When Is Baptism In The Spirit

Can you think of someone in the scriptures where the Holy Spirit’s working stands out towards the church?  We know Jesus gave his disciples the Holy Spirit on the day of his resurrection  (John 20:22) except Thomas because Thomas was not present.  Remember, Jesus told his disciples the Holy Spirit was “with” them in John 14:16,17 but the Holy Spirit would be “in” them at a future time. That future time came on the day of Jesus’s resurrection when Jesus gave them the Holy Ghost (John 20:22).

Why am I mentioning this again? Because it is foundational in understanding how God works with, in and through believers. Having a good scriptural understanding will help you not only help others to understand, but it helps you and me when we have problems, failures and struggles in this life.

I have heard Christians say, (not to me but others) if you have the “gift” of healing, why don’t you go down to your local hospital and start healing people? We tread a fine line when we question the power of God working.

I believe Jesus gave us a clue on the working of the Holy Spirit just before he left for heaven in the cloud in Acts 1:8 KJV “But ye shall (future tense) receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:” Jesus had already given them the Holy Ghost so this power they would receive would come to them when? When the Holy Ghost fell on them.

They already had received the Holy Ghost from Jesus but apparently they were now going to receive power when the Holy Ghost comes upon them. Why am I laboring this point? Because we can understand Paul’s writings to the church clearer.

I have heard people, Christians, say, have you been “baptized” in the Spirit. Paul clearly says in Ephesians 4:5 there is only one baptism. What is this one baptism? Paul explains it in 1 Corinthians 12:13 KJV “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body,..” So scripture shows the baptism of the Holy Spirit is when we get saved.

Why is this important? Because if all believers, truly saved born again believers have been baptized in the Holy Spirit when we got saved, then the power of the Holy Spirit works in and through each of us. Some look at this like the Holy Spirit guides them in what to preach, where to live, who to marry and others focus on miracles, signs and tongues.

The point is if we are spiritual beings living in our body, the Holy Spirit in us  empowers us to do God’s work. The Holy Spirit communicates with our spirit man. This power, as Jesus said in Acts 1:8 comes upon us. That would explain why some people get healed and others don’t. Most Christians believe God heals and we pray for the sick, anoint the sick with oil and some lay hands on them as they pray for them. Paul even told Timothy – Lay hands suddenly on no man. There is something to the laying on of hands. We will look into laying on of hands later.

If we are going to understand the Holy Spirit working in and through us. How the Holy Spirit communicates with us. And we are to understand our spirit man,  we need to understand foundational truths. If you are saved, you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit according to the scriptures.

The answer to the question at the top is Paul the apostle.  Paul wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament.  Of these 13 books, 3 are really focused on key doctrinal issues. These 3 are Romans, Ephesians and  Thessalonians.  So the gist of each of the books is below:

Romans – key doctrinal book – lays the foundation for Salvation, spirit, soul and body.

1 Corinthians – Paul taught life’s issues.
2 Corinthians  – Paul corrects them.
Galatians – a book on the grace of God and what to do if you want to bear fruit.

Ephesians – a key doctrinal book on the Holy Spirit,  blood atonement, the spirit realm and spiritual warfare.

Philippians – Christian humility, Christian living. Gospel is mentioned 9 times in 4 chapters.
Colossians – Paul emphasizes the diety and all sufficiency of Jesus Christ.

1 Thessalonians – a key doctrinal book explaining the second coming of Christ.
2 Thessalonians – God’s victory over evil.

1 Timothy – Paul explains the importance of right believing and right behaviour.
2 Timothy – The sovereign control of God over all things.
Titus – The need for proper Christian living.
Philemon – About affection and a runaway.
Hebrews – Directed to Jews.  Paul explains through Jewish eyes to Jews how and why Jesus Christ is their long awaited Messiah.  This book is not directed at Gentile believers, but to Jews from a Jewish perspective.

So if we want to understand the Holy Spirit working in and through the church, a body of believers, we will find our answers in Romans through Philemon. Until next time my friends.

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