Now Playing: The Baptism of the Holy Spirit - Day 3

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for today and has always been available for all believers who will trust God and receive everything He has for them. John the Baptist prophesied that Jesus would baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16). After the disciples’ baptism in the Spirit on the day of Pentecost, the new believers asked, “What should we do?” They were told to repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38).

The Pentecost experience was a fulfillment of Jesus’s promise to the apostles that they would be “baptized with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1:5). Before His Ascension, Jesus had instructed His followers: “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high” (Luke 24:49). This promise was the Holy Spirit (John 14:16–18). This wasn’t a new promise—the gift of the Holy Spirit had been promised since Old Testament times (Is. 28:11, 12; Joel 2:28, 29).

One of the main purposes of the Holy Spirit is to transform Christians into powerful witnesses for the gospel (Acts 1:8). Before Pentecost, Peter fearfully denied he knew Jesus. After his baptism in the Spirit, however, Peter stood and boldly preached the gospel with power! His message resulted in the salvation of three thousand people! (Acts 2).

On other occasions in Acts, new believers experienced this same baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 4:31; 8:16; 10:44–46). The baptism in the Holy Spirit enabled the early church to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.

The Holy Spirit came down from heaven and completely im- mersed (baptized) believers gathered in the upper room of a house in Jerusalem. They had been waiting for His coming as Jesus had commanded. Peter said this experience fulfilled Joel’s prophecy: “I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh” (Joel 2:28, 29).

Male and female, young and old were to be included in this out- pouring. They were to prophesy, dream dreams, and see visions. God’s Spirit was to empower both men and women (Acts 2:38, 39). Although the Holy Spirit is invisible to the natural eye—Jesus compared Him to the wind in John 3:8—His baptizing work can be seen and heard. One of the awesome outward confirming signs is speaking in tongues, which took place on several occasions people received the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:2–4; Acts 10:44–46; Acts 19:6).

To receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit you must be hungry and thirsty for God (Is. 55:1, 2; John 7:37–39)-have an intense desire for more of Jesus. Satisfy the spiritual dryness within you and be filled with the fullness of Him, as the Bible commands (Eph. 3:19).

Surrender your will to God’s and pursue Him with abandonment. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is for every born-again believer. Ask for the Holy Spirit to fill, cleanse, empower, and purify you with His fire (Matt. 3:11). “Your heavenly Father [will] give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).

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