Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed Essay

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Have You Received the Holy Ghost Since You Believed

Acts 19:1-7
1 And it came to pass , that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them , Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed ? And they said unto him , We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized ? And they said , Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is , on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul
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39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified .)
When Jesus made this declaration, because he was still positioned here in the earth realm, the outpouring of the Holy Ghost was not yet experienced; however, Jesus said that every believer should receive the Holy Ghost.
So Paul ask these men if they had received the Holy Ghost since they believed and their response was that they had not even heard if there was any Holy Ghost or heard of the Holy Ghost before. This was something new to them. Paul was asking them a question that was indicative to the proclamation that the Lord made in:
Jeremiah 31:31-34
31 Behold, the days come , saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: 32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake , although I was an husband unto them, saith the LORD: 33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying , Know the LORD: for

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