Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Pastor Don

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Baptism of the Holy Spirit by Pastor Don

Taught December, 2007

We are still working on our proof text of basic tenets of faith.

Hebrews 6:1-3  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits.

Acts 19:1-7 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”  (3)And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.” (4) Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.” (5) When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. (6) And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.  (7)Now the men were about twelve in all.

These disciples were saved, were born again and following in the way of Christ, they had received the baptism of repentance which was John’s Baptism, but had never heard of the Holy Spirit.

This passage shows there has to be something more than the Baptism of Repentance. The Church is in error if they teach one baptism is both for repentance and the Holy Spirit. When Paul came, if this teaching of the Church was true, why did he have to ask about if they received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? Why would he have separated out that baptism from the other?

When people come to our church, Pastor Don prays that the Holy Spirit helps him to locate where people are. Do they know the Holy Spirit, do they not have the power of the Holy Spirit, don’t they know the Holy Spirit, do they have a heart for the Holy Spirit?

We need to know the reason we have for believing, or the reason we have for rejecting.

To not accept the Holy Spirit grieves those who are true disciples of THE WAY. The early believers called themselves “the Way”, not Christians. The label of “Christian” has done a lot to separate the Jews and Christians – for both Jewish believers and Christ believers walk the WAY, to label Christians as “Christians” only separated, it did not help to pull people into one Body in Christ.

The Jewish believers in verse 2 did not receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit although they did believe and receive the Baptism of repentance.

Verse 3 shows us they were baptized into John’s baptism, which was the baptism of repentance.. In Verse 4 we see they believed and received. In Verse 5 they were baptized IN THE NAME OF JESUS, being immersed in Christ. When we ask for something in the name of Jesus, when we ask for the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus, we step into the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:9-13 “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

In Acts 11 these people saw signs and wonders but did not have the Holy Spirit. Peter and John showed them the Word of God, and they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

To help people receive the Holy Spirit you have to show them the verses we have been studying over the past few weeks so they see the truth in the Word of God, and when they see it in the Word, they can choose to believe, or sadly not to believe. We receive the Holy Spirit by faith. If you can’t prove the Holy Spirit Baptism in the Word they will not be able to have faith for it, for faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

In Luke 11:9-13, Jesus is speaking a spiritual law.

You can be born again and believe in faith in some situations, but not in others.

Pastor Don uses as an illustration asking a group of people if they have at least one dollar in their possession. The presumption might be we have a dollar, or that we know what we don’t have. Pastor Don made it more specific, and asked if we had $37.50 exactly. Some may have $40, some may have $20.10, others may have the exact amount required. In order to know if they have the exact amount they have to examine what they have in their wallet, pockets and purses.

Pastor Don said that with the Holy Spirit, we have to examine exactly what we have. Do we have the dunamis power of the Holy Spirit with evidence of speaking in tongues? Do we have the presence of the Holy Spirit? Do we have the power of the Holy Spirit?

Pastor Don was brought up as a Baptist, and has taught in many denominations. He said we need to examine the gifts we operate in, do we lay hands on the sick and they recover, do we see signs and wonders, cast out demons. Do we speak in tongues or not? We need to examine what we do have. Do we only have repentance for dead works and sins, and salvation – but we are not operating under all that the Bible says we can do, which includes the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with evidence of tongues?

Pastor Don then went back to the request of the $37.50 – he told us that, if we discovered that we did not have this, we might ask to receive the $37.50. But we won’t ask for something that we think we already have. 

How many of the gifts, signs and wonders that God has promised us do we manifest? Have we asked to have the others manifested through us? 

Pastor Don told us that the third world countries have more evidence of signs and wonders and healing than we have. We have it easy and can go to a doctor for medicine – those who have little have to rely on God. We need to get to the point where we rely on God. 

Acts 10:44-48  While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

Peter went to meet the Gentile, Cornelius, who was not instructed in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but he believed on Christ, and the baptism of the Holy Spirit followed. Notice that the baptism in the name of the Lord occurred after the Holy Spirit fell.

In the United States, we have to give instruction, for there are many false teachings in the Church regarding the Holy Spirit. We have to get the Word across and show detailed instructions.

Notice that Peter knew they had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit because in verse 46 he HEARD them speak with TONGUES and magnify God. The tongues spoken with the mouth confirmed what happened on the inside.

There are those who are filled, but not yielded. Sometimes it is a case of a person won’t rather than a person can’t yield to the Holy Spirit.

