- Repentance of Sins
- Praise and Worship God
Faith is the first thing we must have. It is essential!
He that believeth on me as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him shall receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ…
Repentance of sins is the second thing we must take care of in preparation to receive the Holy Ghost. It is an absolute turning away from sin.
Repentance affects the entire man, the entire person. Sins must be confessed to God—not a priest, not a preacher, not a rabbi—for only God forgives sins. This confirms to God that we intend to change our way of living.
I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Peter taught repentance on the day of Pentecost. Paul taught that repentance was absolutely necessary.
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.
John the Baptist preached everywhere on repentance.
Baptism follows faith and repentance. John the Baptist preached baptism for the remission of sins.
John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
(Some people do get the Holy Ghost before they get baptized. God knows the heart, and these people obey the Word of God and get baptized afterward.)
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. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Water baptism is the circumcision of the heart, not of the flesh.
Did you know that Jesus did, in fact, baptize people? Your Bible says He baptized more disciples than John.
After these things came Jesus and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with them and baptized.
When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John.
Obedience is essential to receiving the Holy Ghost!
And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that “obey” him.
Extremely important to receiving the Holy Ghost Baptism is praise and worship! It is one of the greatest keys of entering the fullness of the presence of God.
And were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God.
You do not have to beg God for the infilling of His Spirit. Just ask in faith and receive. God will keep His promise and will do what He says. The Holy Ghost is a gift; just ask for it and then accept it.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?