godsfingers – Watchman on the Wall

Spiritual musings, prophetics, lessons, music, etc…by Pastor Dan Long

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and is It and It’s Gifts for Today? Baptism.

Next to OSAS and the KJV this is one of the most divisive issues between those that call themselves Christians. Some say that you get the baptism when you’re saved, others say it’s a second baptism, others say it was a dispensation of Jesus time that’s long past. Which one do you believe? First and foremost, the Bible. It’s the truth and the measuring line by which we need to live, not traditions, not persuading teachings of man’s (ahem) wisdom.

So what does the Bible say? In Acts 1:4-10 Jesus talks about the baptism of the Holy Spirit and receiving power when the Holy Spirit comes.

Acts 1:4-10

New International Version (NIV)

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. 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.”

Note that Jesus separates water baptism and the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and the second is the gift that was promised. Now, He says the POWER is in the Holy Spirit when it comes on us, not at water baptism, not at some other act of confession. It’s the power given to one already a believer, the gift of power to protect and subsequently build up the church (as opposed to build the church).

Now I note here, in Jesus terms, this is His answer to a “dispensation”, when will Israel be restored. He said, it’s not for them (us) to know, BUT in the meantime “you will receive power through the baptism of the Holy Spirit AND you will be my witnesses.”

So Jesus called it the baptism of the Holy Spirit with power. Not an indwelling, not some tingly emotion, not some vaporous, obscure “seal”.

Now some ( like Jack Kinsella and Jack Kelly) say it was only for the apostles, to give validation to their ministry, and that after the apostles died so then did the power of the Holy Spirit (dispensationalism). So let’s see, was it only for the apostles? Let’s look at Acts 6:

Acts 6:2-6

New International Version (NIV)

So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”

This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.

These men are full of the Holy Spirit (Stephen would be the first martyr and Phillip would be taken physically from one place to another by the Holy Spirit) yet they were chosen to wait on tables, with the requirement of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Hardly what I would call church building and not apostles.

Some say the Holy Spirit comes in you ( such as what they call the Holy Spirit) when you believe.  What’s the Bible say?

Acts 8:14-17

New International Version (NIV)

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15 When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

It’s clear here, and subsequently following with Simon the Sorcerer, that the Holy Spirit is received independent of receiving Christ as your salvation. Now, the Holy Spirit can also fall immediately as in Cornelius’ house:

Acts 10:44-48

New International Version (NIV)

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. 45 The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. 46 For they heard them speaking in tongues[a] and praising God.

Then Peter said, 47 “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” 48 So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

Here, at the house of Cornelius, everyone who heard the message believed and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of tongues immediately, then they were baptized, by water, into Christ. Clearly the order and arrival doesn’t matter and is independent of ritual, it’s at the will of the Holy spirit. So, according to Jesus, the Holy Spirit is a gift from Father God to give us power (in Christ) and gifts for the works of the church.

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