DID YOU KNOW that there has been much confusion over when a person receives the Set-apart Spirit?

Many teach that you cannot receive salvation until you receive the Spirit. Others teach that you cannot receive the Spirit until you have received salvation, while still others teach that you cannot receive the Spirit until you have been baptized. But what does Scripture have to say about this subject?

First, let’s look at Acts 2:1-4, ”And in the fulfilling of the day of Shavuot, they were all with one mind in the same place. And suddenly a sound came out of the heaven, as being borne along by a violent wind! And it filled all the house where they were sitting. And tongues as of fire appeared to them, being distributed, and it sat on each one of them. And they were all filled of the Set-apart Spirit, and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave to them to speak.”

These men had been waiting for the promise of the Father, as they had been directed by the Messiah before He left them.

Next, Acts 10:34-38, “Then Peter opened (his) mouth and said: ‘In truth I perceive that Elohim shows no partiality. But in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him. The word which Elohim sent to the sons of Israel, announcing peace through Y’hoshua the Messiah -- He is Master of all -- that word you know, which was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John taught: how Elohim anointed Y’hoshua of Nazareth with the Set-apart Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for Elohim was with Him.’ ”

Continuing in Acts 10:43-48, “ ‘To this One all the Prophets witness, through His name everyone believing into Him (will) receive remission of sins.’ As Peter was yet speaking these words, the Set-apart Spirit fell on all those hearing the Word. And the faithful of (the) circumcision were amazed, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Set-apart Spirit was poured out on the gentiles also. For they heard them speaking in languages and magnifying Elohim. Then Peter answered, ‘Can anyone forbid the water that these not be baptized, who the Set-apart Spirit received, even as we also?’ And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Y’hoshua the Messiah. Then they asked him to remain some days.”

Note that Cornelius’ household received the Spirit as they were receiving the good news about the Messiah.

Now, let’s compare the above verses with Acts 19:1-6, “And it happened, in the (time) Apollos was in Corinth, Paul (was) passing through the higher parts to come to Ephesus. And finding some disciples, he said to them, ‘Did you receive (the) Set-apart Spirit when you believed?’ And they said unto him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Set-apart Spirit.’ And he said to them, ‘Then into what were you baptized?’ And they said, ‘Into the baptism of John.’ And Paul said, ‘John indeed baptized (with) a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe into the (One) coming after him, that is, into the Messiah, Y’hoshua.’ And hearing, they were baptized into the Name of the Messiah Y’hoshua. And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Set-apart Spirit came on them, and they spoke in languages and prophesied.”

There is only one constant in the above verses, and that can be found in Acts 5:29-32, “But answering Peter and the apostles said, ‘It is right to obey YHVH rather than man. The Elohim of our fathers raised up Y’hoshua, whom you seized, hanging (Him) on a tree. Him Elohim has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give to Israel repentance and remission of sins. And we are His witnesses of these things, and so also is the Set-apart Spirit whom Elohim gave to those who obey Him.’ ”

The message in the above verses is clear: The Set-apart Spirit comes only to those who are walking in repentance and obedience to YHVH. Therefore, any spirit received by others will be a false spirit.

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