How do we receive the Holy Spirit?
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38
And some of you used to be like this. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
I only want to learn this from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by the Spirit, are you now finishing by the flesh? Galatians 3:2-3
We receive him by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is something of a mystery—or, maybe we should say, someone of a mystery.
One time, when Jesus was speaking about the Holy Spirit, he said that how people are born of the Spirit is like an invisible, unpredictable, but powerful wind.
In other words, the Holy Spirit can’t be tamed. He can’t be predicted or controlled. He can’t even be fully comprehended. He’s like an invisible, powerful gust of wind.
The Spirit has all the freedom of God himself, because, of course, the Holy Spirit is God, the third Person of the Trinity.
But just because he’s sovereign, just because he’s unpredictable, doesn’t mean he isn’t trustworthy. He’s God, he is the perfect reflection of God’s nature and character. He loves us, and he wants to come and live with us.
But how do we receive the Holy Spirit?
It’s as simple as this: you hear the message of the Gospel—that Jesus died for your sins and was raised from the dead—and you put your trust in Jesus. If you trust the good news about Jesus, God will send his Holy Spirit to live inside of you. That’s it. He’s the free gift of God to enable you to understand God’s incredible love for you so that you can become more like Jesus.
Spend some time today thinking about what the free gift of God’s Holy Spirit means to you today and in the future.