There has been much written about the Baptism of Holy Spirit. I have deliberately left out the “the” as Holy Spirit is a person and not an “it”. The most common question is do Christians need this experience and why? I believe the scriptures are very clear on this subject as I hope you will see below.
I think the best way of explaining what happens when Holy Spirit fully floods your being is that you are acknowledging Him as part of the God Head and an important part of your life. You have insights into spiritual things that you would not have as a born again believer without the baptism of Holy Spirit. He becomes a radar scan around you and He lets you know that something is OK or not. The more you learn to hear His voice and spend time praying in the Spirit the more wisdom and love exudes from you. You can talk to Holy Spirit about anything and you will get an answer, but not necessarily that day or in the form you expect. However He will answer your question or query. I am not being spooky I hope, just writing what I and many others have experienced.
Holy Spirit baptism is nothing to be scared of. He changes your life forever and helps in times of need.
So please read the following teaching slowly, looking up the scriptures in your Bible and see what happens. The truth always sets you free from wrong teaching and old facts, so any misunderstood messages you have been given about Holy Spirit will hopefully be answered in full. Jesus said that I must go that I can send Holy Spirit to you.
According to the Bible three very important steps are necessary for each true believer.
- Rebirth (To be saved).
- Water Baptism.
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
NB. All scripture verses written herein are from the NKJV of the bible unless otherwise stated.
Jesus started His ministry at the age of thirty, after His water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:13-17). Jesus received the Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34-36) and His preaching and teaching were accompanied with mighty signs, wonders and miracles. His purpose was to save mankind and establish the Kingdom of God in the hearts of people, thus destroying the works of Satan (Acts 10:38, 1 John 3:8).
While He ministered on earth, Jesus made an astounding statement, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7).
It is marvellous to think that we are better off now with the fullness of the Holy Spirit than having Jesus with us in the flesh! Jesus also said that the Father who dwelled in Him did the miraculous works and that followers of Christ will also do these works and even greater works (John 14:10-12). In the final command of Jesus He promised that we will do the same works that He and His disciples did when they walked the earth (Mark 16:15-18).
In time as you grow spiritually, God will reveal to you the role you will play in the extension of His Kingdom. As you witness about Jesus and pray for people, the Holy Spirit will do what is necessary to bring about salvation, healing, deliverance, or meet whatever the need might be. When the Holy Spirit lives in you, His power will be in you to carry out and deliver God’s Word effectively. The power of the Holy Spirit is also called the “anointing”.
2. DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE INDWELLING AND THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLYSPIRIT
At rebirth the Holy Spirit comes to dwell in the believer, but for ministry and service to others the Holy Spirit comes upon the believer.
|HOLY SPIRIT INDWELLINGJohn 3:5-8Revelation 3:20John 14:17
2 Timothy 1:14
1 John 2:27-18
1 John 4:13
|BAPTISM OF HOLY SPIRITMatthew 3:11-12;Mark 16:17;Luke 11:13; Luke 24:49John 7: 37-39
Acts1:8 ; Acts 2:1-12
Acts 10:44-47; Acts 19:6-8
|The indwelling presence causes the believer to bear the fruit of the Spirit in his life (Galatians 5:22). You will experience peace, joy and the inner witness of the Spirit.||After the baptism in the Holy Spirit the gifts of the Holy Spirit will start manifesting in your life (1 Corinthians 12:1-11) and you will receive a heavenly language(s).|
It is clear from scripture that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a specific experience following salvation.
- After Phillip preached in Samaria men and women were baptised in water. In verse 15 of the
same chapter, Peter and John were then sent from Jerusalem and they prayed for believers to
receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17).
- Paul came to Ephesus and met disciples of Jesus. They were born again, but knew
nothing about the Holy Spirit. Paul then baptised them in water in the name of Jesus and laid
his hands on them. The Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke with tongues and
prophesied (Acts 19:1-6).
3. THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE OLD TESTAMENT
In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon God’s servants to enable them to operate in the supernatural on specific occasions and for service. The Holy Spirit rested upon the prophets inspiring them to prophesy and upon the kings to equip them to rule Israel. From the foregoing we see that in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came UPON men of God for the purpose of service.
In the New Testament, however, the Holy Spirit not only came upon believers, but also worked from within (infilling) for the purpose of service and ministry.
