BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
|In the Bible, the term "baptism of the Spirit" is used. John the Baptist predicted that Jesus would come and baptize with the Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16 John 1:33). In Acts 1:5, Jesus recalled John's words, and told His followers that they would be and needed to have the baptism with the Holy Spirit.|
|The events of the day of Pentecost ten days later seem to be the obvious fulfillment of His words (see Acts Chapter 2). Also in (Acts 11:16) indicates outside the upper room occasion Cornelius, the first Gentile convert, had a same experience after hearing the message and embracing it (point of salvation) this encounter with the Holy Spirit had the very same outward expression as those in the upper room on the day of Pentecost.|
While these passages make it clear that the believers in Acts 2 experienced a baptism of the Spirit, we do not find a clear explanation of what that baptism means. Nor do we know whether there were other works of the Spirit that were happening at the same time.
The clearest explanation of the baptism appears in one Corinthians 12:13. Paul is dealing with a situation where the Corinthian church was splitting into factions over the issue of spiritual gifts. Overemphasis on certain spectacular gifts had led to the attitude that some people had the most desirable gifts, while others were deficient.
|In response, Paul exclaims, "We're all one! Don't divide up into cliques!" And to prove his point, he explains, "For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:13).|
|Great Christians down through the years have often experienced dramatic encounters with God after salvation. There is no reason to deny that this is a genuine way that God works with His people. It is also true that equally devout, effective Christians have gone through life without such a "second work" of grace.|
We may use whatever words we want to describe our experiences with God. The important thing is to allow God to fully immersed and permeated and smeared you all over with the Gods Holy presence. “His Spirit”