Summary: Warning: This message is only for those with Pentecostal tendencies.’
For Many years the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and the ministration thereof has been going through a process of disintegration, Certainly not from Gods perspective, but from mans perspective. In particular (Full Gospel churches).
Disintegrate =break apart, dissolve, powderize, break up, crumble.
We have reached the place where even within the full Gospel churches of America The Baptism of the Holy Ghost has been reduced to the mere acknowledgement of an indwelling presence of Jesus experienced by all believers.
There is today within the full Gospel churches, not only a depreciation for speaking with other tongues as the spirit gives the utterance as the initial sign and evidence of being spirit filled, There is tremendous opposition against speaking in tongues period.
We are told that it is putting emphasis on the wrong thing and that by acknowledging speaking in tongues as the initial sign and evidence of being baptized, that we are belittling those who do not speak with other tongues.
(1)If we are going to be new testament believers and followers of Christ then we must do what he told us to do and follow the example given to us by the new testament church.
On the day of Pentecost all that were in the upper room were filled with the Holy Ghost and spoke with other tongues as the spirit gave them utterance, And every occasion after that when they were filled with the Spirit they spoke with other tongues. When the door of grace opened to the gentile nation, They received this same gift and spoke with other tongues.
Why is this such a big deal? (Speaking with other tongues?)
Because it the reception and activation of this initial gift of the Holy Ghost that opens the door to the operation and the manifestation of the nine gifts of the Spirit = The supernatural power of God.
The Holy Ghost in you by virtue of The baptism in the Holy Ghost is the river of Ezek 47, that brings life every where it flows, But it is through the nine gifts of the spirit that this river travels and extends itself .
Jn 7: 38-39 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Notice there are no rivers until we receive the Holy Spirit.
(1) It is impossible for us as believers to experience the full free abundant life that Jesus came to give us without the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
(2) It is impossible for us as believers to bring the blessings of the supernatural power of God into contact with mens needs without the gifts of the Spirit.
*Jesus in You is a blessing to you
*But it’s Jesus flowing out of You through the gifts of the Spirit, that make you a blessing to others.
Zec 4:6 Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.
We must come back to the original purpose and power of the giving of the Holy Ghost,
*He is to first be in us as helper, teacher, comforter, illuminator, counselor, friend, power to live a holy life.
*Then he is to flow out of us by virtue of the gifts of the spirit to bring salvation, healing, deliverance, miracles, signs and wonders, To set people free,
Lu 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, (because) he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
*How did Jesus do those things?
By the gifts of the spirit: every blind eye opened, every demon cast out, every miracle, every sign, every wonder, every sick body he healed, The feeding the multitudes, the walking on water, the calming the storm with his word, The raising lazarus from the dead, was all one or more of the gifts of the spirit at work in his life.
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
That’s how Jesus did it: By the anointing of the Holy Ghost through the mighty gifts of the Spirit.
Joh 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Someone might say: Well the gifts of the spirit are only for certain individuals