Milk & Meat #2_THE HOLY SPIRIT: Baptism.

Welcome to another teaching on Milk & Meat, today we would be touching a topic that would spill into more teachings. It means we wouldn’t be exhausting the teaching today.

Remember how we started last week with the new birth? Well now that you have gotten someone saved, you need to learn how to get them to maturity. Being born again is termed THE NEW BIRTH and not the NEW MATURITY, there is a need for growth and this platform would take us from the milk to meats of our spiritual realities in Christ.

Bear this one thing in mind, at any level of growth you find yourself, YOUR SALVATION IS SURE

Let us get right into the teaching for today.

Our topic is THE HOLY SPIRIT, we would focus on His baptism. If you haven’t heard of this person, don’t be disturbed, after this teaching and several others to follow, concerning Him, you would get well acquainted with Him.

And notice I have been using HIM? YES!!!! HE IS A PERSON.

Our text would be two today; Acts 1:5, and Acts 1:8

Acts 1:5

For John truly baptized with WATER, but ye shall be baptized with the HOLY GHOST not many days hence

Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come UPON you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

 

So we would look to answer some questions,

#who is the Holy Spirit?

#what has He come to do?

#who is He given to?

#how does He baptize?

#how to receive the Holy Spirit

 

Let’s get straight to business

#WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT?

He is that person who enabled Jesus to do EVERYTHING He did while here on earth. Jesus was 100% man while on earth and He was able to achieve ALL He did with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Look at the following verses Luke 3:22, Luke 4:1, Luke 4:14, and Luke 4:18-19
Let’s see one of them; Luke 4:18-19

  1. 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 broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
  2. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

YES, CHRIST DID ALL HE DID WHILE ON EARTH THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT, what has that got to do with us?

Remember His promise in Acts 1:8

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come UPON you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

That same power that was available to Jesus while on earth is also very available to you today to those who BELIEVE IN HIM John 7:37-39. See what Christ promised in John 14:12

  1. 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.

We know who enabled Christ to do His work, the same person is made available to us all today, NO MAN CAN ANOINT YOU, NO OIL CAN ANOINT YOU, NO WATER CAN ANOINT YOU!!!!
ONLY THE ONE THAT ANOINTED JESUS CAN,

THE SWEET HOLY SPIRIT.

Many people have reduced Him to a genie in a bottle, the wind or a feeling, but NO!!!

Let us see His significance in the Life of a believer. That leads us to the next question.

#WHAT HAS HE COME TO DO

John 14:26, John 15:26, John 16:12-14

Notice in all of these places that the Spirit TEACHES and TESTIFIES about Jesus. I would leave it at this, and in further studies we would make distinctions and have a better understanding of these very words, so bear them in mind.

Let’s get to the next part immediately

#WHO IS HE GIVEN TO?

Simple, THOSE THAT BELIEVE.

On one hand no unbeliever can receive Him, because He wasn’t given to the world. On the other hand, no believer needs any other standard or ritual before receiving Him, because He was given FREELY to all believers.

John 14:16-17

Did you see that? The world cannot receive this Spirit, because it has not BELIEVED. Where Salvation was given to ALL MEN.

Titus 2:11

  1. For the GRACE of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to ALL MEN.

But only those who BELIEVES in this GRACE brought through Jesus is qualified to be baptized by the Spirit. Also notice in verse 16 of John 14, read earlier, that the Holy Spirit is given to us FOREVER. He doesn’t leave, He doesn’t go on vacations, as a matter of fact, YOU CANNOT CHASE HIM AWAY.

He lives in you FOREVER once you have accepted.

Look at how Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapter 1 verse 12-13 put it

  1. That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first TRUSTED in Christ
  2. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the WORD OF TRUTH, the GOSPEL OF YOUR SALVATION: in whom also after that ye BELIEVED, ye were SEALED with the Holy Spirit of promise.

