Essay on The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Gifts

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The Holy Spirit and the Spiritual Gifts Natalie Barrionuevo Liberty University

Introduction Growing up in and out of church I have not only heard about the Holy Spirit but also seen the works of the Holy Spirit and the gifts that accompany it. The Holy Spirit plays a key role in a Christian’s daily life. God has given us this companion as a substitute for himself to lead and guide us on our Christian walk. With this companion comes gifts which we have the ability to receive through Christ to help us along our journey. Here, we will discuss the baptism
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This person that John was referring to was Jesus Christ. After the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ the Holy Spirit was sent down to the earth for God’s people. “So when the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking him, “Lord has the time come for you to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” He replied “The father alone has the authority to set those dates and times and they are not for you to know. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses telling people about me everywhere- in Jerusalem, throughout Judea in Samaria and to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:6-8 (KJV/NLT, 2005). Once Jesus promised the Holy Spirit to his followers their only option was to wait for it. Acts 2:4 states “And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability” (KJV/NLT, 2005). This was the first account of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Practical Application This was a big eye opener in this class for me. As a devout Christian I have always been taught that in order to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit you must speak in tongues. I have never understood why this had to be because I see the Holy Spirit in my husband yet, he has never spoken in tongues. Taking this class has taught me that this is untrue. When we accept Christ we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Even if we never possess the gift of

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