Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Baptized With The Holy Spirit

One of my favorite topics of discussion from the Bible is the subject of the “baptism with the Holy Spirit.”

One of the doctrines of baptisms in Hebrews 6 and another “tenet” of faith for Full Gospel Church is the teaching of Holy Spirit baptism. This should be in the doctrines and practice of all New Testament Churches in the 21st century.  Just the mention of the term “Holy Spirit” stirs the spiritual desires of the human heart because we know that the Holy Spirit is really almighty God who comes upon us and is in us doing His work through us.

There are many who teach that we can only know about the Holy Spirit through studying the Bible but shy away from encountering the Holy Spirit in an experiential supernatural way. But the Bible also teaches that the Holy Spirit is a baptizer with supernatural power coming upon believers who ask to be filled!

Jesus’ instructions to His followers in Luke 11:13 was to “ask” for the Holy Spirit and to wait until they receive power. He promised His followers power when the Holy Spirit has come upon them in Acts 1:8.

Then in Acts 2:4 on the day of Pentecost while waiting in the upper room, the Holy Spirit came into the room and “filled all who were there, and they began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave utterance.” These people had a definite experience in baptism with the Holy Spirit.

There are 3 things we must understand about the Holy Spirit.

1. The Holy Spirit is God. Peter said to Ananias in Acts 5:3, 4: “How is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit? You have not lied to men, but to God.”

2. The Gift of the Holy Spirit - When a person believes in Jesus and receives the salvation He offers, the Holy Spirit comes to live in the believer, imparting spiritual life. Acts 2:38 “Repent and be baptized every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

3. The Work of the Holy Spirit - He testifies of our relationship with God that we are God’s children - Romans 8:16

*He teaches us - John 14:26
*He guides us - Romans 8:14
*He helps us to live pleasing to God - Galatians 5:16 and 17-25
*He helps us in prayer - Romans 8:26
*He gives life to our bodies - Romans 8:11
*He gives us power and boldness to witness - Acts 1:8
*He gives ability to speak a supernatural language - Acts 19:6/2 Cor. 14:5, 18
*He introduces the supernatural realm - 1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-10
*He fills our spirit with true worship to God - Ephesians 5:18, 19
*He brings fresh understanding of the Word - 1 Corinthians 2:9, 10