Brothers and Sisters in the Lord, please read this teaching with an open mind and allow the Lord to minister to you through these foundational scriptures concerning the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11: "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance (water baptism): but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:"
Jesus (before ascending into heaven) said to His disciples in Acts 1:8 says "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria,and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The Promise of the Holy Spirit
Jesus foretells of the baptism in the Holy Spirit in John 7:37-38: "In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, 'If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water'."
Luke writes in Acts 1:4-5: "And being assembled together with them, (Jesus) commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Holy Ghost Fire
In Acts 2:4-39 says "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do her them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this? Others mocking said, 'These men are full of new wine.' But Peter (obviously empowered by the Holy Spirit), standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, 'Ye men of Judea, and all ye that dwell in Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: 'And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.
For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved: Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope: Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.
Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption. This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses. Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear. For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.
What Shall We Do?
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles,'Men and brethren, what shall we do?' Then Peter said unto them, 'Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call'."
In Acts 9:5-6, Luke writes about Saul's journey to Damascus: "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?' And he said, 'Who art thou Lord?' And the Lord said, 'I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for the to kick against the pricks.' And he (Saul) trembling and astonished said,'Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?' And the Lord said unto him, 'Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.'" As you read on, in Acts 9:17-18 Luke writes: "And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, 'Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.' And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized (in the Holy Spirit)."
Brothers and sisters, God will fill you with the Holy Spirit, but first we must walk in repentance and be willing to receive by faith His free gift which will empower us.
The Purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Four main reasons for receiving the baptism in the Holy Spirit are as follows: power for service (Acts 1:8), power in prayer (Romans 8:26-27), power in understanding the Word (Isaiah 28:12), and power to overcome sin (Revelation 12:11).
1. A person must accept Jesus Christ as Savior (see below) before he or she can experience the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Once you are born again, you are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. This is called the "new birth"; the old man passes away and becomes a "new creature."
Please note: This "new birth" is not the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in Luke 24:49 : "And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." The disciples had not yet received the baptism in the Holy Spirit; but, very shortly, they were to receive more -- the power from on high which would make them stronger witnesses!
Second, there is water baptism (being fully immersed in water), which is an outward sign of an inward grace.
In Acts 8:12-17, Luke writes about Philip preaching Christ: "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done. Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus (water baptism). Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost."
In Acts 19:1-3, Luke writes: "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 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.' And he (Paul) said unto them, 'Unto what then were ye baptized?' And they said, 'Unto John's baptism' (water baptism)."
You see beloved, these men were disciples of Jesus, but they were not empowered with the gift of the Holy Spirit. In verse 6, however, Luke writes: "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."
Third, there is baptism in the Holy Spirit (see below) with the Bible evidence of speaking in other tongues.
2. We cannot merit or deserve the baptism in the Holy Spirit. It is a gift.
3. All believers are commanded to receive, "Be filled with the Spirit."
Ephesians 5:18 -- "And be not drunk with wine, in wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit."
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is not for Jews only, but for everyone! In Acts 10:44-45 Luke writes: "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision (the Gentiles or non-Jews) which believed were astonished, as many came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost."
4. When one receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit, there is an utterance by the Spirit, and an expression is made in an unknown tongue.
Acts 2:4 states: "They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." The people cooperated in speaking, but the Holy Spirit gave the utterance.
5. This speaking is a devotional language by personal edification and communion with God in the Spirit.
6. You need to relax and rest in the Spirit so you can experience this refreshing
7. The baptism of the Holy Spirit may come upon you as you worship and praise God.
8. You should pray in tongues regularly.
Jude 1:20 states: "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost."
9. Praying in the Spirit is a marvelous way to communicate with God. The Holy Spirit knows what is needed and guides the prayer.
Romans 8:26-27 states: "Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God."
10. The Holy Spirit is for all people.
Joel 2:28-29 states: "And it shall come to pass afterward I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out My Spirit."
11. The Holy Spirit will enable you to become a strong witness and allow you to perform signs and wonders.
Acts 1:8 states: "Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth."
Jesus said in 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."
"Father God, You said in Your Word, "If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: HOW MUCH MORE shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?" (Luke 11:13). I'm asking You in Jesus' name to baptize me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me the utterance (Acts 2:4).
Then, begin to praise God for filling you with the Holy Spirit. Now slowly start to speak those words and syllables you receive that are bubbling up inside your stomach -- not words or syllables in your own language, but the language given to you by the Holy Spirit. Now boldly worship and praise Him in His words. That is the language of the Holy Spirit.