Don’t Negate the Baptism

Many in the body of Christ believe we do not need the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Some say it’s not necessary for true salvation, and others say it is. I am not attempting to pinpoint the wrong, however, I will stress what is right. I believe the scripture is given for our edification and as an example for how we as the people of God should live and walk according to His Word.

●Jesus is the Holy One, our redeemer, our savior, and our Lord, yet the scripture say He was full of the Holy Ghost (Luke 4:1). He would not have been able to make it through his wilderness experience without it. To say we do not need the fullness of the Holy Ghost is to say we are greater and stronger than the Son of God.
●John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Ghost. We cannot have the anointing to turn hearts back to Christ and prepare a way for Him to dwell in us without the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:15-17).
●In the book of Ezekiel 36:27 the Lord said, “And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.” Can’t live the word without His spirit in us.
●We cannot have power, and won’t be effective witnesses of the gospel without the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8).
●There is no effective intercession without the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:26-27).
●We can’t have guidance into the truth of this Gospel without the Holy Ghost (John 16:13).
●Love can’t be shed abroad in our heart with the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).
●You cannot build up your most Holy faith without the Holy Ghost (Jude 20).
●We wouldn’t have to struggle with learning who we are in Christ, or look to the Internet to teach us because the anointing from the Holy Ghost will do that (1 John 2:27).
●Our words, sermons, or life can’t break the yokes of bondage from God’s people without the anointing from the Holy Ghost (Isaiah 10:27).
●Ephesians 5:18, “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” that ‘but’ in this scripture makes a strong statement behind everything which was stated prior to it because if we are filled with the Holy Ghost, we’ll never want to take a sip of alcohol again.

These are references I have to be worthy to live by in God’s Word. I have only stated what is written to be truth. By all means do like Berea and search the scripture to see if this is truth. I pray while you are searching the scripture that the Holy Ghost, the comforter, will reprove of sin and with loving kindness draw you back to Christ. Allow the fullness of Christ and His Holy Spirit to dwell richly in your life, so you can be powerful and effective witnesses in the world.

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3 thoughts on “Don’t Negate the Baptism

  1. Janice – This is another message of yours that can greatly impact believers who are sincerely open to receive. Sadly few Christians are willing to leave their ‘comfort zone’ and give ‘due diligence’ to a personal examination and deeper understanding of scripture. The many doctrines regarding the Baptism with the Holy Spirit tend to confuse and hinder godly unity. Of course, there is only one proper interpretation of what Jesus really meant when He said, “How much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” – Lk. 11:13. Some teach that the initial ‘baptism with the Spirit’ comes as a subsequent experience (a 2nd blessing), and to receive it one must ‘tarry’ in absolute expectation. Whether or not speaking in tongues is the ultimate proof that one has the baptism is another debated point. One thing is clearly necessary for a right relationship with God in Christ. The proper interpretation of Paul’s admonition is essential to one’s comprehension of the Holy Spirit. “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” – Ro. 8:9. Bottom line, whatever the doctrine of a believer’s denominational affiliation about the baptism, most people remain content to follow their teachers, rather than pursue a possible more excellent understanding and personal experience. Remember too, Jesus declared, “Aprt from Me you can do nothing” – Jo. 15:5. “it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure” – Phil. 2:13. For further information on this topic may I suggest reading the article found @ http://www.mjthompsons.wordpress.com/2015/05/29/the-baptism-with-the-holy-spirit/ ? May the Lord continue to richly bless and work in and through you!

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