Search for Truth - Lesson 7
As taught by Bob Morgans  - (Click Here for Video)


Let’s begin to study what is called the 6th Dispensation.  The dispensation of the Holy Ghost. Jesus appeared unto his disciples for 40 days with many infallible proofs being seen of them. The scripture says he showed himself. It was only after receiving his glorified body that he was able to appear and disappear, ascend and go thru walls without using doors. Welcome to your new glorified body. He gave what we consider to be the Great Commission. (That is another label that has been made by men.) The Bible doesn’t say this is the great commission. He told them to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He said Repent, be baptized. He also said in Matthew 28:19, “Go ye into all the world and baptize them in the name of the father and of the son, and of the Holy Ghost.” We’ll discuss this a little later. The great commission is recorded in four places, in Matthew 28, Mark 16, Luke 24, and then in Acts 1:4-12, where Jesus tells them they shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.


The Bible says that they were near the Mount of Olives and they saw Jesus ascend into the heavens. Just before that in Acts he commanded them that they should go to Jerusalem and wait. Wait for what? For the promise of the Father. That is what a part of the great commission said to them. Note: If you are teaching this to some brand new converts it would be good for you to look at it in really close detail. The disciples go to Jerusalem to wait for the promise of the Father. Here is an interesting story. I hear many people telling me that believing on Christ gets you the Spirit. Some say, “all you need to do is just believe, all you need to do is just confess.” Who were stronger believers than the disciples? They were the strongest believers that we could see. They believed with all their hearts. They saw the miracles; they had been sent out two by two. They had devils respond to them, they had seen the blinded eyes opened. These men had taken bread of a young boy and divided it among the crowd. The miracles had happened at their own hands as they split up the bread and the fishes, and then they took up the fragments. They had seen Christ walk on the water. They were the true believers. If anybody was a believer the disciples were. Jesus tells them “Go to Jerusalem and wait because something is going to happen to you. The promise of the Father is going to come unto you. He said, “Today I am with you, but in a few days I shall be in you”. He didn’t mean that literally that the figurative body that was crucified was going to be stuffed inside of them and they would be twice their size. He was talking about the spirit that dwelled in him. The spirit that dwelled in Christ was going to be in them. He said the father will send the spirit – the Holy Ghost – it is all the same thing that was going to be in them. All of the sudden they needed power.

Let’s look at Peter’s life. I like Peter’s life. When Peter was side by side with Jesus at his arrest he jerked his sword and whacked – I don’t know how bad a shot he was – he knocked the ear off of one of the high priests. Jesus puts the ear back on. Within a few minutes Peter is separated from Jesus. When Peter is side by side with Jesus, he is fine. He is ready to die for him. When he is separated from Jesus then he is not so ready to die. He is cursing, swearing, he said, “I don’t know him”. But he did know him and knew everything about him. The problem was that Peter did not have Jesus on the inside. The Holy Ghost hadn’t been poured out them.

Many people will tell you that you have the Holy Ghost when you believe. These disciples should have already had it. Wasn’t it Peter that said, “Thou art the Christ, the son of the living God?” That was a confession, but he did not have it yet. Acts 1:8 says that you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost comes upon you. Peter did not have power yet. Jesus was talking to the disciples here. He said the Holy Ghost will be sent in my name to teach you all things. St. John 14:26. It was then that Christ opened their understanding but he sent them back to Jerusalem. He said, “Go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father. When you get there you are going to find certain things that are going happen to you that you are not going to know. Here we find the disciples headed to Jerusalem. They don’t know what is going to happen to them. They are thinking what else could happen? They head to Jerusalem just like Jesus tells them to do in Acts 1.

The dispensation of the Holy Ghost.

The church age is the age that we are living in right now. In Acts 1 Jesus ascends to heaven as we talked about earlier.  He tells them to go to Jerusalem and wait.  We find in Acts 1 that the disciples go and they are waiting in the upper room.  They don’t know what they are waiting for.   They are waiting for some kind of power to come on them. It appears that they are kind of locked in.  The number of people is (approximately) 120.  God is concerned about numbers. 


