The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the indwelling of the Spirit in the life of an individual. A person baptized in the Spirit is enveloped by him. The life of the person is in complete control of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit testifies of Christ. He talks about Christ. A baptized person in the Holy Spirit is someone whose life is centered around Christ (John 15:26). He can’t do without him.

The Holy Spirit unites all Christians as one in the body of Christ. He ensures that the Christian body is one mind without division (1 Corinthians 12:13). An assembly with quarreling and discord does not move by the Spirit. 

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is important. He gives the power and enablement to be an effective witness for Christ. He gives the grace to preach Christ with boldness and authority without the fear of rejection (Acts 1:8).

We were all born into sin from birth (Psalm 51:5). Unless the Holy Spirit reforms us by regeneration, we cannot make heaven (John 3:5). Everyone is born spiritually dead because of the sin of Adam and Eve. Only the spirit can enter heaven. Unless the human spirit is reborn by the Holy Spirit, no heaven.

The Holy Spirit teaches. His baptism removes ignorance. He becomes our guild teaching new ideas, correcting our mistakes, and helping us to remember everything he teaches (John 14:26).

A person baptized in the Holy Spirit will exhibit the fruits of the Spirit—love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and self-control. This is of great benefit because it gives life meaning to all who possess them.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit helps in prayer. Prayer is difficult when we lack ideas about what to pray. The Holy Spirit helps by praying through us to the heavenly Father (Romans 8:26).

The Holy Spirit also gives the enablement to do good and grants deliverance from the oppression of the devil (Acts 10:38).

To be baptized in the Holy Spirit, you must first repent and give your life to Christ because it’s Christ that will baptize you in the Spirit after you receive him (Acts 2:38; Matthew 3:11). 

Thereafter, you pray to receive the baptism of the Spirit (Acts 4:31). The apostle in the upper room received the Spirit after they had prayed (Acts 2:1-4). The Holy Spirit is received by asking (Luke 11:13).

Though not common, the baptism of the Holy Spirit can also be received by the laying of hands by reputable ministers of God (Acts 19:6). He is also received through the sermon of anointed men of God (Acts 10:44).

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