Holy Ghost Baptism
The Holy Scripture teaches;
That the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is the enduement of power from on High upon the sanctified believer. It is “the promise of the Father” and when one receives this “gift of the Holy Ghost”, it is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking a language unlearned previously, referred to as speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance – Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; Luke 3:16; 24:49; John 1:30-33; 7:37-39; 14:16,17,26; 15:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:5-8; Mark 16:17; Acts 2:1-18; 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-6. We do not teach or instruct people how to speak in tongues: the Holy Spirit gives utterance. We also stress the necessity of purity before power. The Gifts of the Spirit are for believers today – I Corinthians 12:1-31; 14:1-40.
The baptism in the Holy Ghost is the enduement of power from on High upon the sanctified believer. It is the promise of the Father. When one receives this gift of the Holy Ghost, it is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking a language unlearned previously, referred to as speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:30-33; 7:37).
We do not teach or instruct people how to speak in tongues; the Holy Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4). Jesus Christ the great Teacher preached it and promised it (John 7:37-39; Luke 24:49; and Acts 1:4-8).
The Baptism in the Holy Ghost is not the new birth, salvation, conversion or regeneration (John 7:37-39; 14:17; 17:6-9,14-16; Luke 10:19-24; 24:49). It is not the sanctification experience (John 17:9; 17:21-23; Acts 2:1-4). Jesus prayed for the sanctification of His disciples and yet commanded them to wait for the enduement of power, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Moreover, sanctification is for purity whereas the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for power.
It is also for illumination, feeling of joy, liberty and victory in prayer, self-denial or zeal (Luke 24:27,31-32,44,45; Acts 8:8,14-17).
The Holy Spirit is not a mere impersonal force. He is not a mere power that we can get hold of and use. He is not a mere influence that we feel. He is a person who seeks to get hold of us and use us. The Holy Spirit is a Divine Personality who we must honour, worship, fellowship with and listen to. He is called the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of the Living God, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of your Father, the Comforter, the Eternal Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Luke 11:13; Hebrews 9:14; I Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:3; I Peter 1:11; 4:14; Romans 1:4; 8:2). The Holy Ghost is eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient, and holy. He is the Inspirer of the Holy Scriptures, the General Overseer of the militant Church, the Great Teacher, Helper and Guide of all the saints, the character Builder of all members of the Body of Christ (Hebrews 9:14; Psalm 139:7-10; Acts 10:38; Matthew 12:28; I Corinthians 2:10,11; John 14:17-26; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22,23). The Holy Ghost is the third Person in the Trinity (I Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:3-6; Matthew 28:19).
The Holy Spirit:
- Searches all hearts (John 16:8-11; I Corinthians 2:10,11).
- Convicts of sin (John 16:7-11).
- Regenerates (Titus 3:5).
- Bears witness with us (Romans 8:14-16).
- Adopts into God’s family (Romans 8:15).
- Helps and gives victory in temptation (Romans 8:2,26-27).
- Helps in prayer (Romans 8:26,27; Zechariah 12:10).
- Fills believers with joy, peace and boldness (Acts 13:49-52).
- Sanctifies (Romans 1:4; 5:5).
- Quickens and heals our body (Romans 8:11).
- Comforts, counsels and commands (Isaiah 11:1,2).
- Intercedes for saints (Romans 8:26,27).
- Illuminates and inspires (2 Peter 1:21).
- Searches and reveals the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
- Teaches (John 14:26).
- Guides into all truth (John 16:13).
- Creates (Psalm 104:30).
- Empowers (Acts 1:8).
- Directs gospel work (Acts 8:26-29).
- Confirms the gospel (Hebrews 2:3,4).
The mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit is promised to all flesh; and those who meet God’s conditions can receive God’s abundance (Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Joel 2:28,29; John 7:37-39. Few (very few) of the Old Testament saints had the bulk of theSpirit upon them for some special tasks that the Lord gave them to do. The rest majority of the Israelites lived all their lives without the “special privilege” of having“the Spirit upon” them. Even those who had this privilege did not all enjoy His continuous abiding presence (Numbers 11:25; 24:2; Judges 3:10; 6:34; 14:6; I Samuel 10:9,10; 16:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
There were great expectations and a “diligent searching” by the Old Testament prophets. They looked forward to the glorious Gospel days in which we live. Even the angels dared to look into these things.
In as much as Christ’s incarnation, birth, life, dominion, rejection, suffering, meekness, death and resurrection were all foretold, and the messianic prophecies were fulfilled in every detail, so also, will all prophecies concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit must be fulfilled.
Today, we can all receive the Spirit in baptismal measure. We can be baptized in the Holy Spirit if:
- We thirst – have strong desire (Isaiah 44:3; John 7:37,39).
- We receive “a new heart”, “an heart of flesh”, renewal of “the stony heart”, “circumcision of heart” (Ezekiel 36:26,27).
- We have “faith” to “receive” (Galatians 3:2,14; Mark 11:22,24).
- We pray to receive (Luke 11:13).