What the Bible says about Jesus

The True Light "In him, (the Lord Jesus) was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world,…the world didn’t recognize him." John 1:4,9.
The Good Seed and the Weeds The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seeds in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. Matthew 13:24,25.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Receiving The Holy Spirit

Reblogged from:  gracethrufaith.com

Q.  With Phillip preaching the word and crowds hearing and seeing miracles that he did, why do you think that Phillip did not pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. And that the original disciples Peter and John were sent?  Were the original disciples, now apostles, the only ones to pray for this.  And at what point was there a transition from them to others.  And are there qualifications for this, like pastors, elders, evangelists, prophets?

A. There was a disciple named Philip (John 1:43), but the Philip in Acts 8:4-17 was one of the original deacons (Acts 6:5) and as such was not an apostle. This explains why Peter and John came to lay hands on the new believers (Acts 8:14-17).
By the time Paul wrote his 2nd letter to the Corinthians (about 55 AD) believers were automatically receiving the Holy Spirit directly from the Lord at the time they received Him (2 Cor. 1:21-22), so the laying on of hands by an apostle was no longer necessary.

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