In my last blog post I spoke about the word baptism. In Matthew 28 Jesus said to make disciples of all nations or ethnic groups baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The word baptize means to fully immerse in. With this definition, the word baptism can be used in many different applications. Jesus used the word baptism in speaking of His death in Luke 12:50. So, another way to say what Jesus told us to do when making disciples is; fully immerse them in the Father, fully immerse them in the Son and fully immerse them in the Holy Spirit.
Water baptism represents our identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection to newness of life. Water baptism is in reference to repentance, receiving Christ in our life and being born again. It is a public demonstration of an inward reality. However, baptism in the Holy Spirit is a baptism or immersion into the supernatural, miracle working power of the Holy Spirit which is subsequent to the born again experience and separate from water baptism. Jesus said; 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”, Acts 1:8. This is the very same Holy Spirit Jesus had and the very same miracle working power He had!
The baptism in the Holy Spirit was so important that this was not only the last conversation Jesus had with His apostles before He ascended to Heaven but, He also told His apostles to wait in Jerusalem for it, Acts 1:4-5. He did not want His apostles to preach one message, try to heal anyone, cast out a demon or plant congregations, (ekklesias), etc. without first receiving this baptism.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a requirement for all those in any ministry position! When we are not functioning according to the power of the Holy Spirit then we are left to our own human power. Might answer why we are in the condition we are.
“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father, John 14:12. Jesus did the works; healing, raising from the dead, casting out demons, walking on water, multiplying food, etc. by the power of the Holy Spirit just like we can!