Torrey - Holy Spirit -7.5- Refilling with the Holy Spirit


V. THE REFILLING WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Acts 2:4 "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 4:8,31 — "The Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel .... And when they had prayed.., they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."

Proposition: The same disciple (Peter) is said to have been '"filled with the Holy Spirit" on three different occasions.

It is not enough that one be filled with the Holy Spirit once. We need a new filling of the Holy Spirit for each new emergency of Christian service.

VI. HOW TO OBTAIN BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Acts 2:38 RV — "Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Acts 10:44 "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word." Compare Acts 15:8-9 — "And God which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost even as he did unto us, and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith." Galatians 3:2 — "Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?"

First Proposition: The fundamental conditions upon which baptism with the Holy Spirit is bestowed are: repentance, faith in Jesus Christ as an all-sufficient Savior (apart from works of the law), and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. Acts 19:2,6 RV — "He said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Ghost when ye believed? And they said unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Ghost was given."

Second Proposition: For those who believe in Jesus Christ the experience of receiving baptism with the Holy Spirit is sometimes conditioned on the believer's knowing that there is such a blessing and that it is for him now. Acts 5:32 — "The Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him."

Third Proposition: God gives the Holy Spirit to them that obey Him.

Obedience means absolute surrender. This is really involved in true repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. It is one of the most fundamental conditions of entering into this blessing. It is the point at which thousands fail to receive it today. Acts 8:15-16 — "Who, when they were come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Ghost; for as yet he was fallen on none of them." (See also verse 17.)

Fourth Proposition: Baptism with the Holy Spirit is given to those who have already believed on Christ and been baptized with water (v. 12) in answer to definite prayer.

Compare to Luke 11:13. But there may be much earnest praying without the Holy Spirit coming because the prayer is not in faith ( James 1:6-7). The faith that receives the gift at once is the faith that counts it as its own ( Mark 11:24 RV; 1 John 5:14-15).