Baptisms Of The Holy Spirit

5. Given the indwelling of the Spirit

6. Continually given gifts of the Spirit

See also

Seven Different BaptismsOld Covenant Baptisms and Jesus BaptismsWater BaptismInfant Baptism

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5a. Resurrection Day; Jesus gave indwelling baptism of Holy Spirit to disciples

5b. Why we need baptism of the Spirit, His indwelling

5c. How we are made spiritually holy

5d. When we are given the indwelling of the Spirit 

5e. We receive the baptism of the Spirit in many different ways

5f. Baptism of the Spirit, His indwelling is also called

6a. Baptism of the Spirit, continually given gifts of the Spirit  

6b. We will continually receive gifts of

6c. Baptism of the Spirit, continually given gifts is also called

 

5a. Resurrection Day; Jesus gave indwelling baptism of Holy Spirit to disciples

There is nothing we have to physically due to receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. It is a spiritual baptism where our God; the Father, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, work together to give us eternal salvation. By forgiving the sins of any who will completely give up our human will and follow our God. So our spiritual being, our soul and spirit, can become holy, remain holy. This allows the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to be given to us, as He comes and lives within our spiritual being, and makes us children of God, heirs of Heaven.  

*You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. Ro 8:9 ESV+

*For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. Ro 8:14 ESV+

 

Before we could receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, Jesus would have to shed His blood on the cross to forgive our sins. So all who would submit to our God, could be made spiritually holy.

*Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers. Heb 2:11 NIV+

*But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation Col 1:22 NIV+

 

John baptized with water, a physical Old Covenant ceremonial washing. Jesus would spiritually baptize us with the Holy Spirit. Jesus would first baptize His disciples with the indwelling of the Spirit on the evening of the day He physically arose from the dead, Resurrection Day.

*I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  Mk 1:8 ESV+

*On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you!" Jn 20:19 NIV+

*And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. Jn 20:22 NASB+

 

Jesus breathed on the disciples who were present in the room He rented for the Passover (Mk 14:15, Ac 1:13). 10 of His 11 chosen disciples were there, excluding Thomas who had left, and Judas who had committed suicide. Also there were the 2 disciples Jesus had walked with to Emmaus that Sunday afternoon, and possibly some of the woman living there or other disciples from Jerusalem (Ac 1:14-15).

*That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, Lk 24:13 ESV+

*Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. Lk 24:31 NKJV+

*And they got up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found gathered together the eleven and those who were with them, Lk 24:33 NASB+

 

The baptism of the Spirit is now given to us from Heaven above, where Jesus sits at the right hand of God.

*Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. Ac 2:33 ESV+

*"Do not be amazed that I said to you, 'You must be born again. Jn 3:7 NASB+

 

We can receive the Spirit, be born again, by giving up our will and sincerely asking our Father to bless us with the gift of the Spirit. We can come to Jesus who will ask His Father, and He will give us the Spirit, whom the world cannot see or know. The Spirit comes and goes as He wishes, trying to lead us to our God, so He, the Spirit, can come and live in our hearts.

* If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”  Lk 11:13 ESV+

*And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. Jn 14:16-17 ESV+

* Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  Jn 3:7-8 ESV+

 

5b. Why we need the baptism of the Spirit, His indwelling

This baptism is the only baptism we need to be saved. For without the Spirit we could not know our God, could not come to Him. Yet when we receive this baptism, unless we die, or lose our mental abilities, we will be given a baptism of trials #4, we will receive continual baptisms of the Spirit #6, and we will want to obey Jesus, and be physically baptized, washed with water #7.

*Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God says, "Jesus is accursed "; and no one can say, "Jesus is Lord," except by the Holy Spirit. 1Co 12:3 NASB+

*The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1Cor 2:14 NIV+

 

The Holy Spirit brings the spiritual Kingdom of God within us, when He comes into our hearts. The Spirit unites with our holy spiritual being, and dwells within us, guaranteeing our inheritance in Heaven. And when our God spiritually lives in us, we spiritually through Him come and live in His Kingdom, are part of the Kingdom of Heaven. 

