Summary: How to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Title: The baptism in the Holy Spirit
“And afterwards, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women I will pour out my Spirit in those days.” (Joel 2:28-29)
Question 1: Who would God pour out his Spirit on?
(On all people; my servants: sons and daughters. old men and young men, both men and women.)
God desires every believer to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Question 2: When would God pour out his Spirit?
(Afterwards, or after what?)
1. After the ascension of Christ
“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. After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” (Acts 1:7-9)
2. On the Day of Pentecost
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came down from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (Acts 2:1-4)
Question 3: What does this mean? (Acts 2:12)
Peter answered: “This is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people.” (Acts 2:16-17)
Question 4: What should we do to receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
“Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off- for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38-39)
The answer: You receive the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the same way you receive the forgiveness of your sins.
Going back to Acts 2:38-39: When a person repents they receive the forgiveness of their sins.
Define some terms.
By repent the Bible means “a turning away from unbelief, mistrust and rebellion against God and towards a complete reliance upon his forgiveness and favor on account of Christ.
The forgiveness of sin: At present salvation imparts a release from the penalty of sin; the removal of the presence of sin, along with its consequent effects of physical deterioration and sickness will occur when Christ returns.
“We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption of sons, the redemption of our bodies.” (Romans 8:23)
When a person repents they receive the forgiveness of sin and the Holy Spirit puts that person into Christ
“And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession- to the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:13-14)