Summary: There is a difference between the baptism and the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
The Baptism and Infilling of the Holy Ghost
When one accepts Christ as Savior, the he is immediately baptized by the Holy Spirit. However, one does not have the fullness of the Spirit until he undergoes the infilling of the Holy Spirit. When one speaks in tongues, it is an overflow of the Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is different than the infilling. Water baptism is an outward means of recognizing God’s inward working. Spirit baptism and infilling was normal in the early church and should be normal in our church as well.
1. The purpose of the infilling:
commissioned to carry on the work of God in Christ. They needed Holy Ghost power to accomplish this work.
all the world. The Holy Spirit is the one who animates our lives to do God's work, not for vain-glory but for His glory.
2. The promise of the infilling:
A. Prophecy-Joel prophesied the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, which was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost, and has been
say the infilling of the Holy Ghost ceased with the apostles.
3. The particulars of the infilling:
A. Spirit baptism is God's response to man's repentance and submission. The Holy Ghost will not enter a vessel which is not
completely yielded. Many people hear the Word and say they are convinced, but most are unwilling to surrender their
B. Peter said, "Men and brethren, ye know how that a good while ago God made a choice among us, that the Gentiles by my
mouth should hear the word of the gospel, and believe. And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving
the infilling was consistent in the early church.
4. The power of the infillling:
A. Peter became a bold witness for Jesus once he received the Holy Ghost. He boldly declared Jesus to all and signs and
a power filled witness.
B. "The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom;
to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same spirit; to another the gifts of healing by
the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another
divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit,