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lesson 15 - holy spirit baptism: Part 1

We are living in the age of the Holy Spirit. God has designed everything in the Church to be done by the ministry of the Holy Spirit. The outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the last days was predicted by the Old Testament prophets. Isaiah 28:11-12; Joel 12:28-29; Ezekiel 11:19-20, 36:26-27

WHAT IS PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • The Holy Spirit is a personality, not a mere influence or power. The Holy Spirit is spoken of as “He.” John 16:13-14. This does not mean that God is masculine but shows the person of God.
  • Attributes of personality ascribed to Him:
    • Knowledge – I Corinthians 2:9-11
    • Will – I Corinthians 12:11
    • Mind – Romans 8:27
    • Love – Romans 15:30
    • Intelligence – Nehemiah 9:20
    • Grief – Ephesians 4:30

WHAT ARE BIBLICAL SYMBOLS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

Symbols are used to describe various operations of the Spirit:

  • Fire – Isaiah 4:4; Acts 2:3; Matthew 3:11
  • Wind – John 3:8; Acts 2:2-3
  • Water – John 7:38-39; I Corinthians 10:4
  • Oil – Matthew 25:3; Psalm 89:20; I John 2:27
  • Dove – Matthew 3:16

THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE LIFE OF JESUS

  • Born of the Spirit – Luke 1:35
  • Filled with the Spirit – John 3:34
  • Led of the Spirit – Matthew 4:1
  • Ministered through preaching by the Spirit – Luke 4:18
  • Cast out devils by the Spirit – Matthew 12:28
  • Anointed with the Holy Spirit – Acts 10:38
  • Offered Himself without fault by the Spirit – Hebrews 9:14
  • Resurrected by the Spirit – Romans 8:11
  • Commands by Spirit – Acts 1:2

THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE CHURCH

  • John 3:1-5; I Peter 1:22-23 – Born
  • Acts 1:8, 2:4; I Corinthians 12:13 – Baptized
  • Romans 8:14 – Led
  • I Peter 1:11-12 – Testified
  • Acts 8:5-7 – Miracles
  • II Corinthians 1:21, I John 2:27 – Anointed
  • Romans 12:1-2 – Renewed Mind
  • Romans 8:2, 13 – Life
  • Acts 15:28-29 – Wisdom

IS THE TERM “BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT” SCRIPTURAL?

  • Yes. It was used by John the Baptist (John 1:33), by Jesus (Acts 1:5), and by Peter (Acts 11:16).
  • It is also spoken of as being “filled with the Spirit” (Acts 2:1-4), being “sealed with the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 1:13), and having a “guarantee of our inheritance” (Ephesians 1:14). The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the experience of our human spirit being immersed into the Holy Spirit by Jesus Christ.

WHAT IS THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM?

Even though the Bible does not specifically say that speaking in tongues is the evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, this was the common experience of those who were Spirit baptized. We should expect to receive a similar experience with our Holy Spirit baptism.

  • The Day of Pentecost – Acts 2:1-5, 8, John 1:30-33, “They began to speak with other tongues.”
  • The Samaritan converts – Acts 8:5-24. What did Simon see?
  • The Apostle Paul – Acts 9:17-19, I Corinthians 14:18
  • The Gentiles – Acts 10:44-48, 11:15-17. “They heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. ”
  • The Corinthians – Acts 18:1-11; I Corinthians 12:13-14
  • The Ephesians – Acts 19:1-7; Ephesians 1:13. “They spoke with tongues and prophesied.”

Did Jesus Speak with Tongues?

In Mark 5:41, 7:34, and 15:34-36, Jesus spoke words that had to be interpreted. In the Greek manuscripts, these words are Aramaic, (they had to be written in some language.) But if Jesus were speaking Aramaic, why did it have to be interpreted since Aramaic was the common language of the people? Why did the men think Jesus was
calling for Elijah on the cross if He was speaking Aramaic? This is evidence Jesus was speaking in a tongue given by the Holy Spirit which the people did not understand.

Three types of speaking in tongues are:

  • Pentecostal tongues. Acts 2:4-13. These are given as a sign to unbelievers.
  • Private tongues. I Corinthians 14:24. These are given for personal edification.
  • Public tongues. I Corinthians 12:10, 30. These are given with interpretation to edify the church.

HOW DO WE RECEIVE THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

  • By faith, we receive the gifts of God. Romans 10:17; “This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?” Galatians 3:2, 14
  • A believer must come to the absolute conclusion that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is:
    • Biblical. Acts 1:8, 8:17. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4
    • Necessary. Ephesians 5:17-18
    • Applicable for today. Mark 16:17; Acts 2:38
    • Experienced after salvation. Acts 8:12, 14-17, 19:6
    • Evidenced by speaking in tongues. Acts 2:4, 10:44-46, 19:6; Mark 16:17
    • Beneficial. Romans 8:26-27; I Corinthians 14:2, 18, 22, “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20
    • We receive the Holy Spirit by:
      • Heart preparation—repentance. Acts 2:38
      • Hearing—a scriptural understanding of God’s promise. Luke 11:13
      • Hunger—a great desire to receive for, “those who hunger shall be filled.” Matthew 5:6. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” James 4:8
      • Asking to receive—Luke 11:13
      • Expecting to receive—as hands are laid upon you, allow the Holy Spirit to enter fully into your being. Acts 19:6
      • An act of faith—Acts 2:4; John 7:38-39
    • Whenever an honest, hungry seeker comes to God to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, he never has to fear receiving less than God’s promise. Luke 11:11-13
    • Relax in God’s presence. You do not have to work up emotions. Just yield to the will of God.

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About the Author: Dr. Dale Yerton

Dr. Yerton serves as an overseer of a network of churches across the world. What began as a network of six church groups representing 500 churches in Mexico has grown into an international ministry. 

He and Evelyn, his wife over fifty years, live in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. They have two daughters: Lora–married to the Rev. Vince Farrell, pastors of Journey Church in Hopkinsville, Kentucky–and Kari—also of Hopkinsville–and are the proud grandparents of Emma and Bennett Farrell.

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