If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him – Luke 11:13.
Apollos was an Alexandrian Jew who arrived in Ephesus prior to Paul’s arrival. Apollos had received the message of Jesus Christ but knew nothing of the Spirit’s coming and the church age. Apollos had received salvation and was well versed in Scripture, but he had not received the Holy Spirit. When Paul asked had he or the other disciples received the Holy Spirit, he wasn’t aware that there was a Holy Spirit (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 – Acts 19:2).
Here, the Apostle Paul testifies that these are believers, and yet he asks them if they have received the Holy Spirit. Obviously Paul knew these were two separate and distinct experiences. There’s a teaching that has been going around for years, that once you receive salvation, you receive the Holy Spirit the same time which is incorrect. A lot of people in the body of Christ today can make a similar confession as Apollos and the disciples that were with him because rather than seeking God through prayer and fasting they depend on someone else to teach them rather than asking the heavenly Father to teach them. The Holy Spirit is the least understood deity of the Trinity. Many people in the body of Christ know little or nothing about Him.
The Holy Spirit primary ministry is to enable the believer to live according to God’s Word and to do the things God has called us to do. Without the Holy Spirit operating in our life, we’re not going to fully realize all our potential in Christ. Without the Holy Spirit, the Fruit or the Gifts of the Spirit will not be in evidence. The Holy Spirit may take on many different forms, but His overall ministry is to enable and reveal. The Holy Spirit has come to empower the Church to be witnesses. He gives us a revelation of God’s Word, faith springs up in our hearts, and He reveals who we are in Christ. Knowing who we are in Christ gives us a boldness to share our faith with others.
There are many non-charismatic or non-pentecostal believers who contend they received all of the Holy Spirit the moment they were born-again. They deny the need for a second experience known by charismatic as “the Baptism of the Holy Spirit”. Without a doubt, the Bible teaches that a person does receive a measure of the Holy Spirit at the moment of the new birth. The Holy Spirit is actually the agent of regeneration (rebirth) and sanctification (purifying and setting apart). Having a measure of the Spirit is not the same as having the fullness of the Spirit.
Apostle Philip goes to Samaria and preaches, any many people were born again as a result. After the Apostles, that was in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the Word of God they sent Peter and John who prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. These Samaritans were born again, but they only received a measure of the Holy Spirit, not the fullness (Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost. For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus – Acts 8:15-16).
Jesus’ walked as well as taught His disciples, but prior to His ascension, He instructed His disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait on the promise which was the baptism of the Holy Spirit (For Joh truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence – Acts 1:5). Satan knows the power of the Holy Spirit, this is why he brings confusion to the believer because once they receive the truth they will be empowered to fight against him and his co-host.
The reason why so many professing Christian can continue to live the way they were prior to receiving salvation is that they have not received the Holy Spirit to assist them to live a separate life than the non-Christian. Some professing Christians are drinking, smoking, getting high, sex gratification with marriage, this should not be as a Christian. Christians need an enabler, who is the Holy Spirit to assist them to live a clean and righteous life before the Father.
Take time, be prayerful, read and study the Scriptures, ask God to give you a spiritual understanding of His Word and what belongs to you as a believer.