When do we receive the Holy Spirit?

Question: “When and how to we receive the Holy Spirit?”

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The apostle Paul taught that we receive the Holy Spirit the moment we receive Jesus as our Savior.

For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink (1 Corinthians 12:13).

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13-14).

Romans 8:9 makes it clear that the Holy Spirit does not come before the moment of salvation.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ. The Spirit of Christ cannot come until the person is saved as the Spirit will not come to anyone who does not belong to Christ.

Many scriptures clearly state that we receive salvation the moment we receive Jesus as our Savior and at the same moment we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Many confuse receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation with the Spirit filling us for special functions (Luke 1:15, Acts 4:8, Acts 13:9, Acts 13:52) and the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit include: a message of wisdom, a message of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in different kinds of tongues, and interpretation of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:7-10). While receiving the Holy Spirit is an automatic and immediate part of salvation, the gifts of the Holy Spirit only occurs as we ask and as the Holy Spirit deems appropriate as he distributes them to each one, just as he determines (1 Corinthians 12:11).

He says, when we are anointed, when we receive Jesus, then we receive the Holy Spirit.  He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come (2 Corinthians 1:21-22).

In conclusion, how do we receive the Holy Spirit? We receive the Holy Spirit by receiving Jesus as our Savior. When do we receive the Holy Spirit? We receive the Holy Spirit the moment we receive Jesus.

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