The Holy Spirit as a Conscious Possession
Acts 19:2-7
He said to them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since you believed? And they said to him…

Dr. McDonald, of Ferintosh, whom the Lord so signally blessed in Scotland upwards of half a century ago, and to whom the Lord gave such multitudes of souls, had often to deal with young believers, and to warn them in regard to the future of their life. He used to put the question to them thus: "Why is it that so many who made a hopeful profession at the beginning seem so quickly to fail?" and he answered the question by saying, "It was because they started business without capital." By this he meant that the indwelling of the Holy Ghost as the Spirit of Power for a pure life and devoted service was not personally and specially asked for and obtained as a conscious possession; hence the failure.

(W. Ross.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

WEB: He said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They said to him, "No, we haven't even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."

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