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The Holy Spirit
Jesse M. Hendley
Matthew 3:11, Acts 19:2-6
October 11, 1907---November 30, 1994
There is much misunderstanding on this subject, and it
behooves each of us to settle our minds on this
Dr. R. A. Torrey tells of how he was sitting in his
study, thinking about his message for the evening. In
the morning he had another pastor who was speaking for
him, and he was to speak himself that night. As he sat
there he began to think and pray, and the Holy Spirit
began to speak to his heart, bringing to mind Matt.
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but
he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose
shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you
with the HOLY GHOST AND FIRE."
And the Lord gave other passages on the baptism of the
Holy Spirit and fire. That evening Dr. Torrey went to
the church, brought a message on the "Baptism of the
Holy Spirit," and at the conclusion of the message he
said, "All of you people who want the Holy Spirit's
baptism, saved and unsaved, follow me."
They went downstairs, and this group was separated,
and he had one of his assistants go in a room with the
unsaved, and he stayed with the Christians. He said
that night WAS unforgettable, because of the blessing
received because the people were baptized with the
Holy Spirit. Now, that is Dr. Torrey's experience.
Is there a BAPTISM 0F THE HOLY SPIRIT? This is a word
that has largely gone out of the Christian vocabulary
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). The word
"baptism" means, "immersion". Baptism in the water in
the Greek means, "to dip" in the water. When a person
is baptized (immersed) he is "in" it! The water
surrounds him. There is an experience God says for the
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