Salvation is only but one part of what our Father has in store for you. He also wants you to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. As you prepare to receive this marvellous gift, please study the truths shared below on what the baptism of the Spirit is, why it is important, how to receive it and how to make the most of it.
THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Accepting the Lord Jesus as your Lord and Saviour is the beginning of an intimate fellowship with the Father. However, salvation is only the door to this life of victory. Remaining steadfast in the faith, enjoying the full beauty of this new life and growing in understanding of / relationship with the Father is a different challenge of its own.
The uniqueness of salvation by the blood of Jesus is the Baptism into the Godhead by the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3: 11, Mark 1:8).
Just as it was impossible to attain righteousness by your strength, even so, it is impossible to remain faithful and enjoy the fullness of the new life by your abilities and effort. A divine empowerment/support is a must-have if you are to make the most of your citizenship of the Kingdom of God and this is where the baptism of the Holy Ghost comes in.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is meant to be part of the salvation experience and to live without it, is synonymous with having an incomplete salvation experience and growing in the faith would be somewhat laborious.
Purpose of the baptism of the Holy Ghost
The baptism of the Holy Ghost is empowerment to be witnesses of Christ (Acts 1:8). It is not (just) power, but empowerment to be witnesses – just as Adam was empowered after his creation for His new life/assignment.
This empowerment manifests itself mainly as:
1. the unexplainable ability to live holy and blameless
(John 16: 8 – 11, 2 Corinthians 3:1 – 3, 1 Peter 3: 1 – 2)
2. abounding in the blessings of the law, that is, good works/greatness (1 Corinthians 2:9, John 15:8, 1 Peter 2: 12,)
3. manifesting spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12: 4, 7)
Acts 2: 1-4 KJV
1. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Proof of the baptism of the Holy Ghost
Just as water baptism comes with immediate physical evidence – i.e. being wet – even so, the Holy Ghost baptism comes with its own physical evidence (Acts 19: 1 – 6, Acts 10: 44 – 48) which are speaking in tongues and prophesying. Nevertheless, in scriptures speaking in tongues is the most common sign reported to have followed the Holy Ghost baptism.
How to be baptised
1. Being prayed for and laying on of hands (Acts 8: 13 – 17)
The Holy Spirit can be imparted by the laying on of the hands by an anointed vessel or by being prayed for by such individual
2. Asking in prayer(Luke 11: 13)
Just like every good and perfect gift, the Holy Spirit can be received by asking the Father in prayer
3. Acceptance / Surrender to the Word (Acts 10: 34 – 44)
The baptism of the Holy Spirit can occur when the Word (either as read from scriptures or as spoken by the anointed of the Lord) is received in expectation.
TONGUES: BEYOND THE UPPER ROOM
By Kenneth E. Hagin
In this classics by Kenneth E. Hagin, you would find answers to any questions you may have on the subject of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Brother Hagin leads you to the Upper Room--the place where 120 believers were mightily filled with the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. Along the way, Hagin addresses common objections to and misconceptions about tongues, and he explains the true scriptural purposes of tongues. He shows you how to take advantage of this supernatural gift so you can fulfil God's highest purpose for your life!
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