Mary the mother of Jesus was there.  All the disciples were there.  They elected someone to take Judas’ place.  It says in Acts chapter 2, "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all in one accord in one place; and suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind and it filled all the house where they were sitting.  And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it set upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."  This is the first time in scripture that we see a large group of people that are filled with the Holy Ghost.  Let’s look at the actions of Peter. All of the sudden the actions of Peter change to boldness, as Peter was filled with the spirit.   The Bible said that when this was noised abroad, that the whole city came out to hear and see what was happening. 

Pentecost simply means 50.  There was a feast of the Passover. Then 50 days later there was another feast called the Feast of Trumpets, and Feast of First Fruits.  It became known as the Feast of Pentecost.  Combining certain feast days. Christ was planted in the ground at Passover and his resurrection and subsequently the beginning of the church or the ripening of First Fruits – when the celebrated first fruits – the feast of trumpets – was a feast that they celebrated the first crops coming up.  What Christ died to do, now is coming up and beginning.


We see that as the Holy Ghost moved on them, everyone began to speak in another language.  I know some would say, well that language was just so that those other men that came around would understand them, but understand all these men at this feast could speak the Hebrew language.  They were all Jews.   When they heard them speak in other tongues some thought they were drunk, some thought they had new wine, some didn’t know, it was too early in the morning to be drunk– they asked Peter, “What meaneth this?”  The tongues here clarify – it was the evidence – remember all the way through the Old Testament there was a sign of the promise that was going to happen.  Each promise had a sign.  In Joel 2:28, it says that in the last days I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh.  Isaiah 28:11 talks about a sign – stammering lips and another tongue will I speak unto this people. As Peter begins to preach to them, they begin to ask him “What is this?”  Please look at Peter’s sermon carefully in Acts 2.  He rehearses all the things that got Jesus crucified.  Peter stood to be crucified himself, by the Jews, for saying to them that Jesus was the Christ.  What brought about Peter’s boldness all of the sudden?  It was that the spirit of God was now inside him.  It was just as if Jesus was standing beside him.  He was ready to fight and die for it.  Now all of the sudden the power of God had come on Peter – the spirit was inside him as was promised and that was how he was made bold. 


After a strong sermon, (in Acts 2:37) they said to Peter and the disciples “Men and brethren what shall we do?”  There is not a more point blank scripture in all the Bible than what shall we do?  If I ask you how to arrive at a certain destination, I want you to tell me how to go there.  In Acts 2:38, Peter said,

Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.’’ He goes on to clarify who the Holy Ghost is for in the next verse.  In Acts 2:39, Peter says this promise is unto you and your family and all that are afar off even as may as the Lord our God shall call.

Backing up, looking at Acts 2:38 he identifies three things that need to happen – 1st of all repentance – we saw that back in the Tabernacle plan – they had the Altar of Repentance to place a sacrifice on.   Repentance  is all the way thru the entire Old Testament .  Then we see that he says and be baptized every one of you. We see water all the way thru the Old Testament.  Damned or saved by water.  Here Peter clarifies how baptism is to be done ,  he says in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins.  Then he gives them a promise,  “And you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”   The disciples who have just gotten the Holy Ghost had been baptized by Jesus already.  The Bible says that day there were 3,000 more souls added to the church. They got baptized and received the Holy Ghost. 


