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God’s Promises & The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

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According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (2Pe 1:3-4)

This passage, by far, is one of my favorite portions of scripture.  The wonderful truth in this passage is the foundation for how we receive salvation and how we grow IN Christ through our entire Christian life.  God has given us “exceedingly great and precious PROMISES, that by these we might be partakers of the divine nature”.  God has given us promises.  God has not said that we must reach some set standard of Christian maturity first in order to partake of His divine nature.  No, God had given us promises; and there is nothing more sure, more true, than a promise from God.  Everything we receive in our Christian life is BY FAITH.  God says something, we believe what God has said, and through our faith in God’s word, we receive what God has promised.  Then as we believe and receive what God has promised, we are able to partake of God’s divine nature.  To clarify, by partaking of God’s divine nature, the scriptures are not teaching that we become God, or that we get infused in God and lose our identity, but that as we believe God’s Word and allow Christ to manifest His life through ours, we are conformed and changed into His very image (Romans 8:29, 1 Cor 3:18).  It is through faith in God’s promises that we are able to become like our Savior and receive all that God has given us IN Christ.

A FEW EXAMPLES – BELIEVING AND RECEIVING

1.  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have  everlasting life. (Joh 3:16)

It would be appropriate to look at the very first promise that all believers have believed in ordered to receive eternal life and to become justified in God’s eyes.  Everyone person who has become a believer in Christ did so because they heard the truth about Jesus (the Son of God who died for our sins and rose again), heard/understood the promise of God to save those who repent and believe, and through faith were able to access the promise and have it become real in their life.  Being born again is the first step in experiencing God’s divine nature.

2.  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.   (Pro 3:5-6)

What a wonderful promise.  If we don’t lean/trust on our own understanding (our own reasoning), but instead seek God’s direction, actively live according to His revealed word, then we can be sure that God will “direct our paths”.  Belief in this promise cause one to submit all their ways to the Lord, knowing that God will most certainly direct their path.  When you are doing the will of God, being led by the Spirit of God, to a degree, you are living the same type of life that Christ lived.  He lived day by day doing the will of His Father.  As you are conformed into the image of the Son of God you are partaking of the divine nature.

3.  Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.   (Isa 26:3)

Another wonderful promise from God.  When you trust in Him, and therefore keep you mind stayed on God, on Jesus Christ, God will keep you in “perfect peace”.  Isn’t the cause of our anxieties and troubled minds simply because we do not keep our minds on Jesus Christ, trusting in God?  But God’s word is true.  When you believe this promise, trusting in the Lord, and keep your mind on God, you will find that God will give you His peace, even in the midst of trials and tribulations.  By believing in God’s word, and experiencing the truth of the promise coming to pass in your life, you will be partaking of the “divine nature”….more and more of the diving life of God will be manifested in your own life.

HOW DO YOU RECEIVE GOD’S PROMISES?

1.  First, you need to know if a promise is indeed for you.  We cannot receive promises from God that were not given to us.

2.  Second, believe the promise; because we know that God is faithful and cannot lie.

3.  Thirdly, when you read a promise of God that is directed to you, and you believe it, you must see if there are any conditions associated with it that must be met.  If you believe the promise, and meet the conditions if there are any, then you can be assured that God will give you the promise.

How difficult is it to receive what God has promised?  So difficult that only those with child like faith can receive from God all that He has promised.

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”  (Mar 10:15) ESV

In all reality, it’s not that difficult at all.  You don’t have to be a theologian, or have a Masters of Divinity, or have been a Christian for 20 years before you can receive what God has promised for His children in His Word.  You must simply believe what God’s Word says and act on it accordingly.

THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM

The particularly promise of God that I  want to speak about in this post in the promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  As most people know, there is a lot of controversy as to whether the Holy Spirit baptism is what believers receive when they initially put their faith in Christ, or whether its something all together separate.  What I want to show you through this post is:

1.  that the scriptures clearly teach that being baptized in the Holy Spirit is not the same as receiving the indwelling of the Spirit upon conversion.

2.  that the Holy Spirit baptism is the “promise of the Father” that is available to ALL who believe.  It is not some special experience for some supposed “super Christians”, but is a promise for all believers, through all ages.

3.  that it is a distinct aspect of the new covenant that the prophets foretold of, and that Jesus came to give.

THE PROMISE

There are two places that specifically speak of the Holy Spirit baptism prior to the death of Christ.  One is the book of Joel, and another is a statement made by John the Baptist.

