The Holy Spirit

THE HOLY SPIRIT

BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Objective of this message;
At the end of this message, you will be able to;
• Define baptize.
• Identify three Scriptural references where it reveals what happened when people receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
• Identify how to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
• Explain the true evidence of Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
• List guidelines for receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
• Receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
• List four main objections people sometimes raise to the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Key verse; (Acts ;1;8).
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
INTRODUCTION.
The bible speaks of four baptisms namely;
(i) The baptism of suffering experienced by Jesus.
(ii) The water baptism performed by John the Baptist.
(iii) Christian Baptism in water.
(i) Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Today I’m going to focus on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
DEFINITION;
The word baptize means to completely immerse in something.
PROMISE OF THE BAPTISM.
After the resurrection and prior to His return to heaven, Jesus gave important instructions to His followers; (Luke;24:49.)
I’m going to sent you what my father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.
The promise which Jesus referred was the Holy Spirit. They had to stay in the city until they where clothed with power from on high.They where not to wait for a day or two. It was until they received that which was promised!
(John;14; 16-18).
And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another counselor to be with you forever-the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor Knows Him, But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Jesus told His disciples that;
• He would ask His father to give them another counselor ( the Spirit of Truth) who would be with them forever.
• The world cannot accept Him because it neither sees Him nor knows Him.
• They knew the Spirit of truth for He lives with them and would be in them.
• He would not leave them as orphans He would come to them.
This promise was not a new promise. The Gift of the Holy spirit had been promised since Old Testament times;
(Joel;2;28)
And afterwards ,I will pour out my Spirit on all people .Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.
EVINDENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
The Holy Spirit has many purposes in the life of a believer. One of the main purpose of the Holy Spirit however is to make the Christian a powerful witness for the Gospel;(Acts;1;8).
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

The true evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was visible immediately in the life of the Apostle Peter .Before the Day of Pentecost he had fearfully denied that he knew Jesus. After his baptism in the Holy Spirit ,Peter stood and gave a powerful witness to the Gospel that resulted in the salvation of 3,000 people. It was the power of the Holy Spirit in the early Church that resulted in the spread of the Gospel throughout the world. The book of Acts is a record of this powerful witness which was evidence of baptism in the Holy Spirit.
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
There are seven passages in the New Testament where the word “Baptize” is used in relation to the Holy Spirit. Four of these are the words of John the Baptist recorded in the Gospels;
• Mathew 3;11. I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I’m not fit to carry .He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
• Mark; 1;8. I baptize you with water but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
• Luke 3;16. John answered them all,” I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come ,the thongs of whose sandals I’m not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
• John 1;33. I would not have known Him, except that the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,” The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
• Jesus also spoke of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1;5. For John baptized with Water ,but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
• When Peter spoke of the events which took place in the home of Cornelius he quoted the words of Jesus;
Acts 11;16. Then I remembered what the Lord had said ;John baptized with water but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
• Paul also used the word “Baptize” in relation to the Holy Spirit;
1Corithians;12: 13. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
The use of the praise “ to baptize into” the Holy Spirit is the same as used to describe Christian baptism in water. In both cases baptism is an outward confirmation of inward spiritual experience.
The Holy Spirit was given during a time of Jewish observance called the Feast of Pentecost. For this reason , baptism in the Holy Spirit is called a “Pentecostal experience” and the time of the giving of the Spirit called “the Day of Pentecost”
The Holy Spirit came down from heaven and completely immersed (baptized) believers assembled in the upper room in Jerusalem. They had been waiting or tarrying for His coming as they had been commanded to do by Jesus. Peter said this experience was the fulfillment of God’s promise, “In the last days … I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh “This promise was given by Prophet Joel;
( Joel;2;28-29.)
Candidates of the out pouring are;
• Male
• Female
• Young.
• Old.
They would;
• Prophesy.
• Dream dreams.
• See visions.
God’s Spirit was to empower both servants men and women.
On the Day the Holy Spirit was given, Peter said;
Acts2;38-39.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Peter’s words revealed that the promise of the Holy Spirit was;
• A personal promise; “Unto you” ( the Jewish people).
• A Family promise; “Your Children”
• A universal Promise; “To all that are a far off”
You are included in this promise!
THE PHYSICAL SIGN.
The Holy Spirit is invisible to the natural eyes. He was compared to wind by Jesus.
John;3 ;8 The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So is it with everyone born of the Spirit.
Although the wind is invisible, the effects it produces can be seen and heard. When the wind blows the dust rises from the ground, the trees all bend in the direction of the wind, leaves rustle ,the waves of the sea roar, and clouds move across the sky. All these are physical sighs of the wind. So it is with the Holy Spirit. Even though He is invisible to the natural eyes, the effects which the Holy Spirit produces can be seen and heard.
There are three places in the New Testament where we are told what happened when people were baptized in the Holy Spirit;
(i).Day of Pentecost:
Acts 2;2-4.
• Sound from heaven as of a mighty rushing wind.
• Filled the room where they were gathering.
• Cloven tongues like of fire appeared and sat upon each one of them.
• They begun to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance and glorified God.
(ii).House of Cornelius:
Acts 10;44-46.
• They spoke in other tongues.
• They glorified God.
(iii). Converts at Ephesus.
Acts 19;6.
• They spoke in other tongues.
• They prophesied.
A common sign; The tongues.
Those who received the baptism of the Holy Spirit Spoke in other tongues. Other supernatural signs of the Holy Spirit are mentioned ,but none of these were evident on all these tree occasions.
Consider the table below and see what happened in the three places mentioned;

