Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Holy Spirit Baptism is not a reward for many years of faithful Christian service, nor is it the pinnacle of Christian experience. Many have adopted the idea that to have received the Baptism with the Holy Spirit marks them as superior in spirituality, and worthy of some special consideration from God. On the contrary, the fullness of the Spirit is for every single person immediately after conversion and water baptism.
“…turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38 NLT)
In other words, the Baptism with the Spirit is available to new-born babes in Christ. It is not the height of spiritual experience, but rather one of the tremendously essential foundations for further development and service.
The Baptism with the Holy Spirit is for all, in all ages, who believe upon Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. It is intended to be the normal Divine provision for all believers of all stations, all times, all races, and all callings.