The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

INTRODUCTION – The role of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer and the New Testament Church cannot be over emphasized –  He is all important, as we shall see.   Next Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, the Church’s celebration of Pentecost, which is described in Acts 2:1-8 (read). The Holy Spirit came upon 120 believers that had been meeting in prayer in the upper room for ten days.  They did this at Christ’s command, as we see in Acts 1:1-5 & Luke 24:46-49.

Before we look at these scriptures, let’s look at  JOHN 20:20-22.  Jesus on Resurrection Sunday breathed on His disciples and, as He did, told his disciples to receive the Holy Spirit.  This reminds us of Genesis 2:7 where God breathed into Adam’s nostrils the breath of life and Adam became a living being, created in God’s image.

Now lets read  Acts 1:1-5 & Luke 24:46-49.  if His disciples had already received the baptism of the holy spirit, why were they told to  tarry in Jerusalem for what was called the baptism of the Holy Spirit?   Evidently this was something different than what they ad received when Jesus breathed on them. This brings to mind other scriptures that speak of the nature of Christ’s Baptism: John 1:32-34… Note that John’s baptism was a Baptism of Repentance, but Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit.  We see this again in Matthew  3:11.  John’s Baptism was a Baptism of Repentance: Salvation.  Jesus would baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire.

Now, lets look at Acts 19:1-7 (when the Ephesians received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit)  & Acts 10:44-48 (Where Cornelius’ Household received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit).  Each of these compares and contrasts John’s Baptism of Repentance with what is now called the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT.

When Jesus breathed on  his disciples and said “Receive ye the holy spirit – they received we call salvation, in which the Holy Spirit indwells the believer to begin his regenerating work in the believers life. Until Christ died and rose again they were living under the old covenant.   When Jesus died and rose from the dead, He established the New Covenant, through through his shed blood, as the atonement for our sins.

When we are saved the Holy Spirt comes to indwell us an begin his work of regeration: Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His. BUT THIS IS NOT THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT spoken of in the book of Acts!

The baptism of the holy spirit is separate, distinct from Salvation.  It is only available to us after we have been saved.  We saw evidence of this with the apostles themselves, the Ephesian Christians and Cornelius’ Household who received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

 The apostles and believers who met in the upper room in Jerusalem were clearly told why they were to MEET: Act 1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

After Peter received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit he preached boldly:  ACTS 2:22-23.  Look at the Jews response:  ACTS 2:37 – 38.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, as evidenced by speaking in tongues is available to every believer.   JESUS INSTRUCTED HIS DISCIPLES NOT TO BEGIN WITNESSING OR PREACHING UNTIL THEY HAD RECEIVED THIS BAPTISM THAT “THEY MIGHT BE ENDUED WITH POWER FROM ON HIGH.” THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT GIVES THE BELIEVER A PERSONAL BOLDNESS AND POWER TO ACCOMPLISH MIGHTY WORKS IN CHRIST’S NAME AND MAKES THESE BELIEVERS CANDIDATES TO RECEIVE THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT SPOKEN OF IN  1CORINTHIANS 12:7-11.

HOW DO YOU AS A BORN AGAIN BELIEVER RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:  YOU ASK GOD TO GIVE IT TO YOU AND YOU KEEP SEEKING AND ASKING UNTIL YOU GET IT:   Luke 11:9-13  And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 10  For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 11  If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent  ? 12  Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13  If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 

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