And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit. (Joe 2:28-29)

And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.  (Mar 1:7-8)

The prophet Joel prophesied about the Holy Spirit baptism, while John made it clear that it would be Jesus who would baptize believers with the Holy Spirit.

What I’m going to do now is examine the experiences of Jesus, the first disciples, and those who believed the gospel in Acts, and show that the Spirit baptism is a separate experience from conversion, and something that all believers can and should receive.  While Spirit baptism CAN happen at conversion, it is not the same thing as conversion.  When someone is converted, they receive the indwelling Spirit of God.  The indwelling Spirit of God is the deposit/guarantee from the Father which makes us His children and gives us the assurance that we are His.  The indwelling Spirit is also what enables us to manifest the fruits of the Spirit as found in Galatians 5:22,23.  The baptism of the Spirit is never referenced as coming “inside” us but is rather described as coming “upon” us.  It is altogether different.  The Baptism of the Spirit is the “power” of God that works in all area’s of our Christian life and specifically equips us to be a witness for Christ and for the Lord’s service, in any area that He calls us to serve.

THE LORD JESUS

The Lord Jesus is our first and primary example.  Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and yet lived on earth as a man;  however, Christ had the Holy Spirit from birth.  Yet even though Christ had the Holy Spirit from birth, He still received the Holy Spirit “upon” Him when He was baptized in the Jordan river.

And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; (Mat 3:16)

It was after this event, and being led into the desert to be tempted,  that Jesus began His public ministry.  So we see Jesus filled with Holy Spirit from birth, and we see the Spirit of God coming “upon” Jesus before He started His ministry.   This is the pattern for believers in Christ.  While we don’t receive the Spirit from birth, we do receive the indwelling Spirit when we believe and are born again.  Then we receive the Holy Spirit coming upon us in the baptism of the Spirit.

THE DISCIPLES

With the disciples we see an example that we can more accurately relate to.  The disciples, like us, were not born with the Spirit.  They received the Holy Spirit indwelling them when Christ rose from the dead.

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. (Joh 20:19-22)

It’s very clear from this passage in John that this is when the disciples received the indwelling Spirit of God.  However, after the disciples receive the indwelling Spirit of God, they are told to “wait until they receive the Promise of the Father”.

And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luk 24:49)

And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   (Act 1:4-8)

These passages reveal that the indwelling Spirit of God is NOT the promise from the Father spoken of by both Joel and John the Baptist.  If the disciples, being indwelt by the Holy Spirit, had already received the promise, then why were they to wait in Jerusalem until they had receive it?  That would make no sense.  Clearly the baptism of the Spirit from the Father is separate and distinct from the indwelling Spirit that the disciples had already received.

THE DISCIPLES RECEIVE THE BAPTISM -WITH SIGNS FOLLOWING

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
(Act 2:1-4)

But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.  (Act 2:14-18)

The disciples were baptized in the Spirit as John had said, as Joel had prophesied, and as Jesus had promised.  Not only had they received the baptism of the Spirit, but it produced an outward sign that others could see.  There was positive proof that something supernatural had happened to these believers.  In this instance, people thought the disciple were drunk, and they spoke with other tongues.  There is always some immediate visible proof that one has receive the baptism of the Spirit.

But as we continue to read through the book of Acts, we find that this experience was not confined solely to the disciples who were in the upper room.  We find God giving his promise to others who believed in Jesus as well.  Here are three different accounts of believers who received the baptism of the Spirit.

SPIRIT BAPTISM IN ACTS

1.  Philip in Samaria:

Now when the apostles at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent to them Peter and John, who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, (Act 8:14-18)

So Philip goes down to Samaria and preaches “Christ” to the people (Acts 8:5).  Many of the people believe the gospel message and they are baptized into the name of Jesus.  These believers were genuine converts who believed the gospel of Jesus Christ and were water baptized.  However, the scripture says that the Holy Spirit had not “fallen” on any of them yet.  So the apostles Peter and John were sent and they laid hands on these new believers and they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  So in this passage we see that people can believe on Jesus Christ, be water baptized into His name, and not have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Some might point out that in this passage, there was no accompanying sign to show that the new believers had received the Holy Spirit.  But if you read about Simon the sorcerer it is implied that there was a visible sign following when these believers were baptized in the Holy Spirit.  After the believers were Spirit baptized Simon said:

Now when Simon saw that the Spirit was given through the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also, so that anyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.” (Act 8:18-19)

If there was no accompanying sign, then how would Simon know that the believers had received the Holy Spirit?  Simon the sorcerer like being known as a man who had the “power of God”.  He wanted to have the power that the apostles demonstrated when they laid hands on people to receive the Holy Spirit.  If there was no visible sign it would not “impress” the people, and therefore Simon would not care to have this “power” that did nothing.  Again, though the passage doesn’t specifically say it, it’s clear that there was an outward sign to show that these believers had indeed received the Holy Spirit.

