Spiritual Growth Series || Water Baptism And Baptism In The Holy Ghost
In our first post in this series we dealt with your salvation story as the first entry point into Christ. But too often most persons stay at that door and never move further into Christ and so we have Christians who may have been born again for years but still experience stunted growth. ie, the way they were when they became born again is still the same way they are right now.
So we want to explore step by step the walk in Christ after your salvation story.
Now, most people argue that water baptism should be the only thing a new Christian should hunger for after becoming born again but is that really all?
“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 1:4-5 NIV
Now for context, this is Jesus speaking.
Water baptism is a baptism of repentance.
“And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.”
Mark 1:4 NIV
It is almost like a public testament to the fact that you have renounced your old life and have come into the new life in Christ Jesus but it shouldn’t end there.
Jesus talked about another baptism; the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
Now it was amazing to find out that even John The Baptist had foreseen this baptism of the Holy Ghost before Jesus said it in Acts.
“And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Mark 1:7-8 NIV
Jesus while speaking to His disciples in John 14 and 16 told them that He will ask for a gift for them from the Father.
“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 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.”
John 14:16-17 NIV
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is so important that Jesus told the disciples not to move till they had received Him and indeed they did.
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
Acts 2:1-4 NIV
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is evidenced by the speaking in other tongues – tongues no one has ever taught you.
Now some persons say that the baptism of the Holy Ghost and speaking in other tongues isn’t a requirement for going to heaven and that’s true but this gift is so important that Jesus emphatically told His disciples not to go anywhere till they had received the Spirit. If Jesus Himself thought that this gift cannot be done away with then who are we to argue that it’s not that important?
“For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 14:2 NIV
Our repose to this should be hunger and desire to be filled with the Spirit.
You see, it is by the Spirit that we become born again but still, we aren’t yet on fire with Him at that initial stage. When you are baptised in the Spirit then out of your belly shall flow rivers of living water.
Let’s see Paul’s response to some believers who weren’t baptised with the Spirit in Ephessus.
“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 in 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.”
Acts 19:1-7 NIV
Paul asked them a question that I ask today too “did you receive the baptism of the Spirit when you believed?”
If you say you didn’t know anything about it, well now you know and now that you know what do you do about it?
“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!”
Luke 11:11-13 NIV
Its pretty simple; ASK!
I know a friend who said she was laid hands on and didn’t receive the Spirit and so she went home crying and refused to eat. She was crying and asking God “so won’t you give me your Spirit?”
All of a sudden from her inside came tongues.. the Spirit came rushing in.
Saying she won’t eat? That’s desire!
Some persons ask and in their heart they are not really desiring Him and so give up when He doesn’t come.
No ask and in faith receive!
Till you receive keeo desiring Him!
If possible go to your pastor and ask Him to lay hands on you but really hands are not always needed (note not always needed). You yourself can stage a Holy Ghost party in your room. It depends on how thirsty you are.
The Spirit gives power like Jesus said. Read 1 Corinthians 14 also. The benefits of tongues and the Spirit is immense. For every new believer the Spirit is a necessary necessary gift! !
Father I desire your Spirit. Holy Ghost.. fill me up. Out of my belly let there flow rivers of living water!!
I receive the Holy Ghost in Jesus name.. Spirit of the living God please fill me up!!
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