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Gifts of the Spirit,
Baptized with the Holy ghost

Can you imagine that complete denominations are build solemnly
on the concept of Spiritual gifts, just like the church of Corinth they
take pride in and show off with the "GIFTS" of the Spirit, others have
thrown out the matter as "not for today" forfeiting many blessings.

Bible Studies; gifts of the Spirit and Holy Ghost Baptism


The Extraordinary Gifts
Anointed through the gifts of the Spirit

By Ministry of Hope
July 21  2007

 " For whom are these extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit"?

Using now this part of scripture in the book of Acts, is being done primarily for the reason that many ministers argue these days that  the gifts of the Spirit have ceased with the Apostles and there is no such thing as a special gifting or anointing to equip the Church.

Many things have ceased, but there is no reason to believe that the Holy Spirit has stopped the gifting and supply the anointing; the people have not changed, the world has not changed,  the enemy did not stop coming against the people of God, or willingly gives up the people he possesses. The gospel must be preached to all the world, and signs and wonders will follow the true teaching, in spite of false teachers and false miracle workers and false healers, there is still the truth of the gospel and the God of miracles. For nothing is impossible with God, and these attributes belong to the Church of God and should be practiced as such.

Therefore in order to convince the skeptic or the fearful and the unbelieving and those that have been taught wrong; I have taken this part of scripture to show you that there are things in addition to being saved and baptized in water; in these we have received the spirit of God for sanctification and deliverance and the power given to every believer to overcome the world and live a life pleasing to God, for he is God's ownership as a child of God.

The gifts are given to whom the Spirit wills and not for everybody since there is no need for everybody to have this special gifting for service in the Church of Christ.

