Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Acts 19:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?”So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.

Isnt this still the case today?  Did you receive the Holy Spirit at the point of believing in Christ?  Then he said, I never heard about the Holy Spirit.  
I can say with certainty, this comes off very confusing and has many strange teachings stemming from this.  First of all, weather we know it or not, heard about the Holy Spirit, the 3rd person of the Trinity or not, at the very point of salvation, when we welcome Jesus into our lives to be our LORD and Savior, Jesus isn't the One who enters in but His Holy Spirit.  Yes, one day, we will all be in His presence.  But right now, His presence enters us as His Spirit takes residence in us.  You are sealed with His Spirit and promise.
Now, this topic Paul brings up to Apollos, slightly different.  Paul's not questioning his salvation but his ability to be an effective bold witness for Christ will only come one way, being filled to overflow of Gods Spirit!  This baptism of the Holy Spirit we need daily in our lives.  Both tongues and prophecy here are not evidences but blessings and byproducts of the bold witnesses they just became.  Boldness for Christ is the single evidence of the baptism of the Spirit, I know this is controversial in some circles!  LORD, fill me a fresh and new today.

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