BIBLE DOCTRINE 11: HOLY GHOST BAPTISM
God’s Word teaches:
That the Baptism in the Holy Ghost is the enduement of power from on High upon the sanctified believer. It is “the promise of the Father” and when one receives this “gift of the Holy Ghost”, it is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking a language unlearned previously, referred to as speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance – Matthew 3:11; Acts1:8; Luke 3:16; 24:49; John 1:30-33; 7:7-39; 14:16; 17:26; 15:26; 15:26; 16:12-15; Acts 1:5-8; Mark 16: 17; Acts 2:1-18; 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-6. We do not teach or instruct people how to speak in tongues: the Holy Spirit gives utterance. We also stress the necessity of Purity before Power. The gifts of the Spirit are for today – 1 Corinthians 12:1- 31; 14:1-40.
The baptism in the Holy Ghost is the endowment of power from on High upon the sanctified believer. It is the promise of the Father. When one receives this gift of the Holy Ghost it is accompanied by the initial evidence of speaking a language unlearned previously, referred to as speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Matthew 3:11; Acts 1:8; John 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:30-33; 7:37).
We do not teach or instruct people how to speak in tongues; the Holy Spirit gives utterance (Acts 2:4). Jesus Christ the great Teacher preached it and promised it. (John 7:37-39; Luke 24:49; and Acts 1:4-8). The Baptism in the Holy Ghost is not the new birth, salvation, conversion or regeneration (John 7:37-39; 14:17; 17:6-9, 14-16; Luke 10:19-24; 24:49). It is not sanctification experience (John 17:9; 17:21-23; Acts 2:1-4). Jesus prayed for the sanctification of His disciples and yet commanded them to wait forthe enduement of power, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Moreover, sanctification is for purity whereas
the Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for power.
It is not also illumination, feeling of joy, liberty, and victory in prayer, Self-denial or zeal (Luke 24:27, 31-32,44,45; Acts 8:8, 14-17; Matthew 19:27; 16:17). The Holy Spirit is not a mere impersonal force. He is not a mere power that we can get hold of and use. He is not a mere influence that we feel. He is a person who seeks to get hold of us and use us. The Holy Spirit is Divine Personality who we must honour, worship, fellowship with, and listen to. He is called the Holy Ghost, the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, the Spirit of the Living God, the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of Holiness, the Spirit of Life, the Spirit of wisdom, the Spirit of your Father, the Comforter, the Eternal Spirit (Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; Luke 11:13; Hebrews 9:14; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 2 Corinthians 3:3; 1 Peter 1:11; 4:14; Romans1:4; Matthew 10:20). The Holy Ghost is Eternal, Omnipresent, Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Holy. He is the inspirer of the Holy Scriptures, the general Overseer of the militant Church, the Great Teacher, helper and Guide of all the saints, the Character Builder of all members of the Body of Christ (Hebrews 9:14; Psalm 139:7-10; Acts:10:38; Matthew 12:28; Luke 11:20-22; 1 Corinthians 2:10,11; John 14:17-26; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 5:22,23; The Holy Ghost is the third person in the Trinity (1 Corinthians 8:6; Ephesians 4:3-6; Matthew 28:19).
The Holy Spirit:
- Searches all hearts (John 16:8-11; 1 Corinthians 2:10-11).
- Convicts of sin (John 16:7-11)
- Regenerates (Titus 3:5).
- Bears witness with us (Romans 8:14-16).
- Adopts into God’s family (Romans 8:15).
- Helps and gives victory in temptation (Romans 8:2,26-27).
- Helps in prayer (Romans 8:26,27; Zechariah 12:10).
- Fills believers with joy, peace, and boldness (Acts 13:49-520.
- Sanctifies (Romans 1:4; 5:5).
- Quickens and heals our body (Romans 8:11).
- Comforts, counsels, and commands (Isaiah 11:1-2).
- Intercedes for saints (Romans 8:26,270.
- Illuminates and inspires (2 Peter 1:21).
- Searches and reveals the deep things of God (1 Corinthians 2:9-12).
- Teaches (John 14:26)
- Guides into all truth (John 16:13).
- Creates (Psalm 104:30).
- Empowers (Acts 1:8).
- Directs gospel work (Act 8:26-29).
- Confirms the gospel (Hebrews 2:3,4).
The mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit is promised to all flesh; and those who meet God’s conditions can receive God’s abundance (Isaiah 44:3; Ezekiel 36:25-27; Joel 2:28,29; John 7:37-39. Few (very few) of the Old Testament saints had the Spirit upon them for some special task that the Lord gave them to do. The Bulk of the Israelites lived all their lives without the “special privilege” of having “the Spirit upon” them. Even those who had this privilege did not all enjoy His continuous abiding presence
(Numbers 11:25; 24:2; Judges 3:10; 6:34; 14:6; 1Samuel 10:9,10; 16:13; 2 Peter 1:21).
There were great expectations and a “diligent searching” by the Old Testament prophets. They looked forward to the glorious Gospel days in which we live. Even the angels dared to look into these things. In as much as Christ’s incarnation, birth, life, dominion, rejection, suffering, meekness, death and resurrection were all foretold and messianic prophecies were fulfilled in every detail, so also all prophecies concerning the outpouring of the Holy Spirit must be fulfilled. Today, we can all receive the Spirit in baptismal measure. We can be baptized in the Holy Spirit if:
- We thirst – have strong desire (Isaiah 44:3; John 7:37,39).
- We receive “A new heart”, “an heart of flesh”, after removal of “the stony heart”, “circumcision of heart” (Ezekiel 36:26,27).
- We have “faith” to “receive” (Galatians 3:2,14; Mark11:22,24).
- We pray to receive (Luke 11:13).
1. Admit that you are a sinner. "For all [humans] have sinned, and comes short of the glory of God....[and] the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord" (Romans 3:23)
2. Repent now. "Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out ...[for] if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness " (Acts 3:19, 1 John 1:9)
3. Believe that God loves you and Jesus died for you. "God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet Sinners, Christ died for us" (Romans 5:8)
4. Invite Jesus into your life through prayer of faith. Jesus says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me" (Revelation 3:20)