*And being asked by the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God cometh, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo, here! or, There! for lo, the kingdom of God is within you. Lk 17:20-21

* Whoever keeps his commandments abides in God, and God in him. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit whom he has given us. 1Jn 3:24 ESV+

*And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession--to the praise of his glory. Eph 1:13-14 NIV+

 

The Holy Spirit continually sanctifies those who love the Lord above all things, forgiving our sins immediately. So our spiritual being is always holy, so the Spirit can continuously live in our hearts, so we can remain in the Kingdom of God. The Spirit forgives our sins through the atoning grace of Christ’s sacrificial death on the cross. Before we even have the time to come to Jesus, ask Him to forgive all of our sins, and help us not to commit them again. See How Our sins Are Forgiven

*that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit. Ro 15:16 NKJV+

*But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2Thess 2:13 KJV

*Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. 2Cor 4:16 NASB+

 

The Spirit intercedes for all who were believers, at the time they became mentally incapacitated in some form. This includes any type of mental illness, depression, mental loss due to old age, or physical injuries to the brain. Anything which causes them to physically sin, because they are no longer able to mentally control their actions, though the Spirit still lives within them. The Spirit sanctifies all of these believers who are mentally incapacitated, forgiving their sins, and keeping them children of God, according to the will of our Father.

*In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. Ro 8:26-27 NASB+

 

The Spirit brings us spiritual peace and joy while we live on earth. The Spirit brings us into the body of Christ, the invisible spiritual true church, of which Christ is the head. The true church consists of only those who are spiritually one with our God, and come from all nationalities, societies, congregations, groups, and families here on earth. We are spiritually united together with Christ, with all other believers, in His one true church.

*for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Ro 14:17 NKJV+

*For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 1Co 12:13 NASB+

*so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Ro 12:5 NKJV+

 

We alone determine whether the Spirit remains in our hearts, or is pushed out of them. It depends on how we receive the seed of faith the Spirit gives us. Do we allow the Spirit to grow our faith and love for our God? Or do we let our human mind push the Spirit out of our hearts with worldly pleasures, or by the tests and trials we will all encounter?

*"Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved. Lk 8:12 NASB+

*Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away. Lk 8:13 NIV+

*And that which fell among the thorns, these are they that have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection. Lk 8:14 ASV

*But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Lk 8:15 NKJV+

 

There is only one sin that will not be forgiven by our great God. That sin is rejecting the Holy Spirit. For the Spirit alone allows us to reject our flesh, and to know, love, and obey our God. 

*"Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men. Matt 12:31 NKJV+

*For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. Gal 5:16-18 NASB+

 

5c. How we are made spiritually holy

No one could become spiritually perfect, until Jesus gave His life upon the cross. This was the only sacrifice our Father would accept as atonement for our sins, was the price for making us spiritually holy.

*because by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy.  Heb 10:14 NIV+

*Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified. Jn 7:39 ESV+

 

The Spirit was given, was around many believers, guiding them, in the Old Covenant. Yet the Spirit could not dwell within any believers’ hearts until Jesus died for our sins. Jesus told His disciples the Spirit would be with them and then dwell within them after His sacrificial death for our sins.

*"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. Jn 14:16-17 NASB+

*Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple. 1Cor 3:16-17 NIV+

 

We all have an eternal spiritual being, our spirit (heart) and soul; and a mortal physical being, our mind and body (strength).

*And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ Mk 12:30 ESV+

* Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble; My eye wastes away with grief, Yes, my soul and my body!  Ps 31:9 NKJV+

 

Our parents conceived our physical being, our body and mind, in sin. And because our physical being is sinful, it will have to die. It cannot come into the Kingdom of God.

