My comment on the subject of the Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, is mine as a believer who
also understands the quandary in which so many find themselves on the subject.
begin with, since God plays no favorites, we shouldn’t dwell on the feeling of those who believe, but haven’t
spoken in tongues, who find some calling them "second class Christians." Those who use this term are in great danger
of dealing with sinful pride. This reminds me of Paul’s "thorn in the flesh" which it seems clear was an eye-problem,
which God left with him to protect him from pride for being one of the greatest Christians who has ever lived.
But back to the subject: Every denomination seems to agree that when a person is converted, the Holy Spirit
comes to dwell in him or her. The disagreement comes about whether one must "speak in tongues" to be filled with
that Holy Spirit.
This came about in Acts 2:4, when persons who had been waiting
for the promise of The Comforter that Christ would send to them when He left earth and went back to Heaven. When it happened,
"There appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with
the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
tongues were in the languages of at least 15 nations in the Middle East, and of course this was to make it possible for these
nationalities to go back home and spreading news of this event.
Notice the fire
and other tongues were to the UN-believers. Very little is made of this fact as people discuss and even argue the question
of tongues. Consider the alternative…for The Comforter to come, but with those in waiting raising their hands in praise,
and announcing that "It has come." That would have brought about even more unbelief.
The Holy Spirit/Ghost is all through the Old Testament. Then, before Tongues was given, John the Baptist
was filled before birth (Luke 1:15); his parents were filled (Luke 1:41, 1:67). The Apostles had already been filled (John
20:22). Mary, mother of Jesus (Luke 1:35), Simeon (Luke 2:25), Jesus (Luke 4:1). Now, as of that day in the upper room, it
is for ALL believers.
Another thing is certain; whatever your stand, don’t
ridicule or harass believers…don’t argue with doubters…and don’t encourage non-believers. The Unforgivable
Sin is speaking against the Holy Spirit (Matthew 12:31-32, Luke 12:10). Don’t risk your Christianity on a matter of
Thank God for the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and for the portion
He has given to you, and leave any uncertainties at your altar.