The Baptism of The Holy
WHAT IT IS * WHAT IT DOES FOR
YOU * HOW TO RECEIVE IT
"All scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in
righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good
work" (II Timothy 3:16, 17).
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you
to be ignorant" (1 Corinthians 12:1).
"Even as the testimony to Christ was
confirmed among you - so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for
the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 1:6,7).
Baptism Into The Body Of Christ
Baptism In The Holy Spirit
Body of Christ
-- Holy Spirit
Newness of Eternal Life
-- Power to Witness
-- Fruits of the Spirit
by one spirit we were all baptized into one body - whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves
or free - and have all been made to drink in one spirit" (1 Corinthians 12:13).
"For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you
as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ" (Galatians 3:26,27).
-- Gifts of the Holy Spirit
John answered, saying, to all "I indeed
baptize you with water; but one mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not
worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Luke
And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove,
and he remained upon him. I did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with
water said to me, "Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him,
this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit." And I have seen and testified that
this is the Son of God" (John 1:32-34)!
OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY
CONCERNING BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT:
"For it is with stammering lips and another tongue he
will speak to this people, to whom he said, "This is the rest with which you may
cause the weary to rest," and "This is the refreshing"; yet
they would not hear" (Isaiah 28:11-12).
NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT OF
"In the law it is written: "With men of other
tongues and other lips I will speak to this people; and yet, for all that, they will not
hear me" (1 Corinthians 14:21).
OLD TESTAMENT PROPHECY
CONCERNING BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT:
"And is shall come to pass afterward that I will pour
out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men
shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on my menservants and
on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days" (Joel 2:28-29).
NEW TESTAMENT FULFILLMENT OF
"But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
"And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out my Spirit
on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see
visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on my menservants and on my
maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy" (Acts
NEW TESTAMENT PROPHESY:
"John answered them, saying "I baptize with water,
but there stands one among you whom you do not know. It is He who, coming after me,
is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose." These
things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next
day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes
away the sins of the world!" This is He of whom I say 'After me comes a man
who is preferred before me, for he was before me.' I did not know Him; but that He
should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water. And John bore
witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He
remained upon Him. I did not know Him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said
to me, "Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He
who baptizes with the Holy Spirit." And I have seen and testified that this
is the Son of God" (John 1:26-34).
Verse 29, John refers to Jesus as the Lamb of God that takes
away the sin of the world for salvation.
Verse 33, John refers to Jesus as the one that would baptize
with the Holy Spirit.
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but
/he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matthew 3:11).
"And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me
who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. I
indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit" (Mark
"John answered, saying to all, "I indeed baptize
you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to
loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Luke 3:16).
Jesus emphasized the importance of being
baptized in the Holy Spirit.
"And being assembled together with them, He commanded
them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which,
He said, "you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall
be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts 1:4,5).
Jesus gave us the purpose for being
baptized in the Holy Spirit.
"But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has
come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria,
and to the end of the earth" (Acts 1:8).
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not for the purpose of cleansing from sin, but for the
purpose of empowering for service.
The 120 met in the upper room for the outpouring of
the Holy Spirit, men and women. "These all continued with one accord
in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary, the mother of Jesus,
and with his brethern." (Acts 1:14)
"Then the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all
with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing
mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to
them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled
with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them
utterance" (Acts 2:1-4).
Receiving the Holy Spirit upon conversion and
being baptized in the Holy Spirit are two separate and distinct experiences. The
disciples received the Holy Spirit on the day of Christ's resurrection for the New
Testament experience of salvation. At this moment the disciples passed from Old
Testament salvation to New Testament Salvation.
"So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the
Father has sent me, I also send you." And when He had said this, He breathed on them,
and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit" (John 20:21,22)
Fifty days later they received the baptism of
the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Jews then came to Jerusalem for the feast of
Pentecost, heard the 120 speaking, declaring the wonders of God in their own national
languages. Others could not understand them and said they were drunk.
"But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his
voice and said to them, "Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be
known to you, and heed my words. For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only
the third hour of the day. But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall
come to pass in the last days, says God, That I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh;
your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old
men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My
Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy" (Acts 2:14-18).
"Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every
one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you
shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children,
and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call" (Acts 2:38,39).
So after repenting and receiving Christ as
Savior, you are eligible to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Peter denied
Christ three times before receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit, but on the day of
Pentecost he had power and boldness to preach to the multitudes and 3000 were born again.
