Holy Spirit

Question: What is baptism of the spirit?

What is baptism of the spirit? John the Baptist testified that Jesus will baptise with the Holy Spirit.

John the Baptist testified, “The one who sent me to baptise with water told me, the man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is he who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.” (Jn 1:33) God revealed beforehand that Jesus would baptise with the Holy Spirit. Exalted to the right hand of God, he received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and poured it out (Acts 2:33).

Jesus promised His disciples that they will receive the baptism of
the Spirit.

Before Jesus ascended to heaven, he instructed his disciples, “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:4-5; 11:15) Indeed the baptism of the Spirit came ten days later, on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4).

What is the meaning of baptism of the spirit?

When the Holy Spirit is poured out on people, they are immersed as in water, with definite experience. We need to understand that “receiving the Holy Spirit” is receiving a gift. Do not be mistaken that the Holy Spirit only manifests in the body and has nothing to do with the heart. Through water baptism, we pray that we may have a clear conscience before God, so that our hearts may live by righteousness. Baptism of the Spirit is the process in which God purifies our hearts by faith (Acts 15:8-9). Below are some biblical definitions  to what is baptism of the spirit:

1. What the Father has promised will come down on you (Lk 24:49)
2. The Holy Spirit comes on you (Acts 1:8)
3. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)
4. The Holy Spirit came on them (Acts 11:!5; 19:6)
5. “Receive” the Holy Spirit or “received” the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:15, 17; 11:16)
6. The promised Holy Spirit (Eph 1:13)
7. Receive the promise of the Spirit (Gal 3:14)
8…. the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously (Tit 3:6)

Are the Jews the only people who can receive the baptism of the spirit?

When Peter addressed the crowd of people, he raised his voice, “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem!” (Acts 2:14) The Jews and other people from more than a dozen nations listened to Peter, who thus concluded his sermon, “And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Therefore, the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off – for all whom the Lord our God will call (Acts 2:38-39) The gift of the Holy Spirit refers to baptism with the Spirit (Acts 1:4-5). This promise was not only given to people of one place but also to those near and afar, and of all classes.

All whom God has called to the true gospel of salvation to believe in Jesus, must receive the promised baptism of the Spirit (Gal 3:14; Eph 1:13).

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