THE HOLY SPIRIT
WHAT IS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Being baptized in the Holy Spirit is when the Spirit comes inside of you to live and operate through you (He becomes alive) setting you free from operating by the flesh (you are put to death).
Under the law, Paul said that he “died” and sin became “alive.” That just means that he stopped working and sins started working. You can see that when comparing these two verses:
Romans 7:9 NKJV
I was alive [operating] once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived [became operative] and I died [became inoperative].
Romans 7:17 NKJV
But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
Paul said “it is no longer I who do it, but sin…”—you will find this very much parallel to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes into you to put you to death (inoperative), that He might live (be operative). Therefore Paul says about baptism:
Galatians 2:20 NKJV
I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…
Romans 6:3-4 NKJV
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death…
That’s what being baptized in the Spirit is—being put to death so that the working would no longer be of us but of the Spirit in us. We have been set free from performing anything and everything. It is for the Spirit of Christ to perform in us as we believe.
WHEN IS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?
We absolutely believe in the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and all of the gifts that operate because of it, but the baptism of the Spirit is not a separate occasion after salvation—it is salvation.
1 Peter 3:21 NASB
Corresponding to that, baptism now saves you–not the removal of dirt from the flesh [i.e. not water baptism]…
Galatians 3:27 NKJV
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:13 NKJV
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
Romans 6:3-4 NKJV
Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death [death to sin – Romans 6:11]…
From these verses you can see that if you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit you are not saved, you are not in Christ, you are not part of Christ’s body, and you are not dead to sin. These verses say that all of these things happen through baptism.
And when these verses say “baptized” they are speaking of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You know this because Romans 6:3-4 says that through “baptism” we have become dead to sin. Romans 8:2 says that through “the Spirit” we are free from sin.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is salvation. Evidence of the Holy Spirit comes more and more into your life as you believe what you have (John 4:14, John 7:38).
THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT
When we are saved we do not simply receive individual gifts of the Spirit. We receive all of the power that raised Jesus from the dead (Ephesians 1:18-20).
Gifts of the Spirit are just partial manifestations of all the power that raised Jesus from the dead.
In Acts 2, Peter and the apostles received the Spirit and manifested the gifts. Look at how he described it:
Acts 2:32-33 NKJV
This Jesus, God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
Peter says that what Jesus received when He was raised from the dead, God had poured out on the apostles, which the people saw and heard.
Receiving the Spirit and His gifts is just receiving from the power that raised Jesus from the dead. To not agree with the gifts is to not agree with the power that raised Jesus.
We have the power that raised Jesus from the dead. A gift of the Spirit is only a little piece of that. 1 Corinthians 13:10 calls gifts of the Spirit “part” (partial) receiving.
For instance, in us is the full mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). Speaking in other tongues, prophecy, words of knowledge, etc. are only a little piece of the full mind of Christ that we have in us. In us is the full power of Christ. The working of miracles and healings are only a small piece of the full power that we have in us.
We believe that all of the gifts should be performed orderly, with consideration for the congregation, and with the intention of edifying the body, giving glory to God (1 Peter 4:10-11, 1 Corinthians 14:5, 31-33).
THE MINISTRY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
(in the world and in the believer)
John 16:8-14 NKJV
[To the world]
And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they do not believe in Me; of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged. I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.
[To a believer]
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of sin–not murdering, stealing, or adultery, but simply unbelief.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of righteousness—that it is available to them through the intercession of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit convicts the world of judgment to come—not the world’s judgment, but the ruler of this world’s judgment (we will discuss this later).
The Holy Spirit is not convicting the believer of sin. The Holy Spirit is revealing the truth of Jesus to us. This is the greatest ministry of the Holy Spirit.