Why Consider this matter?
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is one of the most vital things for any Christian serious about being all they can be in God and doing all they are supposed to be able to do in God. This baptism is essential for fully knowing God and making Him known. For a limited time this teaching will be freely available on this website. It has already been viewed at least 136,000 times on another website of mine as well as being translated into many languages.
We will consider in this study the person of the Holy Spirit, and also what it means to be baptized in the Spirit. This subject forms part of the foundational doctrine of baptisms (see Hebrews 6:2).
Heb 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Heb 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Heb 6:3 And this will we do, if God permits.
It is important for every Christian not only to correctly understand what is this baptism in the Holy Spirit so as to be able to explain it to others correctly, but also to actually experience this, and thus enter into a dimension of life full of the power of God. Christians need the power that comes with the Baptism in the Spirit in order to do their part in continuing the supernatural ministry of Jesus Christ. Jesus promised the believers that they would do greater works than He (John 14:12).
John 14:12 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
How can this be done unless the Holy Spirit is with us as He was with Jesus? Truly the church today needs the power that comes through the Holy Spirit and ought to remain in fellowship with the Holy Spirit so as to maintain this power and ability to minister the reality of Christ to a world in trouble.
I have also written a short practical guide to being baptized and filled continually with the Holy Spirit which covers the issue of speaking in tongues also. You can find it HERE. However I recommend first of all getting a solid understanding of the subject theologically first by continuing with this series.
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