The Gift of the Spirit, a guest post by Jack R. East Jr.

The Gift of the Spirit, a guest post by Jack R. East Jr.

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I recently discovered (or perhaps rediscovered) the precious scripture in Acts 2 regarding the gift of the Holy Spirit. I was deeply moved by how simple it is to receive the gift of the Spirit and how all inclusive the gift is.

We read in Acts 2: 38-39 (NIV)

“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ

for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

The promise is for you

And your children

And for all who are far off

For all whom the Lord our God will call…”

Such powerful words to describe The Gift of The Holy Spirit

The gift of the Spirit was first given to Christ by God the father. We read in the third chapter of Luke that as Jesus was being baptized “the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove”. In the fourth chapter of Luke we learn that Jesus was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit and was able to resist all of the temptations offered by Satan to him when he was in the wilderness. And he returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit. The gift and the power of the Spirit was used by Jesus from the moment he started his ministry until he died on the cross and became one with the Trinity again.

In Acts Jesus gave the gift of the Spirit to aid and comfort his disciples at a very difficult time. He would no longer be with them to comfort and guide them. They also had the very real threat that their faith could cost them their lives. The gift of the spirit empowered them to work many miracles, spread the Christian faith to the nations, and establish the early Christian church.

When we repent and are baptized, we receive the gift and the power of the Spirit. The same Spirit was given to Jesus when he was baptized. We receive the same gift that empowered him during his ministry. The gift is also the same gift that he gave to his disciples following his death. We received the same gift that empowered them to do many miracles and start the early church.

The gift of the power and comfort that comes from the Spirit is powerful tools for us to use on our journey of Christian faith. We can receive comfort and power from the Spirit in the same way as Christ and his disciples did on their journey of life and faith.

I was deeply moved by the following Scripture and words from the book “A Stroll at Leisure with God” by John Talbert
John 3:8 (NIV) w
The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.”

Dr. Talbert continues with the following words
“Lord, I acknowledge that the wind of your Spirit is howling. It’s strong and powerful. I certainly can’t trace where it’s going , but today I set my sail. Blow, Spirit of God blow. Blow me where you want me to go”
This is our gift.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ

for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit

The promise is for you

And your children

And for all who are far off

For all whom the Lord our God will call,”
May we set our sails and ask the Spirit to blow us where He wants us to go.

Jack R East Jr

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