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Summary: Biblical Word Pictures of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

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Biblical Word Pictures of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Acts 1:4-8

I. Note: Salvation must come before Spirit


Acts 1:4-8 (NIV)

4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.

5 For John baptized with[1] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit."

6 So when they met together, they asked him, "Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?"

7 He said to them: "It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.

8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."

We know that the Disciples have already been saved by this Time.

Jesus has already breathed on them at an earlier time and told them to receive the H.S. (JN 20:22)

If the disciples were saved & they had received the H.S…..

-Yet Jesus told them, “in a few days you will be

baptized with the Holy

Spirit” Acts 1:5


II. Word pictures describing the BHS.

(a) Why did Jesus & John the Baptist call this

experience after salvation…Baptism in the Holy


“Baptism” – Comes from the Greek word

- “Baptismo” which means to immerse or dunk.


Baptismo is a word which was used to describe:

a) Sinking ships as they sank water would fill

the inside of ship.

b) Another usage describes a garment being

immersed into dye… the dye penetrates every

fiber of the fabric.

So when Jesus and John The Baptist said, “You will be baptized in the H.S.” they are saying :

-all your insides will be filled with the presence of God!

-when you are dipped, immersed, dunked into the presence of God you will have a new spiritual color that will fill every fiber of your being!

The Bible also uses other word pictures to describe this 2nd work of Grace which happens in the life of a believer.

(1) Receiving Power when the H.S. Comes upon you

In Acts1:8 Jesus said,

“ You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

(a) Receiving Power:

Jesus Said, “You shall receive power when the H.S. has come upon you.”


The word translates “power” here is the Greek word dunamis.


“The Greek word dunamis entered the English language when the Swedish chemist and engineer Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833-96) made the discovery that became his fortune. He discovered a power stronger than anything the world had known up to that time. He asked a friend of his who was a Greek scholar what the word for ‘explosive power’ was in Greek. His friend answered, ‘Dunamis”. Nobel said. ‘Well, I am going to call my discovery by that name.’ So called his ‘explosive power dynamite.”

The word Power in the original language means.

-To be able (or)

-to have strength

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