Acts 2:1-4, 14-18, 41
Is He in This Place?

We are reading about a moving of the Spirit of God.  Not just any
spirit, but God’s Holy Spirit.  Not just any moving, but a moving
which marked a new beginning in the relationship of fallen man with

Understand, this is not just a Bible moving of God’s Spirit.
Neither is it a merely a New Testament moving of Him.
Nor is it just the moving of the Holy Ghost on the Apostles.

No. This is also the moving of OUR Holy Spirit. This is the moving of
God’s Holy Ghost on us.

There is an ignorance of all things spiritual in our world today.
    1. Few know much if any truth about God.
    2. Few know much if any truth about creation.
    3. Few know much if any truth about sin, salvation, or

I acknowledge that I  must list myself into that number; however,
there are a few things that I am certain about.
    1. The Holy Ghost’s presence is for today, for this time period,
        for these conditions, for this generation of believers, in
        the same measure and manner as on this day.
    2. The Holy Ghost’s presence is to glorify God.
        a. Some seem to think the Holy Spirit’s presence is to
            advance individuals in their wealth, their prominence,
            or their standings.
        b. I do not believe that is the case.  While the Holy Ghost’s
            presence may indeed do that, that is not the purpose of
            His presence.
            (1) The Holy Ghost’s presence is to see souls saved.
            (2) The Holy Ghost’s presence is to defeat Satan.
            (3) The Holy Ghost’s presence is to grow Christians.
            (4) The Holy Ghost’s presence is to empower the believer.
            (5) The Holy Ghost’s presence is to set captives free.
            (6) The Holy Ghost’s presence is to encourage the
            (7) The Holy Ghost’s presence is to set right the wrong.
        c. In short, the Holy Ghost’s presence us to glorify God.

But the question I want to deal with this morning is not why is He
here.  The question I want to deal with this morning is "How can we
have His presence?"

I. To have the Holy Ghost’s presence requires CONVERSION.
    A. The word CONVERT is a New Testament word used to describe an
        aspect of our salvation.

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted, and become as little
children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom
of heaven.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted,
that your sins may be blotted out,…

    B. The word "convert" implies more than a change.
        1. It implies an altering of the nature of something.
            a. You change the transmission in an car but you will
                have to covert the auto to put a stick shift
                into an one that had an automatic.
            b. You can change a mattress but you will to convert the
                frame to put a king size mattress where a queen size
                has been.
        2. So to be converted means to be altered at the core of
            one’s being.
            a. This is not an external change but an internal change.
            b. This is not a work of the flesh but a work of God.
    C. Salvation is God’s means for converting a person.
        1. People can change their behavior and beliefs, but to
            change the person, God will have to convert them.
        2. Salvation is that process.

2Cor 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.

Ezekiel 36:26  A new heart also will I give you,
and a new spirit will I put within you…

Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man,
which after God is created in righteousness and
true holiness.

        3. People may change their sins but only God can change the
            a. Most people go through life swapping one sin for
            b. A young man be an adultery, a drunkard, and a liar.
                (1) Then he grows some and decides to change his
                (2) He gets a job, makes a lot of money, gets
                     married, quits drinking so much, and settles
                (3) Is HE different?
            c. No.  He simply swapped sins.
                (1) Instead of loving many women now he loves many
                (2) Instead of being filled with liquor, he may now
                     be filled with pride.
                (3) Instead of being lying to others, he now lies to
                (4) Nothing really changed IN the person. He just
                     swapped one set of sins for another, a set
                     perhaps more acceptable but sins none-the-less.
        4. Salvation is more than changing oneself.
            a. Salvation is a conversion.
            b. Salvation is being made into something that you were
                not previously—not on the surface but on the inside,
                not by your own effort but by a work of God.
        5. Before the Holy Ghost of God will take up residence in
            this man, he must be converted.
            a. That may not sit well with you, but it is the truth.
            b. The Holy Ghost will not abide on a person who has not
                been converted.
                (1) He may stop by for a visit, but He will not set
                     up housekeeping.
                (2) The Holy Spirit often visits unconverted people,
                     giving them a glimpse of who He is, but He only
                     indwells and fills those who have accepted Jesus
                     as their Savior.
                (3) How can a person be converted?  Two things are
                     (a) You must believe that Jesus, the Son of God,
                          died on the cross for your sins, was buried
                          for three days, and arose from the grave.
                     (b) The best you know how, you must surrender
                          yourself to Jesus Christ,

II. To have the Holy Ghost’s presence requires CONVICTION.
    A. I use the word CONVICTION a good bit but there are actually
        several Bible words and phrases that mean the same thing.
        1. Paul spoke of it as a godly sorrow \\#2Cor 7:10\\.
        2. Jesus in describing the coming of the Holy Ghost,
            described the reproving that He would do.

Joh 16:8  And when he (the Holy Ghost) is come,
he will reprove the world of sin, and of
righteousness, and of judgment:

        3. The word means to correct, to reprove, to point out wrong.
            a. Notice, the Holy Spirit does not come unless He brings
                conviction with Him.
            b. So if we want the presence of the Holy Ghost, there
                must be conviction.
   B. There are examples of the Holy Ghost doing this convicting

Ac 5:33  When they heard that, they were cut to
the heart, and took counsel to slay them.

