John prophecied that Jesus would baptise His disciples with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Matt.3:11.Jesus called His disciples to wait in Jerusalem after His ascension. `For John baptised with water but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit. Acts1:5. On the Day of Pentecost `They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance` Acts2:1-4. Peter explaining what had taken place declared that this was what Joel had spoken of when he prophecied ` God would pour His Spirit on all flesh`Joel2:28-32 Acts2:14-21.This promised gift of the Holy Spirit was `..to you and your children and to all who are afar off,as many as the Lord our God will call. Acts2:38,39.
2.WHAT IS THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Baptise (Greek:baptizo) means – to dip,to immerse.To be Baptised with the Holy Spirit means to be immersed in the person of the Holy Spirit.Scripture speaks of the Holy Spirit being `poured out on them` and `falling on them`. Acts8:14-17 ; 10:44,45.Paul draws the contrast calling believers to be filled with the Spirit and not drunk with wine. Ephes.5:18 ; Acts2:1-4.This means more than having the Holy Spirit indwelling but having Him fill your life and overflowing.The disciples had received the Spirit when Jesus breathed on them. Jn20:22.Just as when God first breathed into Adam he received life Gen.2:7 the disciples received new life when Jesus breathed on them.But now He wanted to fill them and work through them in power. Jesus not only spoke of a well of water within springing up into everlasting life Jn4:1-26 but also for those who were thirsty and believed rivers of living water flowing out from their innermost being. Jn7:37-39. Paul urges believers to be filled with the Spirit-the word `filled` used in the continuous sense. Ephes.5:18 The disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit on a number of occasions. Acts2:1-4 ; 4:31. Don`t be satisfied with having Gods Spirit within desire and be filled,baptised and overflowing with the life of the Spirit.
3.WHAT ARE THE RESULTS OF BEING BAPTISED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?
1.Power to be a witness (to testify of and to show Jesus).Boldness to speak the Word of God. Acts1:8 ; 4:31.
2.Joy.Praising God ,speaking of His works and glorifying Jesus. Acts2:11 ; 10:46 ; 13:52 Ephes.5:18,19 ; Jn16:14.
3.The Spirit gives gifts and ministries distributing to each individual.Every believer equipped to function in Christs Body. Acts2:4,17,18 ; 10:46 ; 19:6 ; 1Cor.12:7-11
4.Revealing the life of Jesus Christ to others.Being changed to be more like Him producing the fruit of the Spirit. 2Cor.3:17,18 ; 4:7-10 ; Gal.5:16-18 ; Rom.8:13.
4.HOW CAN I BE BAPTISED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?John7:37-39.
Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Be thirsty-you must desire to be filled with the Spirit.
Go to Jesus-don`t expect to receive from men.
Ask.Talk to Jesus.You do not just empty your mind and receive anything but specifically ask Jesus to fill you with the Holy Spirit.
Believe that you will receive.Faith.God will not give you a `stone` if you ask for the fulness of the Spirit. Matt.7:7-11
Drink.Receive.When something is offered to you you must reach out and accept it.
Now expect the Holy Spirit to flow from within.Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.The Spirit will cause you to rejoice,speak in tongues prophecy…..be led by the Spirit.