"What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?"
I will show you how to properly prepare yourself to receive
Once those two things have been done, I will then show you
exactly how to receive it once you are ready for it.
What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
The first thing that you will need to know is exactly what this
gift is. The Bible tells us that we will all receive the Holy Spirit at the
moment of our salvation with the Lord. The Bible also tells us that we are
“sealed” with the Holy Spirit the minute we accept Jesus Christ as our
personal Lord and Savior.
So if we have already received the Holy Spirit at the moment of
our salvation with the Lord, then what is this “second” baptism of the
Holy Spirit that the charismatic's are talking about? The Bible tells us that
there is only one baptism.
To fully understand what is meant by the baptism of the Holy
Spirit – you have to know what the difference is between your body, soul, and
spirit. The Bible tells us that we have three distinct parts to our being –
body, soul, and spirit. Here is the verse specifically telling us
“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify
you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved
blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians
Your body is your natural, physical, flesh body. Your
soul is located on the inside of your body.
Your soul is who you really are. It is your total
personality – it is your mind, will, emotions, and
intellect. Your soul is spirit in form, which means it cannot be seen
by any natural means. It is completely invisible to the naked eye.
On the inside of your soul is your spirit. The Bible refers to our human
spirit as being our “innermost being.” I believe another word for our
human spirit is “heart.” When people refer to having had a broken
heart in a romantic relationship that has been dissolved, a broken heart is
really a “wounded spirit.”
I also believe Jesus gives us a clue as to where our human
spirits may be located at in our beings in the following verse. The New King
James Version uses the word “heart”, but the Original King James
Version uses the word “belly.”
“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has
said, out of his heart (BELLY) will flow rivers of living water. But this He
spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for
the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet
glorified.” (John 7:38)
When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior,
the Holy Spirit comes and enters into our human spirits. Our spirits are thus
baptized with His actual presence at the exact moment of our salvation with
the Lord. This is the baptism that the Bible is talking about when it says
that there is only one baptism.
However, what the charismatic's are referring to is a second
experience where the Holy Spirit now comes up and enters into your soul. Your
spirit has already been baptized with the Holy Spirit at the moment of your
salvation with the Lord, but now God wants to take it one step further. He
now wants to baptize your soul with his Holy Spirit.
Another word that can be used for the “baptism” of the Holy Spirit
where He will now enter your soul area is the “release” of the Holy
Spirit into your soul. The Holy Spirit will release from your spirit to come
up and enter into your soul.
I believe this is what Paul was referring to when he commands
us to be “filled with the Spirit.” If our spirits are already filled
up with the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord, then
what else needs to be filled up? It is our souls.
When you have received the second gift of the Baptism of the
Holy Spirit, you are now considered “Spirit-filled.” Both your spirit
and your soul are now filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.
When Jesus tells us in the above verse that out of our
“belly” will flow rivers of living water, I believe that He may be
telling us that our human spirits are located in our belly areas.
For those of you who have ever felt any kind of heart pain in a
broken love relationship – if you will recall, the pain you were feeling was
in your belly area. It feels like there is a knife on the inside of your
belly area just tearing you up. Again, a broken heart is really a wounded
spirit, and when your heart or spirit has been wounded and hurt, you will
literally feel physical pain in your belly area.
Other Pages on the Holy Spirit Can Be Found
Spirit 1 You are Here Holy Spirit 3 Holy Spirit 4 Holy Spirit 5 Holy Spirit 6