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What is the Scriptural Baptism with the Holy Spirit and How do I Receive it?
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JESUS PROMISED TO BAPTIZE HIS BELIEVERS WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
During the Old Testament as well as in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, which portray the Old Testament dispensation before Jesus’ crucifixion, resurrection and ascension, the Kingdom of God, (or Jesus’ salvation, redemption, and the many other supernatural works of the Holy Spirit) only came ‘upon’ believers and ‘near’ them: (Mt. 12:28; Lu. 2:25; 11:20; 21:31.) However, with the dawning of the New Testament, the New Covenant dispensation, John explained in Jn. 7:37-39, “...THIS Jesus spoke concerning the Spirit, Whom those believing in Him would receive; for THE HOLY SPIRIT WAS NOT YET GIVEN, because Jesus was not yet glorified…”
In Jn. 7:37-39, Jesus actually prophesied that He would baptize every one of His (Scripturally) born again believers with His Free “Gift,” the Spirit of Grace – or to ‘indwell,’ ‘fill,’ or ‘possess’ every one of His sincere believers with the Holy Spirit. This would be the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise, ‘the Kingdom of God will BE IN you,’ (Acts 2:38.)
Paul declared in Eph. 1:13-14, ‘After [the disciples] heard the word of Truth, the Gospel of your salvation, in Whom also, having believed, [and accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior,] you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Who is the guarantee of our [heavenly] inheritance until the [day of] redemption of the [blood] purchased POSSESSION to the praise of His glory.’ Paul’s statement concerning salvation and the permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the moment of spiritual rebirth, is totally clear. This means that we have to personally ‘believe’ and accept Jesus as our Savior first, (Jn. 1:12-13.) Then at that moment, Jesus Christ Himself implants His living, spiritual Kingdom in our born again spirits or ‘hearts’ though the Holy Spirit Whom He sends to indwell us, (Gal. 4:6.) To believe the false “Restoration” doctrine of gradual initiation into the Kingdom of God through ‘mediating’ and ‘Holy-Spirit baptising’ pastors, evangelists, prophets, etc., is completely unscriptural. In fact, this deadly doctrine takes even sincerely born again believers back to the ‘mediating’ control of the papal priesthood of the Roman Catholic Church.
JESUS HIMSELF DECLARED, “The [Spiritual, invisible] Kingdom of God DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION, for the KINGDOM OF GOD IS [ALREADY] IN YOU [FROM THE VERY MOMENT YOU TRULY and PERSONALLY ACCEPTED ME INTO YOUR HEART, MIND, AND LIFE!]” (Lu. 17:20-21; Jn. 1:12-13.)
Truth is, during the New Testament dispensation, which was inaugurated at the cross, Jesus Himself would mystically, (mostly without their explicit knowledge and not necessarily with the same visible SIGNS as that first Holy-Spirit, INDWELLING baptism at Pentecost,) manifest His Spiritual Kingdom in the hearts or blood-cleansed human spirits of each and every one of His personally born again believers. From that day of Pentecost until the end of the world, (Mt. 28:19-20,) at the moment of sincere believers’ rebirth in Christ, each and every one would receive the Holy Spirit Himself, (1 Cor. 3:16.) At the very moment they truly believe in and accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, they become children of the Most High God — with His accompanying spiritual power and authority over evil spirits, and more importantly, power, or GOD’S authority to preach the Gospel of Christ to the “whole world,” - (Acts 5:32; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6; Mark 16:16-18, etc.
A born again child of the Most High God can never be without the constant indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Being born again does not happen in stages. Just as natural birth, it happens at a particular moment in time. One cannot truly accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and then, be indwelt with the Holy Spirit at ‘a later stage’ with the laying on of hands, or when manifesting one of the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit such as prophecy or the speaking in tongues — which is NOT the Scriptural baptism with the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation. Paul declared in Rom. 8:9, “Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” We are “HIS” from the very moment we sincerely accept Jesus as our Lord, Redeemer and Savior.