Act 8:5-8
5  And Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and proclaimed unto them the Christ.
6  And the multitudes gave heed with one accord unto the things that were spoken by Philip, when they heard, and saw the signs which he did.
7  For from many of those that had unclean spirits, they came out, crying with a loud voice: and many that were palsied, and that were lame, were healed.
8  And there was much joy in that city.
Acts 8:14-17 
14 ¶ Now when the apostles that were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
15  who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:
16  for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
17  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Using also Gill's Commentary :
Verse  15  who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Spirit:
Who when they were come down, To the city of Samaria, where Philip was, and these converts dwelt:
prayed for them; for some of them, unto God: that they might receive the Holy Ghost; the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost, as to be able to speak with tongues, to prophesy and work miracles: they might pray for them all, that they might have a larger measure of grace, and more spiritual light and knowledge; and that they might be established in the doctrines of the Gospel, and hold fast the profession of their faith unto the end; but it can hardly be thought that they should pray for them all, both men and women, that they might have the above extraordinary gifts, which were not necessary to them all: and that these are meant by the Holy Ghost is clear from what follows, since he was not yet fallen on any of them, which cannot be understood in any other sense; and seeing it was something visible, which Simon could discern, and therefore cannot mean internal grace, and an increase of that.
Verse 16  for as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
For as yet it was fallen upon none of them: only they had been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.
Verse. 16. (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them, &c.] They had received him as a spirit of illumination and sanctification, and as, a spirit of conversion and faith; they had been regenerated, enlightened, and sanctified by him; and were converted by him, and brought to believe in Christ, and live, by faith upon him; they were baptized believers, and no more; as yet, none of them had gifts qualifying them for the ministry; and still less could any of them speak with tongues, or prophesy, or work miracles; the Holy Ghost had not yet descended on them for such purposes:
Verse 17  Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Then laid they their hands on them, &c.] The Ethiopic version adds, "who had been baptized"; but not upon all of them, men and women, only on some they were directed unto by the Spirit of God; whom he had designed, and now would qualify for the work of the ministry, that so this new church, might be supplied with proper officers, pastors, and teachers, to feed them with knowledge and with understanding, and who might not only have ministerial gifts to qualify them for preaching the Gospel, but extraordinary ones, which would serve for the confirmation of it; and for this purpose the apostles, "both" of them, as the Arabic version reads, laid their hands on them: for it will not seem probable, that they laid their hands upon the women, on such an account; and it will hardly be received, that they should lay their hands on Simon Magus, otherwise he would have received the Holy Ghost too; so that it seems a plain case, that imposition of hands was not used to them all:
As many ministers argue that  the gifts have ceased with the disappearance of the apostles, and that the epistles do not give extensive information of the the "second blessing" of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the speaking in tongues, It must be noticed that indeed there is very little mention in the rest of the new testament about this experience, only is it mentioned in the letter to the Corinthians which were seekers after outward appearances and regarded these things as very important, [for the wrong reasons] yet Paul reprimands the church for their worldliness, and their eagerness of possessing these attributes of the Holy Spirit, It is clear to understand that these outward gifts had little to do with the inner state of the believer as such, in right standing with God and holiness, these things were received through the rebirth by the spirit of God in the believer and the gifts were given to the believer by choice of the Holy Spirit to equip men for the ministry.
Even today the church needs to be desperately equipped with people and leaders that have received these gifts by the Holy Spirit to edify the Church, and adequate teaching, discernment, faith, miracles, healing, pastoring, evangelizing and so on. All these and more are extra ordinary gifts by the power of the Holy Spirit, given to men for edifying the church. 
You may find these experience important enough to separate yourself from other-thinking believers, I don't think that scripture puts enough importance on the experiences for separation, when we look at the rest of the New Testament,
The inner state of the believer is the believers true whiteness, and the righteousness of Christ is imputed to everyone that believes on His name and received Him as Lord and Savior. This will give every believer the power to overcome sin and the world. And that is where most of the New Testament puts its emphasis. To overcome and to live a righteous life, that we love one and other, and that the believers will be known by the love he or she will have for each other, and not by the "power" as many think will convert all men to Christ in these last days.
The power to overcome is by the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer, [being available for all who have been cleansed by the blood of the Lamb,] and the testimony of Jesus.
John 13:35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
1 John 3:23 ¶ And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he gave us commandment.
1 John 4:7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God.
1 John 4:12  No man hath beheld God at any time: if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected in us:
The right inner state of the believer will give the power to hold on to the testimony of Jesus even onto death.
Let us she what's really important for the average believer to be equipped in these last days and the days to come.
Revelation 12:11  And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their life even unto death.
Verse. 11. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, The Lord Jesus Christ, by whose blood they were redeemed and ransomed out of the hands of Satan, that was stronger than they; and by which they were justified from all sin, and so all charges and condemnation were of no avail against them, whether of Satan or the world; and by which they were cleansed from all pollution, both internal and external; and by which even their conversation garments were washed and made white; by this they also, drew nigh to God with boldness, as to their own God, notwithstanding the accusations of Satan; and this they could, and did make use of as a shield to defend them against all his charges; and this being sprinkled upon them, as it gave them an inward conscience peace amidst all, so it was their security from the destroying angel; and under this purple covering they went triumphantly to glory, having through it obtained an entire conquest over Satan: as also
and by the word of their testimony; either by Christ, the essential Word, they bore record of, who is sharper than any two-edged sword, and through whom they were made more than conquerors; or rather by the use they made of the Scriptures of truth, the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, to which they bore a faithful testimony, and to which they adhered, and by so doing gained the victory over Satan and his instruments, whether false teachers or persecutors; and particularly by the Gospel, which they embraced, professed, and preached with constancy and courage, and by their last testimony they bore to it at their death, on the account of it, as it follows:
and they loved not their lives unto the death; they did not value them; they made no account of them; they were not anxiously careful to preserve them; they chose to lose them; they ran to the stake, and willingly and cheerfully laid them down; they did not count them dear unto them, as said the Apostle Paul, that they might finish their course with joy, and testify the Gospel of the grace of God, or bear a testimony to it, # Ac 20:24; yea, as Christ has directed, # Lu 14:26; they hated their lives in comparison of him, and when in competition with him and his Gospel; and by dying thus they conquered Satan; had they loved their lives, and saved them by denying Christ and his truths, Satan would have conquered them; but dying in the cause of Christ, and for it, they got the victory over him.  Amen.

It is my sincere hope that many if not all all of you reading this letter, would be filled with the Holy Ghost, and having received the anointing to be a true witness for Christ by the testimony of Jesus, through word and deed in holy living separated from the deception of the world and that what the world has to offer, having your mind set on things to come, building up treasure in heaven, becoming more and more into His likeness in these last days. Being begotten by God and knowing God; having been perfected in love for the love for one another.

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