The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
by Glen Jackman | Posted October 22nd at 7:46am
Baptism Of The Holy Spirit is prophesied in the old testament. (Isa. 32:15; Joel 2:28, 29; Ezek 36:27). It is promised by the Father and the Son (Matt. 3:11; John 14:16, 17, 26).
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not to be confused with water baptism (which testifies to allegiance to Christ), which most of the disciples would have had John the Baptist do long before this occurred. Conversely, the initial baptism of the Holy Spirit came at Pentecost 50 days after the resurrection. Acts 1 says he gave proof of his resurrection for 40 days. Then he told the disciples to wait. The Holy Spirit came 10 days later post-Ascension. (Acts1:3-5, 9)
The Holy Spirit’s indwelling is a definite experience of the converted man or woman witnessed to, by the Spirit (Heb. 10:14, 15). When I say converted, I mean the individual has exercised faith, has believed on the name of Jesus Christ as Lord by faith. Thus it is obtainable only by believers who are converted (John 7:39). And this belief is not class-specific, nor church specific, but a universal baptism of the Holy Spirit for all believers. (Acts 2:38, 39). Moreover, the indwelling Spirit is a necessity for true Christian living (John 16:13).
The Experience occurs Subsequent to Regeneration
Since it is given only to believers, one must be converted to receive Him (Acts 19:1-2, 5; Eph. 1:13). The Spirit dwells only in the individual given over to holiness and obedience by faith, and not in the unconverted man (I Cor. 3:16-17). There are several points that I would like to make:
The Resultant Signs of the Spirit’s Baptism are:
- It sanctifies, meaning purifies one from sin. (Acts 15:8,9; Rom. 15:16).
- Perfects in the unity of Christ’s love (Acts 4:31-33)
- Sheds God’s love into the heart (Rom 5:1-5).
- Gives spiritual power (Acts 1:8)
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is promised:
This is baptism promised by Christ (Luke 24:49); promised just before Pentecost (Acts 1:5); it is a baptism coming evidenced as:
- A divine power (Luke 4:14 with Luke 3:21,22).
- A comforting power (John 16:7)
- Witnessing power (Acts 1:8)
- Power for spiritual boldness (Acts 4:31).
- Speaking power (Acts 2:1-4)
To Be Sought as a Divine Gift with Assurance:
We must realize God’s Willingness to Spirit-baptize us. (Acts 2:38,39). Activate your faith by looking up these texts by simply hovering over them:
- More willing than we think to give us this gift. (Luke 11:13).
- Visible tongues of fire symbolized its purifying effect at the original Pentecostal experience. (Acts 2:1-4).
- Oil symbolizes its spiritual healing (Rev 3:18) and illuminating power (Matt 25:1-4).
The effects of This Baptism of the Holy Spirit are several:
- The Holy Spirit’s offers inflowing availability, like rivers of living water. (John 7:38)
- Anoints the lips for verbal testimony. (John 15:26)
- Opens the soul for divine instruction. (John 14:26)
- Purifies the heart by faith. (Acts 15:8,9)
- Empowers us to walk obedient, keeping the divine statutes. (Ezek 36:27)
- Gives holy freedom and confidence through guidance. (Gal 5:18)
- Opens avenues for divine communion, as we call out to the Lord. (II Cor 1:21-22)
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