WHAT IS THE BAPTISM
WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you in water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire:
THERE ARE MANY NAMES FOR THIS
SIGNIFICANT EXPERIENCE WITH
THE THIRD PERSON OF THE TRINITY.
"Power from on high" – Luke 24:49
"Baptize…with the Holy Spirit and fire" – Matthew 3:11
"Baptized with the Holy Spirit" – Acts 1:5
"Filled with the Holy Spirit" – Acts 2:4
"Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit" – Acts 2:38
"Holy Spirit came on all" – Acts 10:44
"Baptized with the Holy Spirit" – Acts 11:16
Many different names are used to describe the same experience of empowerment for the Christian man or woman. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct from salvation.
I. A DISTINCT EXPERIENCE Those who receive the gift of the Holy Spirit will be able to know whether or not they have the experience.
A. Given by promise
Luke 24:49 "Father has promised"
B. Received by faith
Galatians 3:2 "By believing what you heard"
C. Experienced through prayer
Luke 11:9 "ask and it will be given to you"
- When the disciples remained in Jerusalem after Christ’s Ascension into heaven they waited for the promised Holy Spirit.
- The Holy Spirit was present with each of them through Regeneration—John 20:22 NET And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.
- The Baptism in the Holy Spirit would be so distinct that there would be no question as to whether or not they had received.
- This was a definite promise given by the Father through the person of Jesus Christ.
- Once the Baptism with evidence of Speaking in Tongues was received there would be no question about the experience.
- Baptism with the Holy Spirit is not received through works, only by faith.
- Paul appealed to the Galatian Christians to continue serving God through faith, knowing the power of the Spirit.
- The prayer to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit should not be a vague or indefinite request.
- A person who receives the Baptism with the Holy Spirit should not be left wondering whether or not they have the experience.
II. AN EMPOWERING EXPERIENCE
A. Possessing proof–
Acts 10:46 "heard them speaking in tongues and praising God"
- The disciples who waited to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit in Jerusalem after Christ ascended into heaven were clearly saved.
- They were clean through the Word of God.
- Jesus had breathed on them and they had received Life by the Holy Spirit before His ascension into heaven. John 20:22
- Still they were told to wait until they would receive an enduement with power from on high.
- Jesus wanted them to be Baptized with the Holy Spirit.
- When Peter and John visited the Christians saved under Philip’s preaching in Samaria; they asked them if they’d received the Holy Spirit.
- These knew salvation, were baptized in water, and were regenerate men and women.
- Still they needed to be Baptized with the Holy Spirit for empowerment.
- It is possible to be regenerated by the Holy Spirit and not be Baptized with the Holy Spirit.
- It is the Holy Spirit who imparts life to a Christian at salvation.
- The same Holy Spirit imparts power for service through the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
- Further, it is possible to receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit immediately after salvation.
- For this happened to the household of Cornelius in Acts 10.
- In this case, they were baptized in water after salvation and Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
- In Samaria they were baptized in water after salvation but before receiving the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
- There are many Christians who are regenerated but not Baptized with the Holy Spirit.
- Still, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is their family birthright.
- Each one may receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and be empowered for service.
- The receiving of the Holy Spirit is a personal decision for every believer.
- The empowerment necessitates being appropriated for each person by personal choice.
- God does not force himself on anyone.
- We’ve already said that every true believer has the Holy Spirit according to Rom. 8:9, but every believer does not necessarily have the Baptism with the Holy Spirit.
- Rom. 8:9 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, this person does not belong to him.
- In the Baptism with the Holy Spirit the Christian becomes dominated by the Spirit’s anointing in an overflowing way.
- Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a definite experience.
- This overflowing presence of the Spirit takes a believer beyond oneself to greater capacities in God.
- There are many Christians who have not enjoyed this fullness of experience with the Holy Spirit. Each should admit their need and take the steps to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
- God wants them to know a definite personal experience with the third person of the Trinity.
III. A SERVING EXPERIENCE
A. Reaching others
Acts 1:8 "you will be my witnesses"
- When Jesus baptized his disciples in the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost he turned them into servants of God, enabled for the task.
- They were made witnesses of Jesus in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the rest of the world.
- All present heard them speak in other tongues as the empowerment took place.
- On the same day 3,000 people renounced their sin, accepted Jesus, and were baptized in water.
- They continued growing in faith and fellowship.
- Others became disciples and were trained up for service.
- Saul came to Christ on the Damascus Road; he was later healed of blindness and filled with the Holy Spirit in Damascus.
- He immediately became a servant of Christ and preached in the synagogues.
- Saul was renamed Paul designating his powerful ministry.
- Baptism with the Holy Spirit is not primarily for our own happiness even though it causes joy.
- Fullness of the Spirit should bring a greater joy in our relationship with Jesus; still this is not its prime purpose.
- Many Christians seek personal ecstasy by going from church to church and conference to conference seeking a deeper Christian life.
- They believe that fullness of the Spirit is for their own personal ecstasy.
- Unfortunately, they are not fully submitted for Baptism of the Spirit because they have not entered into service to fulfill the purpose of Holy Spirit baptism.
- Further, the primary purpose of Baptism with the Holy Spirit is to not make a Christian holy.
- While it is true the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Holiness who works into us the nature of Christ, Baptism in the Holy Spirit is primarily for being a witness of Christ. Acts 1:8 "...Ye shall be witnesses."
- Baptism of the Spirit brings fire for purposes of searching, refining, cleansing, and purity.
- Still all of this is to make a believer better fitted for service to God.
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