Must know info about The Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit and Water Baptism
Holy spirit and water baptism are both Biblical. ,and there seems to be lots of confusion in the body of Christ about them., some think that they are one and the same, others think they are different. Some also think that both or one is required for salvation. The purpose of this writing is an attempt to clear some of the confusion.
Holy Spirit Baptism:
This baptism is Required for salvation as we will see from the following scriptures. This work of the, Holy Spirit places you into the body of Christ and happens as soon as True HEART belief is exercised.
1 Corinthians 12:13 says; "For by one spirit we are all baptized into one body." Holy Spirit baptism places us in the universal church, the body of Christ since this body is made up only of saved people (2 Cor. 5:17) and since it is made of all the saved people (1 Cor. 12:13), it is implied that the Holy spirit baptism which places us in the body is also associated with salvation
All The passages that definitely speak of Holy Spirit baptism associate it with salvation.Cornelius: Cornelius and his associates received water baptism after they were saved (Ac. 10:25;44-48).
It is distinctly said of these that they were "baptized in the Spirit."
Look at (Acts 15:6-11) here we have the same event viewed from God's perspective and we have the Divine commentary on what took place in the hearts of those who believed the Gospel and in so doing, received the forgiveness of sin and the gift of the Spirit.
There are those that believe that Holy Spirit baptism has ceased. If that is true then God has ceased giving salvation to believers. Holy Spirit baptism is administered by God and water baptism is administered by man.
Water baptism is mainly a public proclamation of the recipient's conversion and a symbolic representation of the Death, Burial nd Resurrection of Jesus The Christ. and the baptism of the Holy Spirit that has happened on the inside. See Romans 6:4
The example of the New Testament is that only believers are candidates for water baptism:
Jesus’ command in the great commission included both baptisms. In order for one to become a disciple they had to believe in Jesus as savior. As soon as that heart belief is exercised Holy Spirit baptism takes place and one is now a candidate for water baptism in The Name of the Father And of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
Acts 8:12 -- After Philip preached the Gospel, those who trusted in it were then baptized Acts 10:44-48 -- After Cornelius and his associates trusted in the Lord, they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, and shortly afterward were baptized with water.
To see that Holy Spirit baptism and water baptism are not one and the same baptism, observe some differences between the two.
Holy Spirit baptism was and still is administered by Christ (Mk. 1:7-8; Jn. 1:29-34), while water baptism is administered by man (Jn. 4:1-2; Mt. 28:19-20).
Holy Spirit baptism was a promise (Acts 1:4-5), while water baptism is a command Matt. 28:19 (Acts 10:47-48).
This shows Holy Spirit baptism and water baptism are two separate baptisms. Around AD 62, when Paul wrote to the Ephesians, he said, “there is one baptism” (Eph. 4:5). This referred to spirit baptism
To be baptized in water before being baptized in The Holy Spirit has NO value for Salvation. One goes in the water a Dry devil and comes out a Wet devil. Still Lost and without salvation
It is an impossibility for anyone to be a believer in the present time of Grace without receiving the Holy Spirit baptism. Rom.8:9 says this; "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his"
The baptism of the Spirit, then, can be nothing else than the new birth. Jesus made this statement in Jn. 3:3;” Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." This is the one and only entrance to the company of the True believers in Christ Jesus.
The evidence of Spirit baptism is seen in the New lifestyle of the converted belirver. II Cor. 5:17 states this; “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”(KJV) After one has received the Baptism of the spirit and becomes a member of the body of Christ they may grow and allow for the filling of the Spirit which gives power to stand firm and deflect the fiery darts of affliction that are thrown at us by the enemy. Jesus breathed on the disciples in Jn.20:22 and gave them the Holy Spirit. In Luke 24:49 He instructed them to wait in the city until they were endued with the power from on high. Acts 2:1-4 tells us when and what happened.May God Richly bless you
Rev. George Pryor Th.M
More Info (Understanding the Terms)
Holy Spirit Baptism/ receiving Sealing, Indwelling & Filling
The Apostle Paul clearly taught that we receive the Holy Spirit the moment we believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior. 1 Corinthians 12:13 declares, "For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink." Romans 8:9 tells us that if a person does not posess the Holy Spirit, he or she does not belong to Christ - "You, however, are controlled not by the sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ." Ephesians 1:13-14 teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the seal of salvation for all those who believe, "Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession-to the praise of his glory."
