Summary: Many debates have occurred over this teaching among our Christian brethren. We find in the scripture the Holy Spirit works in many different ways in the world and in the lives of born again believer’s. Baptism in the Holy Ghost is viewed as a dis
ARTICLE 8 We believe in the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.
Many debates have occurred over this teaching among our Christian brethren. We find
in the scripture the Holy Spirit works in many different ways in the world and in the lives
of born again believer’s. Baptism in the Holy Ghost is viewed as a distinctive Christian
experience separate from salvation. The promise of the baptism with the Holy Ghost
extends from the appearance of the forerunner, John the Baptist, to the ascension of
Jesus. Therefore, the disciples of the Lord were born again believer’s, sanctified through
the blood of Jesus through the cross; but had not yet received the Holy Ghost. For the
Pentecostal the Holy Ghost baptism is based upon the scripture reference found in Acts
2:1-4 and confirmed by the descending of the dove upon Christ at his baptism John 1:33
and in Mark 1:8.
HOLY GHOST BAPTISM
TEXT: Acts 2.1-4
INTRODUCTION: Many people see the Holy Ghost as and influence or energy, and not a person.
“Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” (John 14:17)
IT IS PROMISED TO US
1. The Old Testament prophesies:
“And I will put my spirit within you . . .” (Ezekiel 36:27)
“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)
“For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring.” (Isaiah 44:3)
“Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a forest.” (Isaiah 32:15)
2. The words of John the Baptist in the Gospels declare,
"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.” (Matthew 3:11)
“I indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.” (Mark 1:8)
“And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.” (John 1:33)
3. Jesus promises the Spirit,
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.” (John 14:16)
“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.” (John 14:26)
“. . . It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.” (John 16:7)
4. Jesus proclaims in Acts,
“For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” (Acts 1:5)
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
5. The Apostles continue preaching the promise.
“Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 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 2:38, 39)
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18)
BE PREPARED TO RECEIVE
1. We must want to receive.
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.” (John 7:37)
2. Hear the Word.
“While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.” (Acts 10:44)
“And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.” (Acts 11:15)