Receiving The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit Baptizes Us In Jesus Christ

Baptize in the Greek – Baptizo – to dip – to completely immerse.

1 Corinthians 12:13 – For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body… So the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ Jesus.

The Disciple Baptizes Us In Water

Matthew 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” When we get baptized in water, it doesn’t have to be a pastor, just a disciple of Jesus Christ.

Jesus Baptizes Us In The Holy Spirit

This study is going to be focused on Baptism in the Holy Spirit. It’s important that we know the difference in the first baptism and the third baptism. The first one is “The Baptism “of” the Holy “Spirit. This is the baptism that the Holy Spirit performs. This is when we get saved. The Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ. But the Bible talks specifically of being baptized “with” the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 3:11 – “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (meaning in or with fire)

He, Jesus, will baptize you with the Spirit. By the Spirit, we are baptized into the body, into Jesus. We first get baptized into Jesus, by the Holy Spirit, when we get saved. Then John is talking about Jesus baptizing us in or with the Spirit. These are not the same. Jesus wants to immerse us, completely surrounding us, completely filled with, to overflowing Holy Spirit.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is in all four gospels. Matthew, Mark, and Luke record the birth of Jesus and then they move to the beheading of John the Baptist, which is the third year of Jesus’ ministry. These three only cover the third year of Jesus ministry. In 70 A.D., John, the last living disciple, wrote the book of John which covers the first two years of Jesus ministry. That’s why we have things in John that aren’t in Matthew, Mark, and Luke. However, in all four gospels, the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ are recorded; and “The baptism with the Holy Spirit!” Amazing!

Mark 1:8 – “I indeed baptize you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 3:16 – John answered, saying to them all, “I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.” John 1:33 – “I did not know HIm, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.

This is important because the Holy Spirit had never descended and remained on a person before Jesus! He descended on people in the Old Testament, but did not remain, came and went. So when did John the Baptist see the Spirit descending and remaining? When John water baptized Jesus! The Holy Spirit descended and remained on Jesus on this earth! If Jesus needed to receive the Holy Spirit, then shouldn’t we?

The first baptism happens at salvation. That is when the Holy Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ. Then we are water baptized. Then we are baptized in the Holy Spirit by Jesus!

Acts 1:4, 5 – And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, which He said, “You have heard from Me; (Verse 5) “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many day s from now.”

Jesus wanted them to wait because He had to ascend to the Father before He could pour out the Holy Spirit. Wait for the Promise, and you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

After the Day of Pentecost and they were filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter preaches a message: Acts 2:37 – Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Verse 38) Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Peter covers all three baptisms. The first: Repent unto salvation and water baptism for the remission of sins. And then receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, third baptism. The gift of the Holy Spirit is not just one particular gift. The gift of the Holy Spirit is the Holy Spirit who carries all the gifts.

Too many Christians have been taught and believe that the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost was just for those 120 that were in the upper room. But look what the book of Acts says: Acts 2:39 – “For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” Those who believe that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit was only for those at that time, evidently didn’t finish reading what Peter had to say that day! Then look what happens later on when Philip is preaching:

Acts 8:12 – But when they believed Philip as he preached the things concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were baptized. They believed Philip unto salvation and then they were water baptized. Read on:

Acts 8:14 – 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.

Would you looky there! Too many Christians have been told their whole Christian lives that you get saved and get water baptized and that’s it! But is that what happened when Peter and John heard about Samaria’s receiving God’s word? No, because there was something else these people needed! They needed to be baptized with 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.

Many, many believers have been saved and water baptized, but have not received the baptism with the Holy Spirit. This confuses a lot of Christians because their thinking is, “I received the Holy Spirit when I got saved.” Yes, you did, but you just read the passages where Jesus wants to “Baptizes” us with the Holy Spirit, so what is so hard to understand about that? They will argue and argue because the Bible says “one baptism.” Well, pick one then: Is it the baptism into the body of Christ when you are saved because if it is then we don’t need water baptism either. If they include water baptism, then that makes two baptisms and that blows their thinking of one baptism. There are three baptisms as I have explained.

Look how important this third baptism is: Acts 19:1 – 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.”

If we received the Holy Spirit when we believed, then why would the greatest apostle that wrote over two-thirds of the New Testament ask these disciples this question? Then Paul asks them another question: (Verse 3) And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” (Verse 4) Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”

These disciples repented and believed in Jesus and they were water baptized. (Verse 5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Verse 6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

This happened all through the book of Acts, and it’s a patter for us to follow.

1 John 5:7 – For there are three who bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one. (Verse 8) And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three are as one.

These three bear witness on earth: The Spirit, water baptism, and the blood, shed by our Savior for the remission of sins. They bear witness that there is a supernatural God in heaven.

When we get saved, we are a new person; when we get baptized in water, the old person is cut-off. When we get baptized with the Spirit, we get the power to walk in the new life.  However, in order to go to heaven, you just have to be saved. The thief on the cross is a good example of this. And there are a lot of believers that get saved, but never water baptized or never baptized with the Spirit, but they will never have any power to live this Christian life.

Please don’t stop with water baptism. There is so much more if you will receive the Holy Spirit with the power to live this life!

 

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