‘As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?’
How much is granted to the believer at his first step of faith in Christ!
Here is confirmation of two great truths about conversion —
(1) that salvation depends on believing in the gospel of Jesus alone
(2) that the Holy Spirit is given then, to stay forever (Jn. 14:16)
The whole passage repays study of other essentials of salvation.
Daily Reading: 1 Chronicles 29