Cours 2 

 

                                           LESSON 7  

 

      THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

                  BUILD YOUR LIFE ON THE FOUNDATION

                 OF THE PURE WORD OF GOD.

               THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD. 

 

 INTRODUCTION

 

In this lesson not all texts are typed out.

I recommend you to look up in your Bible every text that is indicated and to

"read it carefully" with a heart open to God. Take care to use a proper translated

Bible, avoiding sectarian or modern versions. (Some recommended translations

are: KJV, NIV, NASB and TAB)

 

Hebrews 6:2 speaks about a doctrine of baptisms, i.e. plural. So as well as being

baptised in water, a child of God should be baptised by the Holy Spirit.

Water baptism is carried out by man in the name of the Father, the Son and the

Holy Spirit. (Matt 28:19). But Jesus Christ is the one who baptises with the

HOLY SPIRIT."I (John) baptise you with water for repentance. But after me will

come one (Jesus) who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry.

HE WILL BAPTISE YOU WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT and with fire.

" (MATTHEW 3:11) See also: Mark 1:8, Acts 2:33, John 1:33,34.

 

THIS OUTPOURING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A LONG-PROPHESIED

PROMISE FOR THE LATTER DAYS.

 

Many signs indicate that we are living in the latter days.

This is the time about which God spoke through his servants the prophets:

" And afterwards I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters

will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.

Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those

days." (Joel 2:28,29).

 

In the old order the Holy Spirit filled only some people, e.g.judges, prophets and

kings.  See Judges 6:34, 1Samuel 16:13, Micha 3:8.

 

In the new order the Holy Spirit is poured out on all people. This outpouring of

God's Spirit in the latter days was prophesied by the prophets of the Old Testament.

See Acts 2:17, Joel 2:28,29, Isaiah 44:3.

 

THE HOLY SPIRIT IS A PERSON

 

The Holy Spirit is a person (the third Person of the Trinity, Father, Son and Holy

Spirit). A person is not just a power! The Holy Spirit is therefore referred to in

the Bible as "He" and not as "it".

" But when HE, the Spirit of truth comes, HE will guide you into all truth. HE will

not speak on his own; HE will speak only what HE hears, and HE will tell you what

is yet to come. HE will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making

it known to you." John 16:13,14.

 

A NUMBER OF CHARACTERISTICS OF A PERSON 

 

1. A person can speak          John 16:13, Acts 13:2

2. A person knows                1 Corinthians 2:2-11

3. A person has a will           1 Corinthians 12:11

4. A person understands       Romans 8:2

5. A person feels                  Ephesians 4:30

 


WHAT DOES THE HOLY SPIRIT DO?

 

1. He convicts of sin                      John 16:8

2. He gives us the new birth John 3:1-6

3. He baptises/fills us          Acts 1:5

4. He gives us power/skill

   (power=dunamis=skill)                Acts 1:8

5. He leads us                               Romans 8:14

6. He prays for us                          Romans 8:26

7. He declares the future to us       John 16:13

8. He gives fruit                            Galatians 5:22

9. He gives gifts                            1 Corinthians 12:4-11

10.He glorifies Jesus Christ            John 16:14

 

WHO NEEDS THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT?

 

Everybody needs the baptism of the Holy Spirit !  Jesus Christ the Son of God,

concieved by the Holy Spirit, only began his ministry AFTER he was baptised

by the Holy Spirit. (John preached " how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with

the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all

who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him." Acts 10:38.

See also 1John 2:6; John 20:21; Luke 1:35, 3:21,22, 4:14,18.

 

The disciples were not allowed to do anything, so they had to wait before

beginning their task, UNTIL THEY HAD RECEIVED POWER through the baptism

of the Holy Spirit.

" But you will receive power WHEN THE HOLY SPIRIT COMES ON YOU; and you

will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in Judea and Samaria,

AND TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH." Acts 1:1-9

 

And what about us? Can we carry out our task without the baptism of the Holy

Spirit?  " Do not get drunk on wine which leads to debauchery.

INSTEAD BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT." Ephesians 5:18.

The requirements are the same for us as they were for the first disciples. God

and His word never change and His Spirit is not limited to a particular time.

We too needs God's enabling in order to witness.

( A servant is not above his master.)

 

HOW CAN WE RECEIVE THE HOLY SPIRIT?

 

You must:

1.  prepare your heart - Repentance                                 Acts 2:38

2.  have faith                                                                  Galatians 3:2,14

3.  expect to receive, and you must have a deep inner

desire for Him and for the right reasons                       James 4:3, John 7:37-39

4.  ask                                                                          Luke 11:13

5.  commit yourself to God's will (obedience), commitment

means not a passive mind but a cooperating mind.        Acts 5:32

 

BIBLICAL EXAMPLES

 

If you attentively read the passages quoted you will discover that  scriptural

evidence of having received the baptism of the Holy Spirit is " speaking in

tongues ". We must not turn this back to front. Somebody who (as yet) does

not speak in tongues can of course have been baptised by the Holy Spirit.

