DO YOU NEED TO ASK FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT?
�Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the
Spirit who calls out, �Abba, Father.� So you are no longer a slave, but a
son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir� (Galatians
Recently, one of my online contacts asked me whether one can ask for the
Holy Spirit or not. Let me based my devotional message this week on this
question and the answer I gave the contact. The question about asking for
the Holy Spirit is both theological and semantic. It is theological because
it has to do with the third Person in the Godhead, and it is semantic
because it is somehow a wordplay on when and how the Holy Spirit indwells a
believer. Let me say here that when the Holy Spirit indwells a believer has
been a controversial issue between the Pentecostals and the Evangelicals
because of their different ways of interpreting the Bible. Since I am an
Evangelical, I will first give the Evangelical position and later refer to
the Pentecostal position. The Holy Spirit indwells a believer the moment
such person believes in Jesus Christ and invites Him into his/her life as
his/her personal Saviour and Lord (John 1:12-13; 14:16; Romans 8:15-17;
Galatians 4:5-7; Ephesians 1:13) and He is there forever! However, the Holy
Spirit may be �dormant� in the life of any believer that does not allow Him
to operate. That is why Paul urged against such in Ephesians 4:30 and 1
Thessalonians 5:19. So, it is not out of place to pray that the Holy Spirit
should have full control of one�s life after one has consciously
surrendered oneself to Him.
The Pentecostals on the other hands capitalize on some passages of the
Bible like Luke 11:13; Acts 1:8 and other similar passages (especially in
the Old Testament) to say that one has to ask for the indwelling of the
Holy Spirit. Those passages are interpreted by the Evangelicals in line
with what is called �Dispensational Theology.� How and why will I ask for
Who (that is, the Holy Spirit) God has graciously given me if truly I am a
believer in Christ?
Another mixed-up issue that the Pentecostals make has to do with the gifts
and manifestations of the Holy Spirit. These are entirely different from
the Person of the Holy Spirit that is already living eternally with the
believer! A believer can pray for the gifts and/or the manifestations of
the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:31; 14:1).
Either Evangelical or Pentecostal, the big question is: are you really a
child of God? �[Jesus Christ] came to that which was his own, but his own
did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in
his name, he gave the right to become children of God - children born not
of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of
God� (John 1:11-13 NIV). Have you received Him into your life? You do not
need to ask for (the indwelling of) the Holy Spirit if you have done so,
but you can ask that He fill you with His power.
In His service,
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
Prayer Point: Pray that you make your life conducive for the indwelling of
the Holy Spirit and that you will yield yourself to His leadership so that
He will manifest His power in your life.
Bayo Afolaranmi (Pastor).
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