Luke 11:9-10  “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

It is a process of asking

Luke 11:11-13 If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”

Trust God and do not rely on your own understanding. Ask the Father to give you the Holy Spirit. Yield yourself to God, and you will receive it. You don’t have to be afraid.

You need to:

1. Seek after the Holy Spirit – and ask.
2. Be yielded to receive
3. Be willing to trust God. If God tells us He has something good for us, then accept that good gift. It is pride that keeps us not trusting. Some of us have father issues that keep us from trusting, so it may take awhile for us to trust God. Some of us are fearful. Some of us are afraid that if we yield to God we may be asked to do some of the hard things that Elijah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel had to do, or that we may have to go against the priests of baal.

We can be fearful of the unknown. And yet, if we trust God we know Jesus promised us a Comforter, Healer, and Helper.

When we face the demonic and the evil of this world we need the help of the Holy Spirit and we can only gain victory when we cooperate with the Holy Spirit. He is a gift to us, and He brings us the gift of God.

Verse 12 tells us that the Holy Spirit provides sustenance, and He will give us provision. He will not give us poison, but the bread of faith, that will help us to think like God thinks.

The Judeo Christian God gives us things to strengthen us. God does not want to destroy his believers. That is far different from allah who you cannot trust, who will trick a good man and destroy him. allah is not knowable. But God is open to us knowing Him.

Pastor Don talked about how he was brought up to believe that tongues were not of God and that it was wrong to speak in tongues. One day he was preaching in a church, and after praise and worship the Holy Spirit fell on him and he started speaking in tongues. He actually covered his mouth with his hands and left the pulpit, seeking a private room to pray. He prayed that God would teach him if tongues was evil or not. That God would show him the truth in the Word of God about tongues, and if it was evil that God would remove tongues from him. If it was good he wanted to do God’s will in this. If it is from God, Pastor Don told God that he wanted it.

Verse 13 tells us that God gives good gifts, and the Holy Spirit is a good gift. God will not give us anything that will bring us destruction. Every good gift and every perfect gift comes from God. When we give gifts to those we love we try to give them good gifts that they want to receive, not garbage gifts. God too wants to give us good gifts, and we have to have the faith that God will bless us with His gift of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:5-6  When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Here they were baptized in the Holy Spirit, not in the Father, not in the Son, but in the Holy Spirit. They were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus, then hands were laid on them and then they received the Holy Spirit.

Jesus declared the doctrine, that in HIS NAME, in the Name (authority) of Christ that the anointing comes. What the person’s heart is believing is important. Are they repenting of their sins? Only God can know the hearts. The Father is not jealous of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is not jealous of the Holy Spirit – God is the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. It is a heart issue that matters. Pastor Don can be Pastor, Father, Husband, and in each role there are different activities that are done, but Pastor Don is one person in many roles.

John baptized with water, Paul laid hands on them and they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. John 1:26John answered them, saying, “I baptize with water, but there stands One among you whom you do not know.

John baptized with water, for repentance. But John 1:32-34  And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.  I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

When John baptized Jesus, John saw the Holy Spirit descending, and knew that Jesus was the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit. Even John knew that there was another baptism besides the one for repentance.

Acts 10:44-48 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. nd those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, 47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

Notice that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit came first, and then in verse 47 the people received water baptism. If the two baptisms were the same, why would Peter want to do the other?

Jesus told us that He and the Father are one. He is the Lord, God who is God, the I AM, baptized with the Holy Spirit. Where did the church today get the doctrine that one baptism suffices? What is the doctrine based on? It isn’t in the Bible.

Acts 11:16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’

What is the difference? Water in the Name of the Lord. We are to be baptized in the name of the Father, the son AND the Holy Spirit. We cannot take these three separate and make them one. The Church today wants to cull out the Holy Spirit, and keep the doctrines that they are comfortable with.

Believe it or not the “Sinner’s prayer,” while a nice way to publicly confirm salvation, is not in the Bible. There is no sinner’s prayer doctrine in the Bible, we have made Gospel what isn’t Gospel. What is the Biblical doctrine of salvation? Romans 10:8-10  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”(that is, the word of faith which we preach):  that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

It does not say go forward in church and say the sinner’s prayer. People can say the words of the sinner’s prayer and go out and be unsaved, for salvation also involves believing in your heart.

If a person has said the sinner’s prayer with their mouth and is baptized, and if that water baptism includes the baptism of the Holy Spirit as some in the church believe, if the person’s heart is not right, the wrong spirit could come in and a demonic spirit could enter a person. There was a real reason for the order of baptisms that was given in the Bible. A new believer still needs to learn about Jesus and the Father and the Holy Spirit. They have repented their sins, but they need to grow in faith.

