A Better Understanding of Holy Ghost Baptism

Holy Ghost baptism

Baptism is immersion. Both water and Holy Ghost baptism are related to each other. While the water is immersion in water, it is the immersion in the Holy Spirit.

John, the forerunner of Christ, baptized in  water and said Jesus only would baptize people with the Holy Ghost  (Matthew 3:11). For Christ to do this, he was baptized in water. He set an example.

Baptism of the Holy Ghost as the immersion of Holy Ghost might be vague. How can someone be immersed in the Holy Ghost who is a person and not water? Though water can also be used for its illustration.

Illustrating the Holy Ghost baptism with water, baptism of the Holy Spirit is when a person becomes filled with Holy Still till he becomes immersed. That means the Holy Spirit completely taking charge of his life with other spirits that are not of God giving way. This comes after prolonged and thorough prayer (Acts 4:31).

The scriptures say our body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (1 Corinthians 6:19).  A temple is a huge building. At salvation, the Holy Ghost takes a permanent residence in the believer's body (John 14:16). This is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

A temple has many rooms and the rooms of the temple the Holy Ghost occupies to freely move depends on you and your lifestyle.
                          
When the Holy Ghost comes into you, he finds a place in you but may not move completely in you because of the presence of other spirits which were in you before conversion. Salvation does not chase them out. The initial indwelling of the Holy Ghost at salvation is a seal of ownership that you now belong to God and so they shouldn’t operate in you anymore nor harm you.

The Holy Spirit is not bossy, forcing the spirits to go away when he comes. He is gentle. You are to chase them out and this you do by consistent prayer because unclean spirits can’t withstand prayer.

As the unclean spirits give way, the Holy Ghost will then have more space in you to move and work in you till he completely fills you and take complete control. This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
                                            
Failure to pray in the long run could be devastating. This is because the unclean spirits may start to operate again in the person. This is the reason a person having accepted Jesus and saved still feels the urge to sin. Some even return to sin because the unclean spirits pressurized them to sin again. Self control is needed to keep them at bay while prayer is needed to chase them out.

Salvation should always be followed by intense prayer and study of God’s word. It must be consistent and continuous. To be free from sin is one thing, but to be free from the unclean spirits that cause the sin is another thing. You have to press on.

 At this point the saved individual become totally from sin and the spirits that cause them, the Spirit of God them integrate them to the church which is the body of Christ, “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” — 1 Corinthians 12:13.
                                   
The individual is completely purged and integrated to the church. He is then fit for Mater’s use (2 Timothy 2:21). He is given a role to play in the body of Christ and anything he does is backed up with power from the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8).

An individual baptized in the Holy Ghost is dead to sin. This happens after we have been planted together in the body of Christ in the likeness and baptism of his death. The body of sin is destroyed. We resurrect in the likeness of his resurrection and start walking completely in a whole new life (Romans 6:3-6). It happens when the individual is completely free from every spirits that cause sin.

God can’t entrust a ministry to someone under sin. That will be dangerous.

Though the individual becomes free from sin and the spirits that cause them, he is to walk circumspectly because if he gets entangles in sin again, worse things may come upon the person (Matthew 12:43-45; John 5:14; 2 Peter 2:20-22). 
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