In church today I preached on an important, yet controversial doctrine, the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
I think I may write about this in DIG for a few days now!
In Acts we clearly see that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a secondary experience from conversion or salvation.
A person has to be a believer to the ‘filled’ with the Holy Ghost.
When Paul came into Ephesus he met with ‘certain disciples’ (or believers) and asked them if they had received the Holy Ghost (Acts 19 v 1 to 6).
He asked believers if they had received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
When John and Peter came down from Jerusalem to meet with the church in Samaria they laid hands on them to receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8 v 14 to 17).
They prayed with believers to be baptised in the Holy Spirit.
It is clear from these two accounts that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was a secondary experience to salvation and was something that ANY believer could receive.
This ‘experience’ was not just for the super-dupers in the upper room at Pentecost; this was for every believer and something that the apostles expected the ‘ordinary believer’ to have.
This was a part of the Christian life that the apostles actively discussed and encouraged; we can see this from the activities of John, Peter and Paul!
But is this baptism of the Holy Sprit for believers today or was this just for those in the early church n the Book of Acts?
Find out tomorrow!
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for your Word and thank you for the accounts of the baptism of the Holy Spirit”.
Acts 19 v 2…..He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost