Graham Pyman
Baptism In The Holy Spirit

Baptism In The Holy Spirit

Graham continues our series looking at the subject 'Back In The Room' what does it mean to be a church today? How can we be all that God has called us to be in our city? What are some important things which we want to shape us going forward? 

Why is Baptism in the Holy Spirit important?
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a very important foundation for the church and each person's relationship with God. It is a fundamental aspect of living for God, as it's not relying on your strength but the strength of God to live to honor and glorify God with every aspect of your life. As we try and do things our way we become very weary and burdened, being self-reliant, striving, and not relying upon or resting in the life-giving spirit of God. The Holy Spirit enables us to live in the fullness of obedience and love for God. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is not dependent on how long you've been a Christian or what your past looks like (as long as you've turned away and decided to follow Jesus). As we see in Joel 2:28 "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 servant's men and women, I will pour out my spirit in those days." This is a promise to everyone no matter who you are.

Who is the Holy Spirit and the promises foretold?
The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity in fellowship with the Father and the Son. All in unison, all equally God in partnership with one another. Genesis 1:2 says "The spirit of God was hovering over the waters." The Holy Spirit has been there since the beginning before the formation of the world. He is described to be an advocate, helper, one to point us to the Revelation of Jesus and reveal truths to our hearts, (John 14:15-31, 15:26, 16:5-15).

The pouring out of the Holy Spirit is a promise foretold in the Bible. Throughout the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit came to particular people at particular times for particular purposes but didn't go to everyone. However, as we can see in Joel 2:28 the Old Testament looked forward to a time when the spirit will be poured out on all people. Even in the New Testament Jesus promised the Holy Spirit multiple times including in John 7.37 "On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, 'Let anyone who is thirsty come and drink, whoever believes in me as the scripture has said rivers of living water will flow from within them. By this, he meant the spirit, and those who believe in him were later to receive, after that time the Spirit had not yet been given since Jesus had not yet been glorified." Again and again, in scripture, you see the Holy Spirit is promised as streams of living water. And in Acts 1:4 "On one occasion, while Jesus was eating with them he gave them this command, do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift, the promise my Father promised which you've heard me speak about. For John baptised with water, but in a few days you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit, then they gathered around him and asked him, 'Lord are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?' He said to them 'It's not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his authority, for you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you'll be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth. After this, he was taken up before their very eyes and the cloud hid him from their sight." John the Baptist promised the Holy Spirit in Mark 1:8, "I baptise you with water but He will baptise you with the holy spirit."

How do you receive it?
Some people experience the Holy Spirit as soon as they're saved, many people however experience it subsequently. Paul when he goes to those in Ephesus in Samaria, they encounter the Holy Spirit with the laying on of hands and prayer. What's important to realise is you cannot be saved without the work of the Holy Spirit, but to emphasise that's not the same as baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Come to God with faith and confidence as you ask for the Holy Spirit. It is a promise from God and God is a God who keeps his promise, ask, and be expectant for God to move. Pray out scriptures with the promise and have the faith that God will move.

How do you know?
Individual experiences vary with being filled with the Holy Spirit. You see evidence of people speaking in tongues, prophesying, experiencing a new awareness of mercy and grace, falling over, healing, shaking, and many other reactions to God's presence. What it is isn't as important, as something happening, evidence of you being filled with the creator of the universe.

Gift of tongues
This is a common gift and acts as a gateway gift to other gifts. However, if you don't have this gift doesn't mean you're not filled with the spirit. This is only one part of the evidence. It's a gift of another language for you to pray and praise God which comes from your spirit rather than your mind, with the activity of speech from your mouth, a language that is unlearnt to you. It's a communication between your heart and spirit and God. It's to God. When God speaks to us that's called prophesy. If you're not sure how to pray or praise in the languages you know you can use the gift of tongues. Praying in tongues can also give you wisdom and many different manifestations; it can either be speaking or singing. As you read 1 Corinthians 14, Gift of tongues is god ward, edify yourself up in the spirit. This idea when you don't know what to pray for, pray in tongues. It's private prayer and primate praise as well as public prayer and public praise, with the interpretation, which edifies the church, not translated but interpreted of the praise of his heart. Can unlock other gifts.



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