*That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jn 3:6 ESV+

*Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. Ps 51:5 ESV

 *I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 1Co 15:50 ESV+

 

Yet our spiritual being, our soul and spirit, was created by the Holy Spirit. He placed a holy, eternal, spiritual being into our sinful physical body just conceived by our parents. This gave us life in our mother’s womb. We know our spiritual being is created holy, for the Spirit is God, He cannot create anything evil. And we know that no physical being can conceive an eternal spiritual being, for because of the original sin all will inherit from Adam, everything conceived by man will die (except those gathered to Heaven when Jesus returns). Once we are given life by the Spirit, we will have an eternal spiritual being forever, no matter how minuscule our physical being is when our spiritual being is created.  

*You send forth Your Spirit, they are created; And You renew the face of the earth. Ps 104:30 NKJV+

*Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they? Hab 1:13 NASB+

*Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinnedRo 5:12 NKJV+

 

We are spiritually forgiven when we are willing to give up our will to our Heavenly Father, and follow Him. Our Heavenly Father forgives our original sin, which was inherited from Adam, all of our other sins which we have committed, through the atoning grace of Christ’s blood shed on the cross. Our eternal spiritual being, our soul and spirit, then becomes holy. And then the Holy Spirit, who is God, who can only come into a holy place, can enter into our hearts, keep us holy, thereby making us children of God.

*But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life. Tit 3:4-7 NIV+

 

In Old Covenant times our Father required that ceremonial works would have to be done by believers to forgive their sins, make them righteous, ceremonially clean. This included being washed with water which had been purified, or being sprinkled by the blood of sacrificed animals or water. This symbolism of being washed or sprinkled with water was used in the New Covenant to explain how our sins were being spiritually forgiven by the blood Jesus shed on the cross for us.

*I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Eze 36:25-27 NIV+

*let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb 10:22 NKJV+

Note: Clean water here refers to the symbolic water used before the Levites could be consecrated to God (Nu 8:7). The blood of the sacrificial heifer was needed to purify the water (Nu 19:9). Jesus sacrificial death was the only sacrifice accepted by the Father to forgive our sins and no other sacrifice is now needed. The Father can now spiritually forgive our sins, spiritually wash them away when we give up our will, and accept the Spirit into our hearts, so we can have faith in our God. 

Note: Our hearts are spiritually sprinkled, washed, symbolizing the forgiveness of our inherited sin. Our bodies are spiritually washed, symbolizing the forgiveness of all of our other sins.

 

Now the blood Jesus shed on the cross for our sins, His onetime sacrifice, is all which is needed to forgive our sins forever. No more physical works will ever be needed. And we can be spiritually forgiven, we can receive the indwelling of the Spirit, when we are given faith by the Spirit to believe in our God.

*and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. Ac 15:9 NASB+

*to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’ Ac 26:18 ESV+

*so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. Gal 3:14 ESV+

 

After Jesus atoned for our sins on the cross we came into the spiritual world of our God. He can spiritually come and unite with us, and we can come and spiritually unite with Him.

*But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship himGod is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” Jn 4:23-24 ESV+

*In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you. Jn 14:20 ESV+

 

The Old Covenant Temple in Jerusalem had an outer temple where prayers could be offered up to our God. But only a small inner building could be made holy enough by animal sacrifice, to allow our God to come into it one day a year, on the Day of Atonement. On this day He would come and be with His people, Israel, and forgive their sins. This foreshadowed the time when in the New Covenant we would become the spiritual temple where our God would live. Our physical bodies are the outer temple, where we can offer prayers up to our God, but our physical being will always be sinful, so our God cannot dwell there. Yet our spiritual being, our small inner being can be made and kept holy by the blood of Jesus, so all who will accept our God will be given the continual indwelling of the Spirit. And where the Spirit lives, our Father and Jesus will likewise dwell.

*Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? 1Co 3:16 ESV+

*If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:10 NASB+

*Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. Jn 14:23 ESV+

 

5d. When we are given the indwelling of the Spirit 

 

Our Heavenly Father announced His new creation to all the angelic spiritual beings who sit around His Heavenly Council. The words “our image and likeness” refer to the spiritual attributes of God, which are also shared by all of the Heavenly beings who were created before we were. Image and likeness refer to our being created holy, and with a mature eternal spiritual being, soul and spirit, with a free will which can choose, just like all the angelic beings in Heaven. Note: which word means holy and which word refers to our spiritual being is not worth arguing over.

*And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. Gen 1:26 KJV

This describes our Father’s Heavenly Council:

*And he said, Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. 1Ki 22:19- 21 KJV  Also see Gen 11:7, Isa 6:1-8, Jer 23:18, Mt 18:10 in NIV or KJV

 

Our Heavenly Father was the master planner, designed everything in our universe, including us. Jesus was the activator, creating everything His Father spoke, never letting His Father’s words return to Him without being completed. Jesus made Adam out of the dust of the earth, and then breathed the Holy Spirit into Him. And the Spirit created Adam’s spiritual being, his holy, eternal, soul and spirit, and Adam was given life. The same way Jesus would later breathe on His disciples, and make them born again with the Holy Spirit.

*so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isa 55:11 NIV+

*He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Col 1:15-17 NIV+

*then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Gen 2:7 ESV+

 

The Holy Spirit creates all spiritual beings, creates within us a spiritual being. A soul and spirit, which from its creation is mature, has the ability to know and think, just like all the angelic beings, only with less power. And like the angels, our spiritual being from its creation has the free will to make choices, to accept or reject our God. For many angels have and will always follow their Creator, while some angelic beings, like satan, have totally rejected our God.   

*and said to Him, "Do You hear what these children are saying?" And Jesus said to them, "Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies You have prepared praise for Yourself'?" Matt 21:16 NASB+

*Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies. Ps 58:3 NIV+

*You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it. Jn 8:44 NKJV+

 

Our spirit alone can accept or reject our God, with the help of the Spirit, until we reach the age of responsibility. We know the indwelling of the Spirit, is given to babies who have one believing parent, from the time the Holy Spirit creates a spiritual being within them, gives them life in the womb. Our spiritual being is created holy, and our spiritual being will have faith in our God. The only two requirements to have the Spirit live in our hearts, set us apart, and keep us holy. No matter how immature our physical minds and bodies may be.

*Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother's breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother's womb you have been my God. Ps 22:9-10 NIV+

*At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. Matt 11:25 NKJV+

*For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy. 1Co 7:14 NKJV+ Note: Only the children are made holy when there is one believing parent, the unbelieving spouse is not made holy 1Co 7:16

 

The subject of babes in the womb, to the age of responsibility being made holy, is a topic in itself and will be discussed in Infant Baptism.

 

These young children from the time they are given life in our mother’s womb, until they are mature enough to be responsible on their own are part of the body of Christ. They are part of His one spiritual, invisible, true church, of which He is the head, and they are one with every person who is a child of God. Since they are one with our Savior, and one with us, we should gladly bring them into the earthly congregation of believers. By allowing them to receive our Savior’s blessing, by physically showing how they have already been spiritually saved by the indwelling of the Spirit. As they are given water baptism with the words of our Savior.

*For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. 1Co 12:13 NASB+

*so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Ro 12:5 NKJV+

*But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Mk 10:14 ESV+

 

When our physical being dies, no matter what our age, our body and our mind go to the grave, return to the dust. Yet our eternal spiritual being, our spirit and soul, will go to either Heaven or Hell. All believers who have the Spirit dwelling in our hearts, within our spiritual being, are one with Christ, and heirs of Heaven. And when our physical being, our body and mind die, our spiritual being, our soul and spirit, which the Holy Spirit created mature to give us life, will individually come into Heaven to praise and worship our God. Until Jesus returns to give us glorified bodies.

