Baptism of the Holy Ghost
If I were to do a top ten list of everything I wish I had know about God from the very beginning, the Baptism of the Holy Ghost would have to be on the list. After salvation it is in my mind the next important thing. To be filled with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues is so amazing and so important. This separate experience after you have been saved is so vital and so misunderstood. The devil and religion team up to fight against it together. Yet it is so evident that the Lord wants us to be filled to overflowing.
We can start with this in Ephesians 5:17-18. We are told the will of the Lord is for us to be filled with the Spirit. The scripture says be not unwise but understand the will of the Lord. So, someone who doesn’t believe in the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is being unwise concerning the will of the Lord. We can also look at Acts 2:4, Acts 10:44, and Acts 19:6 to see different segments of the church being filled with the Hoy Spirit, meaning that it was not just for the day of Pentecost and not just to get the church started. I tell you it is the will of God that every born-again believer be filled with the Holy Spirit. According to Luke 24:49 this promise of the Father is so important that the early Church was not supposed to go without it. We are told we must be endued with power from on high. We need the dunamis power of God.
The Bible says the initial evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is speaking with other tongues. In Acts it says they were all filled and they all spoke with other tongues. Tongues is not the baptism, it is the sign of the baptism. But this evidence of being filled and speaking in other tongues has many benefits. So, let’s look at those benefits to make sure you are enjoying each and every one of them. The Bible says when you pray in tongues you speak directly to God (I Cor. 14:2). While you pray in tongues the Bible also says you pray out mysteries (I Cor. 14:2). What a benefit. There are many times we don’t know what to pray and the Holy Spirit helps us and makes intercession for us (Romans 8:26-27). We also can worship in other tongues (I Cor 14:7); the Bible says we give thanks well. The outpouring at Pentecost they heard them speak the praises of God in different tongues; they were praising God in a language they did not know. I know for me this was one of the main reasons I wanted to be filled. You can only go so far in worship in a known tongue. English, Spanish, and French all have limits, but other tongues has no limits. The Bible also says that we edify or build up ourselves when we pray in tongues (I Cor. 14:4 and Jude 20). Sometimes you just need to recharge your battery. It is good to pray in tongues and build ourselves up. Praying in tongues causes you to build upon your most holy faith (Jude 20).
The last thing I want to mention of why the Baptism of the Holy Ghost makes my top ten is because it is when I received the fire of God. The Bible says in Matthew 3:11 that Jesus is the baptizer of the Holy Ghost and fire. Notice the fire! When you get baptized in water, you get fully put under the water. When you get baptized in the Holy Ghost, you get fully immersed by the fire of God. Remember in Acts 2:3 it says that cloven tongues of fire sat on each one of them. The Holy Spirit just didn’t touch their head with His fire like you see in pictures; no, the Holy Ghost in His weight and glory sat on and each person was immersed in a baptism of fire and Jesus is the one who did it. That is why we can say our God is a consuming fire! Get filled with the Holy Ghost and stay full!