But, as to whether someone has received the Holy Spirit in their heart, that is between them and the Holy Spirit. Or do you propose an objective way
to tell? Would you have it be a matter of reciting proper creed for the proper authorities?
in the book of acts chapter 1 vs
9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11"Men of Galilee," they
said, "why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have
seen him go into heaven."
just thought that was interesting...
but acts chapter 2 vs 1
1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven(or the sky) and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
these people were speaking in tongues...they actually went out and spoke to the people in the city that had many different languages yet every person
understood what they were saying....
5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in
bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language. 7Utterly amazed, they asked: "Are not all these men who are speaking
Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in his own native language?
some say that when a person receives the holy spirit that you will speak in tongues.
now after peter talked to the people there and explained that this is the work of god and that the time was now to get your house in order..of course
everyone was amazed that everyone could understand what they were saying seeing how there was many different languages....then the people wondered
what it was they must do to be saved from this corrupt generation....and peter answered them....
37When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?"
38Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive
the gift of the Holy Spirit.
39The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will
40With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation." 41Those who accepted his message
were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
so the way i see it is this....peter says you have to repent of your sins and realize that you are part of this corrupt seed that has been passed
along since the fall of adam and eve ...but you must also not only repent but also be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ then you will receive
forgiveness...only then will you receive the gift and be sealed.
i know the wide spread belief and following of the catholic church and left out the most important part of getting baptized and that is the name of
the father and of the son and of the holy spirit...Jesus. i myself have been baptized in Jesus name and not the father son and holy ghost...i believe
that Jesus is the name of the father son and holy ghost....and plus its what peter was instructed to tell the people...