Updated: Oct 11, 2020
Perhaps one of the most common debates or discussions across denominational lines is the topic surrounding the Holy Spirit's baptism. One denomination believes one idea while another believes a completely different concept.
There are so many beliefs available that if one does a google search, you could perhaps get confused or even stifled into believing something that is not backed by scripture.
Please know at the core of our dialogue today that we will not follow that trend. This is not that blog :).
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit, particularly for new converts, is a crucial topic. Let us first identify a few myths that you have probably heard within your tenure as a Christian.
Myths About The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is always accompanied by Speaking in Tongues.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a spooky, goosebumps, and quickening experience.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for the spiritually mature.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit by water is the same as Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
This could not be further from the truth.
What does it mean to be baptized by The Holy Spirit?
Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) states, The baptism in the Holy Spirit cannot be earned. You cannot become "good enough" to receive it. It is a gift from God. It is not a "cure-all" for your problems. But the same wonderful power that enabled Jesus to open blind eyes, to command the elements of nature, and to live a life pleasing to the Father during His ministry on earth is also available to you. "Ask, and it shall be given to you."
To baptize or to be baptized is to be immersed or to experience an immersion into something. In the natural world, we automatically think about water, but you can be immersed in deep thought or belief.
Immersion also means deep mental involvement. So, to be baptized in something, a mental decision must be made. The first requirement for baptism into the Holy Spirit is a decision of the heart and mind.
Why must we be baptized?
At Salvation, the Holy Spirit places a believer into union with Christ and other believers in the Body of Christ.
For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free-and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
-1 Corinthians 12:13
"What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life."
2. Baptism is a gift from God that is promised to every believer. Therefore baptism provides further power for witnessing (Acts 1:8).
3. Baptism helps to provide a sense of one's mission or assignment in the world. Truthfully, we need power beyond ourselves for service and ministry in Christ's Kingdom.
WE CANNOT DO MINISTRY without him.
Jesus promised His disciples that He would send them a comforter or one who would assist them with the work they were starting after his departure. That help was the Holy Spirit.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit because the Spirit intercedes for God's people in accordance with the will of God.
The baptism of the Spirit is an "immersion of the Spirit." When you are baptized with the Holy Spirit, you will receive strength, power, and boldness from God to accomplish your work and overcome sin in your own life.