Baptism in The Holy Spirit

Sermon Materials: Baptism in The Holy Spirit

Note: This teaching is on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues. One receives the H.S. at salvation along with Jesus and the Father God. Baptism of the H.S. with the evidence of speaking in tongues occurs subsequently when one is spiritually hungry, asks for it, and receives it. (If one desires more information concerning this outpouring consult someone who has it, not someone that does not. [If you ask a man for water and he has none, he will likely tell you that you do not need any water.]) Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts..” 1Corinthians 14:1a

The O.T. Prophesy: Joel prophesied the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (H.S.) on all flesh.  This was an amazing statement! Up to this point the H.S. would come only upon one or two individuals (or a few) at a time for a specific purpose: the H.S. left King Saul and went to David; Samuel; Solomon; Joshua; Nehemiah; the Judges; etc.

               Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions. 29And also on My menservants and on My maidservants.”

The N.T. Prophesy: Jesus tells his disciples the H.S. is coming.Luke 24:49Behold, 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.”

He tells them that the world cannot receive the H.S. because they do not know Him.  But the disciples know the H.S., as He is with them and soon will be in them. They are saved and have the H.S., but are not baptized in the H.S.! This will happen later (at Pentecost). John 14:15If you love Me, keep My commandments. 16And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever17“the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”

Jesus’ vs. John’s Baptism: There is a baptism in the Holy Spirit much like the baptism in water.  But there is a difference: one is for the repentance of sins and the other is for power.

Matthew 3:11“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” John1:33“I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’” Acts 1:4And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

The Purpose: Boldness to be His witness! We need His power to be the Christians He wants and needs us to be. Power to not just to speak, but also to live it out – to know Him and hear Him better. The H.S. is also called the “Spirit of Jesus” in Philippians 1:19.

Acts 1:8But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.In His physical body, He could only be at one place at one time. But His Spirit could be where ever we are with us at all times. (Also see above John 14:15-17.)     John 14:18I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.19A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

The Original Outpouring: Pentecost, 50 days after Resurrection Sunday.Acts 2:1”When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

 Who got It?: All who were present: The twelve disciples; Mary, mother of Jesus; Jesus’ brothers; Mary Magdalene (?); 120 men + ladies.Acts 1:13”And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 14These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”

Later, Paul, too. Acts 9:17And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

                                I Corinithians 14:18I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all;

Who did not get It?: Simply, those who were not there. There are many references to many disciples. Where were they? Did Jesus just tell 120, or is it that many did not desire “more?”Luke 19:37Then, as He was now drawing near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen…”

Signs of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit: Speaking in tongues is a sign that one has received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.Acts 10:44While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

N.T. Perspective: Men that had been baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues for approximately 30 years authored the New Testament. Their expected experience from the day of Pentecost forward was that if you received Salvation, you also received the Holy Spirit as evidenced by speaking in tongues.Luke 16:15And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

The Evidence: With Laying on of Hands:Acts 8:14Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, 15who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. 16For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:1And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” 3And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” 4Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would 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 hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 

Without Laying on of Hands:  Acts 10:44-46 (above)  Uniquely: Acts 2:4 (above)

Multiple Fillings: We can be refilled and refilled and refilled, etc.Acts 4:29“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30“by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”

                        Acts 13:52And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.

Paul’s Exhortation: I Corinthians 14 gives the best instructions on the H.S./speaking in tongues. One must remember that this book was written to the church at Corinth to correct their behavior in the church setting.One speaks directly to God!2For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

One builds himself up (spiritually, mentally, & physically) as he prays in tongues.4He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. Paul wants us all to speak in tongues. 5I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification. In the congregational setting, we need to have an interpretation.9So likewise you, unless you utter by the tongue words easy to understand, how will it be known what is spoken? Our minds do not know what we are saying when we speak in tongues. It is an unknown language (even to ourself).  14For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. How should we conduct ourselves? 15What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding. Do not forbid speaking in tongues in the congregation, but it is better in private. 39Therefore, brethren, desire earnestly to prophesy, and do not forbid to speak with tongues. The service must be in order and received by the unchurched.23Therefore if the whole church comes together in one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those who are uninformed or unbelievers, will they not say that you are out of your mind?  40Let all things be done decently and in order.

Other Evidences: Ephesians 1:13 In him you also, who have heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and have believed in him, were sealed with the promised holy Spirit, 14 which is the first installment of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s possession, to the praise of his glory.

1 Thessalonians 4:7 For God did not call us to impurity but to holiness 8 Therefore, whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who (also) gives his holy Spirit to you. 2 Timothy 1:14 Guard this rich trust with the help of the holy Spirit that dwells within us. Titus 3:4 But when the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared, 5 not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us through the bath of rebirth and renewal by the holy Spirit, 6 whom he richly poured out on us through Jesus Christ our savior, 7 so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.  Jude 1:20But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit,

Contra?: It has passed away. Wrong.  It has not. Knowledge has not passed away neither has prophecies.  And the perfect (Jesus) has not come back yet.

I Corinthians 13:8Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. H.S has not given me that gift.  Wrong.  Gifts are just that – gifts.  They are not earned or deserved, but they must be received. It is His will that we have all the gifts that He made available to us.I Corinthians 12:4There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

How do we receive this gift?:Are you spiritually hungry?  Pray ask He who Baptizes, Jesus, to baptize you with the Holy Spirit. Receive it and begin to speak with a new language! I Corinthians 1:27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the  world to confound the wise;

The Holy Bible, New King James Version, (Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, Inc.) 1982.