2.  Peter and Cornelius:

While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (Act 10:44-48)

In this account Cornelius has been told by God (through an angel) to have Peter come to his house.  Cornelius, though a Gentile, is a worshiper of the true God with the knowledge of God that he had.  Peter then comes to his house and preaches the gospel to both Cornelius, his relatives, and his friends.  While they are listening to the gospel they are all baptized with the Holy Spirit.  Cornelius, having been told by God to have Peter come and speak to him, was expectant and believed every word Peter said about Jesus.  As they believed the gospel, God gave them the promise of the Holy Spirit.  In this case there was no laying on of the apostles hands; God simply gave His promise to these Gentile believers.  How did Peter know they had received the Holy Spirit?  The scripture says:

For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, (Act 10:46)

These new believers spoke in tongues and extolled or magnified God.  There was an outward manifestation that they had received the promise.

3.  Paul at Ephesus:

And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.  (Act 19:1-7)

Paul finds these disciples of Jesus in Ephesus; yet they were very limited in their knowledge.  These believers had only been baptized into the baptism of John and had not even heard about the Holy Spirit.  Paul proceeds to baptize them into the name of the Lord Jesus and then lay’s his hands on them and the “Holy Spirit came on them”.  How did Paul know the Holy Spirit came upon them?  They began to speak in tongues and to prophesy.  Again, there was a belief in Jesus and THEN the baptism of the Spirit.  The baptism of the Spirit came WITH signs following to show they had received the promise.

The experience of Jesus, the first disciples, and the three following accounts in the books of Acts show the the “Promise of the Father”, the Holy Spirit baptism, is a different experience and reality than that of receiving the Holy Spirit when one initially believes at conversion.  The Holy Spirit baptism CAN happen at conversion, but it can also happen after conversion.  And with the Holy Spirit baptism there was always an outward sign that followed as proof that one had indeed received the baptism of the Holy Spirit; the Promise of the Father.

Some people might think that the Holy Spirit baptism, that we read about in the bible, was a unique experience for the believers who lived in that time period only, a time when the church was first being formed.  However, that is easily proved to be false by looking at the words of John the Baptist, the words of Joel, and the words of Peter in Acts 2.

John said:

I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.  (Mar 1:8)

Notice that John the baptist did not preach this only to certain people, but he preached it to all who came to him.  The promise was to all.  Not only that, it is one of the primary works that Jesus would do!  He would not just baptize with water but would baptize with the Holy Spirit!  Christ would do for us something that no ordinary man could do!

In the prophecy of Joel it says:

“And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.
(Act 2:17-18)

Are we not still living in the last days?  If the first disciples were living in the last days, are we not just as much, if not more so, living in the last days as the return of Christ draws ever nearer?  It is during this “last days” time that God will pour out His Spirit on all who believe!

And in Acts 2 Peter says:

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Act 2:38-39)

The promise is for every believer whom the Lord our God shall call.  That would include every believer through out all the ages.  There is nothing in that passage that limits the promise of God to a certain time period.

THE PURPOSE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM

1.  That believers would receive POWER; the power of God (Luke 24;49).   This power of God helps in every area of our Christian walk.

2.  That believers would be able to be a witness for Jesus (Acts 1:8).

3.   It was necessary for men to have even when waiting on tables (Acts 6:5)

The Holy Spirit baptism empower us for every aspect of our Christian life; and specifically to be a witness and for service.

WE HAVE, AND CAN HAVE, WHAT THE PROPHETS WANTED, FORETOLD,  AND LOOKED FORWARD TO!

Ezekiel prophesied of the indwelling Spirit:

And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules. (Eze 36:26-27)

I’ve already shown how Joel prophesied regarding the pouring out of God’s Spirit.  But look at the heart of Moses regarding God’s Spirit being put on all God’s people:

And a young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” And Joshua the son of Nun, the assistant of Moses from his youth, said, “My lord Moses, stop them.” But Moses said to him, “Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all the LORD’s people were prophets, that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!”  (Num 11:27-29)

We need to realize that we do, or can, walk in all that the prophets prophesied of and looked forward to regarding the new covenant!  This life of having the indwelling Spirit of God, and the baptism in the Spirit of God, IS God’s desire and will for every new covenant believer!