Philip, one of the early deacons, went down to Samaria and had a city-wide revival.
People were healed and demons were cast out. People received Christ as Savior
and were baptized in water.
"But when they believed Philip as he preached the things
concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, both men and women were
baptized. Then Simon himself also believed; and when he was baptized he continued with
Philip, and was amazed, seeing the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the
apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent
Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might
receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been
baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received
the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles' hands the
Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, "Give me this power also, that
anyone on whom I lay hands may receive the Holy Spirit." But Peter said to him,
"Your money perish with you, because you thought that the gift of God could be
purchased with money! "You have neither part nor portion in this matter, for your
heart is not right in the sight of God" (Acts 8:12-21).
So here again, we see that receiving the Holy
Spirit upon conversion and being baptized in the Holy Spirit are two separate and distinct
experiences. The Speaking in tongues is inferred because Simon saw something and
We have Paul receiving Jesus on the road to
Damascus. He often referred to the Damascus Road experience as his conversion
experience. However, he did not receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit until three
days later when Ananias laid hands on him.
"And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and
laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you
on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with
the Holy Spirit" (Acts 9:17).
Nothing is mentioned about Paul speaking in
tongues here, but in 1 Corinthians 14:18 Paul says "I thank God that I speak in
tongues more than you all."
Ten years after Pentecost, we find Cornelius,
a Gentile military man, had an angelic visitation and was told to send servants to Peter
so that he could come and share with him the plan of salvation. Jews were forbidden
to associate with Gentiles; so God had to deal with Peter with visions from heaven.
After this, the servant came to his door. The Holy Spirit told Peter to go with
them, because they had been sent by the Holy Spirit. Cornelius invited his relatives
and friends to hear Peter preach on the plan of salvation.
"The word which God sent to the children of Israel,
preaching peace through Jesus Christ He is Lord of all that word you know, which was
proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the baptism which John
preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went
about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in
Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up on the third day, and
showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to
us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach
to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the
living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever
believes in Him will receive remission of sins. While Peter was still speaking these
words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the
circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift
of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak
with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, Can anyone forbid water, that these
should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have? And he
commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few
days." (Acts 10:36-48).
The household of Cornelius received Christ as
Savior and the baptism in the Holy Spirit immediately after being born again. We
find in verse 46 that they spoke in tongues and magnified God. This got Peter
in trouble. He was admonished by the Jews in Jerusalem, and Peter had to explain why
"Then the Spirit told me to go with them, doubting
nothing. Moreover these six brethren accompanied me, and we entered the man's house. And
he told us how he had seen an angel standing in his house, who said to him, 'Send men to
Joppa, and call for Simon whose surname is Peter, 'who will tell you words by which you
and all your household will be saved.' And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon
them, as upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said,
'John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.'
If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus
Christ, who was I that I could withstand God? When they heard these things they
became silent; and they glorified God, saying, "Then God has also granted to the
Gentiles repentance to life" (Acts 11:12-18).
About 20 Years after Pentecost, Paul went to
"And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that
Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
he said to them, "Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?" So they
said to him, "We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit." And
he said to them, "Into what then were you baptized?" So they said, "Into
Then Paul said, "John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the
people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ
Jesus." When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with
tongues and prophesied. Now the men were about twelve in all" (Acts 19:1-7).
It would have been pointless for Paul to ask,
"Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?", if believers
automatically receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit when they believe on Jesus as Savior. When
Paul laid hands on them, they spoke in tongues and prophesied. We see from scripture
that every time someone was baptized in the Holy Spirit, they received their prayer
language to praise God. It is entirely different from the gift of tongues in a
church service that is to be interpreted.
What does the baptism in the
Holy Spirit do for you?
You speak to God.
"For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but
to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries" (1
You are edified or charged up spiritually.
"He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who
prophesies edifies the church" (1 Corinthians 14:4).
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most
holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit," (Jude 1:20).
You are to pray --- sing in your prayer
"For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my
understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and
I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing
with the understanding" (1 Corinthians 14:14,15).
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all
wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord" (Colossians 3:16)
"speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual
songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord," (Ephesians 5:19).
When you put on the armor of God, you are
instructed to pray in your prayer language.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the
power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against
the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against
spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of
God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of
righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery
darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit,
being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints"
When you don't know how to pray properly
about a situation, you can pray in the Spirit.
"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For
we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts
knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints
according to the will of God" (Romans 8:26,27).
You may be used in the gifts of the Spirit.
"Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want
you to be ignorant: you know that you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols,
however you were led. Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of
God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit.
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of
activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the
Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom
through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another
faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the
working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another
different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same
Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills" (1
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the rest
and refreshing promised in Old Testament prophesy, promised by Isaiah hundreds of
years before Pentecost.
Your prayer language is a permanent gift, but
the gifts of the Holy Spirit are supernaturally given to individuals as the Spirit wills;
so we cannot claim any permanent gifts of the Holy Spirit.
You may be used in a church in a ministry
"And God has appointed these in the church: first
apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings,
helps, administrations, varieties of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all
teachers? Are all workers of miracles? Do all have gifts of healings? Do all speak with
tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more
excellent way" (1 Corinthians 12:28-31).
The 13th chapter of Corinthians shares with
us that the more excellent way to use the gifts is with love.
Your prayer language may be a language of men
or of angels. When you have a group of people singing in the Spirit, it sounds like
an angelic choir.
Many people use verses 8-10 of this chapter
to say that the gifts passed away when the New Testament was completed. "That
which is perfect has come" refers to the return of Jesus when the gifts will not be
Many people are ignorant of the history of
the church down through the ages.
Historical Background of the church:
Many writings of the early
church fathers are available to us today, sharing about the gifts of the Spirit in their
ministries and in the churches. Tertullian, Hilary, Cyril, Basil, Gregory,
Nazianzus, John of Apamea, Joseph Hazzaya and others down through the centuries. St.
Augustine , the great Catholic bishop from 396-430 A.D., near the end of his life, wrote
in his famous work The City of God, "We shall do what the apostles did when
they laid hands on the Samaritians and called down the Holy Spirit on them by the
laying on of hands. It is expected that new converts speak with new tongues."
The eleventh edition of Encyclopedia Britannica,
Volume 27, pages 9,10 states that speaking in tongues recurs in Christian revivals of
every age. It names many groups from the different ages.
In 1906 we had the Azusa Street,
California revival that spread worldwide. From this revival, many Pentecostal
denominations were formed. Then in the 1970's and the 1980's the Charismatic
renewal broke out in all major denominational churches.
David Barrett's World Christian Encyclopedia gives an estimate of
the Pentecostal / Charismatic Christian World population (Second Edition,
How to receive the infilling
or baptism in the Holy Spirit:
You must be born again
"Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and
let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to
your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call"
It is administered by Jesus.
"John answered, saying to all, "I
indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am
not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Luke 3:16).
The baptism in the Holy Spirit
is a gift received by faith.
"that the blessing of Abraham might come
upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through
faith" (Galatians 3:14).
"But without faith it is impossible to
please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a
those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6).
We receive by asking.
"Now this is the confidence that we have in
Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He
hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of
Him" (1 John 5:14,15).
"So I say to you, ask, and it will be given
to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who
asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. If a son
asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a
fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he
offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your
children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask
Him!" (Luke 11:9-13).
God the Father gave (poured out)
the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost once and for all. Therefore it is not a
matter of God giving you the Holy Spirit, but rather you receiving what God has already
given. Now pray to receive the Gift that God has already given to the believer.
Pray the prayer of faith:
Dear Lord Jesus: I thank you that you shed
your blood on Calvary's cross for my sins. I ask for forgiveness for my sins and I
do acknowledge you as my Lord and Savior. I ask you to baptize me in the Holy
Spirit. I claim by faith the baptism in the Holy Spirit right now. Thank you
Now, begin to praise Jesus, but not in
your language. You will be using your vocal chords and lips and you will be speaking
as on the day of Pentecost, but the Holy Spirit will be giving you a new language to
praise God. You will have another hot line to heaven with which to pray and
praise the Lord.
Start reading the book of Acts and 1
Corinthians, chapters 12, 13, and 14. The Word and Jesus will become more real in
the coming weeks. When the enemy comes with thoughts in your mind, resist him
with the Word of God and pray in the Spirit.
If you have any questions,
Paul Smith, Pastor Brad
Smith's father, authored this document. His life was dedicated to ministering to those believers seeking to
receive the Baptism and the fulfillment that this immersion in the Holy Spirit
brings to one's personal life and ministry.