4. IS THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM FOR ME?
As a born-again Christian you are now part of God’s New Covenant and can trust and rely on all the promises of the Bible.
a) John the Baptist was one of the greatest prophets who prepared the way for Jesus, the Son of God to be revealed. When Jesus was baptised in the Jordan River, he prophesied that “Jesus would baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”, referring to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11-12).
b) On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles the priests of Israel poured out a golden
pitcher of water against the altar to symbolise the water from the rock in Exodus 17. Jesus then announced a new dispensation of the Holy Spirit. He said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”. This, and especially verse 39 refers very clearly to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).
c) Jesus spoke in Luke 11:9-13 about a son asking his earthly father for various items. He ends this portion of scripture with the following:- ” If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” You are God’s child and He is your Heavenly Father. On the strength of this Scripture, you now qualify to receive the Holy Spirit.
d) Jesus promised that His disciples would receive the “promise of My Father” that would “endue them with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). This promise was repeated in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power ((From Strong’s Concordance dunamis :- force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might, (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength)), when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”.
e) The Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 disciples in Acts 2:1-4:- ” When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” This was the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit and God is still pouring out His Spirit to this day.
f) After Peter had preached his famous sermon and 3000 people were saved the crowd asked Peter what they should do next, and he answered: ” Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” ” (Acts 2:38-39).
From this we clearly understand that the promise of the Holy Spirit is also “to all who are afar off”. That includes you and me. What we must do is to have faith and “receive” the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
5. TEN REASONS WHY EVERY BELIEVER SHOULD SPEAK IN TONGUES
a) Tongues are the physical evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is clearly seen in Acts 1:2. The Jews knew that Cornelius’ household had received the gift of the Holy Spirit because “they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God” (Acts 10:46).
b) Speaking in tongues edifies the believer. “Edify” means to be built up spiritually. It is stated in 1 Corinthians 14:2 that a person speaks mysteries to God when he prays in tongues. This causes the believer to be “edified”, (1 Corinthians 14:4). We can also sing in tongues, (1 Corinthians 14:15).
c) Tongues reminds us of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling presence. Jesus promised us the Holy Spirit in John 14:6, 17. By praying in tongues the believer is conscious of His indwelling Spirit and the manifest presence of God.
d) Tongues will cause our prayers to line up with God’s perfect will. Sometimes we do not know how to pray in a crisis or difficult circumstances. By praying in tongues the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27).
e) Praying in tongues builds up faith. By praying in tongues faith is exercised and this helps us to trust God more fully. Praying in tongues is the key to unlocking the other gifts of the Holy Spirit (Jude :20).
f) Praying in tongues keeps us free from worldly contamination. When we speak in tongues the Bible states that we speak to God and not to men (1 Corinthians 14:27-28). If we find ourselves in a “contaminated” atmosphere (perhaps at work), it is good to pray in tongues with our minds on God, thus protecting ourselves.
g) Praying in tongues enables us to obtain wisdom and insight into matters. The Holy Spirit teaches us concerning all things (1 John 2:27). The Spirit of God knows everything and can pray through us for those things of which our natural minds are not aware. There are many testimonies of Intercessors praying for missionaries at specific times, who were thousands of kilometres away and the Lord delivered them miraculously.
h) Praying in tongues gives spiritual refreshing. In times of turmoil, anxiety or personal crisis, praying in tongues brings peace and refreshing to the soul (Isaiah 28:11-12).
i) Praying in tongues magnifies God and gives Him glory. The Holy Spirit fell on Cornelius’ household and they prayed in tongues and magnified God (Acts l0:44-46). Paul stated that we can offer up prayers of thanksgiving in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:15-17).
j) Speaking in tongues brings the tongue into subjection. If your tongue is under the control of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and body is steered in the right direction (James 3:1-12).
Paul stated the following: 1 Corinthians 14:18 “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all”.
1 Corinthians 14:39, “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues”.
There is a difference between the normal prayer language of the Spirit and the gift of tongues in public meetings (1 Corinthians 12:10).
