The Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Rev. Sharon Wooten
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Jesus lived on this earth as the Son of God, but in the limitations of human flesh.
- He had to walk everywhere.
- He got tired and he was thirsty.
- When people looked at Him, he looked just like them.
Because He chose to take on the limitations of the flesh, He became a living example of what a human being can do who is living in right relationship with God and in harmony with the Holy Spirit.
- He preached the Kingdom of God and He demonstrated the dominion of the Kingdom of God in the earth.
- Many miracles: Deaf hear, blind see, lame walk, leprosy cleansed, deformed hand straightened, dead raised to life, people delivered of demons. Also, miracles of multiplying food, calming storms, defying gravity.
If Jesus had only done all these things as the Son of God we would still be amazed. But because He did them as a man, this now challenges us that He has set the standard of supernatural living that we all are expected to live. We are to be a representation of everything Jesus did and taught while He was here.
Jesus came to reveal the Father. People saw a man who was just like themselves yet walking in such power and authority on the earth.
And then Jesus fulfilled His assignment to die for our sins so that we would no longer be orphans, dead spiritually, but that we could have forgiveness and be adopted by our wonderful Heavenly Father and walk in intimacy with Him. We then become representatives of God and His Kingdom on the earth. We are here to RE present Jesus on the earth. Say what He said, do what He did, because He did only what His Father did. He was our “Big Brother” showing us how to live.
But Jesus knew we could not do this without the power of the Holy Spirit. In John 14-16 Jesus spoke to the disciples about the Holy Spirit. They were in the Upper Room celebrating the Passover. He explained what the Holy Spirit would do for them.
John 14:16,17 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
Another = “alos” in Greek meaning another of the same kind. For example: You had an apple. Now I’m giving you another apple.
Helper = “parakletos” (Greek) = Advocate – One who comes alongside
John 14:26 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
John 15:26 26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me.
John 16: 5-15 5 “But now I go away to Him who sent Me, and none of you asks Me, ‘Where are You going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. 8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 of sin, because they do not believe in Me; 10 of righteousness, because I go to My Father and you see Me no more; 11 of judgment, because the ruler of this world is judged.
12 “I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. 13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. 14 He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. 15 All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
How could it possibly be to their advantage for Jesus to go away? The advantage is this. Jesus was their Helper but He was bound in his flesh. He could only be at one place at a time; he had to sleep. One had to push through crowds to get to Him. But the Holy Spirit is coming and He is not limited. He can be everywhere at the same time! He will be in you!
Acts 1:4-8 4 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; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 8 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.”
Luke 24:49 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.”
“Tarry” – spending more time than originally intended. We have been given the opportunity to tarry right now.
Jesus in essence said, “Don’t preach, don’t build ministries, don’t perform miracles until you have been saturated with and empowered with the Holy Spirit. Only then can you RE-present Me and the Kingdom of God well.” “The Holy Spirit is going to empower and teach you how to walk in right relationship with the Father, representing Him well on the surface of the earth.”
Acts 2:1-4 1 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
It was the speaking in Tongues that was the original witness to the world! (John Bevere) People heard their own tongue and began to ask, “What is this? Peter began to speak under the Power of the Holy Spirit – “This is the Promise… (Acts 2:16-21; Joel 2:29).
Acts 2:32,33 “God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of the fact. Exalted to the right hand of God,he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.”
John Bevere – With the Promise is evidence. Whenever the Holy Spirit comes on and in someone in the New Testament, there is a noise. You can see and hear Him. When He leaves, He leaves quietly. Samson knew not that the Holy Spirit had departed from him (Judges 16:20). The devil does the opposite. He comes in quietly but when he leaves, he leaves with a noise.
Acts 2:38,39 “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
If you are born again, and baptized, then you fit the above category to receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit! It’s for you!
We need a move of God in the church and in the world today. God wants us to be that move of God! But we need the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Fire. This week “TARRY” in the presence of God. Be in His presence.
If you are seeking for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Dr W. Terry Bailey gives 4 simple steps.
- First, obey what Peter spoke to the crowd that was gathered on that day. Acts 2:38 reads, “Repent and be baptized.” The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience that is subsequent to your salvation.
- Second, believe what God promises about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38-39 says that this “promise is for you and your children and for all who are afar off – for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
- Third, you simply ask in faith and receive this gift the Father is offering. Luke 11:13 reveals that the Lord will give the Holy Spirit to those who simply ask.
- Fourth, by faith do your part. God enables you to speak with tongues, but you must do your part and yield your voice to God.