Has the Holy Spirit fallen on you since you believed and were baptized. It is time to go beyond the norm and the usual and become filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. It is a wonderful thing to believe in Jesus the Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, in fact, at the moment you first start to believe and confess Christ, He comes into your life and saves your soul. This is one of the greatest miracles of all, but there is a higher level that God wants to bring you into.
In Acts chapter 8 starting at verses 5 through 17 we find that after the Holy Spirit (also called the Holy Ghost) saved those who believed, the Apostles Peter and John laid hands on them and the people started receiving the Holy Spirit. We see that it was clear that they first had to believe in Jesus Christ and what He made possible on the cross, then be baptized before they could receive the Holy Spirit in-filling them.
Let us pick up the story after the Apostles Peter and John have entered the scene in Acts chapter 8 starting at verse 14 through 17,
(14)’Now when the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent them Peter and John,’
(15)’who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit.’
(16)’For He had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.’
(17)’Then they began laying their hands on them, and they were receiving the Holy Spirit.’
As we read how these events actually came to pass, we are shown a picture of Philip preaching the gospel in Samaria, then performing great miracles as signs that were confirming the message of Jesus Christ. Folks were getting healed and delivered, left and right, of all type illnesses causing excitement to rage throughout the region. People, by the thousands, started to believe in Jesus and were being baptized, therefore, the Apostles Peter and John were sent to Samaria to mature the people in Christ.
What Happen After Peter And John Came to Samaria?
As Peter and John laid hands on the people they were filled with the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) which we are shown is the very next step after being saved. The words used to describe this, according to the New American Standard Bible, were ‘fallen upon them,’ meaning in a similar manner which He fell upon the Apostles and first disciples in Acts chapter 2.
In Acts chapter 2, we discover the Apostles and all the disciples of Christ were gathered together in an upper room, when all of a sudden they heard the sound of a tornado type of wind rushing toward them in the upper room. Then, they saw as it were blaze of fire as it was fallen on them, hovering over each one of them in the room. That is when the Bible says that they were filled with the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) and they began speaking in tongues that were not known to any of them.
And, as if that was not enough, they were also filled with a holy boldness. This is what, by the way, the baptism in the Holy Ghost will give you. It gives you a holy boldness to express openly the things of God. This power of the Holy Ghost upon them literally brought them out of the room and caused Peter to start preaching Christ and His crucifixion to a very curious crowd of Jews in Jerusalem from all over the known world.
Why Were These People In Jerusalem?
The crowd of people were curious because they heard these disciples speaking in their own foreign languages, the glory of God. These Jews happen to be in Jerusalem, in the first place, because of the Feast of Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks which celebrated the giving of the Law of Moses on Mt. Sinai. This special feast would cause Jews from all over the world, who were able, to make a special pilgrimage to Jerusalem to commemorate this holy occasion. This was, also, the day that the Lord appointed for the Holy Spirit to be fallen on them that believed.
After Peter got up to speak to the throngs of curious crowds of people surrounding the place where the Holy Spirit had fallen on them, many of these people believed, were baptized, and were filled with the Holy Ghost themselves according to what Peter told them in verse 38. This caused 3,000 people to be added to the church in one day.
What a Harvest!
How often do we see the Holy Spirit falling on believers in this manner today? Not nearly enough, therefore, if we really want to see the type of supernatural miracles and Holy Ghost in-filling today as it happened then, it is up to each church and each believer to ask the Lord in faith (because Jesus is One Who fills) to have the Holy Ghost fallen on them in their services as He fell on the early church. Then thank the Lord in the beauty of holiness for this precious gift. And remember to “Seek the Lord while He maybe found and call ye upon Him while He is near”(Isaiah 55:6). A-men