Acts 19:6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied

The Holy Spirit was not given by water baptism, but by the laying on of hands. But it does not have to be given by the laying on of hands, anointing, sprinkling, tarrying. The Holy Spirit can come on a person when He wants to come. He can come by prayer, worship and calling on the name of the Lord.

Acts 19:7  Now the men were about twelve in all. Notice that Cornelius’ household was saved, but here they only count the men, not the women and children.

In the Upper Room men and women received. Paul knew about the Upper Room, having heard from the disciples, so he would have known that the Holy Spirit could fall on men and women. When Paul received the Holy Spirit, he knew that something was different and probably asked Ananias what happened to him. Ananias would have told him that the Holy Spirit fell on men and women in the Upper Room.

The people in Cornelius’ household were unsaved when the Holy Spirit fell on them, and then they got saved.

We are told to stir up the gifts within us.  We went back to Hebrews 6:1-3 (see top of this blog entry). What happens when we fully believe that these things can happen?

Hebrews 6:2  of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

The laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead? What will happen when we really believe that these things are possible?

The Acts of the Apostles convinced the Jew and the Apostles that God was in it. They received the power of the Holy Spirit and were able to do great things.

Peter received a vision before he went to Cornelius’ house, that confirmed that Peter was to also go to the Gentiles. But Peter was an Orthodox Jew and for him to go to the Gentiles would have meant he would be ceremonially unclean. So God told him that what God called clean, Peter was not to call unclean.

People gave testimony of what they HEARD and SAW. The manifestation of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Holy Spirit are determined by the faith of the individual, and that will determine how much of the power and manifestation of the Holy Spirit that a person can operate in.

The Gifts of the Spirit are there to be used, but many believers (Pastor Don talked about this in depth on 1/4/08 – I will share this in another post). fail to use them. The fault is not with the gifts, but with the believers who fail to believe the gifts are there to be used and apply the gifts.

What are we going to do with them? We received the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus, what are we going to do with it? Are we going to use what God has given us? Are we going to tell ourselves that the Word is not for me and I don’t receive it? Are we going to believe the false doctrine that it is no longer operating in this time, in this season? Will we reject what God has given us? The choice is ours.

Praying your Sunday is blessed.

Heather

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About Heather Marsten

Welcome to Heather's Blog. I'm looking forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. I just moved about nine years of material over from another blog site, Xanga, who may close down mid-July. At first I was disappointed to make the move because I had a lifetime membership at Xanga and had to spend weeks transferring posts. But now I'm thrilled. Already I've met new bloggers and read many new websites. Blogging is a wonderful way to expand my horizons and garner new ideas. I'm a happily married mom of three young adults. My husband and I are proud to watch our children grow and venture out into the world. My daughter is still in college but my two sons have graduated. One has a job and the other just graduated and is in the process of finding a job in his field, physics. Anyone know of any jobs out there? I'm proud of our children and love watching them grow and mature. They've become fine, compassionate, and loving people. Empty nest? Nah, I'm too busy to let an empty nest bother me. Not enough hours in the day. My husband and I enjoy quiet time together and I have many interests to pursue - one of which is blogging :D I am a born-again believer and love God. As you read this blog, you will discover that Bible studies thrill me. There is so much wisdom contained between the covers of the Bible and I am fortunate to sit under the teachings of a remarkable pastor, Pastor Don Moore. Members of our church (Living Word Chapel in West Hurley, New York) are encouraged to teach and there are visiting pastors who stop by our church, I also study the Bible on my own and love sharing what I learn. One other passion is writing. My current work in process is a memoir. A scene from my memoir was published in a book called: Heavenly Company: Entertaining Angels Unaware - an anthology of angelic encounters compiled by Cecil Murphy. I'm hoping my memoir will encourage other survivors of abuse. I grew up in a home filled with abuse, including incest. For most of my life I was searching for something that would fill the void of not being loved by my parents. I tried many ways to find that love -- therapy, relationships, occult studies, and keeping my life so filled I had no way to think about my past. It was only when I discovered God that I was able to put the pieces of my life back together and walk forward in a joyous life. My nickname - wondering has changed from wondering where the heck God was in my life, to wondering what incredible adventure is going to happen next. I hope you enjoy my site. Please say hi, share some thoughts, and ask questions. I look forward to meeting you and checking out your sites. Have a blessed day. Heather
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