What is this?
Acts 2 fulfils John the Baptist’s statement concerning Jesus â€˜He will baptize you with the Holy Spiritâ€™.
At Pentecost, the disciples were filled with the promised Holy Spirit. This changed everything for them. For example, the Spirit transformed Peter from a coward denying Jesus to a man preaching to thousands that they had killed the Son of God.
Peter, along with the other disciples in Acts 2, believed in Christ’s resurrection from the dead and that He was the Son of God long before being filled with the Holy Spirit. So did the Samaritan converts in Acts 8 and Paul in Acts 9. The Ephesian disciples in Acts 19 are probably not yet real believers â€“ but Paulâ€™s question to them is nevertheless revealing.
Throughout Lukeâ€™s writings, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is distinct from salvation through believing in Christ â€“ even though the two happen together in Acts 10.
Throughout the book of Acts there seems to be a general theme of an experience of being baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is always more than a secret work.
How does this happen?
Often through the laying on of hands, but not always. There are visible manifestations of the infilling of the Holy Spirit â€“ for example the gift of tongues (languages). But there are some Spirit filled men who do not speak in tongues. That said, it would not be wise to despise the gift of languages.
Have you received this?
There are 5 types of people:
- You know you have been Holy Spirit baptised
- You have not and want to be
- You are not sure
- You have not and you think you have
- You donâ€™t know Jesus yet
Ask Jesus and He will give the Holy Spirit to you.