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Jun 30/2015

Gate Community Summer - Day 9

There are three terms that may sound similar and, initially, confusing but each has their own meaning when seeking to understand the role of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

  • RECEIVING the Holy Spirit
  • The BAPTISM in the Holy Spirit
  • The FILLING of the Holy Spirit

RECEIVING the Holy Spirit

It is at salvation, when we come to faith in Jesus Christ, that we receive the Holy Spirit

(John 7:37; Acts 2:38, 11:16-17; Rom 5:5; 1 Cor 2:12; 2 Cor 5:5)

1 Corinthians 2:12

12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

“How to Initially Embrace Jesus"

  1. Acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and that you need Him to lead your life
  2. Be willing to turn from the things that God would not approve of (which is sin), and decide to turn your life towards honoring Jesus.
  3. Believe that Jesus died for you on the cross, rose from the grave and accept his payment of sin on your behalf
  4. Through prayer, invite Jesus to come into your life and EXPECT TO RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRT. The Holy Spirit will live with you and in you and you will receive power.

Upon salvation, we actually have the Holy Spirit living within us

(Rom 8:9, 1 Cor 3:16)

Romans 8:9

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

The Holy Spirit coming in us is directly tied to embracing Jesus as our Lord and Savior. No Jesus means no Holy Spirit. No Holy Spirit means no Jesus.

Do you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior? Have you acknowledged receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit?

The BAPTISM in the Holy Spirit

There are two baptisms in the Kingdom of God.

There is baptism in water – Matt 3:13-17, 28:19; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3-8.

In this baptism, the Christ-follower is immersed in water as a symbol and identification of the death and resurrection of Jesus. This baptism is in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and is done out of obedience to Jesus. In your bulletin you will see that we have a baptism class and baptism service coming up.

But there is also the baptism in the Holy Spirit

Acts 11:16

16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized withwater, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

In this baptism, Jesus is the baptizer and the Holy Spirit is the new water. Jesus is the “who” and the Holy Spirit is the “into what”

To be baptized in the Holy Spirit is to be immersed or overwhelmed in the Holy Spirit. It is like walking under a waterfall. In the baptism, it is said that the Spirit comes upon a person.

(Acts 2:17, 33, 8:16, 10:44, 11:15)

We see this in Acts 2 (See yesterday's blog)

And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and restedon each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit

It is the Holy Spirit flooding in, over, around, and through the person.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is in addition to and a separate event than our initial receiving of the Holy Spirit at salvation and may happen at the same time as salvation or at some point later.

For example, in John 20:22 the disciples received the Holy Spirit

John 20:22 (NIV)

22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

But it wasn’t until Acts 2:1-13, the passage we just read, that they were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The baptism is the fulfillment of the Joel prophecy – Acts 2:17-18

Acts 2:17-18 (NIV)

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit should never be considered as the end of the line as far as receiving the Spirit of God is concerned, but only the first of many opportunities.

At Heartland we call the ongoing opportunities… The FILLING of the Holy Spirit

After the baptism in the Holy Spirit, which really is just the INITIAL filling, Paul instructs us in Ephesians 5:18 to “Be filled with the Holy Spirit”.

We have a need for ongoing fillings because sin and wounded-ness causes us to leak out the Holy Spirit within us.

The less sin and wounded-ness, the less leaking. But until our physical death, we are human and not yet perfect and holy and therefore will continue to leak in some ways.

Being filled with the Holy Spirit regularly fuels the ongoing work of the Spirit in the process of sanctification.

Sanctification, a term we have been studying at the Gate, is the on-going, life-long process of becoming like Jesus. It is the on-going process of cleansing, purifying, transforming, and perfecting of our heart, character, and life day by day.

With the baptism in the Holy Spirit and the work he does by filling us up over and over as we seek him, we begin to have a fuller experience as a Christ-follower.

The experience of being baptized in the Holy Spirit is a powerful event, both naturally and supernaturally. The difference between receiving the Holy Spirit at salvation and being baptized in the Holy Spirit is like:

A dam that has a nice creek flowing from it. The baptism would be like the dam being smashed apart and all the water flooding through drenching everything in its path.

The baptism produces change within us that is permanent and lasting!

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