Topic: Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Minister: Adeyemi Oluwadamilare John
Introduction:To start with, the bible says: in the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God John 1:1. This means whenever you speak or hear words, you speak or hear God.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
John 14:16 says“And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another COMFORTER that he may abide with you forever. We are made to understand that the Holy Spirit is a comforter, no wonder Apostle Paul says rejoice always, again I say rejoice. The Holy Spirit is charged with me responsibility of making believers comfortable.” A sad heart cannot worship the Father. So the Holy Spirit comes as a COMFORTER with teachings, hope of glory, ray of gladness, peace to mention few.John 14: 17-18 explains better on this.
To be a Christian and to be a new man in Christ, are they the same?
Many are given biblical names for identification but were not given biblical lessons to make them worthy of emulation in the society.John 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.Lord Jesus gave an answer to Nicodemus that you must be born again.It takes being a new man in Christ to receive the Holy Spirit, not someone who practices Christianity as a religion. To be born again means to be born of the spirit and of the water John3:5.
To be a Christian is to have an identification of Christ, it is Someone who is embedded with the Holy Spirit. But nowadays in our recent society we will observe that to be a Christian is mainly to carry the Christianity name. As I said, many are given the biblical name only for identification. You will not be surprised when you see someone who carries the name Abraham and such a person is stealing, someone bearing Jacob doing something bad.
A new man in Christ is someone who has the spirit of God, for the bible says “for we have not received the spirit of this world, but we have received the spirit of God that we may know those things that has been freely given to us”The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not meant for baby Christian, it is not for Christians that carry name, it is meant for those who believe.
Nicodemus was asking Jesus, he said ” what can I do to see God” It does not take someone who bears the Christian name to see God, there must be something you must do. Then Jesus answered in John 3:3, He says “except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God”. Nicodemus then asked” how can a man be born again? And Jesus answered and said unto him “except a man be born of water and of the spirit” that is, there is an acknowledgement of water baptism and an acknowledgement of the Holy Spirit baptism.
Being born again is not just free like many people just say that salvation is free, truly salvation is free but there must be a task you must pay and what is this task? “You must believe” for you to have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. John 3:16 says for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.Mark 16:17 says these signs shall follow those who believe, in my name they shall cast our demons… So the first thing you must do is to believe. In Act 10, Someone dramatic happened in In the house of Cornelius when Apostle Peter was preaching to him, the bible made us to understand something while he yet spake these things what happened, the spirit of God descended on them. Why does the spirit has to descend in such way? it descended because the people in the house of Cornelius have taken their time to believe. The bible says in Romans 10:10 for with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Baptism of the Holy Spirit, if you do not believe, you may not have it.
WHY DO YOU NEED THE HOLY SPIRIT?
- The bible says rejoice in the Lord, so for you to rejoice in the Lord, you need a comforter that is the Holy Spirit.You do not have a problem when you have the Holy Spirit, he is a comforter.
- To be born again, you need the Holy Spirit.
- Romans 8:26-27 made us to understand something, it says for we do not know how to pray and what we should pray for. He says the Holy Spirit helps our infirmities. Little wonder when Jesus was asked to teach us how to pray, during the Father’s prayer Our father who hath in heaven……….Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. James 4:3 said another thing; many a times we ask and God is not doing it for because we ask amiss, you are not asking in accordance to the will of God. Little wonder when Jesus was praying, he said if it be possible let this cup pass away from me but later he said ” not my will but your will be done.You need the Holy Spirit in order to pray in accordance to the will of God. Having the Holy Spirit should be your major cry.
- You need the Holy Spirit in order for you to be strong because without him we are weak.
- Another reason for having the Holy Spirit can be seen in Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow those who believe in me…The Holy Spirit is the testimony of your belief which enables you to command results.
The moment you acknowledge the Holy Spirit in your life then it becomes activated in your life.Most of us do claim seniority in the spiritual realm especially those of us on campus and it is giving another meaning to our disciples and it seems to them like the Holy Spirit is different but the bible says in 1Corinthians 12:4, it says “now there are diversities of gifts but the same spirit” we are making our disciples and those that are just coming up to see this Holy Spirit as a different entity, as many of us that is claiming seniority in the spiritual realm. I want you to believe that the same Holy Spirit that operates in Daddy Oyedepo, operates in Daddy Adeboye, operates in Daddy Kumuyi is the same Holy Spirit that operates in the person that just received Christ today.So I want you to believe that the moment you gave your life to Christ, you own your life no more. It becomes Christ’s property.
CAN THE HOLY SPIRIT DEPART FROM AFTER ENGAGING IN SINFUL ACT?
Jesus has already given us an answer to that in John 14:16 by saying that the spirit shall abide with you forever. The moment you have the Holy Spirit, you are not yourself anymore, you are a spirit yourself. That moment you have the Holy Spirit, you have the DNA of the Father. After committing sin, people feel the Holy Spirit is no more there. He is there, you are the one not acknowledging it, having the Holy Spirit does not give you the access to commit sin because the bible says in 1John 3:9 “whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin…”
The Spirit does not teach us to sin because you are a spirit already. Little wonder in Act 19:1. Apostle Paul was asking them have you received the Holy Spirit since you have believed? The Holy Spirit is something you should receive instantly you believe in Christ and cannot depart from you forever.
FOR PERSONAL STUDY
- John 3:3
- John 4:16-18
- Mark 16:17
- 1Corinthians 12:4, 13
- James 4:3
- Romans 8:13-14
- Romans 8:26-27
- Acts 2:14, 41
- Romans 8:1
- 1John 3:8-9