What about Matthew 28:19?  It says go ye therefore and teach all nations – baptizing them in the name of the Father, the son, and the Holy Ghost.  Well, look at the verse very carefully. It did not say repeat this verse.  It said baptize them in the Name of the Father. One name represents the father.  One name represents the son, one name represent the Holy Ghost.   My friend, you are a son or a daughter, you may be a husband or wife, an employee or employer, there are many titles perhaps that fit you.  However, these titles are not your name.  The power of attorney is in the name.  If I believed Jesus was a separate God, we should still baptize in His name because it was Jesus who died.  I don’t believe that Jesus was a separate God.   He was God in Flesh.  It was the flesh of God who died on the cross. Jesus said, “I come in my father’s name and ye received me not”, John 5:43.   The name of the Father is Jesus.  In Matthew 1:21 it said his name shall be called Jesus, in verse 23 – Emanuel, which is God with us.  The Bible says, I will send the Holy Ghost, in my name, John 14:26.  The name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost is Jesus.  When Peter said in Acts 2:38 – (Peter got it right) – He said “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. You see it was Jesus’ death.  It is the baptism in the name of Jesus that brings about REMISSION OF SINS.  It was the shed blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ.  We are applying the shed blood of Jesus Christ to our sins.  It is the applying that blood in water baptism (in the name of JESUS) that brings about the remission of our sins.   



What about water baptism?  It should be done by immersion.  It is a burial.  It says they were buried with him in baptism.  They both went down into the water in Acts 8 with the Ethiopian eunuch.  Why would they get into the water if they were going to pour a little water on his head?  You see modern religion has tried to make it convenient.  Everybody in the church will go out and jump in the swimming pool  - strip down and get near naked and don’t bother about being seen wet – but when it comes to church “Oh my god, we shouldn’t take them all the way under because of the inconvenience.  They might get their hair wet in front of the crowd.  The devil has duped us into not doing the right thing – if we do the right thing God will stand by us.  God wants what he wants.  He wants us to be baptized in his name.  When Jesus was baptized it says he went straightway up out of the water.  How is it possible for Jesus to come up out of the water if he wasn’t in the water?   The Bible says, buried with him in baptism.  When we bury someone we don’t sprinkle a little dirt on them.


Is it necessary for us to receive the Holy Ghost?  Jesus answered, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God” St. John 3:5.  We know the story where Jesus was talking to Nicodemus (a ruler of the Jews) when Nicodemus asked Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old. Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb?” after Jesus had made the statement, “you must be born again”.  Here Jesus says clearly that you must be born again of water and of spirit.  When you read St. John 3:8 it talks about the Spirit.  It says, “the wind bloweth where it listeth and thou heareth the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth, so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”  This Spirit is like the wind -you hear it- you feel it. You can’t see where it goes or where it comes from.  If we back up and read the entire scriptures, St. John 3:16 says that God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believeth in him should not perish.  That does not mean that they will not perish it means they should not. There are a lot of people that believe, even the devil believes and trembles – the devil is going to perish.  There are many people who believe in Jesus to some degree, but they will perish because they don’t follow the scripture plan of salvation all the way. In the Old Testament, Saul went out to do the job that God sent him to do, he believed he was supposed to go do it.  He did not do it all the tasks as God requested.  All the way thru the scriptures – Cain knew he should offer a sacrifice, he just did not do it correctly – he was trying to be pleasing to God – he just did not offer the sacrifice the way God wanted him to do it.  God has a special way and a special reason.  You will have to ask him when you get to heaven why he wanted things done a certain way.  It is necessary for us to receive the Holy Ghost. Why? Jesus said we cannot get into the kingdom of God without the Spirit of God being in us


One of the purposes of the Holy Ghost is to resurrect us when he comes.  Paul talked about that in Romans 7-8-9.  He said if the power of the Holy Ghost dwell in you it is also going to resurrect your mortal body. Jesus said that when you receive the Holy Ghost you are going to have power to be witnesses, Act 1:8.  It says in St. John 14: 26 that the Holy Ghost will teach you all things. We need the Holy Ghost, we need the spirit of God,  we need the presence of Christ, whatever you want to call it.  We need Jesus abiding in us.  In Isaiah 28:12, the scriptures say, “This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest .  In St. John 16:13 we read, “howbeit when the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth…….he will show you things to come.”  So the Holy Ghost is very important in our lives.  It is impossible to live for God without it.



