Understanding the BAPTISM of the Holy Spirit
In Salvation, every believer in Christ is born again (John 3:1-
On the day of Pentecost, Peter said (Acts 2:38-
And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The Bible gives many reasons why we should pray in the Spirit. When you pray in tongues you are speaking directly to God himself through your spirit. This is known as communicating to God in a prayer language. (1Cor 14:2)
When you pray in your prayer language you are edifying and strengthening yourself. (1Cor 14:4) You magnify and praise God from your spirit. (Acts10:46) John 4:23-
You pray the perfect will of God. (Romans 8:26-
You must take a step of faith and allow the Spirit to flow through your mouth. You will do the talking as the Spirit gives you the heavenly words to utter. (Acts 2:4) (Isaiah 28:11-
Another reason for tongues is to promote unity among Christians. We live among many diverse people and combat cultural and racial prejudices all over the world. God’s Word teaches all men/women are equal.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus commanded his followers to take the gospel to “the ends of the earth.” These first followers were all Jews who didn’t believe non-
When Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit upon Gentiles at Caesarea, tongues accompanied the outpouring just as it did at Pentecost. These tongues were for the sake of the Jewish Christians who didn’t believe Gentiles were eligible to be received into the Church without submitting to Jewish rites.
“Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers.” (1Cor. 14:22)
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Lk 24:49 | Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Mt 3:11 | I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
The presence of the Holy Spirit creates an atmosphere for miracles to happen in your life.