Holy Spirit Baptism

  • Matthew 3:11 I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. (See also Mark 1:4, 8; Luke 3:3, 16; John 1:26, 33; John 3:22-23, 26 for relevant scriptures)
  • Acts 1:5, 8 For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
  • Acts 2:4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
  • Acts 19:1-6 …There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism.” They replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.” On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

The baptism with the Holy Spirit is so important that Jesus told His disciples: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised…” (Acts 1:4). He then told them that they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came on them.

The baptism with the Holy Spirit is an empowerment for the Christian life. It empowered Jesus for His earthly ministry and it can do the same for us. The evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts is speaking in tongues, also known as your heavenly language or praying in the Spirit. When you pray in tongues, the Bible says you are speaking directly to God (1 Corinthians 14:2). Praying in tongues is also a way to build yourself up in your most holy faith (Jude 20).

How to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit:
  1. Luke 11:13 tells us that, if we ask our heavenly Father to give us the Holy Spirit, He will.
  2. If your church has altar calls, you can go and ask one of the prayer ministers to pray for you to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit. You can also ask a born-again believer to pray for you and to lay hands on you for you to receive just as Peter, John and Paul did in the book of Acts (Acts 8:17, 19:1-6).
  3. If you’ve asked the Father or had someone pray for you and lay hands on you to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit and do not see the evidence of your heavenly language, don’t get discouraged but keep thanking the Lord for it (Mark 11:24). Rejoice that His Word says it’s yours. Praise Him, worship Him and it will come.
  4. If you’ve received your heavenly language, then pray in the Spirit on all occasions (Ephesians 6:18). Make it a daily devotion to communicate with God this way.

Call to action:
If you have not received the baptism with the Holy Spirit, make it your next spiritual goal. Be intentional about receiving this baptism. Once you receive it, pray in the Spirit daily. It’s a direct access to the Father.