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  • Writer's pictureJamie Holden

September 9

The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Last week, we talked about the empowerment that came when the disciples received the baptism in the Holy Spirit on the legendary life-changing Day of Pentecost.

What exactly is the baptism in the Holy Spirit?

It is a free gift from God that is available to all believers so that they can be empowered to do the work that God has called them to do.

Although the Holy Spirit comes into a believer at salvation, “baptism in the Holy Spirit” is a separate and distinguishable event.

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is accompanied by speaking in tongues. (As we saw in Acts 2.)

“Speaking in tongues is a supernatural expression. It is the Holy Spirit inspired way of speaking, praying, or praising God by which a Christian speaks in a language they have never learned. It may be an existing language or a language known only to Heaven, but it is unknown to the one speaking it. It is being spoken through the Holy Spirit.”

You might ask, “Why do I need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit? Doesn’t the Holy Spirit fill me at salvation”?

The answer to this question is yes and no. When we get saved, we experience the Holy Spirit’s influence and convicting power. However, baptism in the Holy Spirit is a separate thing.

The Bible teaches us that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a special experience following salvation but separate from salvation. It is when the power of the Holy Spirit consumes our lives, filling us with the power to witness to others.

Let me explain what I mean. One way to think about this is to think about chocolate milk. Have you ever made chocolate milk? Chocolate milk is one of my favorite things to drink for breakfast. When you make chocolate milk, you start with a glass of plain white milk. The glass of milk represents us as believers.

Then you grab your chocolate syrup, and you pour it into the glass. Now, the chocolate syrup represents the Holy Spirit living inside of us. When we get saved, the Holy Spirit comes inside of us. As anyone who has ever made chocolate milk knows, when you pour the chocolate into the milk, the milk starts to change a little. You notice the brown syrup peeking through the white liquid. This is like how the Holy Spirit helps us change by convicting us of sin.

The final ingredient in making chocolate milk is a spoon. The spoon represents the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Basically, the baptism of the Holy Spirit gives us power. As we serve God and work for Him, it is the equivalent of a spoon stirring the glass of milk. As the power, or the spoon, stirs, you cannot see the brown chocolate or the white milk. They are now one working together.

The power of the spoon is changing the milk and making it even better than it was before it was filled. We are no longer separate from the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit, represented by the chocolate syrup, flows through us and consumes us. The Holy Spirit takes over us and uses us to reach the lost. We function and serve under His power, not our own strength.

I hope this word picture helped you see why we need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. We need the Holy Spirit to convict us and help us. But we especially need the power of the Holy Spirit to consume us and flow through us so we can reach the lost.

So I encourage you to start pursuing baptism in the Holy Spirit. In my opinion, being filled with the Holy Spirit is a huge part of becoming a legendary man of God.

Memory Verse: Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38 NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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