Rev Cheong Yew Kwong
December 20, 2020
The Dual Experience of The Holy Spirit
Stephen was martyred for preaching the Gospel, and Saul consented to his death. A great persecution arose against the church in Jerusalem. The disciples scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except the apostles.
Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. The Samaritans were only baptised in the Name of the Lord Jesus when they accepted Jesus as their Saviour. Then they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and received the gift of speaking with unknown tongues.
Simon, a former sorcerer, saw that the Holy Spirit was given and received when he saw them speak with unknown tongues.
Ten years after the Day of Pentecost, Peter preached to Cornelius, a devout Roman centurion, and his entire household about Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead on the third day. All of them received salvation and were filled with the Holy Ghost.
The Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the Gospel. How did they know this?
The Jewish brethren with Peter, heard them speak with unknown tongues praising God.
While sitting and hearing Peter preach to them, Cornelius and his household received Jesus as their Saviour. That was the first experience with the Holy Ghost. And then the Holy Spirit fell on them and baptised them. They received the gift of speaking with unknown tongues.
This time, Paul was on his third missionary journey. He arrived in Ephesus (western part of Turkey). This incident happened about 20 years after the Day of Pentecost.
When the Ephesians heard Paul tell them about Jesus and what happened to Him, they were baptised in the name of the Lord Jesus. Paul then laid hands on them and the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they were baptised with the Holy Spirit, receiving the gift of speaking with unknown tongues, and prophesied.
The dual experience of the Holy Spirit is for everyone who believes. Jesus said, “these signs shall follow those who believe, in my Name, they shall speak with new tongues.”
The Name of Jesus belongs to every believer; hence baptism with the Holy Spirit to receive the gift of speaking with unknown tongues is also for every believer.