitly say, ... as yet He [the Holy Spirit] had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. —Acts 8:16 So Peter and John came to help them. They prayed for them and laid hands on them. Then these water-baptized believers finally received the Holy Spirit. We read, Then they [Peter and John] laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. —Acts 8:16 The word of God explicitly says that only when Peter and John laid hands on them, then “they received the Holy Spirit.” This can only mean that right up to that moment they did not have the Holy Spirit yet. The good thing is that in both cases, the disciples in Acts 19 and the water-baptized

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HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT ...? 25 believers in Acts 8, did receive the Holy Spirit in the end. We will examine both passages in more detail later. 2 But may I ask you something at this point? Can I be as direct as Paul and ask you the same question that he asked? Have you already received the Holy Spirit like the first disciples in the book of Acts? You might already be a ‘disciple’ who follows some teachings, you might even have already been baptized in water. But it doesn’t necessarily mean that you have already received the Holy Spirit. You might say, “But what does it mean to receive the Holy Spirit?” That’s a good question. This is what we are going to look at in the next chapter. You might also say, “But how did Philip and the apostles in Acts 8 knew that the Samaritan believers had not yet received the Holy Spirit? And how did they know that they received the Holy Spirit later when the apostles laid hands on 2 See: CHAPTER 3: HOW DID THE FIRST DISCIPLES KNOW, IF OTHER BELIEVERS HAD RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT? and CHAPTER 12: THE HOLY SPIRIT IS THE GUARANTEE OF OUR SALVATION.

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26 CHAPTER 1 them?” That’s another good question. We are going to look at this in chapter 3. 3 ! SUMMARY In Acts 19:1, Paul asked some disciples, “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?” A disciple is someone who follows a teaching like a learner or a pupil. In Acts 8, there is a case where people hear the gospel, they believe it, they get baptized, but still at that moment do not receive the Holy Spirit yet. This shows us that people can have followed some teachings, they can have heard the gospel, they can have believed, they can even have been baptized, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that they have already received the Holy Spirit. 3 See: CHAPTER 3: HOW DID THE FIRST DISCIPLES KNOW, IF OTHER BELIEVERS HAD RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT?

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