There is no middle-path in our spiritual walk. According to Scriptural truth, mere religious church membership and attendance mean absolutely nothing. Either one belongs wholeheartedly to Christ, or one falls into the spiritually dead, religious clutches and domain of the devil. Either the Holy Spirit of God, or the evil spirit Satan possesses a person. ‘The WHOLE world, [the religious world as well,] is in the power of the evil one,’ but ‘we [truly born again disciples] are of God,’ (1 Jn. 5:19; Jn. 12:31; 14:30; 16:111; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 2:2; 6:12.)
At that very moment when Jesus Himself baptizes, “fills,” or POSSESSES every born again child of God with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit Himself becomes our personal guarantee from God the Father that ‘He will complete the good work that He had started in us.’ [Please do not think that this is the false doctrine of ‘eternal security,’ and the ‘unconditional love’ of God, where religious church members and even born again believers are led to believe they may sin without consequences!]
The Spirit Filled Bible explained in Gal. 4:6, ‘The Spirit Himself is God’s Seal, or Stamp of Personal Possession’ in us,’ [so that no one can claim us spiritually until that day when He comes to take us home, or when we personally decide to unrepentantly turn away from God to go back into the world, Heb. 6:4-8.] ‘His seal or guarantee is literally a deposit, down payment, or first instalment. The Spirit invested in us is the Father’s title to possessing us entirely and forever.’
The Matthew Henry Commentary says more, ‘God’s Seal is the Spirit of Promise Himself, that is, believers are sealed or separated, and set apart for God, and distinguished and marked as belonging to Him. The Spirit [in us] secures the full sum, [which Jesus had paid for us.] So Jesus’ Gift, the Holy Spirit; all His influences and operation, both as the [Possessor] and Sanctifier, are heaven begun; glory in the seed and bud. The Spirit’s illumination is an earnest of everlasting light… until the [earthly] redemption of the purchased possession. We may be called the possession, because the Spirit makes us heirs as though we already possessed all of [God’s Heavenly Kingdom,] as all of this was purchased for us by the blood of Christ. Our redemption is mentioned because it was mortgaged and forfeited by sin; but Christ restored it all to us, and so is said to redeem us.’ ‘Therefore,’ Paul wrote in 2 Cor. 5:17, ‘if anyone is in Christ, [spiritually] he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, ALL things have become new!’
THE HOLY SPIRIT WOULD BAPTIZE BELIEVERS INTO CHRIST
Once Jesus had baptized His disciples with the Holy Spirit, the Spirit Himself would mystically baptize every one of Jesus’ believers into Christ. In this too, no human being plays any part. The Spirit Himself places or build each one as a living stone into the spiritual building of God, which is His Personal temple – the body of Christ. (There are definitely two separate spiritual baptisms; one by Jesus with the Spirit, and the other by the Holy Spirit into Jesus’ body.) [Please read Mt. 3:11; 1 Cor. 12:13; 6:19; 12:4-11; Rom. 8:15-17; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Pet. 2:9-10.]
Churches have derived a terrible fallacy from the Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit and with FIRE, as well as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, misinterpreting even whole portions of Scripture.
John said in Mt. 3:11-12 that the Holy Spirit baptism of Jesus SAVES His disciples, and water baptism of His sincere disciples is the type or symbol of their salvation – please read these verses yourself.
The Scriptural water baptism ‘places the believing disciple in water, which is the symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection,’ (Rom. 6; Mt. 28:19-20.) But Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit places the Kingdom of God inside the born again believer, while the Spirit Himself baptizes or places the believer into Christ. As Christ is the Head of His body, the Spirit therefore actually places the believer into the body of Christ, completing the spiritual rebirth and ‘binding the believer to God,’ (1 Cor. 12:13.) In effect, Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit, just as the Spirit’s baptism into Christ and His body, pertain to the instant SALVATION of the believer— [From the S.F. Bible.]
