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THE COMING OF THE SPIRIT

The breath of God

Undeniably, the coming of the Spirit would be fulfilled in the NT times. However, the OT Scriptures do not talk about the evidence of the coming of the Spirit.

Some say that when God breathed on Adam, Adam received the Spirit, confirming that he was the son of God (Gen 2:7). However, it would be misconstruing the word to say that when Christ breathed onto the disciples (Jn. 20:22) the Spirit was in them there and then physically, despite not having yet been baptised by the Spirit later on (Acts 1:5). Some do believe that at this moment, they did receive the Spirit. However, by studying the Scriptures closely we see that it is simply not so:

  • On the Day of Pentecost, the bystanders mocked (Acts 2:13) the 120 who spoke in tongues. Peter was given the wisdom to elucidate that the utterance of tongues (Acts 2:4), enabled by the Spirit, pointed to the coming of the Spirit. He also used Joel’s prophesy to substantiate his argument (Acts 2:16ff).
  • The OT Scriptures talk about the coming of the Spirit, but not about how a person would know that the Spirit was in him. On the other hand, the NT Scriptures give clear accounts of how the Spirit had been received. “Breathing into Adam” signifies the Spirit was given, but not how the Spirit was received.
  • When Christ breathed on them, He practically instructed them to receive the Spirit. However, the Spirit did not come upon them, for Christ had already spelt out when the Spirit would be received by those who believed in Him (Jn. 7:39). It would only happen on the condition that He goes away (Jn. 16:7). This occurred on the Day of Pentecost with tongue-speaking as the evidence.
  • Judging from the words of Christ, His invitation was for those who were thirsty to come to Him to receive the Spirit (Jn. 7:37-39). To say that the Spirit in a person is a separate occurrence from receiving the Spirit would make Christ’s statement unexplainable and illogical. It would be like saying the Spirit in a person would not be enough to quench his thirst unless he also receives the Spirit.
  • Biblically speaking, being “baptised by the Spirit” is the same as when the Spirit is in a person when that person receives Him. The case of Cornelius serves as an apt example of this (Acts 1:5; 11:15-16).

[To be continued...]


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