I want to talk now about ‘Do all speak with tongues when they receive the Holy Ghost?’  This will take some scripture reading on your part.  In Acts 2:1-4 the apostles received the Holy Ghost and they began to speak with other tongues. You will notice in Acts chapter 1, that Mary the mother of Jesus was among those that waited for and then received the Holy Ghost in Acts chapter 2.

In Acts chapter 8, we find the Samaritans – this is a people who were both Jew and Gentile – the Samaritans – this was where Jesus went and sat on the well and said to the lady who had multiple relationships and was living in adultery, “I will give you living water”. Later in that particular area, Philip had gone down to Samaria, the whole city came out believing.  The Bible said there was great joy, there were many people healed and they had been baptized in the name of Jesus, but as of yet the Holy Ghost had not fallen upon them.  We read that Peter and John came down and laid their hands on them that they might receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  It was after that, that Simon the Sorcerer said, “Hey, I want this power, I want to buy this.”  So we see here that it was quite evident that something different happened to them.  They were believers, there was great joy, they had been healed, they had been baptized, they had not as yet received the gift of the Holy Ghost.  When Peter and John came and laid their hands on them they received it.  Now at this verse it does not say that they spoke in tongues.  Something visible happened that caused Simon to say I want to buy this.  He knew some power source had happened.

Let’s look at another place where the Holy Ghost is poured out.  In Acts chapter 10, Cornelius had seen a vision, he had sent for Peter, and Peter had come and taught Cornelius and his family.  As he began to teach, the Bible says in verse 44 that the Holy Ghost fell on them as they sat there and the Jews that came with Peter and were of the circumcision saw also that the Holy Ghost was poured out on them.  They heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.  Then Peter commands them to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  He said that to these that have received the Holy Ghost. Then in Acts 11 Peter is having some problems with the disciples at Jerusalem.  Peter goes there and begins to argue with the disciples “a very heated discussion”, because they didn’t think the Gentiles in Acts 10 were supposed to receive the Holy Spirit. (They did not think the Holy Ghost was for them.)  Peter begins to argue/discuss with them and recites in Acts 11 all that had happened and Peter said, “These received the Holy Ghost like we did,( Acts 2)- when it fell on us.”

Further, at another place where the Holy Ghost comes, it is very clear that they spoke in tongues as the Holy Ghost came in Acts 19:1-7.  Paul finds certain men in Ephesus, he comes to them and he says to them “Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed?”  They said, “We haven’t heard whether there be any Holy Ghost”.  Paul said, “How were you baptized?”  He begins to check out their baptism.  They said they were baptized by John the Baptist.  Paul rebaptizes them in the Name of the Lord Jesus.  Paul lays his hands on them, prays that they might receive the Holy Ghost, and the Bible says “they began to speak with tongues and prophecy” as the Holy Ghost came on them.  We see again in Acts 19 when these 12 men receive the Holy Ghost that they began to speak with tongues.  All the way thru the scriptures when you see where somebody received the Holy Ghost, (if there is any explanation at all) you will note that they spoke with tongues.  Paul, the writer of over half of the New Testament,  writes about talking in tongues continuously . Paul said, I thank my God that I speak in tongues more than ye all. Remember all the way thru the Old Testament we talked about the tangible sign of the promise of God – a physical, tangible sign of the promise of God.  What is that physical, tangible sign?  The sign is speaking with tongues.  We talked about when God uses something for a blessing at some point in time he will use that same thing for a cursing.  We see here in this scripture that is what has happened. God at the tower of Babel used tongues for a cursingNow he is using it for a blessing.

