Delivering the Holy Spirit in Acts
In Acts, God poured out the Holy Spirit on the apostles who then began speaking in tongues. Paul said people who spoke in tongues did not speak to men, but to God. So the devout Jews who heard them in their own native languages must have received the Holy Spirit and the gift of interpretation too.
Scripture says the word of God is the means of the new birth. And faith comes by hearing the word of God. And that faith is a fruit of the Holy Spirit that comes through the hearing of faith. So when the devout Jews heard and received the Holy Spirit, they would also speak the Holy Spirit into the hearts of others in their homelands. Because the gift of the Holy Spirit comes through hearing God’s word.
The apostles not only spoke the gift of the Holy Spirit into the hearts of those who heard and understood them. They also set up select groups, like beachheads in a war effort, first at Samaria, and again in Ephesus, giving them the Holy Spirit through their hands. Enabling them to speak in tongues just as the apostles themselves. And by it relaying the Holy Spirit to those who heard them. And these in turn would relay the Holy Spirit to others, either by speaking in tongues or by speaking in their native tongue. Because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
When the New Testament scriptures became complete, tongues stopped but people still received the Holy Spirit through the spoken and written word, the scriptures, as we do today.
So in Acts, the Apostles received the Holy Spirit baptism and spoke in tongues. Those who heard and understood the message also received the Holy Spirit through their words. These would then relay the Holy Spirit to others through their spoken word. Just as we receive the Holy Spirit through the scriptures and repentance today.