Acts 5:32b - Holy Spirit Living!

Act.5:32b: Holy Spirit Living!

Acts 5:32b (KJV)  the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them 
that obey him. 

Acts 5:32b (TEV)  the Holy Spirit, who is God's gift to those 
who obey him."  


This gift of the Holy Spirit, given to those who accept Christ 
as their Savior, (The Life Application Commentary Series) 

Eph.2:1-10 indicates that conversion brings the infilling of the 
Holy Spirit with the power for obedience. [Elder Duncan Eva] 

The attitude of receiving and welcoming the Holy Spirit into our 
lives is to be the continual attitude of a believer. [My Utmost For 
His Highest re Luk.24:49] 

If we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then 
each moment as it comes is precious. [In His Time; My Utmost For His 
Highest re Mar.6:45] 

God's power is revealed and manifested in those who obey Him.  
[Donna Williams; Children's Ministries Director; FL Conference] 

The measure of the Holy Spirit we receive will be proportionate 
to the measure of our desire, and the faith exercised for it, and 
the use we shall make of the light and knowledge that shall be given 
to us. 6MR57 

We may have had a measure of the Spirit of God, but by prayer 
and faith we are continually to seek more of the Spirit. TM508 

Christ has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church, 
and the promise belongs to us as much as to the first disciples. But 
like every other promise, it is given on conditions. There are many 
who believe and profess to claim the Lord's promise; they talk about 
Christ and about the Holy Spirit, yet receive no benefit. They do not 
surrender the soul to be guided and controlled by the divine agencies. We 
cannot use the Holy Spirit. The Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit 
God works in His people "to will and to do of His good pleasure." 
Phil. 2:13. But many will not submit to this. They want to manage 
themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those 
who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is 
the Spirit given. The power of God awaits their demand and 
reception. This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other 
blessings in its train. It is given according to the riches of the grace 
of Christ, and He is ready to supply every soul according to the 
capacity to receive.  DA671,2   

In both Luke and Acts, the Holy Spirit was clearly associated 
with witnessing. Almost every time the Spirit was mentioned, someone 
testified about God or proclaimed the good news of Christ. If we are 
filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18), if we are letting him lead us (Gal 
5:16), we, too, will speak of Christ. Think back over your 
conversations from the previous week. If you realize that you rarely or never 
mentioned God to others, it is a good sign that you are "stifling the Holy 
Spirit" (1 Thess 5:19). (The Life Application Commentary Series) 

No one can be a witness for Christ and a herald of the gospel by 
individual initiative. It is only as one follows the direction of the True 
Witness that he can communicate to others the divine testimony. 
Empowerment for witness comes from him..... Whoever preaches must preach God's 
messages; whoever serves must serve with the strength that God gives him, 
so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus 
Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 
4.11 [Daily Devotional Bible] 

"Obedience that comes from faith" (Ro 1:5). [NIV SB]

The Holy Spirit witnesses to Christ by giving supernatural power 
to the disciples to live righteously and to proclaim Christ. (John 
15:26-27). [Preacher's  Outline & Sermon Bible] 

The obedience of the creature to the Creator is the foundation 
and essence of right relations with God. The angels obey God (Ps. 
103:20, 21), but in love, not in cold, legal formality (MB 109). Men are 
to obey (Ps. 103:17, 18; Eccl. 12:13), but in love (John 14:15). 
[SDA Commentary] 

2 Chr 16:9a (KJV)  For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro 
throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them 
whose heart is perfect toward him.  

2 Chr 16:9a (NIV)  For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the 
earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 


To be born of God means that I have His supernatural power to 
stop sinning. It.does not mean that we cannot sin - it simply means 
that if we will obey the life of God in us, that we do not have to 
sin. [In His Time; My Utmost For His Highest re Joh.3:7] 

Let no one think he can overcome without the help of God. You 
must have the energy, the strength, the power, of an inner life 
developed within you. You will then bear fruit unto godliness, and will 
have an intense loathing of vice. You need to constantly strive to 
work away from earthliness, from cheap conversation, from everything 
sensual, and aim for nobility of soul and a pure and unspotted character. 

