He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” –Acts 2:16-21.
Acts 5:32 And we are his witnesses of these things; and [so is] also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.
“”The last days” is a Bible term clearly defined in Joel 2:28-32, quoted in Acts 2:17,21:
“And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy… And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
According to Bible terminology, “the last days” is that period of time beginning with Pentecost and continuing unto the day of the Lord– that is, until Christ’s personal return to reign. The term, “the last days,” is often (even deliberately) misused these days even by fundamental Christians. ”
“For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.” Romans 10:2-3. Luke 13:3, 5 3, 5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”
The last days It is the Holy Spirit gospel age. It coincides with the time with the Baptism of the Holy Spirit scope of the Great Commission. (Luke 24:49 KJV) And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.. And Jesus was to be with them in power and blessing–unchanged until the end of the age. (Heb 13:8 KJV) Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
(Mark 16:17 KJV) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
It is “The last days.” These are the days beginning with Pentecost and will continue with increasing blessing until the end of the age. These last days are to be marked by the pouring out of the Holy Spirit for the preaching of the Gospel and for witnessing by Spirit-filled sons and daughters, servants and handmaids. It is the age when “whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved,” the age of revivals, the age of “whosoever will.” ”
1 Corinthians has five key chapters about the Holy Spirit. In that epistle the early Christians were clearly described as being baptized into the Holy Spirit, and their lives transformed by the Baptism, the Power of the Holy Spirit. For these Christians membership in the church community was also not defined by being placed, accepted merely on a Church list but rather their visible exercising the gifts of the Spirit in the church community.
It is important for every Christian not only to correctly understand what is this baptism in the Holy Spirit so as to be able to explain it to others correctly, but also to actually experience this baptism in the Spirit, and thus enter into a dimension of life full of the power of God. Christians need the power that comes with the Baptism in the Spirit in order to do their part in continuing the supernatural ministry of Jesus Christ.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the bestowing of the believer with power to be an effective witness for Christ. This experience is distinct from, and subsequent to, the New Birth; is received by faith, and is accompanied by the manifestation of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is an experience only for Christians. It is the Holy Spirit coming upon believers and filling them in order to energies and empower them for service. to wittiness, to do good to others. Acts 1:8, Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come 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 10:38 KJV) How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
Power = Gk Dunamis – miracle working power, abundance of strength.
Power to witness, Acts 1:8.
Power to do the works that Jesus did and even greater works, Jn 14:12.
Power to speak God’s Word boldly.
4:31, “They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
The Disciples themselves received two distinct and separate workings of the Holy Spirit.
After Christ’s Resurrection. John 20:22, “He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit”. This is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that every believer receives at salvation.
At Pentecost. (An experience subsequent to regeneration.)
Acts 2:4, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance”. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost.
Jesus made reference in Acts 1:5 that what they received in John 20:22 wasn’t the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. That would occur a few days later. What is clear however is that they were already saved.
They belonged to God, Jn 17:9-10.
Their names were written in heaven, Luke 10:20.
They had eternal life, Jn 10:27-29.
(Eph 5:18 KJV) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Evidences of being spirit filled, empowered include a clear reliance on the Holy Spirit for, in all things. We have learned to surrender quickly to the Spirit’s voice, not trusting our own minds, nor caring about our own reputation. When we make mistakes, we receive correction meekly. When we have success, we do give all the glory to God. The Holy Spirit lreads, gudes us, speaks to us, and He teaches us to pray .(Rom 8:26 KJV) Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. (1 Cor 14:15 KJV) What is it then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also: I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.It is also ironic that the Pentecostals are often criticized by the fundamental evangelicals for their supposedly false doctrines on the Holy Spirit and yet it is the Pentecostals who are still one of the most active groups in winning souls for Christ today
(Acts 17:27 KJV) That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
John 14:16-18 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Colo 1:27 To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Luke 11:9 says, “Ask and it shall be given you, seek and you shall find, knock and it will be opened to you.”
Luke 11:13, “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”.
If the Christians also had the power. anointing of the Holy spirit there would be no reason for Jesus telling them to ask for it.
(John 14:12 KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
(John 14:13 KJV) And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Luke 11:13, “If you 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.”
“Did you receive the Spirit by doing the works of the law or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? Having started with the Spirit, are you now ending with the flesh?” (Galatians 3:2-3).
“The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (14:17).
Zech 4:6, “…Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts”.
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).
The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you . . . He will guide you into all the truth” (John 14:26; 16:13; see also 14:12).