GOD COMMANDED, “BE FILLED WITH THE WORD,” (WHICH IS SPIRITUAL ‘WATER’)
God commanded in Col. 3:16, “Let the Word of God DWELL (or live) in you richly in all wisdom…
[YOU HAVE TO CHERISH THE WORD OF GOD, WHICH LIVES ABUNDANTLY IN YOU! JESUS IS THE WORD OF GOD.]
and WHATEVER you do in word or deed, do all in the Name of the Lord Jesus,”
[or according to the Word, or the contextual truth of the Bible.]
Eph. 5:26, “That He might sanctify and cleanse her [the believing bride] with the washing of WATER by the Word…”
1 Pet. 1:22, “Since you have purified your souls [minds] in OBEYING THE TRUTH through the Spirit in sincere love… having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD which lives and abides [with you] forever.”
Tit. 3:5, “[You are not saved] by works of righteousness which you have done, but according to His mercy, through the WASHING OF REGENERATION, [being born again through personal faith in the Jesus the Word of God,] and the renewing [of your minds or souls] by the Holy Spirit,” (Rom. 12:1-2.)
Jesus promised in Jn. 7:37-38, “If anyone thirsts let him come to Me and drink. He who [personally] believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart [or born again human spirit] will flow rivers of living water. This He spoke concerning the Spirit, Whom those believing in Him would receive...”
These verses do not say that we are saved by baptism itself! Baptismal Regeneration is an extremely false and dangerous doctrine. Baptismal Regeneration is merely a church ritual, which initiates new converts into that church system by the so-called “power” of the occult water god. [If you believe in the occult doctrine of baptism regeneration, read the FACTS and do not remain under the “sway” of the evil one!] Sprinkling or emersion into ‘saving water’ represents dedication to the occult water god, which stems from paganism not the contextual truth of the Bible! The Scriptural baptism (by immersion, which symbolizes personal death and resurrection in Christ, Rom. 6,) can only be administered to sincerely believing disciples of Jesus, not to church members or their babies, who are still incapable of personal faith in God!
In order to fulfil the commission of Jesus, (placing the preaching of His true Gospel as a priority in the lives of true believers,) Jesus promised that “living water” will flow from the “hearts” of His sincere believing disciples.
Only TRUE, SINCERE believers in Christ will receive the Holy Spirit, (Jn. 12:1-2.)
And having received the Holy Spirit, “living water will flow” like rivers from the born again spirits of His disciples.
This all-important promise too, was grossly twisted and misinterpreted to warrant many unscriptural teachings and the resultant working and control of demonic spirits, which masquerade as the so-called ‘anointing’ of the Holy Spirit.
However, in the true context of these words of Jesus, “water” is the symbol of life — in this case, spiritual life.
Jesus Himself is Water (or the Word God;) and the Light, Life, Truth, and Way. Thus, only God’s Truth or the TRUE GOSPEL OF JESUS (and not the so-called ‘anointing’ of pastors and prophets) is Life. God’s Truth (or real Scriptural Gospel) is Light. As a result, God’s Truth, Water, or Word is the Only Way to the Father, (Jn. 14:6.)
James explained in 1:21-22, “Lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness and receive with MEEKNESS [not weakness] the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls, [not for the purpose of saving your human spirits only, but also for the continual “renewal” of your sin-polluted MINDS or “souls,” so that you would be able to understand the will of God.] BUT be [OBEDIENT] DOERS of the WORD, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves…” (See Rom. 12:1-2!)
It was for this purpose that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to indwell His sincere disciples, saying, “You shall receive POWER [to fulfil my commission to preach My Gospel to the whole world] when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be WITNESSES TO ME in Jerusalem [amongst your own people,] in all Judea, [amongst your neighbours and friends,] and to the end of the earth, [the whole world,] (Acts 1:8.
God’s Truth (the Word of God,) in the Most Capable Hands of the Teacher, the Holy Spirit, is therefore the Power of the Holy Spirit unto the salvation, blessing, and redemption of the whole world!
