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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Acts 19:1-7

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"THE NEED OF THE SPIRIT"
I. PAUL'S QUESTION: "HAVE YOU RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT SINCE YOU BELIEVED?"
A. King James translation made before Baptist doctrine became so strong.
1. Baptist doctrine asserts the fullness of the Spirit is given to the believer at conversion.
2. There is no separate or subsequent experience such as "The Baptism of the Holy Spirit."
3. The believer only needs to appropriate what he already possesses.
B. The R.V. reads "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?"
1. Either translation assumes a work of or a relationship to the Holy Spirit beyond believing faith.
2. If the receiving of the fullness of the Spirit was automatic with believing faith, question is absurd.
a. Paul should just question "are you believers?"
C. Note their own subsequent experience.
1. Verse 5, They were baptized in the name of the Lord, Jesus."
2. "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them."
II. WHAT PROMPTED PAUL'S QUESTION?
A. The text itself does not declare.
B. Perhaps a lack of spiritual dynamic.
1. No real spiritual vibrancy.
2. Faith without fervor.
3. Jesus told His disciples, "You shall receive power after the Holy Spirit...."
4. Some believers possess a greater excitement and enthusiasm for the Lord than others.
5. I have met some Christians who were very dull. No life, no dynamic.
C. Perhaps Paul observed a lack of agape love. "For the fruit of the Spirit is love."
1. They showed no real love for spiritual things.
a. They could get far more excited talking about baseball scores than talking about Jesus.
b. The question, "What have you been doing lately" could generate an explosion of excitement.
c. The question, "What has the Lord been doing, in your life lately", produces a strained silence.
2. Jesus is not the chief interest of their life.
a. Their love for the things of the world exceed their love for Him.
D. It could be they were lacking in real joy.
1. It is one of the marks of agape love.
III. WOULD PAUL BE PRONE TO ASK THAT QUESTION IF HE MET YOU?
A. Does your life evidence the fullness of the Spirit?
1. Is there a torrent of living water flowing forth from your life?
2. If not, why not?
a. Paul took measures to correct the situation.
b. You should take measures.
Sermon Notes for Acts 19:1 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Acts 19:2 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for John 1:1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for Romans 1:16 Next Book →
CONTENT DISCLAIMER:

The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.

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