Acts 2:38-39 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.
Romans 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
It is one thing to have the Holy Spirit, but something else for Him to have us – to fill our whole being and to empower us to live as Christian men women. Christian men and women and to be precise, all Christian need not only the “life of Christ” within, but the “power” to express that life and power of God.
It is possible for Christians to have a relationship with Jesus as our “Savior” and still be very weak Christians. Christians need spiritual life and spiritual power. The Bible shows that the Holy Spirit is the source of power. Jesus asked His disciples to tarry in Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high. Earlier John the Baptist had said that Jesus would baptize us in the Holy Spirit and fire ((Luke 3:16 KJV) John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:).
WHY WAS IT NECESSARY FOR JESUS TO SEND THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Three good reasons:
1. Jesus was in one place at one time because of His humanity. Now He is omnipresent through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is often compared to the air. He is the breath of God. Jesus breathed on the disciples. He is everywhere.
2. If Jesus stayed, God’s message would be imperfect to us. Why? It would be limited to language. Now God can commune with all the peoples of the world through the Holy Spirit.
3. Jesus said greater things than He did would we do ( John 14;12). We can do more through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Himself needed the power of the Holy Spirit to live on the earth ( Luke 4:18).
Therefore He said it is to our advantage to go away and send the Holy Spirit ( (John 16:7 KJV) Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.).
SOME WORK THE HOLY SPIRIT ACCOMPLISHES
Among New Christians ( (John 16:8 KJV) And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; 11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. )
You may be surprised to know that the Spirit is involved in the unsaved world. He works among the unsaved world always. Do you have any idea what the evil world would be without the Holy Spirit? His omnipresence is like an envelope of righteousness – a living invisible restraint. He is the spiritual policeman who after convicting the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment, arrests them. E. G. The example of Saul’s ( Paul’s) conversion; your own example – how He arrested you, etc.
Among Christians ((John 16:13 KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you. 15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall show it unto you.) The Holy Spirit takes the Scriptures and makes them clear to us ( the ministry of illumination). He also takes circumstances in which we find ourselves and He gives us insight into them. He takes pleasures and predicaments then uses them to mature us. He nurtures us. He comforts us when we are overtaken by fear. He tells us there is hope when we cannot see the end of the tunnel. He fills us with power and perseverance to stay on.
>HOW ARE WE EMPOWERED?
THROUGH THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
As a believer, He is already indwelt by the Spirit. Now in Spirit baptism, you allow the Holy Spirit to take control of you and empower you ( (Acts 1:8 KJV) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.). Spirit baptism is the occasion when “one is immersed and soaked in the environment, influence, power, and essence of the Spirit of God”. Spirit baptism has been called “the beginning of a great adventure in the Christian living – Life in the Spirit.” Spirit baptism is the opening of the door to a whole new Christian experience particularly in relating to the believer to the living Christ.
Please note that God desires the Holy Spirit baptism for all who have been saved. It is not a special gift for a privileged few. It is what should automatically accompany salvation. ” Does the man who has been baptized with the Spirit have more of the Spirit than the man who is not?” No rather, the Spirit has more of some Christians than He does of others.
The Holy Spirit Baptism is an initiation into power. Jesus, while speaking to His disciples in Luke 24:49 said ” And behold, … the scripture was fulfilled in Acts 2;4 ” and they were all filled… they were empowered for service. After the baptism, the disciples never looked back. Peter spoke with power and boldness. Many convictions were accomplished.
(Luke 11:13 KJV) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
NEXT BEYOND A SHADOW OF DOUBT ALL TRUE CHRISTIANS SHOULD BE ABLE TO AGREE THAT GOD DESIRES THAT WE BE CONTINUALLY RE- FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT..
(Gal 5:22 KJV) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
AGAINST SUCH THERE IS NO LAW.. NO PRECONDITIONS.. after confessing your are a sinner, asking for personal forgivness, then just ask God by faith to also let the fruit of the Holy Spirit be manifested in your personal life…
The end result of this next is we will by the Holy Spirt’s help subdue the flesh, not by our own effort.
(Gal 5:24 KJV) And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
We also do have to choose to continue to walk in the Holy Spirit…..
(Gal 5:25 KJV) If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
We can next hinder, stop the flow of the Holy Spirit by sin such as by unrepentant personals sins.. even such as
(Gal 5:26 KJV) Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
(Eph 5:18 KJV) And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
(Eph 4:30 KJV) And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.