We have no power to free ourselves from Satan's control; but 
when we desire to be set free from sin, and in our great need cry out 
for a power out of and above ourselves, the powers of the soul are 
imbued with the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the 
dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God. DA466 

The Bible does not teach that the Lord grants us the outpouring 
of the Holy Spirit after we have achieved victory over sin.  It 
teaches that the Spirit empowers us to overcome so that He can grant us 
a greater measure of His presence and power in our lives.  [Adult 
SS Quarterly 8/10/95] 

There is no having Christ to be our Saviour, unless we be 
willing to take him for our prince. We cannot expect to be redeemed and 
healed by him, unless we give up ourselves to be ruled by him. .... 
Christ, that came, not to save us in our sins, but to save us from our 
sins. ..... Christ is appointed to give repentance, by his Spirit 
working with the word, to awaken the conscience, to work contrition for 
sin, and an effectual change in the heart and life. The new heart is 
his work, and the broken spirit a sacrifice of his providing; 
(Matthew Henry's Commentary) 


The disciple must be loyal; he must obey God because God has a 
will that must be done. God has a plan and a will to be done upon 
earth, and His providence and power work it out to see that it is done. 
[Preacher's  Outline & Sermon Bible] 

The Lord's thoughts are all working toward "an expected end." ... 
God is working with a motive. All things are working together for 
one object: the good of those who love God. We see only the 
beginning; God sees the end from the beginning. He knows every letter of 
the Book of Providence; He sees not only what He is doing, but what 
will come of what He is doing.  
As to our present pain and grief, God sees not these things 
exclusively, but He sees the future joy and usefulness which will come of 
them. He regards not only the tearing up of the soil with the plow, 
but the clothing of that soil with the golden harvest. He sees the 
after consequences of affliction, and He accounts those painful 
incidents to be blessed which lead up to so much of happiness. Let us 
comfort ourselves with this . . . .  
You have never seen the Great Artist's masterpiece; you have 
seen the rough marble, you have marked the chippings that fall on the 
ground; you have felt the edge of His chisel, you know the weight of His 
hammer, and you are full of the memory of these things; but oh, could 
you see that glorious image as it will be when He has put the 
finishing stroke to it, you would then understand the chisel, and the 
hammer, and the Worker better than you now do! Charles Spurgeon [Time 
with God SB] 


All of God's revealed truths are sealed until they are opened to 
us through obedience. Even the smallest bit of obedience opens 
heaven, and the deepest truths of God immediately become ours.  [In His 
Time; My Utmost For His Highest re Mat.11:25] 

John 7:17 (KJV) If any man will do his will, he shall know of 
the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.  

God does not give us overcoming life - He gives us life as we 
overcome. If we will take the initiative to overcome, we will find that we 
have the inspiration of God, because He immediately gives us the 
power of life. [In His Time; My Utmost For His Highest re Eph.5:14] 

The source of Christ's victory, the secret of His power, and of 
ours, lies in obedience .... In an obedient heart there is a way 
prepared for God.  There are many Christians who always seek pleasure and 
satisfaction for themselves.  These have not yet learned that only obedient 
children are happy children.  That which in truth brings abiding 
happiness is nothing else than obedience toward God.  For a healthy soul 
there is only one thing that counts - to be obedient. 
Why have so many of God's lambs so little assurance of 
salvation?  Why are their souls not satisfied with the peace of God?  God 
gives us the answer in Isa.48:18: "Oh, that thou hadst hearkened to my 
commandments!  Then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as 
the waves of the sea."  People say, "I lack faith.  I have too 
little faith; therefore I have no assurance of salvation, no peace."  
But in most instances it is not faith which is lacking, for even 
with a trembling hand one can receive costly gifts.  It is rather 
obedience which is lacking.  There is something in their lives which they 
will not let go, and which hinders the Holy Spirit from giving them 
the assurance that they are God's children ... No one who is 
disobedient to God can have confidence in Him.  Confidence is a result of 
obedience. G. Steomberger [Time with God SB] 


If fear falls upon you in a punitive sense, check and find its 
source.  Following God's Spirit we have no fear, we have God's love 
instead.  We are exhorted to remember that we are God's children, in such 
a wonderful relationship to Him that out of our heart we may cry, 
Papa, to Him who sits above all creation enthroned in majesty!  Having 
become part of God's family we receive His Holy Spirit, who comes to 
live within us and give us the power to please God.  [In His Time; 
Walk With Wisdom re Rom.8:15] 

Love pulls, fear drives. [SDA Forum SS helps for 3/23/96]

Our Lord never insists on having authority over us. He never 
says, "You will submit to me." No, He leaves us perfectly free to 
choose--so free, in fact, that we can spit in His face or we can put Him to 
death, as others have done; and yet He will never say a word. But once 
His life has been created in me through His redemption, I instantly 
recognize His right to absolute authority over me. It is a complete and 
effective domination, in which I acknowledge that "You are worthy, O Lord" 
(Revelation 4:11). It is simply the unworthiness within me that refuses to 
bow down or to submit to one who is worthy.  If our Lord insisted on 
our obedience, He would simply become a taskmaster and cease to have 
any real authority. He never insists on obedience, but when we truly 
see Him we will instantly obey Him. Then He is easily Lord of our 
life, and we live in adoration of Him from morning till night. [My 
Utmost For His Highest re Joh.13:13]