WARNING! CONTROVERSIAL! But is it? Most believe that you receive the Holy Spirit upon accepting Jesus as your Savior. If this is true, why did Peter and John need to go to Samaria to pray for the people there to receive the Holy Spirit after they accepted the Word of God?
for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts 8:16
I’m going to muddy the water a little more; you cannot be saved without the Holy Spirit. If it is true that you receive the Holy Spirit upon acceptance of the Word of God and at your baptism in the name of Jesus, why are there so many “pew sitters” that are unsaved? They’ve gone through the recommended process, but because of their actions, it’s obvious they don’t know Jesus. If everyone who claimed to be a Christ-follower had the Holy Spirit, this world wouldn’t be in its current predicament.
By the way, I haven’t found any verse that says you receive the Holy Spirit upon acceptance of Jesus and his Word. The closest I found is Ephesians 1:13, and it doesn’t give a sequence of events like Acts 8:14-17
Then again, maybe some get the Holy Spirit right away, but the caveat is that you must genuinely accept Jesus and believe in your heart that he is your Savior. I want you to question your salvation to make sure you are genuinely saved. I don’t want to scare you, but I also don’t want to see anyone get left behind.
Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. 8:14-17