IN The Holy Spirit
In these last days, the Lord is restoring truths of the
Gospel as believe dand experienced by the Apostolic Church.
For many centuries, these truths were so hidden under the
doctrines of men that the vital power of the Gospel was lost
sight of and the light nearly went out altogether.
Among the essential truths that were lost is the experience
of the "Baptism in the Holy Spirit." During this
present generation, great numbers of the ord's people have
been brought into the knowledge of the truth concerning this
Baptism and have received it. However, there still remains
some confusion concerning this experience.
The initial work of the Holy Spirit is to bring us to Salvation.
He convicts us of sin and points us to the Lamb of God. We
are saved by believing upon the One who died for us, which
is Jesus Christ. We are Baptized (immersed) ¬Ÿ the
Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ and made a member of His
Body. Here, the one doing the baptizing is the Holy Spirit.
After this, there is a deeper working of the Holy Spirit
within us, which follows this initial experience of salvation,
which is a "Baptism of the Holy Spirit." John the
Baptist said, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:
but He that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes
I am not worthy to bear: He shall baptize you with the Holy
Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in His hand, and He will
thoroughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the
garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire"
Here, the baptizer is not the Holy Spirit. Rather, we are
baptized by Jesus Christ (He whose shoes I am not worthy to
bear) IN the Holy Spirit. Much of this confusion will fall
away when we distinguish between the "Baptism OF the
Holy Spirit" and "Baptism IN the Holy Spirit."
This "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" was promised
by our Lord, "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father
upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye
be endued with power from on high" Luke 24:49. Eight
hundred years before Christ, the Spirit was promised by the
Father through the prophet Joel. "And it shall come to
pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;
and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old
men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those
days will I pour out my spirit" Joel 2:28-29.
Our Lord quotes these promises of the Father, where He identifies
this "promise of the Father" with this Baptism in
the Holy Spirit. "And, being assembled together with
them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem,
but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye
have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but
ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence"
On the day of Pentecost, Peter also quotes the prophecy
given through Joel, and points to the outpouring of the Spirit
as the fulfillment thereof. He tells us that this experience
is for all of God's children in this dispensation. He is speaking
to Jews and tells them: "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" Acts 2:39. Those
who are "afar off" refers to the Gentiles who would
believe unto Salvation through Jesus Christ. This includes
all believers down through this Church age.
There has been opposition to this experience because of
the gift of speaking in other tongues, which always accompanies
this "Baptism in the Holy Spirit." God prophesied
through Isaiah, "For with stammering lips and another
tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This
is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and
this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear" Isa
This word, "stammering," can be translated "jabbering."
The direct application of this passage has to do with the
Assyrian army that came to bring judgment upon Israel. However,
in I Corinthians 14:21, Paul quotes this passage and applies
it to the sign of "speaking in tongues" as a result
of receiving this Baptism.
Critics sometimes question whether some of those who have
received the Baptism are speaking in tongues, because it does
not always sound like a distinct language. This is just what
God foretold through Isaiah; that some would speak in a foreign
tongue, and some would speak in a tongue which would sound
There were one hundred and twenty in the upper room on the
day of Pentecost.(Acts 1:15). "And suddenly there came
a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled
all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared
unto them cloven tongues like as of fire; and it sat upon
each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave
them utterance" Acts 2:1-4.
As they were filled with the Holy Spirit, they began to
give utterance in other tongues. The power of God was mightily
manifested, so much so that the multitude without thought
them to be drunken. Peter, in speaking of this in Acts 2:33,
says that it was something both seen and heard. They saw the
mighty power of God upon these people and they heard them
all speaking in tongues and magnifying God.
In Acts 8:4-19 is the account of the Samaritans receiving
this Baptism. There had been a great revival under the ministry
of Philip. Among those who believed was a Sorcerer, Simon
Magus, "who continued with Philip beholding signs and
great miracles which were wrought." When the Apostles
came down from Jerusalem, through the laying on of hands,
the Samaritans received the Holy Spirit. Then Simon offered
them money, that on whomsoever he laid his hands they might
receive the Holy Spirit. Simon Magus was moved to desire this
power, because he saw that through the laying on of hands
they received the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18).
He had not been moved to try to buy the power to perform
the signs and miracles, which we are told amazed him (verse
13). When compared with other Scriptures relating to this
Baptism, there could be no doubt in any unbiased mind, that
the Samaritans spoke in tongues, and that to Simon Magus,
this was more marvelous than casting out demons, or healing
the palsied and lame.
In Acts 9:17 is found the account of Paul's conversion and
Baptism in the Holy Spirit. God sent Ananias to pray for Paul,
who when he had entered the house, laid hands on Paul that
He might receive his sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.
The Word does not say that he spoke in tongues but later Paul
said, "I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than
ye all" I Cor 14:18.
Eight years after the day of Pentecost, God sent Peter to
Cornelius to speak to him "whereby he should be saved."
Cornelius had called together his kinsmen and his near friends
to hear these words of salvation. Peter began to preach Christ
and Him crucified. "While Peter yet spake these words,
the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And
they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as
many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard
them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter,
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized,
which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?" Acts
10:44-47. To these Jews who were with Peter, the proof that
the Gentiles had received the Holy Spirit was that "they
heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God."
In Acts 19:1-7 the charter members of the Ephesian church
received the Baptism in the Spirit. This was twenty-three
years after the day of Pentecost. There were twelve men who
had believed, but had not heard that the Holy Spirit was given.
When Paul came down he laid hands upon them, and "the
Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spake in tongues and
God commands us to be filled with the Holy Spirit. We do
not realize how much we miss, if we do not receive the fullness
of this "Baptism in the Holy Spirit," which God
has provided for us.