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2—ACTS

THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
Acts 1:4-7 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. (5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. (6) When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? (7) And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.

This study is also listed in the Holy Spirit series

v4 - THE GIFT OF THE FATHER
(Joel 2:28-29) And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: {29} And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
(Mat 3:11) I indeed baptize you with 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 with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

1. Is the baptism in the Holy Spirit - v5.

2. The fulfillment of that promise is described as being "filled with the Holy Ghost."

3. Consequently BAPTIZED IN THE SPIRIT and FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT are at times used interchangeably.

4. Baptized once…Filled often – (Eph 5:18) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

5. This baptism in the Holy Spirit should not be confused with receiving the indwelling Holy Spirit in regeneration
John 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”

6. These are two distinct works of the Spirit.

  1. often separated by a period of time the 120 waited about 50 days for Pentecost.
  2. but need not be so –
  3. (Mat 5:6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7. John 20:22 - JESUS BREATHED ON THEM
(John 3:5) Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.—
Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

  1. the disciples were regenerated at this time.
  2. a definite experience.
  3. this marked the beginning of the New Covenant.
  4. prior to this the disciples were redeemed by the Old Covenant [sacrifice, observing rituals] pointing to the finished work at Calvary.

8. They were baptized in the Holy Spirit
(Acts 2:4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

  1. the enduement with power – (Luke 24:49) And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
  2. power to witness – (Acts 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.
  3. this is the promise of the Father.

v5 - WITH WATER ...WITH THE HOLY GHOST.

1. WITH is the translation of the Gk preposition EN and is often translated as IN, WITH or BY.

2. Hence, an alternate translation would be BAPTIZED IN or BY THE HOLY GHOST.

  1. BAPTIZED WITH WATER reads BAPTIZED IN WATER –
  2. (John 1:33) And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize in water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon him, the same is he that baptizeth in the Holy Spirit.

3. The Gospels emphasize that Jesus is the BAPTIZER in the Holy Spirit –
(Mat 3:11 ASV) 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:
(Mk 1:8 ASV) I baptized you in water; But he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit.
(Luke 3:16 ASV) John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but there cometh he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire:—
(John 1:33 ASV) And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize in water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon him, the same is he that baptizeth in the Holy Spirit.

4. John is called the Baptist
Luke 9:19 And they answered and said, “John the Baptist, and others {say} Elijah; but others, that one of the prophets of old has risen again.”

5. Jesus is the believer's Holy Ghost Baptizer.

  1. the Baptism in the Holy Ghost only comes through Jesus Christ –
  2. (Luke 3:16-17 ASV) John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but there cometh he that is mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire: {17}whose fan is in his hand, thoroughly to cleanse his threshing-floor, and to gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn up with unquenchable fire. –
    (John 1:33 ASV) And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize in water, he said unto me, Upon whomsoever thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and abiding upon him, the same is he that baptizeth in the Holy Spirit.
  3. John the Baptist could not impart the Holy Ghost baptism.
    a. neither Peter, Steven, Barnabas, or Paul, ONLY JESUS CHRIST.

6. This baptism became the sign and mark of Christ's followers.

7. The Holy Spirit would be poured out on them in order that they might carry on Jesus saving work in the world

(Acts 1:8 ASV) But ye shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

8. Jesus' task of baptizing in the Holy Spirit is His ongoing purpose throughout the church age
(Mt 3:11 ASV) 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:–(Acts 2:39 ASV) For to you is the promise, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto him.

9. Have ye received since ye believed? 
(Acts 19:2 ASV) and he said unto them, Did ye receive the Holy Spirit when ye believed? And they said unto him, Nay, we did not so much as hear whether the Holy Spirit was given.

THE BAPTISM AND ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS AVAILABLE TO ALL BELIEVERS THAT MEET THE CONDITIONS OF TOTAL COMMITMENT TO BEING USED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.
1. The Holy Spirit anointing is not for a favored few –– Acts 2:16-39.
2. The Holy Spirit anointing is for all who yield their vessels to the Holy Spirit.
3. When the Holy Spirit anointing is flowing - make sure your vessels are ready to receive

2Kings 4.3 (ASV) Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbors, even empty vessels; borrow not a few.
(1Thes. 5:23) And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
—SPIRIT–SOUL–BODY.

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