It is an incredible experience to be able to pray in the spirit.  Let me talk about praying in the spirit or praying in tongues for just a few minutes to clarify some of the benefits.  Perhaps some of you that are listening or reading this have already spoken with tongues, but perhaps you have not.  I have written some books on how to pray people thru to the Holy Ghost.  I also have a book on praying with children and praying with adults.  You can order them thru my web page at www.savedbywater.com.  Let me speak to you about the benefits of speaking in tongues.  Speaking with tongues is a prayer language that God gives you.  It is a language that God is praying thru you what needs to be said.  As God prays thru you he says what needs to be said in that particular circumstance.  I was praying for a young man to receive the Holy Ghost and as I was praying I was speaking in tongues.  I didn’t know what I was saying but God knew what I was saying.  God spoke thru me in an Indian dialect that was pretty rare in India.  This young man knew some of the words in that Indian dialect because his father was from that country.  He said when we finished and he had received that Holy Ghost – he asked me if I knew any other language.  I said, “Well no, I barely understand English.”  In any event , he said ,“You were saying in the India dialect –‘You are forgiven, God, has forgiven you.”  As I was speaking to this young man in a language he knew, God was speaking thru me in a language (another tongues) that I did not know.   It was a language which he knew. God will pray through you in a language that might be understood by somebody somewhere around the world had they been there to hear your prayers. People overseas that pray in tongues sometimes pray in perfect English, yet they do not know any English.  To them they were praying in the spirit.   Most often what they are saying is “Glory to God – Praise be to Jesus” etc.  They are giving praise to God in that particular language.  You can praise God in different languages as you pray in the spirit.  For instance, you wish to pray for your son or your daughter, or some need, and you begin praying in the understanding what you know to say. Sometimes you don’t feel like you have really said it all, you just don’t have the right words to say.  So what do you do?  You can then begin to pray in the spirit.  God prays thru you in another language what really should be said.  Maybe they have financial problems and you don’t know it.  Maybe they have health problems and you don’t know it, but God begins to pray thru you what needs to be said for them.  You are able to make the prayer that needs to be prayed.  In fact, then God answers his own request as he prays it thru you.  So it is a wonderful experience as to how God uses a language as a blessing and allows us to be able to use it.  It is a language that we speak.  Paul said, “I thank God that I speak in tongues more than you all”.  It is a wonderful thing to be able to pray in the spirit and travail in prayer.  To God be the Glory.



Let me talk about St. John 7 and what it means to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.  I have described that a little all ready.  In Acts 11, the Bible says that the Gentiles that receive the Holy Ghost received it the same as we who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.  Remember when I talked about Peter and the disciples as they traveled from the Mount of Olives and they go to Jerusalem.  They were believers. Believers are required to take some action.  In Acts 10 the men who believed began to speak in tongues.  If you are a genuine believer in the Lord Jesus Christ the Bible says that these sings shall follow them that believe. - Mark 16:17 very clearly says, “These signs shall follow them that believe”.  It says they are going to speak with new tongues.  They are going to lay hands on the sick and they shall recover.  If you are a believer, it didn’t say just part of these people - it said everybody – they were all believers- these signs will follow them that believe.  We all know that if you see a skunk it won’t be very long before you will smell it.  It can’t be a skunk (unless it has been deodorized) without the smell.  That is a part of it.  Tongues are a part of the genuine believer.  You may not have spoken in tongues yet but you are getting ready to!  The Bible promises you in Acts 2:38 that if you will repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for remission of sins you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.  It did not say maybe, might, it said you will, you shall.   I can guarantee my friends if you have repented and will allow somebody to baptize you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost speaking with tongues.  You may very well get it coming up out of the water, you may get it in a few days, but you will receive it!  It is a promise of God.  Before you die you will receive it.  What an incredible book that we have, the Bible. The Holy Ghost is like the electricity that comes in us.  It is what lights us up.  It causes us to believe. The Holy Ghost is what continuously regenerates us.  It keeps us doing and speaking what we need to speak.  Hallelujah!  If you haven’t received the Holy Ghost yet, then begin to ask God to allow you to receive it and God will give it to you.  It is a gift from him and he wishes for you to have it.




