According to the Bible three very important steps are necessary for each true believer.
- Born again (To be saved).
- Water Baptism.
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus started His ministry at the age of thirty, after His water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:13-17). Jesus received the Holy Spirit without measure (John 3:34-36) and His preaching and teaching were accompanied with mighty signs, wonders and miracles. His purpose was to save mankind and establish the Kingdom of God in the hearts of people, thus destroying the works of Satan (Acts 10:38, 1 John 3:8).
While He ministered on earth, Jesus made an astounding statement, “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you” (John 16:7).
It is marvellous to think that we are better off now with the fullness of the Holy Spirit than having Jesus with us in the flesh! Jesus also said that the Father who dwelled in Him did the miraculous works and that followers of Christ will also do these works and even greater works (John 14:10-12). In the final command of Jesus He promised that we will do the same works that He and His disciples did when they walked the earth (Mark 16:15-18).
In time as you grow spiritually, God will reveal to you the role you will play in the extension of His Kingdom. As you witness about Jesus and pray for people, the Holy Spirit will do what is necessary to bring about salvation, healing, deliverance, or meet whatever the need might be. When the Holy Spirit lives in you, His power will be in you to carry out and deliver God’s Word effectively.
Scriptures on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
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.”
Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
Acts 10:44-48 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.
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. 2 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.” 3 And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4 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.” 5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. 7 There were about twelve men in all.
It is clear from scripture that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a specific experience following salvation.
- After Phillip preached in Samaria men and women were baptised in water. In verse 15 of the same chapter, Peter and John were then sent from Jerusalem and they prayed for believers to receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17).
- Paul came to Ephesus and met disciples of Jesus. They were born again but knew nothing about the Holy Spirit. Paul then baptised them in water in the name of Jesus and laid his hands on them. The Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied (Acts 19:1-6).
The Holy Spirit In The Old Testament
In the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came upon God’s servants to enable them to operate in the supernatural on specific occasions and for service. The Holy Spirit rested upon the prophets inspiring them to prophesy and upon the kings to equip them to rule Israel. From the foregoing we see that in the Old Testament the Holy Spirit came UPON men of God for the purpose of service.
In the New Testament, however, the Holy Spirit not only came upon believers, but also worked from within (infilling) for the purpose of service and ministry.
Is the Holy Spirit Baptism for Me?
As a born-again Christian you are now part of God’s New Covenant and can trust and rely on all the promises of the Bible.
- John the Baptist was one of the greatest prophets who prepared the way for Jesus, the Son of God to be revealed. When Jesus was baptised in the Jordan River, he prophesied that “Jesus would baptise you with the Holy Spirit and with fire”, referring to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11-12).
- On the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles the priests of Israel poured out a golden pitcher of water against the altar to symbolise the water from the rock in Exodus 17. Jesus then announced a new dispensation of the Holy Spirit. He said: “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”. This, and especially verse 39 refers very clearly to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (John 7:37-39).
- Jesus spoke in Luke 11:9-13 about a son asking his earthly father for various items. He ends this portion of scripture with the following:- ” If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” You are God’s child and He is your Heavenly Father. On the strength of this Scripture, you now qualify to receive the Holy Spirit.
- Jesus promised that His disciples would receive the “promise of My Father” that would “endue them with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). This promise was repeated in Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power ((From Strong’s Concordance dunamis :- force (literally or figuratively); specifically miraculous power (usually by implication a miracle itself): – ability, abundance, meaning, might, (worker of) miracle (-s), power, strength)), 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 Holy Spirit was poured out on the 120 disciples in Acts 2:1-4:- ” When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” This was the first outpouring of the Holy Spirit and God is still pouring out His Spirit to this day.
- After Peter had preached his famous sermon and 3000 people were saved the crowd asked Peter what they should do next, and he answered: ” Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” ” (Acts 2:38-39).
From this we clearly understand that the promise of the Holy Spirit is also “to all who are afar off”. That includes you and me. What we must do is to have faith and “receive” the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
9 Reasons Why Every Believer Should Speak in Tongues
- Tongues are the physical evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is clearly seen in Acts 1:2. The Jews knew that Cornelius’ household had received the gift of the Holy Spirit because “they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God” (Acts 10:46).
