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BAPTISM
 
 

 

HOLY GHOST BAPTISM

Much is said about the baptism of the Spirit. Some things for me are vital - this being one of them - we must be immersed in the Holy Spirit presence, and we know the tangible countenance of him dwelling within us. For without Him we can do nothing empowered by God.

For some, the baptism of the Spirit is an experience - different from initial salvation. Described as a second experience that gives a person much greater spiritual power and boldness, and the ability to live a more victorious Christian life and is, however, it does not have to be that way.

One can have this encounter with God on the very day of there Salvation; I did. It will be a tangible moment with the Holy Spirit and will bring outward evidence and response from the receiver. In the New Testament - unmistakably in the book of Acts - the results of baptism in the Holy Spirit were such signs as speaking in tongues.

BAPTISED IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

cross bullet 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.
 
cross bullet 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.

 
cross bullet 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.
 
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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”

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