The Baptism In The Holy Spirit Part 1


Mark 1:8 MKJV I indeed have baptized you in water, but He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
Matthew 3:11-12 MKJV I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. But He who comes after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire;
Here John the Baptist is telling us that the baptism Jesus would administer would be different in nature and in kind from his baptism. John’s baptism was ‘with water unto repentance” while Jesus would be the one who would baptize with ‘the Holy Spirit and fire’. Jesus Himself makes the difference plain at His Ascension:
Acts 1:4-5 MKJV And having met with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to await the promise of the Father which you heard from Me. (5) For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized in the Holy Spirit not many days from now.
A few verses later Jesus states the effect of this baptism in the Holy Spirit:
Acts 1:8 MKJV But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
Here we see that the baptism in the Holy Spirit in verse 5 is identical with ‘the Holy Spirit coming upon you’ in verse 8. This will prove a key observation later as we examine the difference between the Holy Spirit ‘in’ the believer and the Holy Spirit ‘upon’ us.
Now the disciples had already received the Holy Spirit within them after the resurrection:
John 20:22 ISV When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
So the Holy Spirit coming upon them, to baptize them in power was another blessing in addition to the Holy Spirit within then and they were to wait for it in Jerusalem.
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