I was led to read John7 this evening while reading I came across verse 39 which says, 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the HolyGhost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified .)
I have pondered this before and here I am again. We know in the OT and even in the NT that the Spirit was with man. So, who/what is this Holy Ghost not yet given? Let's go to Acts.
Acts 1:5-8 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. 6 When they therefore were come together , they asked of him, saying , Lord , wilt thou atthis time restore again the kingdom to Israel? 7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to knowthe times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. 8 But ye shall receivepower, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both inJerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Let's continue reading in Acts 2:1-4 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come , they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all thehouse where they were sitting . 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire,and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speakwith other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance .
We read in Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. We continue in Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
"AS THE SPIRIT GAVE THEM UTTERANCE" I am putting this out there for you to pray on. Please bring this to our Father. I am seeking truth and praying to HIM for understanding.
Let's read on... Acts 19:1-71 And it came to pass , that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them , Have ye received theHoly Ghost since ye believed ? And they said unto him , We have not so much as heard whetherthere be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized ? And theysaid , Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance,saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is , onChrist Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 Andwhen Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake withtongues, and prophesied . 7 And all the men were about twelve.
Paul finding certain disciples who believed and he asked them "have ye received the Holy Ghost" So, these disciples believed and had the Holy Spirit BUT they did not know of the Holy Ghost. Then the Holy Ghost came upon them.
In HIM with love,