Did Jesus' disciples receive the Holy Spirit by being delivered
from their sins through the forgiveness of sin, or was it a separate
experience without regard to the forgiveness of sin?
Receiving the Holy Spirit is not a
separate experience from redemption. We can see in the Bible that
Jesus' disciples already knew and believed that Jesus took all the
sins of the world through His baptism by John even before they received
the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 3:21 - There is also an antitype which
now saves us - baptism).
The forgiveness of sins means salvation
from sin, in other words it means all the sins in our hearts are
washed away and gone. Nowadays, many Christians are often confused
about the meaning of the forgiveness of sin that Jesus gave us.
People do not know how they can receive the forgiveness of sin.
They think they have been delivered from their sins simply because
they believe in Jesus as their Lord.
Those who have received forgiveness
for their sins have the witness in themselves. However, if someone
doesn't have the witnessing word of his redemption, then he has
not received the Holy Spirit nor was forgiven for all his sins.
If he has spirit-filled feelings, it is only the result of being
deceived by his own emotions. Satan transforms himself into an angel
of light (2 Corinthians 11:14-15, Galatians 1:7-9), deceiving him
into straying from the truth (Matthew 7:21-23).
Those who are forgiven for their sins
have the witness in them because they believe in the gospel of the
water and the Spirit. In 1 John 5:4-12, God bears witness to Jesus
Christ who came by water and blood. Furthermore, He says if one
preaches about a different spirit or a different gospel (2 Corinthians
11:4), then he has not received the forgiveness of sin nor the Holy
Spirit. People can receive the forgiveness of sin only when they
believe in Jesus Christ, who came by the gospel of the water and
the Spirit. Receiving the Holy Spirit is crucial to the forgiveness
of sin. The forgiveness of sin is crucial to the indwelling of the