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Study Sheet

LESSON NO. 7 - Coverage: Resurrection to What Does It Mean to Believe on Jesus?
The Resurrection and Ascension
       1.  Pilate set a watch at tomb - Matt. 27:62-66; John 20:1-18
      2.  John gives first account of resurrection (while it was yet dark)
      3.  Matthew resumes "as it began to dawn" - Matt. 28.-I-10
      4.  Luke continues "very early in the morning" - Luke 24:l-l2
      5.  Mark finishes "when the sun was risen" - Mark 16:1-8
      6.  Soldiers paid to say disciples stole him away - Matt. 28:11-15
      7.  Jesus appears to disciples on the Emmaus Road - Luke 24:13-35; in the
          upper room - Luke 24:36-49; to Thomas - John 20:24-29; to disciples 
          first - John 21:1-25; appears 40 days - Acts 1:3
      8.  Gave "Great Commission" - Luke 24:47; Matt. 28:19,20; Mark 16:15-18
      9.  Ascends to heaven - Acts 1:9-12
     10.  Our glorified bodies to be like his - 1 John 3:2; Phil. 3:21
The Disciples Go to Jerusalem to Wait for the Holy Ghost
       1.  Disciples told to return to Jerusalem - Acts 1:1-14
      2.  Matthias chosen to take Judas' place - Acts 1:15-26
      3.  Group of 120 continue in prayer in one accord - Acts 1:14,15
Dispensation of the Holy Ghost
       1.  They are all filled with the Holy Ghost - Acts 2:1-4
      2.  Multitude hears own language spoken - Acts 2:5-13
      3.  Jews and Gentiles are now united in the church, which is His body
          Gal. 3:28; Eph. 1:21-23; Col. 3:11
Men and Brethren, What Shall We Do?(The Message of Acts 2:38)
       1.  Peter explains to multitude what has happened - Acts 2:14-36
      2.  He gives instructions for receiving the Holy Ghost - Acts 2:37-40
      3.  3,000 added to the church the same day - Acts 2:41
But What About Matthew 28:19?
       1.  Jesus said, "in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost."
      2.  What is the name? John 5:43; Matt. 1:21; John 14:26
Water Baptism, by Immersion, in the Name of Jesus Christ
       1.  Mode of baptism--immersion - Col. 2:12; Acts 8:38,39; Matt. 3:16
      2.  Formula for baptism "in the name" - Acts 4:12; Phil 2:9-11; Eph 1:21;
          Col 3:17
Is It Necessary to Receive the Holy Ghost?
       1.  Jesus said, "Ye must be born again" - St. John 3:1-12
      2.  What is the Kingdom of God? - Rom. 14:17
The Purpose of the Holy Ghost
       1.  The Holy Ghost is "Christ in you" - Col. 1:25-27; Rom. 8:9
      2.  It is to teach you all things - John 14:26
      3.  To cause the weary to rest - Isa. 28:11,12
      4.  To show you things to come - John 16:13
      5.  To give you power to witness - Acts 1:8
      6.  To resurrect us at his coming - Rom. 8:11
Do All Speak with Other Tongues when They Receive the Holy Ghost?
       1.  Yes, the apostles and the mother of Jesus did - Acts 2:1-4
      2.  Yes, the Samaritans did - Acts 8:14-24
      3.  Yes, Cornelius and friends did - Acts 10:44-48
      4.  Yes, men at Ephesus did - Acts 19:1-6
      5.  Yes, Paul did - Acts 9:17-19; 1 Cor. 14:18,39
      6.  Why did God use speaking in tongues as the initial physical evidence
          of receiving the holy Ghost?
           a.  An external evidence of something that has taken place in the heart
          b.  A uniform sign
          c.  A symbol of the Spiirit's complete control. (The tongue is the last
              thing to yield)
What Does It Mean to Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ?
       1.  Gentiles spoke in tongues when they believed - Acts 10:43,44
      2.  The apostles spoke in tongues when they believed - Acts 11:17
      3.  These signs shall follow them that believe - Mark 16:17
      4.  What did Jesus say about believing? - John 7:37-39
      5.  Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? - Acts 19:1-7

 


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