The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost


    Some people take the position that they are saved and that's all that counts.  They are satisfied with what they have and they do not think they need anything else.  They tell God, "Lord, if You want me to have the Holy Ghost, here is my name and phone number."

      This is the same attitude of many people who are actually

saved and have never come to a realization of the promise and command of our Lord Jesus Christ.

       Many seem to be against this promise of the Lord.  We had better pull off our  shoes and be careful as we deny, criticize, or take casually God's Spirit because we might be on Holy Ground.  A serious look at what the Bible says is in order.  The baptism of the Holy Ghost is talked about in all four Gospels.


Matthew 3: 11

(11)  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:  but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear:  he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:


Mark 1: 8

(8)  I indeed have baptized you with water:   but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.


Luke 3: 16

(16)  John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water:  but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose:  he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:


John 1: 33

(33)  And I knew him not:  but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost. 


    The baptism of the Holy Ghost is promised in all of the Gospels.  But in the Gospel of John, John the Baptist states that he did not know Jesus, but had been told by God that he would know Him when he saw the Spirit descending and remaining on Him.

    Jesus was revealed to John by the Lord.  The Lord also revealed to John that this same man would be the One who would baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire.

    A lot of churches, people, and even professors say the baptism of the Holy Ghost is being saved.  Jesus called the new birth being born again of the Spirit of God.


John 3: 3

(3)  Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.


    Jesus was speaking about the new birth, a man being regenerated, repenting, or being converted.


Matthew 18: 3

(3)  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.  


Luke 13: 3

(3)  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.



   When a person is born again, they are forgiven of their sins, they are changed from just natural man to spiritual man, so they can have fellowship with God.  They are brought out of darkness into the light, out of the world, and unto God.

    When a person is baptized, they are endued with power to serve.  The Bible says that the world cannot receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but the world can receive Jesus.




John 14: 17

(17)  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:  but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.






John 3: 16

(16)  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 



    He who is unsaved must be born of the Spirit before he can be baptized with the Spirit because he is still in the world and cannot receive Him.  So, we have established that the baptism of the Holy Ghost is for believers because Jesus prayed for them to have Him.



John 14: 16

(16)  I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;



    The baptism of the Holy Ghost is not water baptism.  Jesus said that John baptized with water, so this couldn't be water baptism.


Acts 1: 5

(5)  For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence,


    John said they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost.  John added his testimony;


Mark 1: 8

(8)  I indeed have baptized you with water:  but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.


    John said that the baptism that Jesus has was not water, but the Holy Ghost.  Since it is not being born again, and not being baptized in water, what does the Bible describe it  as?

Acts 2: 4

(4)  And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.




According to Scripture, they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, not saved.


Acts 1: 8

(8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:.....





Luke 24: 49

(49)  And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you:  but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.





    The disciples received and were endued (strengthened or energized) with power in order to witness.  They were filled with the power and presence of God to empower them for service.

    When a person gets saved they actually become thirsty for water, so they get themselves a drink.  When they have drunk all they can hold, we might say they are filled.  Jesus left us an example of this.  He compared the filling of the Spirit to a person being thirsty.



 John 7: 37

(37)  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 


    This drink that Jesus was referring to was the Holy Ghost. The drink that He was referring to would not only fill a man, but fill him until running over.




John 7: 38-39

(38)  He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

(39)  (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they believe on him should receive:  for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)     


    A person can be filled with so much of God that there will be an overflow.  There was an overflow on the day of Pentecost when the disciples received the Holy Ghost baptism.  If you are thirsty for God, you too shall be filled.


Matthew 5: 6

(6)  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:  for they shall be filled.  


    The baptism of the Holy Ghost is a filling of His power, which is the blessed outpouring of His Spirit, to lead us, guide us, teach us, and show us Jesus.  He will empower us for service and His work in whatever area of work He has for us.  It is not by might or power, but by His Spirit.

    There are rivers of living water to be had only for the asking.  Not only is this a blessing for yourself, but this river will flow from you to others, lifting up Jesus to a lost and dying world, so they might be saved and come to a knowledge of repentance.