There are many excellent books and pamphlets on the Baptism, but this. In a "nut shell", with carefully selected words, will enlighten the reader.
The words recorded in Acts 19:2 include, "Have you received the HOLY SPIRIT since you believed?" Indicate that there is another experience after the initial experience of conversion.
A person recently stated to us, did not know that there was more to it. I have often wondered, is this all there is? Yet, I have been in and worked in the church for years."
Evidently something was missing for Paul to ask the question in Acts 19:2. That "something" was a power that ultimately glares forth In the life of one that is Spirit filled.
There are people who have involved themselves In John's baptism of repentance and they are trying to live the Jesus way and not the world way - and that is good. BUT there are others who have entered into what is called an abundant life. This abundant life is seen in praise. It is seen in power and this is one of the things Jesus has promised that is missing in so many lives.
Jesus wants to baptize you. "I baptize you (said John) with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me Is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry; he will baptize you with the HOLY SPIRIT and with fire." (Matthew 3:11)
John 7:38, "He who believes in me as the scripture has said, 'out of his heart shall flow rivers of living water. "
The idea of baptism implies the complete submergence. As in the case of water baptism, the body is buried completely under (just as one Is buried in the local cemetery, completely under) but that one does not stay there long.
He experiences a resurrection (like the body in the cemetery will) and the coming forth out of the water COMPLETES and makes for a baptism. There is a sense in which we not only abide in the stream of God's Spirit, but the stream abides in us.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit is that coming out of our innermost being the Spirit of God. We are releasing the Spirit that has been placed in our being upon the act of conversion when Jesus came into our heart.
The Baptism is the result of the heart cry of an individual who is crying, "Lord, return unto me the JOY of my salvation." It is in that moment that one cries, "I need Your fullness. I need more of Jesus."
It does not mean that you have attained any degree of "holiness", but It means that at that moment you are yielding your all to Him. The result of this is the Baptism.
Simply for power! "But you shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you..." (Acts 1:8)
When one Is baptized In the Holy Spirit, that one is energized for power. Not only is he Inwardly 'built up" for abundant, confident living, but he can become the channel through which some of the gifts of the Spirit can be manifest. Further, according to God's Will, one may receive a ministry of a spiritual gift.Basically the Baptism Is for POWER!
The average Christian In Yourtown U.S.A. is a poor example of what Jesus promised His followers. As a Christian you have been promised power. Power for victorious living. Power for distressing circumstances through which one is asked to pass. Power in the communication with God.
There is power for liberty. "How the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord Is, there is liberty." (2 Corinthians 3:17)
We just are not as effective In our witness without the Baptism as we are with it. It is through the Baptism that we are energized by the Holy Spirit. In Short, the Baptism is the empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit In our lives.
To begin with, one must recognize that Jesus does two things. 1. He saves and 2. He baptizes (not water baptism). Both are situations that are real and given to one when asked.
As a Savior He is received by faith and thus gives you salvation. In Ephesians 2:8,9 the word is "by faith are you saved." Salvation Is a gift that can not be purchased by a monetary contribution.
As a Baptizer He likewise does so through the same word, "faith". Look at Galatians 3:2, 14. Verse 2 speaks of receiving the Spirit by faith. Then, "... that you may receive the promise of the Spirit through faith."
How is It when received other than through faith? (We assume that you are a professing Christian.)
Now, thank God for receiving it and for confirming it! The Scriptural manifestation of the Baptism was the speaking in tongues. Inhale deeply and then exhale, and with it will come your tongues.
Remember that YOU have to use your physical organs, but what is said is not of you. It is God's Spirit speaking through your spirit.
The answer is a prayer language mentioned above. God gives to the Baptized individual a heavenly language. It is a sign of the Baptism. 't...they shall speak with a new tongue." (Mark 16:17)
It Is a fulfillment of prophecy which you can read In Isaiah 28:11 and Joel 2:28.
It is a fantastic experience that Is given by God. That is why Paul said, "I would that all of you spoke with tongues..." (I Corinthians 14:5)
As mentioned above we must use our lips and we must use our vocal cords. That we speak is not supernatural, but WHAT we speak I s because I t is under the direction of God.
Like James says about the tongue, It is an unruly menter and the last to be tamed. When we receive the Baptism we desire to be God controlled - even our tongues.
It is not that we nist speak In tongues, but that we CAN speak in tongues. When we do we are edified. Spedcing in tongues edifies the individual. One can pray more effectively, because often times one does not know how to pray. At that point the 'rayer language" can drop Into gear. This will always be at the will of the individual. Some are afraid that they will just blurt out sometime in public, but never is tongues employed unless the individual wills it. One prays not with understanding, but in the Spirit.
Tongues is a great asset to the Christian. It does make a difference. It is as ThE SPIRIT gives utterance.