The Baptism With The Holy Ghost
Now that you are saved, you should ask the Lord to baptize you with the “Holy Ghost” or as it is often referred to The “Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:4).
While it is certainly true that the Holy Ghost came into your heart and life the moment of your Salvation, still, He now wishes to endue you with power from on high. Consequently, Jesus told all of His followers immediately before His Ascension, that they should “wait for the Promise of the Father” (Acts 1:4). He was speaking of being “Baptized with the Holy Ghost” (Acts 1:5).
You must understand that there is a great difference in being “born of the Spirit” than “being “baptized with the Spirit.” They are two different works altogether.
Who Is The Holy Ghost?
First it is a gift promised by God to Born Again Believers! (Luke 11:13) which allows God to personally navigate our lives according to his will.
The Holy Ghost is a real person who came to reside within Jesus (Yeshua) The Christ’s true Believers after Jesus (Yeshua) rose from the dead and ascended to heaven (Acts 2). Jesus told His apostles…
The Holy Spirit is not a vague, shadow, nor an impersonal force. He is a person equal in every way with God the Father and God the Son. He is considered to be the third member of the Godhead. The Holy Ghost has intellect (1Cor. 2:11), emotion (Rom. 15:30), and will (1Cor. 12:11).
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not behold Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you, and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” (John 14:16-18)
Jesus (Yeshua) said to His apostles… (“John 15:26)
God is Father, Son and Holy Ghost. And all the divine attributes ascribed to the Father and the Son are equally ascribed to the Holy Ghost. When a person becomes born again by believing and receiving Jesus (Yeshua) The Christ (John 1:12-13; John 3:3-21), God resides in that person through the Holy Ghost (1Cor. 3:16).
How Do We Receive The Gift of The Holy Ghost?
Acts 19:1-6 “And it happened that while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul passed through the inland country and came to Ephesus. There he found some disciples. And he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Ghost when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Ghost.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John’s baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus (Yeshua) The Christ.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
Acts 2:38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus (Yeshua) for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
What Is His (The Holy Ghost) Purpose?
- Bear Witness of Jesus (Yeshua);
- Reveal God’s Will;
- Intercede in Prayer;
- Empowers us;
A primary role of the Holy Ghost is that He “bears witness of Jesus (Yeshua) The Christ” (John 15:26, 16:14). He tells people’s hearts about the truth of Jesus Christ. The Holy Ghost also acts as a Christian’s teacher (1Cor. 2:9-14). He reveals God’s will and God’s truth to a Christian. Jesus told His disciples…
“The Comforter, the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in My Name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.” (John 14:26).
“When He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.” (John 16:13)
(Romans 8:26) says The Holy Ghost intercedes for us in prayer
The Holy Ghost also performs a function for non-Christians as well. He convicts people’s hearts of God’s truth concerning how sinful we are — needing God’s forgiveness; how righteous Jesus is — He died in our place, for our sins; and God’s eventual judgment of the world and those who do not know Him (John 16:8-11). The Holy Spirit tugs on our hearts and minds, asking us to repent and turn to God for forgiveness and a new life.
This is also how we know we are the children of God… (Romans 8:16 ) “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God”.