The Bible speaks about John baptizing in water, but only Jesus Christ could baptize with the Holy Spirit. According to Scripture, people believed, then were saved, and then water baptized, but they had never received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. (Yes, people receive a new spirit , the Holy Spirit when they are saved, but I’m talking about an “infilling,” being “baptized with the Holy Spirit by fire.)
Acts 8:14-17 says, “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, (Verse 15) who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. (Verse 16) For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Verse 17) Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
These verses are so clear that just because a person has believed, been baptized, and saved doesn’t mean they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In John 20:22, Jesus was still with the disciples after His resurrection. Verse 22 of John 20 says, “And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” However, it was not until the Day of Pentecost that they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire and empowered by God.
There is a difference between the quickening of the Holy Spirit in salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit when He comes upon an individual. There is an immersion of the Holy Spirit that comes and empowers the individual.
This is one reason why so many Christians have no power. It’s because they are not taught or they are taught that “The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not for today!”
In Acts 19:1, 2 it says, “And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples (Verse 2) he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? And they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
(These disciple s only knew about water baptism through John the Baptist, preaching repentance.) (Verse 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of he Lord Jesus. Did you catch that? There is no water, they are being baptized in the name of Jesus by Jesus.
(Verse 6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate and distinct experience from conversion. Although I or anyone else can baptize a person with water, I cannot baptize them in the Holy Spirit; only Jesus can do that!
Luke 11:13 says, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?