7. STEPS TO RECEIVING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
a) Understand that God has already given the Holy Spirit to all believers and it is now up to the individual to receive this gift. Above all, understand that it is not necessary to beg God to fill you with the Holy Spirit! God promised to send His Holy Spirit to believers and this promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has been present ever since, and people have continued to receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
c) Anyone who is saved is ready to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Some people think there are certain things they have to do to qualify to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The blood of Jesus qualifies us. All we have to do is repent, accept Jesus as Lord and we can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
d) The power of the Holy Spirit is given to you to fulfil God’s purpose for your life. Be
prepared to obey God and seek His guidance for your life at all times (Acts 5:32).
e) To receive the Holy Spirit requires that you humble yourself before God. You give Him your
spirit, your soul and your body. Ask Him to “fill you with the Holy Spirit”.
f) Be prepared to pray aloud. If you are not prepared to pray aloud in your mother tongue or
are just lazy to pray, why would you want a special prayer language of the Spirit?
f) Let a Holy Spirit filled leader pray for you with the laying on of hands. Trust that this is a contact of faith and firmly believe that you will receive the Holy Spirit immediately. You will usually feel the presence and anointing of the Spirit upon you.
g) Do not be afraid that you will receive another spirit or so called “false tongue”. Luke 11:15-18 assures that you will receive from the heavenly Father only that for which you have asked.
h) Expect to pray in a new language that the Holy Spirit gives. In Acts 2:4 it states that they began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. The baptism of the Holy Spirit came in the act of speaking. This new language is evidence of this baptism.
j) The baptism of the Holy Spirit is no less effective if it seems “uneventful”. In some instances people experience great joy, being slain in the Spirit or weeping. It is important that you practise praying in the Spirit daily until it becomes a way of life. It sometimes can be just one word just like a baby develops its language skills.
8. GROWING AS A SPIRIT BEING
We are primarily Spirit beings.
a) God has created us to be spirit beings (Genesis 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).
b) Our spirits are dead before salvation (Ephesians 2:1).
c) Our spirits come alive in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:10,16; 1 Corinthians 6:17).
d) We need to learn how to operate in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16; Rom 8:1-2; John 4:24).
e) Because we are so bound by our physical senses, it is very difficult to understand the
concept of walking in the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that we have to walk by faith
and not by sight.
f) All our lives we have been governed by the soul and flesh dimensions, but now Jesus challenges us to move into His dimension where the Holy Spirit wants to walk with us,
guide us and fellowship with us.
“And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live
in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit” (KJV).
9. KEYS TO WALKING IN THE SPIRIT
a) The fruit of the Spirit will be manifested in our lives as we walk in the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith” (KJV).
b) We have to dethrone the carnal mind which has dictated to us all our lives and enthrone
the Spirit which is the mind of Christ.
Romans 8:6-7 “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (KJV).
c) We have to realise that the spirit world is more real than the physical world.
2 Corinthians 4:18 “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” (KJV).
d) We have to discern the voice of the Spirit in our minds and thought patterns, i.e. it must
line up with the Word of God. Calculated, analytical thoughts which belong to our old
nature will want to direct us. These will clash with the Spirit of God who operates beyond
the “knowing” and “seeing” dimensions.
e) The Holy Spirit will often prompt us into things that are beyond our sphere of stored
knowledge. Prayerfully, we must learn to conform to the mind of Christ. Then with open
minds wait on the Lord as He reveals His thoughts and visions to us in accordance with His
f) The human mind reacts to the written Word of God (Logos), whereas the Spirit flows out of
the spoken Word of God (Rhema).
g) The Rhema Word is the Holy Spirit- inspired and illuminated spoken Word of God. It
requires faith to speak the Word of God and it is in this area that the mind will want to
battle with the rationale of the situation.
h) When you are in a situation that requires you to speak the Word of God, it will be uncomfortable as the mind will immediately offer a challenge. The solution is to ignore the mind and move into the spirit dimension by faith. This is often referred to as spiritual warfare.
i) A Christian who has only developed his mind, lives according to the (Logos) Word knowledge. A Christian who has learned to walk in the Spirit and discern the voice of God lives according to the (Rhema) Word.
j) These keys will help you to understand the operation of the Spirit as opposed to the operation of the mind.
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- The Technical Side of Salvation (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- Why Jesus for Salvation? (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- Speaking in Tongues is the Doorway to the Holy Spirit’s Power (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)
- Why My Faith is in The Cross – Part II (raymondjclements.wordpress.com)