The Necessity of Holy Spirit Toward Our Salvation
In Acts 8:15, Peter and John were sent to Samaria to pray for those who had responded to the preaching of Philip (Acts 8:4–13) that they might receive the Holy Spirit. “For as yet He had fallen upon none of them” (Acts 8:16). This verse does not support the false notion that Christians receive the Holy Spirit subsequent to salvation. This was a transitional period in which confirmation by the apostles was necessary to verify the inclusion of a new group of people into the church. Because of the animosity that existed between Jews and Samaritans, it was essential for the Samaritans to receive the Spirit in the presence of the leaders of the Jerusalem church, for the purpose of maintaining a unified church. The delay also revealed the Samaritans’ need to come under apostolic authority. The same transitional event occurred when the Gentiles were added to the church (11:44–46; 15:6–12; 19:6).
So “they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit” (v. 17). This signified apostolic affirmation and solidarity. That this actually occurred likely demonstrated that believers also spoke in tongues here, just as those who received the Spirit did on the Day of Pentecost, as the Gentiles did when they received the Spirit (Acts10:46), and as those followers of John did (Acts 8:19:6). As Samaritans, Gentiles, and believers from the Old Covenant were added to the church, the unity of the church was established. No longer could one nation (Israel) be God’s witness people, but the church made up of Jews, Gentiles, half-breed Samaritans, and Old Testament saints who became New Testament believers (Acts 8:19:1–7). To demonstrate the unity, it was imperative that there be some replication in each instance of what had occurred at Pentecost with the believing Jews, such as the presence of the apostles and the coming of the Spirit manifestly indicated through speaking in the languages of Pentecost. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Steps to Salvation
1. You must realize you are a sinner.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23
"If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." I John 1:10
2. You must realize you can't save yourself.
"Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the king-dom of God." John 3:3
"Not by works of righteousness which we have done, hut according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost." Titus 3:5
3. You must realize that Jesus Christ came into the world and gave His life to save sinners.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16
"This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners: of whom I am chief." I Timothy 1:15
4. You must repent: be sorry for your sins and turn from them.
"Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 2:38
"He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: hut whoso confesseth and forsa-keth them shall have mercy." Pro 28:13
5. You must confess (tell) your sins to God who alone has power to save and to cleanse from sin through the blood of Jesus.
"I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin." Psalm 32:5
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." I John 1:9
6. You must call upon Jesus Christ in sincere and earnest prayer.
"And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name that will I do that the Father may be glorified in the Son." John 14:13
"And call upon me in the day of trouble I will deliver thee and thou shalt glorify me" Psalm 50:15
7. You must believe and by faith receive Jesus so He can control your life.
"Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." John 1:12
Open your heart now, receive Jesus Christ, and take up your cross daily and follow Him. You are now a child of God, cleansed by the blood, and adopted into His family.
All of your life has been affected: "Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a new creature old things are passed away behold, all things are become new" (II Corinthians 5:17). You will want to keep close to the Father by reading the Bible, praying, and fellowshipping together with other Christians. Then you can walk daily with Jesus, and enjoy His presence and peace. "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid." John 14:27.
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