MY EXPERIENCE & HOW TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

Some people receive the Holy Spirit baptism at conversion.  Others receive the Spirit baptism without asking; God just gives it.  That was my wife’s experience.  She was simply praying and praising God one day in her room and the Lord baptized her in the Spirit and she began to speak in tongues.  Still others, and I would say most people I know, receive the Spirit baptism sometime after conversion. I’m not sure why that is particularly.  It may have to do with people either believing or not believing in the baptism of the Spirit.  I know that in my own experience I had many people pray for me to receive the baptism of the Spirit before I actually received it.  My own story is that I had become convinced that the Spirit baptism was for “me”, and was for all believers (I was a new believer at the time, 20 yrs old, and had been a believer for maybe 6 months or so).  I had several people pray for me to receive it with no results.  So one day I just got desperate.  I decided that I was going to go into my prayer closet and not come out until I had received the baptism of the Spirit.  So I went into my prayer closet (which was really the bathroom with the door shut) and began praying to the Lord and waiting on Him.  After about 10 minutes I ran out things to pray and say.  So, a little frustrated, I decided that I would stop and leave.  But something in me made me stay.  I decided that I was going to stay until I had received it.  Right as I decided to stay the Lord poured out His Spirit upon me.  I began to speak in tongues and the most intense feeling of love overwhelmed me.  It was so strong it was hard to walk.  I left my prayer closet and went downstairs.  All my family was in the kitchen and living room.  I went down where they were but I was so filled with this overwhelming sense of God’s love I didn’t know what to say to anyone, I was practically speechless.  So I just went back upstairs and spent more time in prayer to God.  That’s how I was baptized in the Spirit.  I don’t know why I didn’t receive the baptism when people prayed for me.  It might have had something to do with my faith, I’m not totally sure.  But I do know that I received it after determining that I would not settle for not having it.

But how does one go about receiving the Holy Spirit, if they don’t receive it automatically from God?  What does the scripture teach?

The scriptures teach that we receive everything from God BY FAITH.  Remember what 2 Peter 2 says:

by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. (2Pe 1:4)

God has given us precious and very great promises in His Word.  When looking at the baptism of the Holy Spirit we see that:

1.  It is a promise for all believers, for all times:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams; even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy. (Act 2:17-18)

And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (Act 2:38-39)

2.  It is for those who obey God to “repent and believe the gospel”:

And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (Act 5:32)

Since we see account of believers receiving the Holy Spirit at conversion, or right after conversion in the book of Acts, we know that the obedience spoken of in this verse speaks of obeying God by repenting and believing the gospel.

3.  Knowing that it is for you, and having believed the gospel, ask God for it:

And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  (Luk 11:9-13)

4.  Have child like faith, knowing that you will receive what you ask for because God has given it as a promise to His children.

Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” (Mar 10:15)

BE ENCOURAGE  - JESUS REJOICES IN FAITH

As you are convinced that the Spirit baptism is for you, be encouraged that Jesus will answer you according to your faith.  Jesus always rejoices when faith is exercised.  In fact, in the gospels there were only two things that Jesus “marveled” about.  One was great faith and the other was unbelief.

When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turning to the crowd that followed him, said, “I tell you, not even in Israel have I found such faith.”  (Luk 7:9)

And he could do no mighty work there, except that he laid his hands on a few sick people and healed them. And he marveled because of their unbelief. And he went about among the villages teaching. (Mar 6:5-6)

Remember the lady with the issue of blood in Luke 8 and Mark 5.  She had spent all her money on doctors and had only gotten worse.  She must have heard about Jesus, what He had been saying and the miracles He had performed because she said:

She had heard the reports about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his garment. For she said, “If I touch even his garments, I will be made well.” (Mar 5:27-28)

She was convinced that if she simply touched Jesus clothing that she would be healed!  But how could she touch Jesus clothing with all the people around Him?  She must have had to push through the crowd and force her way forward so that she could touch him.  Her faith produced in her a determination to press through and “touch” Jesus and receive her healing.  In fact, when she touched Jesus, Jesus said:

And Jesus said, “Who was it that touched me?” When all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds surround you and are pressing in on you!” But Jesus said, “Someone touched me, for I perceive that power has gone out from me.” (Luk 8:45-46)

