“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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The period from creation to the birth of Jesus Christ is generally referred to, as the age of the Father while from the birth of our Lord to His ascension is the age of the Son. The period from the ascension to the second coming of our Lord is the age of the Holy Spirit. As such, we should not be ignorant of His existence and operation. Jesus Christ is the only baptiser with the Holy Spirit- Mat. 3:11; Mark 1:8. Therefore, in this lesson, we shall study about the baptism. May the Lord baptise us with His Divine power and make us useful instruments in His hands as we go through this lesson.
The Baptism With The Holy Spirit
Baptism with the Holy Spirit is the endowment with power for effective Christian service. Jesus promised His disciples in Acts 1:8 and fulfilled it in Acts 2:1,
2 occasioned by speaking in tongues in fulfilment of the prophecy in Joel 2:28-32. This experience took place on the day of Pentecost. Baptism with the Holy Spirit is an operation of the Holy Spirit distinct from salvation. A man who is saved (born-again) by the act of the Holy Spirit may not be baptised until he undergoes this experience. The divine nature of God is imparted at salvation – 2 Pet.1:4 – but in baptism with the Holy Spirit, the divine power or dynamo is imparted into the life of a believer for effective and result-oriented Christian service. It makes the believer spirit-filled, spirit-motivated, spirit-controlled and spirit-empowered. How can one receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
1. Repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as the one who will give as He had promised – Acts 2:38; 10:43-44, Gal. 3:2, 5, 14.
2. Thirsting after God’s righteousness-. Matthew 5:6.
3. Earnest prayer of faith and importunity-Lk.11:11-13; Lk.18:1-7. Our heavenly Father is ready to give us the Holy Spirit if we ask Him.
Nevertheless, we must ask in faith without wavering-Jam.1:6.
4. Absolute surrender in obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. God gives the Holy Spirit only to those who obey Him-Acts 5:32.
5. In realisation of the fact that the Holy Spirit is for every believer, Jesus promised the comforter for every believer – Jn.14:26, Jn.15:26, Jn.16:7. Therefore, do not let the devil rob you by whispering to you that there is no baptism with the Holy Spirit or that when you are born again, you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You are only indwelt with the Holy
Spirit at conversion but at baptism with the Holy Spirit, you are empowered and energised by the Holy Spirit.
6. Sanctified life. Your heart must be pure and holy – Matt. 5:8; Eph.4:24.
Results of the Holy Spirit Baptism
(a) Baptism with the Holy Spirit gives the Christian boldness in service and testimony. The Lord does not give us the spirit of timidity but the spirit of boldness of power and of a sound mind- Acts 4:29, 31, 33.
(b) The supernatural power of God is imparted for effective and efficient Christian service – Acts, 1:5, 8. Without the baptism, there cannot be power for
effective profitable service for the Lord. So, seek for the baptism today – Acts 2:41.
(c) At baptism, the Holy Spirit bestows different gifts to believers to make them useful vessels – 1 Cor. 12:4-10 – and unless you are baptised, you cannot
know your gifts clearly not to talk of using them for the Lord.
(d) The Holy Spirit empowers a believer to make him have a godly life. He quickens his spirit and produces in him a holy living – Jn.6:63, 2 Cor.3:6.
You may not know the usefulness of the Holy Spirit until you have the power. Ask the Holy Spirit from the Father today and He will give you as He has promised – Lk. 11:9-13, Matt. 7:7. If you have been baptised, are you experiencing the result of the baptism everyday of your life? Ask the Lord to strengthen you with the power of the Holy Spirit so that you can become an effective instrument for Him today.
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” Ephesians 5:18
In the last lesson, we examined the baptism of the Holy Spirit, how we can be baptised and the results of the baptism. In this lesson, we want to know what living a Spirit-filled life means and the fruits, which such life will generate in our day to day living. It is our prayer that the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit will not depart from us at any stage of our Christian life.
How To Be Filled With The Holy Spirit
There is only one baptism of the Holy Spirit for every believer but there are many fillings. We must continually be filled with the Holy Spirit. We cannot have too much of the Holy Spirit, but how much does the Spirit possess us? When we surrender and yield more to Him, we receive and enjoy His filling and His fullness more and more. God commands us to “…be filled with the Spirit.” Eph. 5:18.
To constantly stay filled with the Spirit, we must do the following things:-
(a) Understand that God has given us the Holy Spirit and that He dwells in us. Be conscious of His presence in your life.
(b) Know that God commands us to be filled with the Holy spirit—Eph. 5:18, John 20:22 and we must obey Him. If He has not provided it, he will not give the order.
(c) Understand that before we can receive His fullness, we must get rid of any known sin in our lives. This calls for repentance and confession of sins—1 John 1:9
(d) Yield ourselves completely to God. It demands total submission to His will continuously and let Him rule over every area of our lives—Gal. 5:16.
(e) Pray earnestly for the filling everyday.
(f) Now act on this truth and walk or live with the assurance that God has already filled us, thanking Him for the fullness of the Spirit.
(g) Put our faith into action by praying in the spirit and by speaking in tongues—Rom. 8:26.
Examine The Fruit of the Holy Spirit
The fruit of the Holy Spirit stands as the evidence of a spirit-filled life. They are gracious and godly habits produced in the life of a consecrated believer who has been baptised with the Holy Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance—Gal. 5:22-23, 2 Pet. 1:5-8. The nine fruits are united in purpose and direction to make a child of God live a Christ-like life. It is God’s expectation in our lives. Unlike the gifts of the Spirit, the fruits of the Spirit are not divided among believers. All must possess them. As we cooperate with the Spirit, He brings the fruits into our lives. In order to have the fruits, you need to do the following:
(a) Consciously surrender yourself to the Holy Spirit—1 Cor. 6:19-20. Offer your body to God as a living sacrifice—Rom. 12:1-2.
(b) We must see ourselves as having died to sin but alive to Christ—Rom. 6:11, Gal. 2:20.
(c) Determine to bring yourself under the Lordship of Jesus Christ by faith. Let your mind be turned completely to God—Rom. 12:2
(d) Work on one fruit at a time, praying in faith and trusting \God that all the fruit stated in Gal. 5:22-23 will become a reality in your life—2 Pet. 1:3
Are you filled with the Spirit? Allow the Holy Spirit to make more of you by yielding yourself completely to Him today. Pray more and put more faith into action. Note that the only way that you can claim to belong to God is by bringing forth the fruits of the Spirit. This is the mark of Godliness. Does your life show the fruits of the Spirit? Pray seriously about it and take the steps we recommend in this lesson. Pray that the Lord will fill you and that the fruits should start showing in your life gradually as from today. Talk to the Lord about it.
Pastor E. A. Adeboye
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