Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Baptism in the Holy Spirit

 

 

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT THE OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY GHOST

By Jonas Clark

The bible says that in end times churches will have a form of Godliness but “deny” (literally translated “reject”) the power thereof.  They don’t deny the fact that there is the baptism in the Holy Spirit.  They rejec t the biblical way of  receiving the “Baptism” in the Holy Spirit because they have their own strongholds, ideas, arguments or rationalizations as to why they don’t have it or are not experiencing it.  They have to explain away what they do not have.  The gifts and miracles do not operate without the baptism in the Holy Spirit.  It is the “dumos” or dynamite “power” from on high that believers receive when they are baptised in the Holy Spirit.  You do not receive it at the time of salvation.  The  unrepentant do not receive it even if they said their little salvation prayer.  Only those who are repentant and willing to pick up their cross and follow Jesus will be endue with power “dumos” from on high.  This is why the church lacks power and miracles and the gifts of the spirit are not operating.   

As  they waited in the Upper Room in prayer something powerful happened  that  changed their lives forever, the gift of the Holy Ghost was poured out.

“And  when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all with one accord  in one  place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a  rushing mighty wind,  and it filled all the house where they were  sitting. And there appeared unto  them cloven tongues like as of fire,  and it sat upon each of them. And they  were all filled with the Holy  Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as  the Spirit gave them  utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)

 

SPEAKING IN OTHER  TONGUES

Notice  those gathered were “all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak  with other tongues as  the Spirit gave them utterance.” Speaking with  other tongues is the sign that  you were baptized in the Holy Ghost. The  Apostle Paul taught much on speaking  in other tongues.

Praying  in other tongues is  your spirit talking to God. Paul taught when you  are speaking in other tongues  you are not speaking unto men but unto  God. This makes perfect sense because an “unknown tongue” is unknown and  no one can understand what you are saying.

“For  he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men but unto  God: for  no man understandeth him…” (1 Corinthians 14:2)When  praying in an unknown  tongue you are, in the spirit, speaking  mysteries. A mystery is something that  baffles natural understanding and  cannot be explained outside of faith. The  mysteries of the Kingdom of  heaven belong to the sons of God (Matthew 13:11).  When you are praying  in other tongues you are praying out the mysteries of God  for your life.

“…howbeit  in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.” (1 Corinthians 14:2)

You  are a spirit, have a  soul and live in a body (1 Thessalonians 5:23).  Praying in the spirit  strengthens your spirit man.  When praying in  other tongues you edify (build  up) your spirit (Jude 20). This means you  are strengthening your spirit man  when praying in an unknown tongue.

“He  that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth (builds up) himself; but he  that  prophesieth edifieth the church.” (1 Corinthians 14:4)

  1. When you pray in an unknown  tongue your spirit, not your mind, is praying unto God.
  2. Praying  in other tongues is  the most effective way to pray because you do not  know how to pray as you  should. By praying in other tongues the Holy  Spirit helps overcome this prayer  weakness.
  3. The  baptism of the Holy  Ghost is different than salvation. The Holy Ghost  is a free gift from God. The  baptism of the Holy Spirit cannot be  bought, earned or deserved. He is a gift  available to the born again  believer.
  4. The  Holy Ghost empowers you  to see visions, dream dreams and prophesy. The  purpose of prophecy is to  glorify Christ, and for edification,  exhortation and comfort (1 Corinthians  14:3).
  5. The  Holy Ghost is promised  to the repentant. Holy Ghost baptism is  available after salvation. Peter  offered instruction: repent, get water  baptized, and receive the gift of the  Holy Ghost.
  6. Speaking in other tongues  and prophecy is a sign of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.

“For  if I pray in an unknown tongue, my spirit prayeth, but my understanding is  unfruitful.” (1 Corinthians 14:14)

“Likewise  the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should  pray  for as we ought: but the Spirit (himself) maketh intercession for  us with  groanings which cannot be uttered.” (Romans 8:26)

 

RECEIVING THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST

Just  because you got saved doesn’t mean you received the baptism of the Holy  Ghost. Many were saved in Philip’s ministry that did not get baptized  in the  Holy Spirit until the apostles went to see how the meetings were  going. Philip  flowed in the power of the Holy Spirit when preaching in  Samaria. Many were  saved, healed, and delivered. There were even  miracles, salvations and water  baptisms but none were baptized in the  Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking  in other tongues. Unfortunately  we see this today but God showed us the better  way when the apostles  got involved in Philips ministry, “Then laid they their  hands on them  and they received the Holy Ghost.”

“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.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy  Ghost.  And when Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles’ hands the   Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also this  power,  that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.  But Peter said  unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast  thought that the gift  of God may be purchased with money.”(Acts 8:12-20)

 

We  consider repentance from  sin, faith in Christ the Lamb of God, and  water baptism as evidence of the  Christian faith and personal salvation  leading to eternal life. These in  Samaria were saved by faith in Christ  but not yet baptized in the Holy Ghost  with the evidence of speaking in  other tongues until the apostles laid hands on  them, and then the Holy  Ghost was given.

“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 of 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” (Acts 2:6-18).

“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” (Acts 2:38-39).

When  Peter preached to the gentiles in Cornelius’ house they were all filled  with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues and afterward were baptized in water.

“While  Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which   heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were  astonished, as  many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles  also was poured out the  gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them  speak with tongues, and magnify  God. Then answered Peter, Can any man  forbid water, that these should not be  baptized, which have received the  Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded  them to be baptized in the  name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry  certain days.” (Acts  10:44-48)

“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 said unto them, Unto what then were ye  baptized? And they said, Unto  John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John  verily baptized with the baptism of  repentance, saying unto the people,  that they should believe on him which  should come after him, that is, on  Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they  were baptized in the name of  the Lord Jesus. And  when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they  spake with tongues, and prophesied.”(Acts 19:1-6)

The  baptism of the Holy Ghost is available to you. Get filled today and let   the Holy Ghost lead you and guide you in all truth. The manifestation  of the  Kingdom of God belongs to you.

Your partner,

Apostle Jonas Clark www.jonasclark.com

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