The sign of “tongues” can be language known to man .This is what happened on the day of Pentecost;
(Acts 2;7-8.).
Tongues can also be a language not known to man .This is called unknown tongue.(1Corithians;14;2.)
Purposes for tongues;
The sign of tongues received in baptism in the Holy Spirit has many purposes I the lives of believers.
1 Corithians;14 gives us some of the purposes.
these are;
• Prayer to God; Verse 2.
• Self-edification; Building up yourself and increasing your spiritual knowledge. Verse 4.
• When interpreted they edify the church; Verse 12-13.
• Intercession; Verse 14( see also Romans 8;26-27.)
• Sign to unbelievers; Verse 22.
• Fulfillment of prophesy; Verse 21( see also Isaiah 28;11-12).
• Praise; Verse 15,17.
Objections to the Holy Spirit.
(i).Every Christian has the Holy Spirit.
Although the New testament Christians had believed in Jesus they had to wait in Jerusalem for the endowment of power from on high.lk;24;49
Acts ;1;5.
This promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. Acts2;4.
Although the early Apostles where Christians they had to wait until the Day of Pentecost.
NB; Christian will not have the Holy Spirit until he receives Him as an act of ones will.
Another example is the people of Samaria. They believed and where baptized in water but had not received the Holy Spirit;Acts8;14-17.
(ii).Do all speak in tongues?
People who raise this objection usually use 1Corithians;1227-28.
Here Paul is talking about gift of speaking in other tongues not reception of the Holy Spirit.
(iii).Fear.
Some believers don’t seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit because they are afraid they will receive an experience that is not of God. But the Bible says; Ask and it shall be given…………..Mathew;7;7-11.
(iv) Emotional experience.
Receiving the Holy Spirit.
The following are guideline for receiving the Holy Spirit;
• Repent and be baptized; Acts2;38.
• Believe it is for you; Acts 239.
• Desire Him; ( John 7;37-39)
• Accept Him; He was released on the day of Pentecost .Acts ;2;38.
Galatians 3;2,5,14.)
• Yield to God. Yield your tongue to God in praise and worship. You may begin with stammering lips, it is obey continue.Isaiah;28;11
Acts 2;4
• Request prayers of others.

 

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4 Replies to “The Holy Spirit”

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