DID YOU RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST WHEN YOU BELIEVED
Jesse M. Hendley
This is a question that has largely gone out of the Christian language today, but the only question to a real child of God is, "Is it still in the Book?" John said that he baptized with water, but "He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire" (Matt. 3:11). (lit.) The word, "baptism" means, "immersion." Baptism in the water in the Greek means, "to dip" in the water. When a person is baptized in water he is "in" the water! The water surrounds him. There is an experience God says, that Jesus will give, in which Jesus will immerse us, not in water, but in the Holy Ghost and fire. That is what we need! John's baptism was "water immersion," but Jesus was to baptize in the Holy Spirit and Fire. Then it is the privilege of everyone to have Jesus Christ immerse them in the Spirit. From now on the Spirit is to surround you in all your activities. You are to live in Him! From now on the Spirit is to surround you and will influence you. You have atmosphere all around you. You are surrounded and immersed in the atmosphere; so it is with the baptism of the Spirit. As you have life by breathing the air around you, so you are to have spiritual life by breathing and living in the Spirit of God.
In Acts 1:5 we read: "For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence." Jesus Himself, after His resurrection from the dead, appeared for forty days, teaching the disciples about the Kingdom, and after giving them the commission, told them they were not to depart, but to "wait." Wait for what? For the "promise of the Father." This promise is the Father's promise to baptize individuals "in the Spirit." Not with water (in water), but "in the Holy Ghost." The Greek preposition is not "with," but "in." It means "location," and means not baptism "in water," but "in the Holy Spirit." Every child of God should be located constantl ...
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