Ac 9:6  And he trembling and astonished said,
Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the
Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the
city, and it shall be told thee what thou must

Ac 16:29  Then he called for a light, and sprang
in, and came trembling, and fell down before
Paul and Silas,
30  And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what
must I do to be saved?

        1. But one of the best is found in our text.

Ac 2:37  Now when they heard this, they were
pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter
and to the rest of the apostles, Men and
brethren, what shall we do?

        2. Consider that Peter was preaching to the very people who
            just 50 days ago crucified Jesus!
            a. What could cause such a change in them?
            b. I believe the text would argue that it was the coming
                of the Holy Ghost of God.
    C. Please note that the Holy Spirit often uses the Word of God,
        either in printed or preached form, to help bring conviction.
        1. The Word of God provides the truth for conviction.

Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and
powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul
and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is
a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the

        2. The Holy Ghost provides the sorrow for conviction.
    D. Therefore, if we want the Holy Ghost’s presence, we should
        expose ourselves to the Word of God.
        1. Indeed, there is a threesome that we should bring to the
            a. A hunger for the Word of God.
            b. Respect for the Word of God.
            c. Time spend in the Word of God.
        2. Christian who have no compulsion for the Word of God can
            never have the presence of the Holy Ghost abiding on
            a. They are like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day.

Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them,
Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the
power of God.

            b. Some of them may even suffer from the same spiritual
                malady as the Pharisees.  They are lost.
    E. Conviction is an unpleasant sort of experience.
        1. Few will volunteer to be reproved or rebuked by any one
            for any reason.
        2. Yet, conviction is required if one is to have the presence
            of the Holy Ghost abiding upon them.
        3. It is that conviction which refines and purifies the
        4. So, instead of avoiding conviction, we as believers
            seeking the presence of God’s Spirit, must seek after it.
        5. And as the Spirit of God moves toward us, we must respond
            with surrender to Him.

Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of
God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of

1Thessalonians 5:19 Quench not the Spirit.

Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in
heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy
Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.

Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and vexed his
holy Spirit: therefore he was turned to be their
enemy, and he fought against them.

III. To have the Holy Ghost’s presence requires a CRUSHING.

John 12:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except
a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it
abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth
much fruit.

    A. Jesus was speaking of His own death here.
        1. \\#John 12:23\\ It was Jesus who was about to be
        2. And it was He who was about to "lose" His life.
        3. He was doing so that He might not abide alone but that we
            might abide with Him.
    B. But Jesus was also teaching us a spiritual principal from the
        plant world.
        1. Out of death comes greater life.
        2. To illustrate, Jesus spoke of corn.
            a. One kernel alive is one kernel, but one kernel dead
                and buried can become a hundred-fold.
            b. The reproduction of much of our eatable vegetation
                is built on this principal in the physical world.
        3. What is true in the plant world is also true in the
            spiritual world.
            a. To be willing to die speaks of the selfless Christian
                life, the obedient life, the sacrificial life.
            b. As we are willing to give ourselves for others—all
                the way to the point of death—we are able to impact
                them for Christ, even to the point of seeing them
        4. I am calling this CRUSHING, allowing God to do whatever He
            must do in our lives to bring others to Himself.
            a. This may not always be death.
            b. It may be worse than death.
            c. It may be that we give ourselves over and over again
                to be crushed by God and others.
    C. In Acts 2, Peter was the main speaker and he knew something of
        being crushed.
        1. Peter was being crushed as he watched his Lord being
        2. Peter was being crushed as his own hand drew a sword to
            try a fleshly rescue of the Lord.
        3. Peter was being crushed as fear caused him to drop the
            sword and flee for his life.
        4. Peter was being crushed as his curiosity drew him back to
            the place where Jesus was being tried.
        5. Peter was being crushed as he watched the blows and the
            stripes being laid against his Lord.
        6. Peter was being crushed as the cold pulled him to stand by
            a fire, next to those who mocked and jeered Jesus.
        7. Peter was being crushed as the fear of death ran his blood
            so cold that he denied the Lord three times.
        8. Peter was being crushed as he heard his own voice bellow
            profanity and cursing in an attempt to prove that he was
            not one of Jesus’ followers.
        9. Peter was being crushed as he glanced one last time toward
            his Savior, while hearing the cock grow and seeing the
            eyes from behind the broken face of His Lord meet his and
            as he remembered the prophecy that His Lord had made
            about him.
       10. Peter was being crushed as he ran from that place to find
            a spot where he could be alone and weep bitterly.
       11. Peter was crushed for three long days and nights,
            every time he saw a disciple, every time he remembered His
            Lord, every time he passed by a place where a miracle
            happened or a lesson was taught, every time he remembered
            his own wicked behavior.
            a. It is strange but Peter probably did not realized how
                many things had crushed him.
            b. In fact, he probably had completely different names
                for what was happening to him (i.e. temptation,
                frustration, stress, failure.)
            c. But something was happening to Peter in those days.
                (1) Peter fell to the ground and the self will, the
                     self righteousness, the pride, the selfishness,
                     the vain glory were crushed out of him.
                (2) He remained only an empty husk for the Spirit of
                     God to fill and use.
                (3) And how God used him!
                     (a) 3,000 souls saved.
                     (b) The church born.
                     (c) The presence and the power of the Holy Ghost
                          were put on display to the whole world!

Is this not what our world needs today?  What would bring it?  Three
things, I believe.
    1. a genuine conversion
    2. conviction
    3. some crushing

God help us to be willing today.

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