True believers need to be so “filled” with the Word so that the Word can overflow like life-giving water into the whole world!
Therefore, we should not be amazed that God said that His people are DESTROYED for a lack of knowledge! (Hos. 4:6.) “Because you have rejected [My] knowledge, I will also reject you from being a priest for Me. Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children.”
Please note that Jesus did NOT say ‘you will receive power to howl like wolves, fly through the air, laugh hysterically, etc.!’ These demonic manifestations are NOT the ‘power’ which Jesus was referring to in Acts 1:8.
GOD ALSO COMMANDED, “BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT”
God COMMANDED us to be “filled” with the Word to know His will for every situation in our lives, thus being able to DO His will. In the truthful context of the whole Bible, true believers need to be [CONTINUALLY] “filled” with the Holy Spirit - which is not the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” at the moment of our rebirth. Neither is “being filled with the Holy Spirit” the manifesting of the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as tongues, prophecy, etc.
“Do NOT be drunk, [never get drunk at all] from wine [or anything else,] in which is dissipation,” [meaning depravity, wantonness, immorality, shamelessness,] BUT be filled with the Spirit…” It is NOT written, “Do not be drunk from wine, but be drunk from the Holy Spirit.”
Such spiritual blindness to twist the Word of God like this comes through unrepentant disobedience to the truth of God’s Word. The prophet Isaiah wrote in 29:9-13, “...Blind yourselves [by believing false dogma,] and you will be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with intoxicating drink. For [because of your disobedience to ‘test the spirits, 1 Jn. 4:1-4,] the Lord has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep... These people draw near with their mouths... But have removed their hearts [or obedience] far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the commandments of men, [or false doctrines.]”
Paul commanded in Eph. 5:18-21, (which is the context of the much abused verse 18,) “Do NOT be drunk [at all,] in which is dissipation, but [DO THE EXACT OPPOSITE:] be filled with the Holy Spirit, [which will produce the Godly result of] speaking to one another in psalms, [Scriptural and Holy Spirit inspired lyrics in song!] hymns, [humanly inspired lyrics in song,] and making melody in your heart to the Lord, [or spiritual songs; “impromptu rhythmic lyrics given by the Spirit in one’s own spiritual language or in tongues,” as explained in 1 Cor. 14:15,] giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting to one another [in everything good, true, and Godly] in the fear of God.” - [Spirit Filled Bible.]
How can such Godly praise and love for God, and for one another compare to the chaos in the Charismatic Movement? The Charismatic Movement has twisted and distorted this verse into the most horrifying witchcraft, allowing evil spirits to deceive them into believing that complete chaos and a lack of control over their human spirits and minds, are the ‘manifestation’ of the Holy Spirit.
PLEASE, LET US VIEW THIS VERSE IN CONTEXT TO FIND THE TRUTH! God will NEVER override the free will, which He had created in you, and use such lack of self-control to control you! God commands conscious control and rational decision in obeying His Spirit according to the full contextual truth of His Word. Satan is the god who pushes people into mindlessness, chaos, compulsivity, and disorder. Listen to the TRUE WORD of God, which the Holy Spirit or God Himself will NEVER violate:
“For God as not given us a [human] spirit of fear, but of power, of love, and of a SOUND MIND.” (2 Tim. 1:7.)
The FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT is “love, joy [inner joyfulness not madness and hysteria,] SELF-CONTROL…” (Gal. 5:22-23.)
“To knowledge [of the Word of God] add SELF-CONTROL, to self-control perseverance…” (2 Pt. 1:6.)
“Let us who are of the day be SOBER, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation… For those who get drunk get drunk at night.” (1 Ths. 5:8.)
“Now as Paul reasoned about righteousness, SELF-CONTROL, and the judgement to come, Felix was afraid…” Acts 24:24.
