Baptism of the Holy Spirit
How does someone get the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Is it necessary for salvation? Can a believer not have the Holy Spirit? In this post I will do my best to answer all of those things. First off, lets discuss what the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is. The Holy Spirit, is a part of the Godhead trinity, of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The spirit is an intercessor between the Father and the believer. The Holy spirit convicts believers of sin and comforts them in their pain. So, how do you get the Holy Spirit? The Hoy Spirit indwells a person upon believing on Jesus Christ for their salvation. You do not need a water baptism to receive the Holy Spirit. The Holy spirit is not necessary for salvation, he is however a part of salvation. Lets take a look at some scripture to clarify this.
Acts 1:5 - For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 1:8 - But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
As soon as a person believes on Christ for their salvation they receive the Holy Spirit. It is impossible for a believer not to have the Holy Spirit. He enters into us the second we believe. Can you feel the spirit enter you? It is not a feeling a person gets. No one can tell the moment they are indwelt by the Holy Spirit. However they will develop a conscience toward sin. It won't be as easy to just do whatever feels good. Believers can still sin at will, but their will be this strange feeling of guilt involved. Once saved, sin looses some of it's fun. Life is never as care free as when someone is lost.
I Corinthians 6
19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
I Corinthians 3
16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
The Holy Spirit is not just there to condemn us. He is also our comforter. The life of a believer will have it's troubles. Unlike lost people, believers have the Holy Spirit to minister to us. The spirit will do so by directing us to scriptures pertaining to our problems. He will convince us to pray and help us to pray for the right things. He will bring the right people into our lives that can help us along.
26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
I Corinthians 2
11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.
The Holy spirit can also get involved if we sin to much. I believe he helps oversee the chastening of Christians. The Holy Spirit will allow demons to attack a disobedient child of God, in hopes that they will change. While the chastening is going on, the Holy Spirit will try to direct the believer back to God. Some times this works, some times it doesn't. It depends on how stubborn the person is.
I hope this shed some light on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Thank you for reading my blog, and I will leave you with the only way to heaven, the gospel.
I Corinthians 15
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: