BIBLE BASIS FOR BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT ~ [Apostolic Foundations #2]

The next step after being Born Again is to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. THIS BAPTISM ALLOWS YOU TO WALK IN SUPERNATURAL POWER and the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). This is a second encounter with God allowing us to be “empowered for ministry” and so that we can prophesy.

THE PROPHECY

Joel 2: 28-29 "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”

THE PREDICTION

Matthew 3:11 "I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.”

THE PROMISE

Luke 24:49 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

THE PURPOSE

Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

THE PREPARATION

Acts 19:1-7 “While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit." So Paul asked, "Then what baptism did you receive?" "John's baptism," they replied. Paul said, "John's baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus." On hearing this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. There were about twelve men in all.”

THE POWER

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE BIBLE BASIS OF THE BAPTISM

There are three stages of the work of the Holy Spirit

1. The Holy Spirit “with” you

  • John 14:17 …the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

  • Before you are Born Again

  • To bring you to the foot of the Cross and salvation

  • Convicting you of sin, righteousness and judgment (John 16: 8-10)

  • To stay with you until you receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

  • He is “with” every person ever born into the world for God wills that all men be saved.

2. The Holy Spirit “in” you

  • John 14:17 …the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

  • This happened for the disciples when Jesus appeared to them in the Upper Room

  • John 20:22 And with that he breathed on them and said, "Receive the Holy Spirit.”

  • This happens to all people when they receive Jesus as personal Lord and Saviour

  • The Holy Spirit (not Jesus) comes to live in your heart and life

  • Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father (Ephesians 1:20)

  • There to make intercession for us to the Father (Hebrews 7:25)

  • There until the restoration of all things (Acts 3:21)

3. The Holy Spirit “upon” you

Jesus continues to speak to His Born Again disciples and tells them that there is more for them to experience

Luke 24:49 “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high."

This was a third encounter with the Holy Spirit when He would come upon them and “cover them” with power.

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

This happened for the early disciples in Acts 2

Acts 2: 1-5 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit [Baptized in the Holy Spirit] and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance. Now there were Jews living in Jerusalem, devout men from every nation under heaven.

We too can experience this same “Baptism in the Holy Spirit”

Baptism = saturated with

Peter quotes Joel and states it is for all people of all times

Acts 2: 17-18 "'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.”

So, the Holy Spirit is: A> With B> In C> Upon

TO NOTE:

1> Another way to explain it:

Salvation - Well of water

John 4: 13-14 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

Baptism in the Holy Spirit - Rivers of water

John 7: 37-39 On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him." By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

2> Another way to explain it - A second experience

Acts 8:12, 14-17 But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 10:44-46 “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.”

We see this ministry of the Holy Spirit in Paul’s ministry in Ephesus

Acts 19:1-7 “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”

Ezekiel’s river vision... Ezekiel 47 – GOT DEEPER AND WIDER – MORE POWERFUL – THE FURTHER FROM THE TEMPLE THAT IT FLOWED!

THE PRACTICAL GUIDE to Your Private Prayer Language

1. You have the Holy Spirit, you received Him when you accepted Christ as your Saviour (Acts 2:38-39; Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19). He is simply going to now come UPON YOU in power.

2. You are going to pray that God will now baptize you with the Holy Spirit, and when you have prayed, begin to worship God, not in your native language, but worship God in tongues.

3. Since you have the Holy Spirit, the manifestation blessing--tongues--is coming from within, up and out of you; rather than coming from heaven down into you. “Out of your belly (heart) shall flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke of the Spirit...” (John 7:37-39).

4. Open your mouth and make a start (i.e., give voice, make a sound, make an utterance). God will lead you right into your own prayer language. You can quickly and easily receive the manifestation of speaking with tongues.

Remember, whatever you say is the manifestation of the Spirit. Accept it as such.

5. You have the Holy Spirit UPON YOU in power simply because you asked.

Luke 11:9-13 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. "Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

If your private prayer language is not released right away it does not mean that you have not been Baptized in the Holy Spirit

Prophecy is also a “sign” gift

And, why do we really need a sign?

Matthew 16:4 “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah.”

REFILLED AND REFRESHED

There are still two other experiences that those who have been Baptized in the Holy Spirit should be experiencing on a daily basis.

These two experiences are found in the Scriptures...

1> REFILLED

The disciples who were Baptized in the Holy Spirit and had Him come UPON THEM were soon found, several days later, praying for another encounter or experience with the Spirit of the Living God.

Acts 4:31 After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.

They were “filled” again when the Holy Spirit answered their prayed and again empowered them.

D.L. Moody (a great evangelist and preacher) when asked why he prayed daily for a fresh “filling” of the Holy Spirit simply replied: “I leak!”

Those of us who have been baptized in the Holy Spirit need tonight a fresh touch from the Spirit of the Living God.

2> REFRESHED

These same men and women understood that daily they needed to come into the presence of the Lord and simply be refreshed. That keeping a current and dynamic relationship with the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit was very important.

Acts 3:19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord

It is best that we do as God commands in Paul’s writings…

Ephesians 5:18 “And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit.”

An issue of who and what is CONTROLLING you personally

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