When this lady touched Jesus, it caused Jesus to say, “who touched me”.  Obviously, by reading the reply of the disciples we know that many people were touching Jesus.  But there was something different about the way this woman touched Jesus compared to the way everyone else was touching Jesus.  There were lot’s of people pressing into and touching Jesus, but only this lady was touching Jesus with faith.  She was absolutely sure that she would receive her healing if only she could touch Jesus (Heb11:1).  And that’s exactly what happened.  Because of her faith, power went out from Jesus, and she received what she knew would be hers.  Jesus looked at her and and told her that her faith had made her well, and to go in peace.  Jesus did was not stiff-arming her and holding back her healing.  He was glad and joyful to heal this woman who exhibited such faith.  In fact, it was as if He could not hold back her healing because of her absolute faith!

If Jesus was wiling to heal this woman of her issue of blood because of her faith, how much more do you think Jesus is willing to give you the baptism of the Holy Spirit, seeing it is the promise of the Father and one of the prophesied realities of new covenant?

You have believed Jesus for salvation, have you not?  Are you ready to believe Jesus regarding the baptism of the Spirit and receive the promise of the Father?

May the Lord stir you up to believe and receive His wonderful gift!

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Written by Sean Scott

August 16, 2012 at 5:34 am

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  1. Glory to God for His Word, for His precious Promises.

    To be filled with the Holy Spirit is the dire need of most professing Christians today – ALL of us!

    ian vincent

    August 17, 2012 at 3:24 am

  2. Only read the intro so far, but enjoyed it …

    Peace, brother

    Mark and Vicki Finger

    August 17, 2012 at 1:26 pm

  3. We truly need the baptism of the Holy Spirit because we truly lack power in the church today, we are ineffective witnesses because the one we need to empowers is not there empowering us. Due to ignorance and charamastic chaos we have rejected what is real and needed to empower the body of Christ in these last days.

    Matthew Washington

    August 18, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    • Due to ignorance and charamastic chaos we have rejected what is real and needed to empower the body of Christ in these last days.

      Very true brother. I heard Zac Poonen make a good statement about this once. He said something along these lines, “you never see anyone trying to counterfeit toilet paper. Why? Because it has no value. People only counterfeit things that have value. The same thing is true with the devil. He counterfeit the valuable things in Christ, then perverts them, so that people will ultimately reject what’s true”.

      We all need to be careful that we don’t reject what’s true in the bible simply because we see so much abuse in Christendom. God’s word is our standard and we should seek to walk in everything Christ has given us as part of this New Covenant.

      Sean Scott

      August 18, 2012 at 5:01 pm

  4. Liked your blog on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Some comments: You can add Acts 9 whereby Ananias came to Saul and said: “Jesus, that appeared to you in the way as you came, has sent me, that you might receive your sight, AND be filled with the Holy Ghost”. Also, in Acts 10 the reason that the Holy Spirit filled Cornelius and his house without Peter laying hands on them was because Peter & the Jews with him didn’t believe the Gentiles had part in the plan of salvation. Therefore they wouldn’t have laid hands on them. So in that light, there was a divine act of the Holy Spirit to show that Gentiles too could be saved. In Acts 11:18, when Peter rehearsed what occurred, they proclaimed “Then has God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life”.
    Further, when we are baptized in the H.S., we receive “dunamis” – the miraculous power of God to develop, mature & apply: the fruits of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23), the “charisma” gifts of the Spirit (Ro.12:6-8), the manifestations of the Spirit (1Cor.12:7-11, characteristics of the Spirit (Isa.11:2) & finally the spirit of prophecy which is the testimony of Jesus (Rev.19:10). When we are baptized in the H.S., we are empowered to fully represent and demonstrate the Holy Spirit whom we have received.
    Also, as we see in your use of Acts2:38-39, this promise was not just for believers in the early church but for all those who are afar off. In other words, into the future. It is still as applicable today as it was then.
    Again, you give a good presentation on the word. There are too many in the church who deny what the word of God clearly states.

    David Redmond

    August 23, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    • Those are some great points David. I particularly liked this:

      “Further, when we are baptized in the H.S., we receive “dunamis” – the miraculous power of God to develop, mature & apply: the fruits of the Spirit (Gal.5:22-23), the “charisma” gifts of the Spirit (Ro.12:6-8), the manifestations of the Spirit (1Cor.12:7-11, characteristics of the Spirit (Isa.11:2) & finally the spirit of prophecy which is the testimony of Jesus (Rev.19:10). ”

      Thanks for sharing.

      Sean

      August 24, 2012 at 5:20 am


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