These three Scriptures make it clear that the Holy Spirit baptismis received at the moment of salvation. Paul could not say that we all were baptized by one Spirit and all given one Spirit to drink if not all of the Corinthian believers possessed the Holy Spirit. Romans 8:9 is even stronger. If a person does not have the Spirit, he does not belong to Christ. Therefore, the possession of the Spirit is an identifying factor of the possession of-16). When do we receive the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit becomes our permanent possession the moment we believe
Indwelling & Filling
A key verse that discusses the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is John 14:16, w salvation. and the evidence or identifying factor of having been baptized in the spirit is a New lifestyle II Cor. 5:17. Further, the Holy Spirit could not be the “seal of salvation” (Ephesians 1:13-14) if He is not received at the moment of salvation. Many Scriptures make it abundantly clear that our salvation is secured the moment we receive Christ as Savior.
This discussion is controversial because the ministries of the Holy Spirit are often confused. The receiving /baptism of the Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation. The filling of the Spirit is an ongoing process in the Christian life. While I hold that the baptism of the Spirit occurs at the moment of salvation, some Christians do not. This sometimes results in the baptism of the Spirit being confused with “filling the Spirit” which as a work that is subsequent to salvation. In conclusion: How do we receive the Holy Spirit? We receive the Holy Spirit by simply believing in the Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior (John 3:5here Jesus promised the Spirit would indwell believers and that the indwelling would be permanent. It is important to distinguish between the indwelling and filling of the Spirit. The permanent indwelling of the Spirit is not for a select few believers, but rather for all believers. There are a number of references in Scripture that supports this conclusion. The first is that the Holy Spirit is a gift given to all believers in Jesus without exception, and no conditions are placed upon receiving this gift except faith in Christ (John 7:37-39). The second is that the Holy Spirit is given at salvation. Ephesians 1:13 indicates that the Holy Spirit is given at the moment of salvation. Galatians 3:2 also emphasizes this same truth, saying that the sealing and indwelling with the Spirit takes place at the time of believing. Third, the Holy Spirit indwells believers permanently. The Holy Spirit is given to believers as a down payment, or verification of their future glorification in Christ (2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 4:30).
This is in contrast to the filling of the Spirit command found in Ephesians 5:18. We should be so completely yielded to the Holy Spirit that He can possess us fully and we aer in His control and endued with Power to overcome. We are so full of Him that nothing else can get in and in that sense He , fills us. Romans 8:9 and Ephesians 1:13-14 states that He dwells within every believer, but He can be grieved (Ephesians 4:30), and His activity within us can be quenched (1 Thessalonians 5:19). When we allow this to happen, we do not experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit's working and power in and through us. To be filled with the Spirit implies freedom for Him to occupy every part of our lives, guiding and controlling us. His power then can be exerted through us so that what we do is fruitful to God. The filling of the Spirit does not apply to outward acts alone; it also applies to the innermost thoughts and motives of our actions. Psalm 19:14 says, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable to you, O Lord my strength, and my redeemer."
Sin is what separates us from the filling of the Holy Spirit, and obedience to God is how the filling of the Spirit is maintained. Although our focus should be to be filled as Ephesians 5:18 commands, praying for the filling of the Holy Spirit is not what accomplishes the filling of the Spirit unless you are in obedience to God. Only our obedience to God's commands allows the Spirit freedom to work within us. Because we are sinful creatures, it is impossible to be filled with the Spirit all of the time. We should immediately deal with sin in our lives, and renew our commitment to being Spirit-filled and Spirit-led when an infraction occurs in us. I Jn. 1:9
It is interesting to note here that many don’t accept the fact that what happened on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:4 was NOT Holy Spirit baptism but Holy Spirit Filling. How do I know? It says so read it.
They had been given the Holy Spirit by Jesus in Jn.20:22 In Luke 24:49 they had been instructed to wait in the city for the power they needed.
As we have seen Spirit baptism is Required for salvation because it comes with it and seals it in All believers. It is not a prerequisite of salvation nor does it comes after it is a part of it.
Rev. George Pryor Th.M.
Bonus Info:The Rapture
eThe word is Not found inthe bible. It comes from the Latin word "Rapare" which means to take away or to snatch out. The bible reference to it is found in I Thess. 4:16-18 and it says “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”The rapture is a belief that is almost exclusively confined to conservative Protestants. It involves Jesus Christ decending from Heaven towards earth. In violation of the law of gravity. Saved individuals -- both dead and alive -- will rise up in the air and join Jesus in the sky. Many don’t believe in it and among those that do believe in it there is three views or beliefs, as briefly explained below.
The views of the timing of the rapture are directly related to the last 7 years of time which is refereed to as the Tribulation.
- The pre Tribulation view believes the rapture will occur before the beginning of the 7 year tribulation.
- The mid tribulation view believes it will occur in the middle of the tribulation which is the beginning of the Great tribulation.
- The post Tribulation view believes it will occur at the end of the 7 year tribulation.
As you can see there is much disagreement among believers but one thing is Sure and that is that it will happen.
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