The New Testament was written by men who knew Jesus personally. Although it is possible that Mark and Luke may have never seen Jesus, they both were close companions to the Apostles that did see Jesus and knew Him. For instance, Mark (with Peter) and Luke (with Paul) were all close companions in the Gospel of Christ. They all received divine revelation from Jesus to write scriptures and instruct the church. The Apostle Peter’s confession of Jesus, that He was the “Son of the Living God,” reciprocated a returned response that, “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church.” It was upon the revelation in the identity of Jesus that Christ built His church. On the birth day of the church, which was the day of Pentecost, it’s beginning was signified by the coming of the Holy Spirit, and indwelt the believers of Christ on the day of Pentecost. In Peter’s sermon, he emphasized to the people how they must be saved, and the Lord never changed his message. Peter said repent, and be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and you will receive the Holy Ghost (Ac. 2:38). As such, the New Testament church has been responsible to proclaiming the same message as Peter and the Apostles regarding salvation and the new birth experience. One of the emphasis’ I want to focus in Peter’s message is the Holy Spirit. The terms Holy Ghost and Holy Spirit are synonymous and mean the same thing; they are used interchangeably. It is significant to understand that everyone that was baptized (born) of the Spirit spoke in tongues as the initial evidence of the indwelling and infilling of the former. It must also be emphasized that the gift of the Holy Spirit was/is a promise to all who believe on Jesus (Mk. 1:8; Jn. 7:39). A faith response is required of a believer in Christ along with obedience. Faith is not a mental accent, but an obedient response to the Word of God. In other words, if you believe something, you will do it; faith essentially means trust. And once faith is present, the believer must move toward obeying God’s Word. Even as the Apostle Peter commanded, that, the people must (1) repent, (2) be baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; (3) receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. To refuse to obey God’s Word is disobedience. And the refusal to believe and receive the Holy Spirit is synonymous to disobedience, which is sin. Acts 5:32 says that, “…God has given the Holy Spirit to all those who obey Him” (Ac. 5:32).
– Blessings to all of you.