This only I would learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by works of the law, or by hearing of faith? (MKJV)
When I first turned unto the Lord, I heard a lot about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Man, I was so excited to get it… I wanted to do anything to receive it.
One day I was in a meeting when some of the ministers said they’d pray for the baptism in the Holy Spirit. I went there so excited. They started praying for people and people received with the evidence of speaking in tongues. When the turn came on me, when they prayed for me, I didn’t have what others had obviously. The minister told me that I have to repent on my sins.
I went home disappointed and wanted to cry for God’s forgiveness every bit of a second ‘cause I wanted the Holy Spirit. A few days later, on my room, without the help of ministers I received the Holy Spirit. Why was that? It was solely because of grace. I did nothing to deserve it.
Unfortunately, many people today think the same. They think that in order to receive the Holy Spirit, you have to be clean. Well, no one is clean enough. No one could make it up to the law’s standards. God has no clean vessels to fill. He fills those who accept Christ as their sole cleanness and righteousness.
Is it because of your doing the law? No! it is by faith in Christ’s complete work.