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How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Series: The 9 Power Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Do you love Jesus ever so desperately, but you sense that He must have more for you? Do you feel dry inside, and feel like you need to be anointed with fresh oil from Heaven? Do you read the stories about how God moved in power in the book of Acts, and long for Him to do those things in your life too?
Do you lack real POWER in your life?
If you said yes to any of those questions, then you need the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Last week, we talked about what happened on the day of Pentecost, when all the believers in the Upper Room were suddenly baptized in the Holy Spirit and began to speak in diverse tongues. So we’ve seen what the day of Pentecost looked like and sounded like, with all those different languages being spoken and people getting saved.
Now, however, let’s look at the core event that triggered the outpouring of all those gifts of the Spirit. That way, as we move through this study about the 9 power gifts of the Spirit, we will know how we can receive every one of the gifts Holy Spirit gives.
The Bible tells us that Jesus can radically transform our lives, TODAY, and we will never, ever, ever be the same. How? Of course, first by salvation. But after that, there’s even more. As John the Baptist said in 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” (Matthew 3:11).
Jesus also gives the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire.
What is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift from Jesus. It is a radical infilling of the Holy Spirit. It is a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit that will change you forever.
It is called a “baptism” because it is a big, permanent dunking in the Holy Spirit. The image conveyed by the original Greek word in this passage provides us with a powerful mental picture: that of being immersed in something and coming out different. If you got dunked in a big pot of red ink, you would go in one way, but you would come out totally different. The baptism in the Holy Spirit changes you in a similar way—but changes you on both the inside and the outside. When Jesus dunks you in the Holy Spirit, everything changes.
Who gives the baptism in the Holy Spirit?
Jesus does. This is so important, because we are to desire everything Jesus is and all that He has and wants to do in our lives! We saw Jesus as the Baptizer in Matthew 3:11 (above), and God’s Word also says the same in the book of Luke. In Luke 3:16, John the Baptist foretold that Jesus would be the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit. That passage reads:
“John answered, sa ...
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