- Speaking in tongues edifies the believer. “Edify” means to be built up spiritually. It is stated in 1 Corinthians 14:2 that a person speaks mysteries to God when he prays in This causes the believer to be “edified”, (1 Corinthians 14:4). We can also sing in tongues, (1 Corinthians 14:15).
- Tongues will cause our prayers to line up with God’s perfect will. Sometimes we do not know how to pray in a crisis or difficult circumstances. By praying in tongues, the Holy Spirit makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27).
- Praying in tongues builds up faith. By praying in tongues faith is exercised and this helps us to trust God more fully. Praying in tongues is the key to unlocking the other gifts of the Holy Spirit (Jude 20).
- Praying in tongues keeps us free from worldly contamination. When we speak in tongues the Bible states that we speak to God and not to men (1 Corinthians 14:27-28). If we find ourselves in a “contaminated” atmosphere (perhaps at work), it is good to pray in tongues with our minds on God, thus protecting ourselves.
- Praying in tongues enables us to obtain wisdom and insight into matters. The Holy Spirit teaches us concerning all things (1 John 2:27). The Spirit of God knows everything and can pray through us for those things of which our natural minds are not aware. There are many testimonies of Intercessors praying for missionaries at specific times, who were thousands of kilometres away and the Lord delivered them miraculously.
- Praying in tongues gives spiritual refreshing. In times of turmoil, anxiety or personal crisis, praying in tongues brings peace and refreshing to the soul (Isaiah 28:11-12).
- Praying in tongues magnifies God and gives Him glory. The Holy Spirit fell on Cornelius’ household and they prayed in tongues and magnified God (Acts 10:44-46). Paul stated that we can offer up prayers of thanksgiving in tongues (1 Corinthians 14:15-17).
- Speaking in tongues brings the tongue into subjection. If your tongue is under the control of the Holy Spirit, your whole life and body is steered in the right direction (James 3:1-12).
Steps to Receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
- Understand that God has already given the Holy Spirit to all believers and it is now up to the individual to receive this gift. Above all, understand that it is not necessary to beg God to fill you with the Holy Spirit! God promised to send His Holy Spirit to believers and this promise was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit has been present ever since, and people have continued to receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
- Anyone who is saved is ready to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Some people think there are certain things they have to do to qualify to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The blood of Jesus qualifies us. All we must do is repent, accept Jesus as Lord and we can receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- The power of the Holy Spirit is given to you to fulfil God’s purpose for your life. Always prepared to obey God and seek His guidance for your life (Acts 5:32).
- To receive the Holy Spirit requires that you humble yourself before God. You give Him your spirit, your soul and your body. Ask Him to “fill you with the Holy Spirit”.
- Let a Holy Spirit filled disciple pray for you with the laying on of hands. Trust that this is a contact of faith and firmly believe that you will receive the Holy Spirit immediately.
- Do not be afraid that you will receive another spirit or so called “false tongue”. Luke 11:15-18 assures that you will receive from the heavenly Father only that for which you have asked.
- Expect to pray in a new language that the Holy Spirit gives. In Acts 2:4 it states that they began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. The baptism of the Holy Spirit came in the act of This new language is evidence of this baptism.
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit is no less effective if it seems “uneventful”. It is important that you practise praying in the Spirit daily until it becomes a way of life. It sometimes can be just one word just like a baby develops its language skills.
Growing as a Spirit Being
We are primarily Spirit beings.
- God has created us to be spirit beings (Genesis 2:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:23).
- Our spirits are dead before salvation (Ephesians 2:1).
- Our spirits come alive in Jesus Christ (Romans 8:10,16; 1 Corinthians 6:17).
- We need to learn how to operate in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16; Rom 8:1-2; John 4:24).
- Because we are so bound by our physical senses, it is very difficult to understand the concept of walking in the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:7 tells us that we must walk by faith and not by sight.
- All our lives we have been governed by the soul and flesh dimensions, but now Jesus challenges us to move into His dimension where the Holy Spirit wants to walk with us, guide us and fellowship with us.
Galatians 5:24-25 “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit”
Paul stated the following: 1 Corinthians 14:18 “I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all”.
1 Corinthians 14:39, “Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues”.
There is a difference between the normal prayer language of the Spirit and the gift of tongues in public meetings (1 Corinthians 12:10).