Did you see that? In those days, when someone believes, he is sealed by the Holy Spirit that was PROMISED to them that believe.

People in our own days have failed to receive a FREE gift even after believing because receiving has been made about THEM and not about God.

NEWS FLASH: it has never been about you, any doubt that hinders you from receiving freely this free gift is a lie from the devil.

Rom 8:14

  1. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

This simply means that the people who are the sons of God are led by His Spirit too, it doesn’t mean that some people are Christians, but they are not born again, so they live wrong, and they are not led.

This would be as wrong as calling a Lion a Dog, just because it is a house pet. Even if you shave its mane, a Lion remains the same because it became a lion BY BIRTH, so also is he that is born of the Spirit. YOU HAVE HIS GENE IN YOU.

It’s funny how the name given to believers by Pagans would become a huge distraction and is slowly leading us into RELIGION. The name CHRISTIANS happen to appear just 3 times in the New Testament (Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, and 1Pet 4:16), 2 of which was by unbelievers.

The church called themselves SAINTS, BELIEVERS. Have you believed? IF YES, you are a SAINT. There is nothing like being a born again Christian. You are either born again or you are not, a believer or you are not.

If there is anything that you should have as a believer it is the HOLY SPIRIT, FULLY, and even though He is the one that birthed us in Christ, there is an important need to be BAPTIZED by Him.

Christ told His disciples to WAIT for this, it has to be a very important step in our WALK with God. And that would lead us to the last and most important part of this study, the BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.

# HOW DOES HE BAPTIZE?

Notice first that the word BAPTISM is immersion or covered with something. Change the mind-set of baptism being immersion in water.

See 1Cor 10:2, people were baptised under the cloud and sea, then Christ promises a baptism that happened in Acts 2:4

  1. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

When the Holy Spirit baptizes, you speak with other tongues. That is the outward sign that you have been baptized in the name of Jesus. Jesus never promised to baptize anyone with water, but with the Spirit, and all those who are baptized in this way SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES.

I feel in my spirit that this is a topic we are to treat separately so I would stop here for now. However, I want you to know that once you have believed, there is no other ceremony to get you qualified to receive the Holy Spirit Baptism, with the evidence of speaking in tongues.

Now the last thing I would ask is this, have you believed? Go ahead and receive. Do you know anyone who hasn’t received yet, and has believed? Help them receive too.

Some people are specially called along this line in ministry, but you can help anyone receive by faith, by following these few steps below.

#HOW TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • Let them know that God has already given the Holy Spirit and He is a free gift, you don’t have to beg or wait for Him, it is just on your part to receive.
  • Let them know that anyone that is saved (who believes in Jesus. John 3:16) is ready to receive right away
  • Tell them that when you lay hands on them, that they would receive the Holy Ghost
  • Let them know what to expect, the Spirit moves on their vocal cords to give the utterance, they would have to cooperate with Him to speak. It is not a formula that has excitement to it, in fact, it might be the driest speaking they would do, and it might be excited to, just cooperate with the Spirit and speak.
  • You would use your discernment here; It might be necessary to get people over their fears, you cannot receive the wrong spirit if you ask God to fill you after you have believed in Jesus. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE (Luke 11:11-13)
  • Let the person open his mouth and be ready to use it, they cannot CLOSE their mouth and then SPEAK in tongues. They should tell God in their heart that they are receiving right away by faith, Also they shouldn’t say anything in their known language. It would be like trying to drink of the Spirit with your mouth filled with words from your flesh.
  • Keep the person from being distracted, let one person and not a group minister to someone who wants to receive at a time.
  • Most importantly, BE LED. At times you might have to speak in tongues yourself or flash forth some spiritual gifts for the person to let loose and follow you into that river of waters.

We would speak and learn more on the Holy Spirit and His relationship with a believer.

Till next Friday, stay in GRACE. And remember

YOUR SALVATION IS SURE!!!!

 

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