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3—ACTS

THE APOSTOLIC MANDATE FOR MIRACLES
Acts 1:5-8 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. (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.
Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

THE PRIMARY PURPOSE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT-
1. Is to receive power to overcome and to witness for Christ.
2. To teach believers to observe all that Christ commanded.
3. The result is that Christ is made Lord of ones life

(Mat 28:18-20) And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. {19} Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: {20} teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
(Luke 24:49) And behold, I send forth the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city, until ye be clothed with power from on high.
     a. Christ is known.
     b. Christ is loved.
     c. Christ is honored.
     d. Christ is praised.

POWER - Gk DUNAMIS = means more than strength or ability.
1. This especially designates power in action [dynamo].
2. Luke emphasizes that the Holy Spirit's power included

  1. preaching the Gospel message, that Jesus Christ died to save ALL repentant sinners.
  2. the authority to drive out evil spirits, demons.
  3. the anointing to heal the sick.

3. These 3 essential signs accompany the proclamation of the Gospel in power
Acts 6:8; 8:4-8; 19:8-12; Luke 4:36; 5:17; 9:1-2;
Acts 10:38 even Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed him with the Holy Spirit and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Acts 14:3 ASV Long time therefore they tarried there speaking boldly in the Lord, who bare witness unto the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands.

v8 - DOES NOT RELATE THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
1. To personal salvation and regeneration.
2. But to the power within the believer to witness with effectiveness.
3. The Holy Spirit's principal work in witnessing and proclamation of the Gospel is in

  1. the saving work of Christ's blood and His Resurrection.
  2. His coming upon believers with Great Power.

4. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit imparts power to preach Jesus as Lord.
5. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit strengthens and deepens the believers relationship
with the FATHER, SON and HOLY SPIRIT.
6. This comes with being filled with the Holy Spirit
(John 14:26 ASV) But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you.
(John 15:26 ASV) But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall bear witness of me:

THE HOLY SPIRIT DISCLOSES AND MAKES MORE REAL
THE PERSONAL PRESENCE OF JESUS CHRIST AS LORD
(John 14:16-18 ASV) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may be with you for ever, {17} even the Spirit of truth: whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth him not, neither knoweth him: ye know him; for he abideth with you, and shall be in you. {18} I will not leave you desolate: I come unto you.

  1. This creates a growing desire for fellowship, to love, to honor and to please our Lord.
  2. We who have received the witness of the Holy Spirit in the redemptive work of Christ will manifest Christ-likeness in – righteousness – love – truth.

THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT CAN ONLY BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHOSE HEARTS ARE TURNED TOWARD GOD

  1. In repentance from their wicked ways(Acts 2:38 ASV) And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    (Acts 3:26 ASV) Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.
  2. This is shown by and maintained by our total commitment to Christ(Acts 5:32 ASV) And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God hath given to them that obey him.

BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A BAPTISM INTO THE SPIRIT WHICH IS HOLY
(Rom 1:4 ASV) who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead; even Jesus Christ our Lord.

  1. The operation of the Holy Spirit in our life enables the believer to live in greater conformity to God's Holiness.
    We have an intense desire to walk and live in God's will
    (Gal 5:15 ASV) But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. (Gal 5:26 ASV) Let us not become vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another.
  2. The fullness of the Holy Spirit works to complete the sanctifying work already begun in the heart of the Believer.
    The believer cannot completely be what he or she ought to be spiritually until endued with power.

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Mail: Pastor Ira L. Hargis
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Sapulpa, Oklahoma USA 74066
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