Summary: The Holy Spirit, Who He is and how to receive.
The Baptism In The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit is God the Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. He is co-equal and co-eternal with God the Father and God the Son (the Lord Jesus Christ).
(Acts 5:3-4 3 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself? 4 While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”-Acts 13:2, Acts 21:11)
The Holy Spirit is the Helper whom the Father sent to be with the church after Christ ascended into heaven.
(John 14:16-17) 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Jesus is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit
(Matt 3:1, 11, 13) In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea,- 11 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.
We are encouraged by scripture to be filled with the Spirit
Eph 5:18- 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,
Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit-The Christians at Ephesus all spoke in tongues when they received the Holy Spirit-You will speak in tongue when you receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
DISCIPLES – BORN AGAIN
When were the disciples “Born Again”, or when did they become Christians? When they received the Holy Spirit. This occurred on the day of Christ’s resurrection.
(John 30:19-22) The Apostles Commissioned 19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled,[a] for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
How do we know this is true? Because when the Spirit of God comes to live inside of someone, they are “Born Again”
John 3:6-7 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.
Rom 8:9-11 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
How can someone receive the Spirit of God?
By inviting Jesus Christ to come into his life to be his Lord and Savior.
Rom 8:9-11 (NLT) 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life[a] because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of[b] his Spirit who lives in you.-Rev 3:20 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.