Unfortunate­ly it also happens that Satan, who is a liar from the beginning and an

imitator, can also use tongues. We must not use this as a reason to be afraid

and to studiously avoid tongues.

Let this serve as a warning to be alert and to test the spirits to see whether they

are of God. See 1 John 4:1-2.

The fact that a particular person speaks in tongues is not in itself evidence that

he or she is baptised by the Holy Spirit. The fruits of repentance and of the Spirit

will always be a better indicator than merely speaking in tongues.

The Spirit never goes outside the Word, the Bible.

 

Examples:

1. The day of Pentecost                                Acts 2:1-4

2. The Samaritans (what did Simon "see"?)    Acts 8:18

3. The apostle Paul                                      Acts 9:17-19,  1 Corinthians 12:13,14

4. The heathens                                          Acts 10:44-48

5. The Corinthians                                       Acts 18:8 1 Cor 12:13,14

6. The Ephesians                                        Acts 19:1-7

 


SPEAKING IN TONGUES

 

Speaking in tongues is perhaps the most unusal of the spiritual gifts.

Whereas normal praying is the normal way of expressing our thoughts and

speech, speaking in tongues is praying in our spirits in a language which the

 Holy Spirit gives us. In this way we can be liberated from the limitations of our

(human) thinking and speaking to pray with God with a depth and content which

 is otherwise impossible.     See 1 Cor 14:4,15; 14:1,2.           

 

Take note - you are the one who speaks. It is your mouth and your tongue.

But it is the Holy Spirit who inspires. In other words you can begin speaking in

tongues whenever you want to. You can even decide for yourself to stop doing so.

So there is no compulsion. Only an invitation.

 

Speaking in tongues has three clear objectives:

 

1. You edify yourself by doing so.                                        1 Cor 14:3

2. It can edify the church (if used according to scripture)        1 Cor 14:5

3. It is a sign to and for the unbeliever                                  1 Cor 14:22

 

Paul encourages us to speak in tongues and not to accept our limitations.

Of course we can also strive for the other gifts which the Spirit of God wants to

give us. 1 Cor 14:5,39; 12:11

It is "at home" in a normal Christian life !

 

WALKING IN THE SPIRIT

 

When we are born again something very special happens in our life.

In the first place God writes His laws in our hearts. He does not nees a hammer

and chisel for that ! The Bible says that He takes away our hearts of stone and

gives us a heart of flesh. Then He writes His laws in our innermost, new heart.

Ezekiel 36:24-27. Jeremiah 31:33.

 

Because God knows that this is not all that is necessary for us to be able to keep

His law, He also gives us His Spirit to enable us to live as He prompts us. Isn't that

wonderful! Our heart, renewed by God, tells us how we should live, and the Spirit

enables us to accomplish it! Romans 8:1-4.

When we do not walk in the Spirit, the Holy Spirit uses God's law, which is written

in our hearts, to convict us of our sin. The moment we confess our sin and accept

forgiveness, we can carry on in the power of the Holy Spirit to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:16-18; 1 John 1:9

 

GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

Every child of God who is baptised in the Holy Spirit can receive direct guidance.

The Holy Spirit can speak to us in a totally direct way. This can happen in various

ways ( dreams, visions, etc) but it usually happens through a still, small voice

inside us. Every child of God can receive a revelation from the Holy Spirit.

 When this happens we should be very careful to "test" every "revelation" by

comparing it with "God's word". Whenever a "word" is given to the church fellowship,

the others should test it against God's word.

Romans 8:14; Acts 13:2, 2:17; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Thess. 5:19; Rev 22:18; Heb 13:17.

 

IMPORTANT

 

The Holy Spirit is given in the first place to stand by the children of God, and to

give discernment and insight,

 

                " TO BE ABLE TO STAND AS WITNESSES OF THE

              DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST AND

                    THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS THROUGH HIM"

 

" You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has comes on you;

and YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESSES"  Acts 1:8

 

The other gifts may never therefore cause us to be distracted from this main

objective, but they should always be used for the help and support of the

children of God to win this world for Christ and to make them into true disciples

of God.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a part of our foundation. It is a supernatural "covering

with power" from heaven TO EQUIP US. It is confirmed by (among other signs)

speaking in tongues.

This baptism opens the door to a life in which both the gifts and the fruits of the

Spirit are to be found.


Questions:

 

1.  How was Jesus prepared for His work on earth? Acts 10:38                              

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                        

2.  Which promise did Jesus give His disciples just before He went back to His

    Father in heaven? Acts :5,8.                                                                           

                                                                                                                        

                                                                                                                        

            

3.  Who is the promised gift of the Holy Spirit for?  Acts 2:39.

    Compare with Acts 1:8 and Matt 28: 19,20

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                   

4.  Do you receive the Holy Spirit automatically when you first believe?

     Acts 8:14-17; 19:1-7; Lk 11:13

                                                                                                                   

                                                                                                                  

                                                                                                                  

5.  Would Paul have liked all Christians to speak in tongues?  1 Cor 14:                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                        

 

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