*If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Ro 8:10 NASB+

*But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, Heb 12:22-23 ESV+

 

Original sin will always be carried in the seed of man, we will inherit it from our fathers. Because we will inherit this sin, because of the other sins we will commit, our human mind will be sinful and therefore hostile towards our God. As we physically grow older, and our minds mature enough to control our spirit, our sinful mind will push the Holy Spirit out of our hearts. We will no longer be able to submit to our God, will not be able to follow Him, nor find Him. Until we give up our human will, and our Father spiritually forgives all of our sins, symbolically washes them away, so we become spiritually holy. So we can receive the Spirit into our hearts, and then allow Him to rule over our minds as well.

*Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinnedRo 5:12 NKJV+

*Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, And in sin my mother conceived me. Ps 51:5 NASB+

*the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Ro 8:7-8 NIV+

 

There comes a time as we grow older, as we mature, our mind becomes stronger than our spirit. And our mind contains the inherited sin of Adam which brings physical death to all humanity.

*For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1Co 15:22 KJV

*the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Ro 8:7-8 NIV+

*The Lord smelled the soothing aroma; and the Lord said to Himself, "I will never again curse the ground on account of man, for the intent of man's heart is evil from his youth; and I will never again destroy every living thing, as I have done. Gen 8:21 NASB+

 

Baptism of the Spirit can happen with the rebirth and renewing of our spiritual being if we received the Holy Spirit as children. If one received the Spirit before our human mind pushed Him out of our heart.

*he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, Tit 3:5 NIV+

*and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Eph 4:23-24 NKJV+

 

Those who have not previously received the Spirit, were not sanctified from conception to young children, must be born again. They must be given the Spirit for the first time.

*Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Jn 3:5-6 NKJV+

*But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Jn 1:12-13 ASV

 

Mature unbelievers must become like little children, humble and trusting, to give up their will and accept the will of our Father. We must approach our God with a spiritual emptiness that needs to be filled. With a childlike acceptance of things not known, that defies mature human reason, mature human ego. Then accept the Spirit when He is given us so we can come into the Kingdom of God.

*"Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all."  Lk 18:17 NASB+

*and said, "Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matt 18:3 NASB+

 

When we receive the renewal of the Spirit, when we are born again, not only is spiritual our being made holy, but our physical mind is transformed, renewed when the Spirit comes into our hearts. Our mind is given a new attitude, which is able to discern what is good, acceptable, and perfect to our Father. We will try to make our attitude towards all, the same as Jesus was.

*Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Ro 12:2 ESV+

*Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, Phil 2:5 NASB+

 

We will have put on a new physical self, a mind which will continually be given knowledge of our God. We will use our body to do the work our Father would have us do, so it will bear much fruit, and we will have many treasures, many blessings awaiting us in Heaven.   

*and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator Col 3:10 ESV+

*And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, Col 1:10 NIV+

 

5e. We receive the baptism of the Spirit in many different ways  

The Father, Jesus, and the Spirit generally have a specific role in our Father’s plan of salvation. Yet they all are God, and their roles can overlap as they all work together and try to save us through the baptism of the Spirit, His indwelling in our hearts.

*according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood: May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure. 1Pe 1:2 NASB+

 

The Spirit can be given:

 

From when we are given life in our mother’s womb, until we physically die.

 

At large Christian gatherings or when we are all alone.

 

To those who have been part of a congregation all of their lives, but have not given up their human will and received the Spirit into their hearts, to those who are caught up in the most degrading lusts of this world.

 

To those who are having great joy, to those in who are in tremendous grief.

 

To those who are extremely rich, to those who are penniless

 

Wherever and whenever we are willing to submit our will to God, and accept the Spirit into our hearts, we can come into the spiritual Kingdom of Heaven.

*But there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him. And He said, "Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father." Jn 6:64-65 NKJV+

*If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" Lk 11:13 NKJV+

 

Some come seeking our God because of a sign, a miracle. Others search for God in the wisdom of His Word.

