What Every Believer Should Know About Receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
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After rising from the dead, Jesus told His disciples, “I am sending the promise of My Father upon you. But wait in the city of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high,” (Luke 24:48b-49). Jesus was telling His disciples that just as the Spirit descended on Him, the Holy Spirit would equip and empower them. The baptism with the Spirit is a promise from God the Father that Jesus gives His children. It’s an empowering to tell others about Him around the world, continuing what He started. And fulfilling His Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20).
The apostle Peter said, “For the promise is to you, and your children. And to all who are far away, as many as the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:38). Thus, the precious baptism with the Holy Spirit is for all believers. As the disciples on the Day of Pentecost were speaking in tongues, the apostle Peter confirmed that what was taking place was fulfilling Joel 2:28-32. It says that the Spirit will be poured out on all flesh, evident as dreams, visions, and prophecy.
THE SPIRITUAL GIFT OF TONGUES
On the Day of Pentecost, a festival day of thanksgiving to God, tongues were prophetic as the disciples participated in forth-telling the Word of God. People from many nations gathered during the festival heard, “them speaking in our own languages the mighty works of God” (Acts 2:11b).
The spiritual gift of tongues confirms the ongoing prophetic and priestly ministry of Christ to the world. His church is a royal priesthood declaring His goodness to the world through witnessing and prayer (1 Peter 2:9). Spirit baptism is a distinct and wonderful truth. It is showing how God has called and set apart His church from the world in order to effectively reach the lost with the gospel of salvation with signs following. It enhances our prayer life to empower our proclamation of the gospel.
HOW TO RECEIVE THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
If you want to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit so that you will be an empowered witness and take part in the continual priesthood and prophetic ministry of Christ, with love toward God, ask Him to fill you, knowing He will give you His marvelous Holy Spirit according to Luke 11:13. Then, knowing Jesus is the baptizer with the Holy Spirit, focus your affection on Him in worship, believing you will receive the promise from the Father and will speak in tongues. Don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t happen immediately. But keep asking and exercising your faith as you seek Him daily.
You will do the speaking as His Spirit enables and empowers you while worshiping Him. After receiving this gracious promise, thank Him and pray in tongues daily. His kingdom will be accomplished on earth through you in your sphere of influence.