“For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:5 (NIV)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is a blessing from God which causes ordinary people to become extraordinarily, effective witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Jesus told his Disciples not to leave Jerusalem, before they had received the gift of The Holy Spirit, His Father had promised.
“On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.” Acts 1:4 (NIV)
“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.” Acts 2:1-4 (ESV)
Jesus told his Disciples that those who believe will do the same works that He has been doing.
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 (NIV)
God’s plan has always been to supernaturally equip every believer, so that the ministry of Jesus Christ may continue.
” Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” John 14:12 (NIV)
His ascension into Heaven did not mean that Jesus’ ministry on earth stopped, but rather it was an essential step which released even more of His ministry.
“After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.” Acts 1:9 (NIV)
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is the impartation of this necessary power so that God’s servants can carry out their calling.
“Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:45-49 (NIV)
As the Head of His Church, Jesus now directs growing multitudes of Spirit-empowered men and women to carry His Gospel around the world.
Dear Readers, please click on the following link, to familiarize yourselves with the 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit and their functions: https://www.bible-knowledge.com/gifts-of-the-holy-spirit/
In † Christian Love, Susan Osten