*God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will. Heb 2:4 NIV+

*For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 1Co 1:22 KJV

 

Others believe though we have not seen. Remember when Jesus first gave the baptism of the Spirit to His disciples, there were only 10 disciples present. Obliviously Judas was not present, for He had hanged himself for betraying Jesus. But Thomas, often referred to as doubting Thomas, was also not present. This was not by accident, for Thomas had to have physical proof that Jesus had risen from the dead, like many of the scientists, and unbelievers in today’s society. Thomas had lived with Jesus for 3 1/2 years, saw all the miracles Jesus did, and still would not accept the resurrection of Jesus. Thomas was given a second chance, Jesus physically showed Himself to Thomas, so he was able to believe and be given the Spirit. Yet blessed are we who can no longer physically see Jesus, yet are willing to give up our will, accept the Spirit into our hearts and then follow our Savior.

*But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. Jn 20:24 KJV

*But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe. Jn 20:ptn25 KJV

*Jesus saith unto him, Because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. Jn 20:29 ASV

 

There is nothing physically which we must do, there is no specific words we must say, though there are some nice prayers which if they reflect how we feel we may offer up.

 

We must just sincerely ask our God to come into our lives, whether we say it aloud, or quietly ask it within ourselves.

 

Whenever anyone feels something is missing in their life, and feels the desire, the need to come to our God, they should answer this calling quickly.

 

It does not matter if you ask our God, or are more specific and ask our Father, Jesus, or the Spirit to come into your life.

 

The intent of your heart is what matters to our Heavenly Father.

*And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, Ac 15:8 ESV+

 

Baptism of the Spirit can happen:

 

 During the laying on of hands of leaders and believers

*Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. Ac 8:17 ESV+

*And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit." Ac 9:17 NKJV+

 

Before water baptism

*"Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have."  Ac 10:47 NIV+

 

During water baptism

*Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Ac 2:38 NIV+

 

After water baptism

*When they arrived, they prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit had not yet come upon any of them; they had simply been baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus. Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. Ac 8:15-17 NIV+

 

Some will receive the baptism of the indwelling of the Spirit with great emotion.

*And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. Ac 19:6 NKJV+ 

 

Some will quietly receive the Spirit, especially those who receive the Spirit from the womb, as young children. Yet all who joyfully strive to love our God above all things, our neighbors as ourselves, can be confident the Holy Spirit lives in our hearts, by the fruit He produces in our hearts. And by the acts of the sinful nature we strive to avoid committing.

*But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Gal 5:22-23 NASB+

 *If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. Gal 5:25-26 ESV+

* Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality , impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions , envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal 5:19-21 NASB+

 

5f. Baptism of the Spirit, His indwelling is also called:

There are some words which are first used to describe receiving the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. And after we have received the Spirit, which must happen first, they can then refer to a different baptism; 6. Baptisms of the Spirit, continually given gifts of the Spirit below.  

 

Anointed 

*Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2Co 1:21-22 NIV+

*But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.  1Jn 2:20 NKJV+

 

Born again

*Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Jn 3:5 NASB+

*having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, 1Pe 1:23 NKJV+

 

Made new

*Wherefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creature: the old things are passed away; behold, they are become new. 2Co 5:17 ASV

*For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. Gal 6:15 NKJV+

 

Poured out

Poured out on the Jewish people at Pentecost

*not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, Tit 3:5-6 NKJV+

 

Then poured out on the gentiles

*While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. Ac 10:44-45 NKJV+

 

Renewed and regeneration

*not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Tit 3:5-7 NKJV+

*and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. Eph 4:23-24 NKJV+

*And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. Ro 12:2 NASB+

 

Washed

*And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God. 1Co 6:11 NKJV+

*That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, Eph 5:26 KJV

*let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb 10:22 NKJV+

 

6a. Baptism of the Spirit, continually given gifts of the Spirit.

