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Day 40: The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Posted by undergroundchurch on April 9, 2011


It always amazes me how we can cut an paste scripture to fit our liking instead of letting it change us and the way we believe.

Hands down, most controversial teaching in many churches is the teaching on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.  In fact, it seems to be a primary separation point between many of the “main line” denominations. However, if all denominations were to teach this doctrine with the same care and discipline they teach other doctrines that are based on a lot less few scriptures (tithing for example), we’d all be on the same page. Unfortunately, people either take it or leave it and the church suffers for it.

The Purpose

The purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit lies in Jesus’ own statements:

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. – John 16:13-14

The Spirit in Us

There are no scriptures that say that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit would ever go away, it was the prime directive of Jesus.  In fact, I’d venture to say that most believers think that Jesus lives inside them when it is actually the Holy Spirit that lives in the believer (Romans 8:11 et al).  We, as believers, are supposed to live in Christ. (Though I may be splitting hairs because they are both God, this is what the Scriptures tell us, yet we are compelled to believe what we want.)

Jesus told us that He had to go away so that he could send the Holy Spirit to dwell in us (John 16:7). Jesus was confined to one body on the earth and, it could be argued, that he is still confined to a single spiritual body since we will one day be as he is now (Philippians 3:21). He had to send the Spirit who could then dwell in each of us at the same time.

The disciples receive the Spirit of God before they were baptized into the Spirit (John 20:22) and were saved before Acts 2:4

There are at least two Old Testament passages that speak to the event that birthed the church… Isaiah 28:11-12 and Joel 2:28-32

And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

I will show wonders in the heavens above
and signs on the earth below,
blood and fire and billows of smoke.
The sun will be turned to darkness
and the moon to blood
before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved.

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a first step for every believer to become empowered, emboldened and embossed with the power of God to both live out our faith, preach the good news of Jesus Christ and disciple others to be like Jesus.

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