Summary: Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
Act 19:1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
Act 19:2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
The concept of being baptised in the Holy Spirit has caused divisions in churches. Some believe it - some don’t. Some people believe they are baptised in the Holy Spirit - and are not! How do we know they are not? There is no evidence of something extra. There is no evidence in their lives that they are walking in the power of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. But that can change and we shall see that the God of all flesh wants to touch our lives, wants to change our lives, wants to baptise us with the Holy Spirit. So I would like to ask Have you been baptized in the Holy Ghost since you believed?
Act 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
Act 2:18 And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:
Act 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
Act 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
We are saying “Yes, Lord! Your Word says it is time to pour out Your Spirit. Not just anointings - we want a pouring out! A flood, a tsunami of your Spirit. I want to hear my sons and daughters prophesying. I want to dream dreams. And our young men, Lord – set them alight, let them see visions, signs and wonders. Lord, in the heaven and the earth. Blood, fire and vapour of smoke.”
When the Indonesian revival began, they heard a rushing wind, but nothing was being blown around. The tongues of fire appeared and the church started smoking and flames appeared outside the church. They called the fire brigade, but it was Holy Ghost fire and the church was not burning. It was Pentecost again and in Indonesia, revival had begun!
We say “Yes Lord! Set us alight with the fire of the Holy Ghost. Come be the fire inside of me!”
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Many Christians believe that they receive the baptism when they are born again. This can happen – God can do what He wants, but usually it is a separate issue. Let’s look at some facts. The Apostles walked with Jesus for about 3 years. They were anointed to cast out demons and heal the sick.
Luk 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.
Luk 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.
In fact He anointed 70 others as well.
Luk 10:1 After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
And they healed the sick and drove out demons. But they were not baptised in the Holy Spirit. They saw incredible miracles. Jesus walked on water, rebuked storms, cast out demons. They had visions – the transfiguration – they saw great and mighty things, in fact they did great and mighty things, but they were not baptised in the Holy Spirit.
They even received the Holy Spirit within.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto
them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:
But listen to this – they were not yet baptised in the Holy Spirit How many of you are born again, blood washed, children of God, yet you are not baptised in the Holy Spirit?
Just before Jesus left the earth, He says:
Act 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Act 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:…