THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
By David P. Ward
There is an experience subsequent to salvation known as the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Spirit).
Right before Jesus ascended into heaven, He commanded His disciples to stay in Jerusalem until they would receive the infilling of the Holy Ghost. Just days after Jesus’ ascension into heaven, the disciples went into an upper room where they were all in one accord ant they received the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues.
It doesn’t matter if you say, Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit. You can use both terms interchangeably.
There are some denominations that teach that if you aren’t filled with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues, then you won’t go to heaven. This is not the case.
Just because you speak in tongues does not mean you are more mature than a Christian who is not filled with the Spirit. Maturity comes from acting on the Word of God, not from being filled with the Holy Spirit. Some of the greatest Spirit-filled Ministers I know have fallen into sin. All God requires from a Christian is to be born again, and to have an open heart desiring the infilling of the Holy Ghost. If God can use a donkey in the Old Testament, he can use a yielded vessel!
When you are born again, the Holy Spirit comes to live on the inside of you. The New Birth brings you into a relationship with God; the baptism of the Holy Spirit enables you to serve people and minister to others more effectively through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
17And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Jesus said these “signs will follow the believing ones.” They will cast out devils; and they will speak with new tongues.
8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
You do not have to baptized in the Holy Ghost to be a witness. Any believer should be a witness. But, the true power to witness with signs following come through being baptized in the Holy Ghost.
The true purpose of being filled with the Holy Spirit is in the above scripture.
Jesus said that dunamis or inherent power would come on the disciples after they were filled with the Holy Ghost. The power to be an effective witness comes after the infilling of the Holy Ghost.
When you are filled with the Holy Spirit, He comes “upon” you. When you are born again, He comes to live “in” you.
Think like this way; the new birth is for the inside of you, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for the outside of you.
There is nothing like witnessing to people with the word of knowledge operating. There are nine gifts of the Holy Spirit that is available to every Spirit-filled believer. All of the gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernatural. These “gifts” are listed in 1 Corinthians Chapter 12. These gifts are supernatural weapons for the believer.
2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
There were 120 in the upper room when suddenly, like a rushing wind the Holy Ghost came in the room and sat down on each one of them. The scripture says they spoke with tongues. They gave the utterance out of their own mouths.
31And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.
44While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
45And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
46For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God…
This Peter who spoke with tremendous boldness is the same Peter that just a few days earlier denied he was a disciple of Jesus to a little girl that spotted him in the crowd. Peter told the crowd, just after Pentecost that they needed to be saved and to be filled with the Holy Ghost! It was right after this that Peter and John went to the Temple to pray when Peter boldly commanded a crippled man to rise and walk! It was just a few weeks after that when people were healed under his shadow.
1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.
4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
52And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.