The Baptism In The Holy Spirit
It is clear from the New Testament that there is an experience of God subsequent to conversion that enhances Christian living; it is the receiving of the Holy Spirit. This fulfils John the Baptist’s words: “He shall baptise you with the Holy Ghost and fire,” and is directly linked by Jesus with the outpouring of the Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. This “promise of the Father”, enjoyed with such obvious delight by the disciples in the Upper Room, is for all who believe in Jesus Christ as Saviour - “for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
The initial evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is “speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives utterances”. There are variants in the outpourings of the Spirit in the Acts of the Apostles, such as wind, fire, earthquake, and prophesying, but throughout there is the constant factor of “speaking with tongues”. This was regarded as the norm, and was accepted as conclusive evidence by the Early Church. The first Pentecost is repeatable, as the experiences of believers in Caesarea and Ephesus prove.
If twice, why not more? Have you received your personal pentecost yet?
The conditions are first, a definite experience of the New Birth; secondly, a thirst after God; thirdly, a seeking in a spirit of praise and prayer. Every Christian needs this blessing, every Christian may have it.
Scripture references: Acts 2:38. 8:16,17. 9:5,6; Matthew 3:11; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:5. 2:33,39; Acts 1:8; John 14:18,23. 16:14; John 14:16,26. 15:26. 16:8,13,14; Acts 2:4. !0:46. 19:6; Acts 11:15-17; Galatians 4:6; John 7:37-39; Luke 24:53; Acts 1:14.
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