In this final letter on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, may I ask this question; What is the initial Physical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit? We have discussed the nature, importance and characteristics of the Holy Spirit which is a life of intimacy with God and a walk of power in the Spirit for the one filled with the Holy Spirit.
Let’s now look at the physical initial evidence of one baptized in the Holy Spirit. Before the day of Pentecost, throughout the bible we see that God poured out His Spirit with prophecy only on a chosen few, prophecy, meaning that of speaking one’s own language in the power of the Spirit.
- 2 Peter 1:20 – 21 (NLT) Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.
The day of Pentecost opened up the church era for gospel ministry to include all nations bringing about the prophecy and promise as stated in:
- Joel 2:28 – 29 NLT) “Then after I have poured out my rains again, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions. In those days, I will pour out my Spirit even on servants, men and women alike.”
On the day of Pentecost we see a wide-spread of people from various nations in which the baptism of the Holy Spirit fell upon them enabling them to speak in other tongues not in their own language.
- Acts 2:8 (NLT) “and yet we hear them speaking the languages of the lands where we were born!”
Tongues on Pentecost were evident at Pentecost. We can see that speaking in tongues became the evidence that the Holy Spirit had descended upon the New Testament Christians.
Peter in the Scriptures considered this speaking in other tongues as prophesying. And we are told that tongues and interpretation are equivalent to prophecy in:
- 1 Corinthians 14:5, “I wish you all had the gift of speaking in tongues, but even more I wish you were all able to prophesy. For prophecy is a greater and more useful gift than speaking in tongues, unless someone interprets what you are saying so that the whole church can get some good out of it.”
Just as we see tongues was the evidence of the baptism on the day of Pentecost so we see it as the evidence internationally today. Other scriptures for your study see, Acts 10:44-46; 1 Cor. 14:18; Acts 19:6; 1 Cor. – Chap.12-14.
As seen throughout this letter the initial physical evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the speaking in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. On the day of Pentecost “they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave utterance.”
At Cornelius’ household, “the Holy Ghost fell on all them that heard the word; for they heard them speak with tongues.”
Again at Ephesus, we see that all twelve men who received the Spirit spoke with tongues and prophesied.
We can conclude than, all who receive the Baptism in the Spirit today also speak with tongues.
- As stated by Jonathan Goforth, “The efficacy of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire dies down in any soul only when that soul willfully quenches it”.
As a believer we desire to be used of God and this can and will only be done with and through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. We can see the importance to never quench the Holy Spirit, be willing and available at all times to listen and obey the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 2:11 says, that God is no respecter of persons. Don’t be denied this blessed baptism of the Holy Spirit. Ask, seek and knock; yield/ surrender all to the Holy Spirit and the door will be opened. If the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was for all, yesterday, it is for all today and very necessary in the lives of believers to empower them to be witnesses and preach the Good news to all nations.
Today, let me encourage all believers not to limit God in His work and to be ready for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit in these last days. It will take nothing less than the supernatural power of God in the last days to overcome Satan.
God has made available, through Jesus Christ, this supernatural power distributed by the Holy Spirit, gifts of the Spirit to all who will believe and receive, a power to overcome Satan and His evil ways which is available through the Baptism of the Holy Spirit; a power beyond our own understanding.
- Jesus said, in John 7:38 – 39 (NLT) If you believe in me, come and drink! For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water will flow out from within.” (When he said “living water,” he was speaking of the Spirit, who would be given to everyone believing in him. But the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet entered into his glory.)
- And in John 14:12(NKJV) “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.”
- Again Jesus tells us what will follow the believer in Mark 16:17 – 18 (NKJV) “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover”
Steps to receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
1. We must be saved…John 14:16-17
2. We must obey…surrender your all; body mind, soul, and spirit.
3. WE must ask…. “come boldly to the throne of grace” “Ask, seek, knock” this implies degrees of asking…insistence and persistence. Keep asking UNTIL you receive the Holy Spirit.
4. We must believe…Galatians 3:14 (NKJV) “that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
- Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) “he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” We receive the Holy Spirit by faith and faith alone. There is a “rest of faith” into which we must enter.
- Hebrews 4:10 (NKJV) For he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His.
Faith in God comes through complete dependence on God.
Faith rejoices…faith is more than waiting, faith expects.
God is the giver of the Holy Spirit…As David says, “Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let such as love Your salvation say continually, “The LORD be magnified!” Psalms 40:16 (NKJV).
Faith receives…through words of praise toward God. Praises like:
“Thank you, Lord Jesus;
“I praise you, Lord”;
“Glory”…yes a sacrifice of praise to God offered upon His altar. (Hebrews 13:15).
Expect to be filled! He will do it! As promised in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 (NKJV)
He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.
Love in Christ Jesus,