Do not be confused by different words in Scripture describing how the Spirit is given. Nor be perplexed when the same exact words can refer to either being born again, the renewal of one’s spirit, or receiving gifts and manifestations. Where we are spiritually determines what is spiritually happening, what is being referred to. We must first have the Spirit dwelling in our hearts through Baptism of the Spirit. Only then do we continually receive Baptisms of the Spirit. The spiritual gifts, knowledge, and manifestations, which keep us in the faith, doing the work of our God, as we are continually made more like Jesus.

*But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. 2Cor 3:18 NKJV+

 

The easiest way to explain the two different baptisms of the Spirit we can receive is to look at how the disciples received them. How they were given the indwelling of the Spirit, and then continually given gifts of the Spirit to help bring the good news of Jesus to all people. 

 

The disciples were first given the Baptism of Spirit, the indwelling of the Spirit while Jesus was still on earth. The disciples, excluding Thomas and Judas, received the baptism of the Spirit after Jesus’ resurrection, before He returned to Heaven. Jesus breathed on the disciples giving them the Holy Spirit.

*And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Spirit: Jn 20:22 ASV

 

On Pentecost, after Jesus had baptized the disciples with the indwelling of the Spirit, and returned to Heaven, the disciples were given the baptism of the Spirit, the gifts the Spirit would continually give, just as Jesus had promised. As tongues of fire came down and sat upon each one of them.

*for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Ac 1:5 NKJV+

*And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a mighty wind and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. Ac 2:2-3 NKJV+

 

The disciples were given power to be witnesses for Jesus. And on this day they were given the gift of tongues, as every man heard them speaking in his own language.

*but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth." Ac 1:8 NASB+

*And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Now there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speaking in his own language. Ac 2:4-6 ASV

 

Believers will continually be given the baptism of the Spirit, each will be given a gift no matter how insignificant it may be, all the gifts are needed to build up the body of Christ.

*Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 1Co 2:12 NKJV+

*But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good1Co 12:7 NASB+

 

We can receive gifts of the Spirit which are in us, which the Spirit wants to give us by the laying on of hands by leaders and believers.

*For this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2Ti 1:6 NASB+

*Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership. 1Ti 4:14 NKJV+

 

6b. We will continually receive gifts of

 

Love

*Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Ro 5:5 NKJV+

 

Faith

*pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, Eph 3:16-18 NIV+

 

Truth

*But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall bear witness of me: Jn 15:26 ASV

 

Wisdom and revelations

*I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Eph 1:17 NIV+

 

Instruction

*But the Comforter, even the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said unto you. Jn 14:26 ASV

 

Ability to do the work of the Lord

*For to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles , and to another prophecy, and to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. 1Co 12:8-11 NASB+

 

Importance of all

*The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1Co 12:21-26 NIV+

 

6c. Baptism of the Spirit, continually given gifts is also called

Some of these words can first refer to being spiritually renewed or born again. Once we have the indwelling of the Spirit these words refer to Baptism of the Spirit, the continually gifts the Spirit gives us.

 

Anointing

*As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit--just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1Jn 2:27

 

Filled with the Spirit

*And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Ac 4:31 NKJV+

 

Given the Spirit

*Therefore, he who rejects this instruction does not reject man but God, who gives you his Holy Spirit. 1Thess 4:8 NIV+

 

Poured out

*Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. Ac 2:33 NKJV+

 

When we receive the Spirit, His gifts, some are spiritually moved, often talking in tongues. Many others receive the Spirit quietly in their hearts. Yet all receiving the Spirit know they have been blessed, feel the joy and peace they have received in their hearts.

*because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Spirit. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Ac 10:ptn45-ptn46 ASV

*The jailer brought them into his house and set a meal before them; he was filled with joy because he had come to believe in God--he and his whole family. Ac 16:34 NIV+

 

And the greatest gift we receive from the Spirit is love.

*And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. 1Co 13:13 NIV+

 

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