Holy Ghost Baptism
My Beloved Brother and Sister;
Remember, "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" (Matthew 3:11)
1. Water Baptism
2. Holy Ghost Baptism
3. Holy Ghost and You
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Baptism of the Holy Ghost is for believers in Christ. The significance and importance of the Holy Spirit is remarkably satisfying; It marks the beginning of your new life; regeneration; a new "you"; a gift, given by God. Upon receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, your body becomes His temple, a place of indwelling; and we are not to defile the temple of God, for the temple of God is holy.
Baptism and Gifts of the
note: The method by the Holy Ghost is no different than how you may receive the Holy Ghost.
Pay close attention to the following key words:
filled, fell, come, descended, laid, received, heard, laying.
"And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased."
him: Christ Jesus.
Holy Ghost: In a corporeal form, in a visible manner, and was seen with bodily eyes, at least by John the administrator; to whom this was a signal of his being the Messiah, and a fresh confirmation of it.
voice: from God the Father, from the excellent glory. Thus was a proof of the Holy Trinity, of the Three Persons in the Godhead, given at the baptism of Christ.
descended: come down (from heaven)
21"Then said Jesus to them again, "Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you."22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:"
breathed: here the second Adam (Christ), the life-giving Spirit, was represented as visibly and sensibly conferring on those whom he now sends forth to complete the mission of his grace the Divine life which would make them new creatures, and bestow on them power to generate the same spirit in others.
receive: not the grace of the Holy Ghost in regeneration, which they had received already; but the gifts of the Spirit, to qualify them for the work he now sent them to do, and which were not now actually bestowed; but this breathing on them, and the words that attended it, were a symbol, pledge, and confirmation, of what they were to receive on the day of Pentecost.
*** This verse is in reference to John 20:19
'Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you."
"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."
they: Peter, John, and several other people
the place: where they were assembled together; which, whether it was a private house, or the temple, is not certain.
shaken: this was now shaken with a rushing mighty wind, as on the day of Pentecost, and was a symbol of the divine presence, and a token that their prayers were heard.
filled: ministers of the word felt the power of the Spirit, the evidence of sense confirming that of inward, spiritual consciousness
boldness: with great freedom, and without fear.
filled: fulfill, complete (with spiritual gifts)
"1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place...3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance."
they: the Disciples.
filled: praying for the gift of the Holy Spirit, they had never been conscious of its power as "filling" them. They had passed into a state which was one of rapturous ecstasy and joy.
tongues: "For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries."
filled: fulfill, complete (with gifts)
"While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word."
these words: speaking of Christ, his person, his miracles, his death and resurrection, and the efficacy of his blood for pardon.
them: Cornelius, and his kinsmen and near friends.
heard: hearers of the word lie in the way of the gracious operations of the Spirit; and the gifts and graces of the Spirit are given to persons, or the Spirit falls upon them under such means
fell: come over, fall upon (for the first time)
***as you continue to read the next verses you will read that after receiving the Holy Ghost, water baptism took place. see (Acts 10:47)
Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we?
"And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."
As for the laying on of hands , it is a mode of conveying a special grace and blessing. No man can give the Holy Spirit by the laying on of his hands; but we should use our best endeavours to instruct those for whom we pray. Only the Lord has the power to give the Holy Ghost.
them: Paul, at Ephesus, found some disciples; He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? they had not.
came: (for the first time)
*** Paul, before placing his hands on them says to them that John the baptist never design that those John baptized should rest there, but told them that they should believe on Him who should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. They thankfully accepted the message, and were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. see (Acts 19:1-5)
14 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: 15 Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: 16 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
received: the Gospel of Christ, as preached by Philip.
receive: the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Ghost, as to be able to speak with tongues, to prophesy and work miracles: they might pray for them all, that they might have a larger measure of grace, and more spiritual light and knowledge; and that they might be established in the doctrines of the Gospel.
none: The Holy Ghost was as yet fallen upon none of these coverts, they had only heard and received the Word of God preached by Philip, and they were also baptized.
baptized: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus; all as yet appeared in them was, that they were believers in Christ, and had been baptized in his name, upon a profession of their faith
Acts 8:13 & Acts 8:18-19
13 Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done...18 And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, 19 Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.
believed: with an historical and temporary faith, as that Jesus was the Messiah, or at least he pretended, to believe this, and professed that he did believe, what others did, and what Philip preached.
baptized: in water, which he so artfully made, that Philip could not discover his hypocrisy.
saw: men began to prophesy, and to speak with divers tongues they had never learned, and to work miracles, cure men of their diseases, and the like.
offered them money: A proud and covetous heart cannot be right with God. It is possible for a man to continue under the power of sin, yet to put on a form of godliness. When tempted with money to do evil, see what a perishing thing money is, and scorn it.
*** see Acts 8:20-24 to read more about Simon the sorcerer.
"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one:"
As you have noticed, the scriptures will teach that The Holy Ghost was given before, and sometimes after water baptism, and sometimes not at all, as was the case of Simon the sorcerer, not because he was a sorcerer, but rather because he was not a true believer even though he was baptized with water. We have also learned that the Holy Ghost was received immediately and also later. Additionally, some received the Holy Ghost with the laying of hands, while others without.
Perhaps the reason why there is no consistency in how or when the Holy Ghost is received, is so that we may understand that it is God who determines to whom, when and how he gives the gift of the Holy Spirit.
** please contact me if you believe I need to omit or add information to this page. Also, please read the Word of God and study it.
"16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works." (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
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