Lakeshore House of Prayer
Pastor Doyle Passmore
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Holland, Michigan 49423

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

This is one of the most controversial subjects among the body of Christ today. Most people ignore the subject altogether or say "I just don't understand it." Many Christians do not want to associate themselves with those "tongue-talking" Christians, saying they are too emotional and abnormal. Let us not listen to what people have said, but let us look at what the Word of God says.

What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? All four gospels state that John the Baptist came to baptize with water, but that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. Jesus told his disciples He would send the promise of His Father, and wait in Jerusalem until they received power from on high (Luke 24:49). What is the promise? Acts 1:4-5 tells us, "but wait for the promise of the Father, which ye have heard of Me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." The promise is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Afterwards, according to Acts 2:4, as the disciples were waiting in the upper room "they were filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance."

Peter then explained to the wondering multitude that Jesus "shed forth this, (the promise of the Holy Ghost) which ye now see and hear." (Acts 2:33). The promise was the Holy Spirit infilling.

You may say "Yes, it was for that day, a special one-time event." What did Peter tell them? Did he say "This is only for us who were in the Upper Room, but not for you?" NO! In Acts 2:38-39 "Peter said unto them, repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

The promise, this gift of the Father, is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and it is for you and your children, and even to us who are afar off, even 2000 years later. This experience reoccurred many times throughout the early church in the book of Acts. It is still experienced today!

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the infilling of the Holy Spirit in your life to empower you to be an overcomer and have the power of God in your life. Jesus said in Acts 1:8 "ye shall receive power, after (not before, but after) that the Holy Spirit is come upon you." So the baptism of the Holy Spirit is for everyone today.

Let us look at the work "baptism". It means "to be immersed".

There are three baptisms mentioned in the Bible.

The first is a batism that takes place when we get saved. I Corinthians 12:13 says, "For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body". This is salvation! This is how we become part of Christ. It is spiritual birth. We are placed into the body of Christ. We become part of the family of God.

The second baptism mentioned in the Bible is water baptism. The third baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

In every baptism there is a baptizer, and candidate to receive baptism, and an element into which the candidate is baptized or immersed. When you are baptized into the body of Christ, the Holy Spirit actually does the work of baptizing you into the Body of Christ. In water baptism, a fellow believer baptizes you in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. By water baptism, you are witnessing to others your death to self, rising to a new life in Christ. In the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Ghost comes and baptizes you. The sign of your baptism is speaking in a heavenly language, a new tongue. The evidence is more power to be a witness and walk out your Christian life in a new direction.

Apostle Paul said "I would that ye all speak with other tongues " (I Corinthians, 14:5), "I speak with tongues more than ye all" (I Corinthians, 14:18), "forbid not to speak with tongues " (I Corinthians 14:39).

Paul is our great example outside the book of Acts. It is for us today, the New Testament Church. It is for you today, to give you more strength and power to walk with God and fulfill your destiny for Him.

Ask the Holy Spirit to baptize you today. Please call us for prayer or ministry.

Tim Kimbril

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