Baptised In Christ (3)



Memory Verse: “This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John” – Acts 18:25. 
Bible Passage: Galatians 5:22-23

THE baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues is not without controversy even today. The controversy is, however, man made. God’s word is crystal clear. “And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance” Acts 2:4.
Acts 19:2-6 “They said we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. When Paul had laid hands upon them the Holy Ghost came upon them and they spoke with tongues and prophesied”.
Baptism and Tongues
A baptism in the Holy Ghost without speaking in new tongues is conceivable only as a concept and doubtful in practical terms. All scriptures make the speaking in an unknown tongue the required evidence of Baptism in the Holy Ghost. Acts 2:1-8, Acts 1:8. There is a clear distinction between water baptism and baptism of the Holy Ghost when He Himself gives “utterance” – Acts 2:4
The Fruit of the Spirit
There is only one single fruit of the Holy Spirit made up of nine separate strands or elements or components. They are all interrelated and closely knit. The fruit brings all nine, even when some strands seem predominant. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and the fruit of the spirit thereof produce good works or good fruits. Jesus desires much fruit – John 15:8 and by their fruits you shall know them – Matthew 7:16. The chief strand of the fruit of the spirit, so to say, is love. It is listed first – Corinthians 13:13, 1 John 3:14, 4:7. The other eight strands are joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The flesh cannot achieve these. It has to be by the Spirit.
Every child of God should receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the Fruit of the Spirit. Then and only then can we be vessels unto honour. You will receive Him today in the name of Jesus. And the evidence will manifest.

1 Comment
  • fyl

    I was baptized when I was 12. Dipped it water, and raised new. Sure, I believed that. I believed in God, I believed in Jesus. But, I was still me and went on with life, unassured.

    Then, in 2009, He called me. And by His grace I answered. Some time went on, and at one point I remember a new desire to go get baptized – in water. I needed to go to a church to do that, of course. So I went to the First Baptist Church that next Sunday.

    At the end of the service the Pastor did the Alter Call. I hesitated – in truth I chickened out. I reasoned with myself that I didn’t need to do that, because I already knew He was there in me.

    The week went on, and again the next Sunday I went. At the end of the service the pastor called again, however it was not necessarily an alter call, but he issued a challenge, asking for those who commit to tell people – who God has put in your path – through out the week about Jesus Christ.

    Again I reasoned with myself and hesitated. God knew I needed a little extra time as the pastor extended the call to an awkwardly and obviously longer time than would seem normal. I felt like the pastor was looking straight at me, just waiting for me to come.

    “Philip, go” I heard in my thoughts and I could bear the compulsion no longer. So I went – and there I stood in the front of the church, coming to Him – slightly embarrassed in front of the rest of the congregation.

    As I left and got into my car I opened a devotional and there at the top of the page, John 1:43.

    I believe I was baptized that day. And I believe my baptism in water, was a foreshadowing, however unmet in my heart.

    Our Father in Heaven speaks to us in many different ways, many different languages, and in many different tongues, “Come.” We respond by going or not in many different words.

    All glory to Him, our Lord and King, Jesus Christ! The Lion and the Lamb, the Word – of God.