His First Leadership Assignment: The Spirit Upon

And, behold, Saul came after the herd out of the field; and Saul said, What aileth the people that they weep? And they told him the tidings of the men of Jabesh. And the Spirit of God came upon Saul when he heard those tidings, and his anger was kindled greatly. 1 Samuel 11:5‭-‬6 KJV

You would have thought that after the anointing, the Kingship should have been fully established. It wasn’t. Saul had returned to help his father’s farm. In fact, this day he had just returned from the field when he came back to hear of Nahash, the Ammonite’s insolence to Jabesh-gilead. Note the next sentence: the spirit of God came upon Saul. That is the basic difference between the Old and the New Testament. Kenneth Hagin has explored the differences between the two experiences in his book of the same title. This is what he says: ” The Spirit works within the believer after the New Birth to develop character, and the Spirit works upon the believer after the baptism in the Holy Spirit to empower the Christian for service”. We have no intentions of raising the old arguments which Don Stewart has already done: ” Often people speak about two different relationships of the Holy Spirit to the believer. They say that the Spirit is “in” (Greek word en) a person when that individual receives Jesus Christ as Savior. Later, the Spirit of God comes “upon” (Greek word epi) someone when that person receives the baptism with the Holy Spirit”. Some arguments are sweet academic exercise. Pastor David Ogbueli in 2017, did an excellent job on these differences in a Facebook message. Please follow up on it. Luke 24:49, John 16:7. The beauty of the New Testament is that we have all in us to function. Saul’s Kingship began with the Spirit of God. So will yours.

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