A gift is to be received. But since the gift in the focus verse is a spiritual gift, it has to be approached by faith. Faith is acting on the reality of the unseen. What is not seen is God who is giving the gift to you who ask for the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is you asking the unseen God for the gift. And what more, faith is you acting on the belief that you have received when you ask (Mark 11:22-24). You act by starting to speak in unknown tongues which you believe is the aftermath of your receiving the gift (Acts 2:1-4).
The gift of the Holy Spirit does not come unnoticed, when He came on Jesus, there was a visible expression of the heaven opening and the Spirit touching down on him in the form of a dove (Luke 3:22).
Throughout the new testament, what we see is people speaking in tongues on receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit. Once this understanding is faulty in you, then you compromise your ability to receive. You cannot receive the gift of a car and at the same time reject the ability to get from point A to point B faster. The gift and the effect cannot be separated. To take one is to take the other. To reject one is to reject the other.
- Using Your Spiritual Gifts (devog.wordpress.com)
- What does the Bible say about speaking in tongues? ~ Part 3 (Final) (virtualpreacher.org)
- Why Believe the Holy Spirit Is a Person? – Stand to Reason Blog (str.typepad.com)
- Why character is always more important than spiritual gifts (christiantoday.com)
- Rapture: Consideration…The Holy Spirit – PaulthePoke’s Blog (servehiminthewaiting.com)
- We Are Safe, and Know Ourselves to Be in the Lap of God Himself (celiaelaine.wordpress.com)