Baptized in the Spirit?
“And afterward, 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.”
Have you experienced this OUTPOURING of Gods Spirit? This passage seems to describe something very different from the average Christian life today doesn’t it? God says that when he pours out his Spirit on his people, they will live a life of POWER. Christ echoes this promise in Acts 1:8 “But you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit come on you…” This empowerment is called the “Baptism in the Spirit”. It is mentioned by John the Baptist in the Gospels(Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33). Jesus also mentioned it in Acts 1:5. The disciples were told by Christ to wait for it(Luke 24:49).
What you may not know is that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate and subsequent work from and AFTER Salvation. You are Born Again first, then you get Baptized in the Spirit later. This is backed up by scripture. The first believers were not Baptized in the Spirit until over a month after Jesus rose from the dead. In Acts 19:1-7 Paul finds some believers who had accepted Christ but had not yet been Baptized in the Spirit. Then there is this passage.
“When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.” -Acts 8:14-17
So here we have people who are DEFINITELY Born Again Christians but had not yet received the Spirits Baptism.
Speaking in Tongues is the initial physical evidence of the Spirits Baptism. The apostles spoke in tongues when they were filled with the Spirit(Acts 2:4), the believers in Acts 19:1-7 spoke in tongues when they received the Spirits Baptism. Most importantly, Peter and those who accompanied recognized Speaking in Tongues as evidence of being filled with the Spirit.
“Even as Peter was saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the message. The Jewish believers who came with Peter were amazed that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles, too. For they heard them speaking in tonguesand praising God.” -Acts 10:44-46
Notice the usage of the word “for” in the above passage indicating that Speaking in Tongues was how Peter and the others new the Gentiles had received the Spirits Baptism.
I hope this clears up any doubt anyone has of the scriptural validity of the Baptism in the Spirit. I encourage you to examine your own walk with Christ today. Christ wants you to live your Christian life EMPOWERED by the Spirit. Seek the Baptism of the Spirit today.