Baptism Of


Jesus Christ baptizes the
seeking believers with the
Holy Spirit and empowers
the believers for sanctification
and service after regeneration.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is
distinct from the indwelling of the Spirit
given upon confession of faith in Jesus.

The baptism is an ongoing experience, to give the Holy Spirit the possession of the whole house that He inhabits. It is this baptism that makes sanctification of the disciple possible. It is much the same as satisfying our hunger with food and thirst for drink, yet coming to hunger and thirst again. It is more of the believer yielding to the Holy Spirit rather than Him taking involuntarily control over their body and mind.

What must a person do to receive this baptism of the Holy Spirit (according to the Bible)?

  • Accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. (Acts 2:36-38). According to the scripture, we are to repent and we shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Repent means to change our mind about God, about Jesus Christ, and about sin. The gift of the Holy Spirit is God’s seal on the simple acceptance of God’s testimony about Jesus Christ, that our sins were laid on Him, while trusting God to forgive us and justify us.

  • Renounce Sin. We cannot have both the Holy Spirit and sin. We must make our choice between the two. If we cling to one single known sin from which we will not confess or repent, it will prevent us from receiving the blessing. This is the most common failure in receiving this baptism.

  • Openly Confess your renunciation of sin and acceptance of Jesus Christ. This can be in the form of water baptism or some other form. The baptism of the Spirit is not for the secret disciple but for the openly confessed disciple.

  • Surrender Absolutely to God. Acts 5:38 reveals that this surrender is obedience. We must recognize that we are owned by God and our will should be submitted to Him. We are to give our entire self.

  • Intensely Desire the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Jesus says, John 7:37-39…. We must thirst.

  • Pray Specifically for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus tells us to ask God for the Holy Spirit in Luke 11:13.

  • Have Faith. We read in Mark 11:24 and James 1:6-8 to have faith when we pray; to be expectant. If we have prayed according to 1 John 5:14-15 we know that we have received this baptism. We are assured of it.

  • Leave the matter of experience to God’s time and place. God’s order is always: first, His Word; second, belief in His Word; third, experience or feeling. There will definitely be a manifestation of the baptism of the Holy Spirit but the timing, place, and the character of the event is up to God. The Apostles (Acts 2:1) had to wait 10 days after Jesus promised Him before they received the baptism. Sometimes there is no waiting. (Acts 4:31, 43-44)

  • The New Testament teaches us to expect a new power in Christian work (Acts 2:4; 9:17, 22).
    Note the response of the people around those who received the Baptism of the Spirit. Too often we focus on what happened to the Apostles instead of those around them. Too often we focus on our self - we want to be moved to speak in tongues or “be slain in the spirit” instead of focusing on how this baptism can be used for the benefit of others.

  • Can one know if he is filled with the Spirit?
    Look at one verse in the Bible where the command to be filled with the Spirit is recorded. “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God” (Ephesians 5:18-21).

    THEREFORE, I would not put prominent focus on speaking in tongues or being “slain in the spirit” (falling down) during the general assembly. The only people who fell down when the Spirit spoke was in the Garden of Gethsemane. And it was Jesus breathing on the
    pagan guards who came to arrest Him. They were not fervent worshippers worshipping Jesus who fell down. I believe Jesus wants us to conduct church services orderly (orderly but not dispassionately) as described in 1 Corinthians 14:23-40. We should acknowledge all gifts and recognize the that Holy Spirit is present in our general assembly as we gather in the name of Jesus.