Today we are talking about Jesus Christ ...Our Baptizer in the Holy Spirit. We are not talking about water baptism; we are talking about spirit baptism. This is one of my favorite things to preach on because of the profound impact that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Had on my life. There has been much misunderstanding on the teaching of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and it has caused division between believers.
There are three common beliefs most often associated with the baptism of the Holy Spirit:
- Speaking in Tongues is of the devil. This one is based on fear that comes from the lack of understanding of Scripture. It also comes from abuse of the gift within the church.
- Cessatonism. This is the doctrine that spiritual gifts such as speaking in tongues, prophecy and healing ceased with the apostolic age. This view acknowledges the gift as from God because it is in Scripture but holds that these gifts were reserved for the time period of the apostles.
- Baptism of the Holy Spirit is empowerment of the believer to fulfill the Great Commission.
I. Jesus walked in the power of the Spirit
Luke 4:1-2: Then Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan River. He was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where he was tempted by the devil for forty days. Jesus ate nothing all that time and became very hungry.
Luke 4:14-19: Then Jesus returned to Galilee, filled with the Holy Spirit’s power. Reports about him spread quickly through the whole region. He taught regularly in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. When he came to the village of Nazareth, his boyhood home, he went as usual to the synagogue on the Sabbath and stood up to read the Scriptures. The scroll of Isaiah the prophet was handed to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where this was written: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.”
If Jesus needed to be full of the Holy Spirit, how much more do we need to be full of the Holy Spirit?
Matthew 3:11: “I baptize with* water those who repent of their sins and turn to God. But someone is coming soon who is greater than I am—so much greater that I’m not worthy even to be his slave and carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV): And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Tongues are God’s idea. Jesus Himself first spoke of tongues; promising to His disciples as a sign for those who believe. As with the reminder that Jesus was the first to mention speaking with tongues, there is a second remarkably important fact related to their first occurrence. Would you note with me something too easily overlooked? Yet the profound simplicity and crystal of this fact says something about the Father’s view of the spiritual language: the church began speaking with the tongues the same day it came into being!
- Tongues: Spiritual language is God’s idea
- Jesus prophesied it
- The Father Intended it
- The Holy Spirit enabled it
- The Church received it
The Spiritual language must be important or it wouldn’t have been given this place at the church’s inception.
II. Jesus's last message to the Disciples
John 14:25-26: I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.
John 16:5-7: “But now I am going away to the one who sent me, and not one of you is asking where I am going. Instead, you grieve because of what I’ve told you. But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate* won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.
Luke 24:49: “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
Acts 1:4-5: Once when he was eating with them, he commanded them, “Do not leave Jerusalem until the Father sends you the gift he promised, as I told you before. John baptized with* water, but in just a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Stay in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power. Don’t leave until the Father sends the Holy Spirit.
III. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Acts 1:8: But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
The Holy Spirit empowers us to be witnesses for Jesus, telling others about Him and advancing His Kingdom everywhere we go.
Acts 2:1-8: On the day of Pentecost* all the believers were meeting together in one place. Suddenly, there was a sound from heaven like the roaring of a mighty windstorm, and it filled the house where they were sitting. Then, what looked like flames or tongues of fire appeared and settled on each of them. And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability. At that time there were devout Jews from every nation living in Jerusalem. When they heard the loud noise, everyone came running, and they were bewildered to hear their own languages being spoken by the believers. They were completely amazed. “How can this be?” they exclaimed. “These people are all from Galilee, 8 and yet we hear them speaking in our own native languages!
Think about this: Jesus was just crucified and His remaining followers are in hiding. They are afraid that they too will lose their lives. After being filled with the Holy Spirit, Peter delivers a powerful message that impacts three people to accept Jesus as their Savior.
1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit produces boldness in our lives.
Acts 2:11: And we all hear these people speaking in our own languages about the wonderful things God has done!”
2. They were worshiping and glorifying God through tongues.
3. It brings intimacy with the Lord as our Spirit communes with Him.
Romans 8:26-27: And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.
4. The Spirit prays the will of God through us.
Jude 1:20: But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit,
A Picture of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
John 7:37-39: On the last day, the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’ ” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
The Feast of Tabernacles was a celebration of the Israelites journey through the wilderness. One the last day of the feast they would pour out these giant vases of water and would flow down the Temple stairs. This was done as a remembrance of the water provided bye God out of the rock in the wilderness. Out of his being will flow out living water.
John 4:13-14: Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
It will be come a fresh bubbling spring (a well) from within. This is a distinction from the two. The bubbling spring in the entry point into salvation. The holy spirit comes and dwells within the believer at salvation. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is the compounding effect of God’s grace and glory flowing through a believer's life. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the entry point into that river.
Ezekiel 47:6-9: He asked me, “Have you been watching, son of man?” Then he led me back along the riverbank. When I returned, I was surprised by the sight of many trees growing on both sides of the river. 8 Then he said to me, “This river flows east through the desert into the valley of the Dead Sea. The waters of this stream will make the salty waters of the Dead Sea fresh and pure. There will be swarms of living things wherever the water of this river flows. Fish will abound in the Dead Sea, for its waters will become fresh. Life will flourish wherever this water flows.
The temple represents the presence of God. We carry the presence of God at salvation. The river flow from His presence through our lives wherever we go bringing life to everyone we come in contact with.
Other examples of believers being filled with the Holy Spirit:
- Acts 4:8
- Acts 4:31
- Acts 6
- Acts 9:17
- Acts 11:24
- Acts 13:9
We need the power of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. We become more effective in our faith and witnesses with power of God at work in our lives. Two things happen when people don’t have the correct understanding of the teaching on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. People walk.
People walk in fear and want nothing to do with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit or people make more about the gifts and manifestations of the Holy Spirit and lose sight of being empowered to reach others for Christ.
What is keeping you from receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Fear? Poor teaching? Lack of Understanding?
Jesus has given us everything we need to fulfill the Great Commission and reach our city. Let God fill you every day with His Spirit and He will work through your life in ways that you could never imagine!