Baptism in the Holy Spirit? What is it? Even though I was an active Catholic, I had never heard the term.Heck, in seventh grade I won the local catechism bee but never had that question.I asked one of the other Netters who a[ppeared to be pretty normal but also seemed to know what was going with the whole baptism in the Holy Spirit thing.She had that it was really just being “filled with the Holy Spirit.” She told me that I could read more about in the scriptures.that, to me, sounded like a pretty good place to start.
I began reading the scriptures and found that being baptized in the Holy Spirit (or words similar) is mentioned in each of the $ gospels as well as the Acts of the Apostles. (See Mt 3:11; MK 1:8; Lk 3:16; Jn 1:33; Acts 1:5.) John the Baptist made it clear that he baptized in water but that Jesus would baptize in the Holy Spirit. It became apparent to me that what I experienced as a baby might be different than baptism in the Holy Spirit.
In his gospel, Luke said that we would be baptized in the Holy Spirit and in fire. Again in the Acts of Apostles, Luke has Jesus instructing the apostles — go back to Jerusalem and wait for the “promise of Father” and the “baptism of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 1. When I read the various accounts of the baptism in the Holy Spirit I didn’t necessarily have a be understanding of exactly what baptism in the H Spirit was, but I was able to see that it was important. F It seemed to be something that Jesus intended for and it changed people.
Scripture states clearly that Jesus came to bap us in the Holy Spirit. It seemed to me that if this is of the reasons Christ came, then perhaps I was missing something. As I made my way through scripture, I was also able to see the effects of the baptism with Holy Spirit. From my reading the Acts of the Ap it appeared to me that the disciples experienced baptism in the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. It is clear that the baptism of the Holy Spirit enabled apostles to do something that they were unable to do before. Before Pentecost, they were locked room paralyzed by fear and after experiencing Holy Spirit they boldly proclaimed Jesus. Som changed in them.
Slowly, I was beginning to see more clearly what the baptism in the Holy Spirit might be about.It seemed to be about power.the disciples’ experience of the Holy Spirit gave them the power to escape the confines of a locked room where they were bound by fear.It gave them the power to witness to Jesus’ resurrection and the ability to faithfully live the Christian life.
A few days passed with me asking lots of questions and staying away from Steve who still had the “Laying of hands on me” as his goal-an idea that was still bugging me!
The Above excerpt is taken from the Book “Breath Of God”. Order Now!!!