by Jerry Vines

Acts 19:1-2
Dr. Vines - 3/22/87
There are two reasons why I am speaking on the Holy Spirit at this
particular point in the study of the Book of Acts. One of the reasons is
because I believe that this addresses an area where there is a lot of
misunderstanding and where believers, especially young believers, need to
understand if they are to live the Christian fife successfuily. The second
reason is because my wife pointed out to me that you are studying in Sunday
School in the adult department right along this same place, so I'm kind of
idling my motor until you get on past me and then I'll catch up with you on
the road somewhere. When she told me that I like to be led by the Lord and
Janet so I'm spending a little time on the Holy Spirit.
Acts 19:2:
"He said unto them, Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"
The King James Bibles puts it in a different manner. I believe I have spoken
it the way it is intended to be. "And they said unto him, We have not so much
as heard whether there be any Holy Spirit?" Isn't that a sad statement for
people to make. We have not even heard if there is a Holy Spirit. There is a
widespread ignorance on the part of many believers concerning the role of the
Holy Spirit in their lives. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is a very
real person. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. One God and yet
he reveals Himself in three very distinct personalities. I have the feeling
that most of those in this building tonight who know Jesus as our Saviour
understand reasonable well what Jesus did when He died on a cross for our
sins. It may not be true that you understand also the role of the Holy Spirit
in your life. Someone put it this way and I agree. They said the average
Christian is somewhere between Calvary and Pentecost. They have been to
Calvary for pardon, but they have not been to Pentecost for power. Bethlehem
means God with us. Calvary means God FOR u ...

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