To be “filled” with the Holy Spirit, we have to understand what God means by this commandment, in order to ask, allow, and OBEY the leading of Holy Spirit to flood our lives with the Word or Water of God. We will never be continually “filled” with the Holy Spirit if we do not allow the Word of God to saturate our spirits, souls, (or minds) and permeate our entire lives! The more we die to sin and self and allow the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us into “ALL truth” of God’s Word, the more the Holy Spirit will “fill” us with His ‘water,’ (Word,) and make His water overflow in our lives. As a result, God commanded that sincere believers do not need the indwelling Holy Spirit only; we need the indwelling (or filling) of the WORD of God, which God also implanted inside us, (Col. 3:16.)
In Jn. 7:37-39, Jesus was speaking of the Word and Spirit of God inside every sincerely born again, obedient believer. Jesus was referring to the believer, in whom the Holy Spirit dwells by default; NOT BY WORKS, OR MINISTRY, OR LAYING ON OF HANDS, OR BY ANY HUMAN TRICK, DOCTRINE, OR ENDEAVOUR, but according to PERSONAL faith in, and acceptance of Jesus Christ. The true power, or anointing of the indwelling Spirit Himself, [and not the so-called ‘anointing’ of the deceptive ‘five-fold ministry,’] will cause Water [Jesus the Word, Life, Light, and Truth,] to ‘flow’ out of the born again human ‘heart’ of EVERY sincere believer to touch the world around him/her, thus fulfilling the commission of Jesus, (Jn. 1:12-13; Acts 5:32; Mt. 28:19-20.)
The Holy Spirit did not come to indwell believers to glorify them, make them rich and ‘powerful’ in the eyes of the world, to be highly esteemed by other believers, give them lofty positions, or anything else that may exalt humans instead of God.
God shares His glory with no one.
The Holy Spirit came to indwell sincere believers to ‘seal’ them as the possession of God the Father, but also FOR THE REASON to let the Word of God, (which He had implanted inside them and which the Holy Spirit continually uses for the “renewal’ of their natural minds,) “overflow” from the blood-cleansed spirits of believers into the dying world all around them.
THE GIFT OF TONGUES OR THE SO-CALLED ‘EVIDENCE’ OF THE ‘BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT’
Supposedly unknown to most pastors and so-called ‘ordinary’ believers, demons can and do prophesy and speak in tongues. They cannot prophecy in the Holy Spirit or speak in Holy-Spirit tongues, (as believers supernaturally “speak mysteries to God,” etc.;) but they do speak in demonic tongues and prophesy in demonic power, (1 Cor. 12:1-3.) Hotly denied by most pastors either willfully or ignorantly, Satanists frequently infiltrate congregations where they are accepted because they ‘prophecy’ and speak in ‘tongues,’ which most believers in the Charismatic/Pentecostal Movement view as “the evidence” that they are ‘born again believers in Christ,’ and supposedly “baptized in the Holy Spirit.”
The main reason for Paul’s teachings on the supernatural GIFTS of the Holy Spirit in 1 Cor. chapters 12 to 14, was that, even during his times, believers became greatly confused between demonic manifestations such as speaking in demonic tongues, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit such as speaking in God-given tongues.
The Spirit Filled Bible comments, “Paul’s letters to the Corinthians reveal some of the problems the former pagans had in transferring previous religious experiences [and occult manifestations] to the ministry experience of the Holy Spirit. They associated some of the frenzied antics of paganism with the exercise of spiritual gifts, (see 12:2.) The Corinthians misunderstood the manner in which the Holy Spirit works through individuals, and they abused the use of spiritual gifts, apparently regarding them as ends in themselves [JUST AS in the Charismatic Movement today.] In particular, they misunderstood the proper public use of the GIFT of tongues [and prophecy] and it confused the order in their meetings. They too, misunderstood the power of the Spirit, viewing GIFT-operations of the Spirit as a compulsive possession, negating the will (14:32.) Paul shows the need for varied and multiple manifestations of the Spirit, (chapter 12;) the need for loving