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Understanding the BAPTISM
of the Holy Spirit
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The Holy Spirit Promised

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; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 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.”

 

Lk 24:49 | Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

Mt 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

The presence of the Holy Spirit creates an atmosphere for miracles to happen in your life.


In Salvation, every believer in Christ is born again ( John 3:1-15) and sealed () by the Holy Spirit. When you are saved ,the Holy Spirit dwells and abides in you, for you now belong to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate experience from salvation and is one every believer should seek and receive.

 

On the day of Pentecost, Peter said ( Acts2:38-39)” 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.” ( Acts 2:1-4) 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.








The Bible gives many reasons why we should pray in the Spirit. When you pray in tongues you are speaking directly to God himself through your spirit. This is known as communicating to God in a prayer language. ( 1Cor 14:2)

When you pray in your prayer language you are edifying and strengthening yourself. ( 1Cor 14:4)
You magnify and praise God from your spirit. ( Acts10:46) John 4:23-24

You pray the perfect will of God. ( Romans 8:26-27)

You must take a step of faith and allow the Spirit to flow through your mouth. You will do the talking as the Spirit gives you the heavenly words to utter.( Acts 2:4) ( Isaiah 28:11-12)


Cultural Differences

Another reason for tongues is to promote unity among Christians. We live among many diverse people and combat cultural and racial prejudices all over the world. God’s Word teaches all men/women are equal.

In Acts 1:8, Jesus commanded his followers to take the gospel to “the ends of the earth.” These first followers were all Jews who didn’t believe non-Jews could become Christians without undergoing Mosaic rites such as circumcision. Unless this conviction was discarded, the gospel could not penetrate the non-Jewish world.

When Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit upon Gentiles at Caesarea, tongues accompanied the outpouring just as it did at Pentecost. These tongues were for the sake of the Jewish Christians who didn’t believe Gentiles were eligible to be received into the Church without submitting to Jewish rites.

Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers.
(I Cor. 14:22)


Gifts of God


Salvation

Righteousness

Gifts of the Spirit

Five-Fold Ministry Gifts

Eternal Life




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