Aloha Saints, Family & Friends,   beloved of Jesus and me,   John 3:16

Baptism in the Holy Spirit     12/31/21    From Ken Smith<><

When we are born again from above by making Christ Jesus our LORD the Holy Spirit places us into the Body of Christ.  

Then there is a water baptism where we are placed under water to give a public witness of the death of our carnal nature that we received from Adam and that burial and our resurrection in Christ Jesus into our new life to begin the process of sanctification or to grow up into being like Jesus.  Gen. 1:26 is that God eventually wants us to grow up into being HIS family.

Then upon our obedience to the Holy Spirit, Jesus will also place us into the power of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Holy Spirit and they .will begin to be available to us as we grow in faith.  Acts 5:32: “We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.

So let us take a walk through the Holy Scriptures concerning this powerful event that makes a weak Christian into a powerful Christian able to demonstrate the Kingdom of God on earth.

Luke 3:16, “John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”  (And John was sharing about Jesus.)  Also Matt. 3:11    (It is the Holy Spirit that places us into the Body of Jesus upon conversion.)

Jesus tell us about this event in Luke 11:9-13,   “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.  11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for [a] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”   (Notice this is a gift to God’s Children, not the world or lost.  This is not about salvation at all.)

Nine Gifts of the Spirit:   1 Cor.14:7-11,   “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another  distinguishing between spirits, to another different kinds of tongues speaking in,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as HE determines

Jesus the “WAY” “TRUTH” “DOOR”
In the construction of the Tabernacle of Moses in the wilderness there were three doors in the only Eastern Gate so on sunrise the sun would show 3 doors in one.  Jesus came to Save Us, Seal Us, and to Empower Us as the door of God.  But most of the time we get shorted out by most churches as they know very little about the power of the HOLY SPIRIT as in 2 Tim. 5:3.  Personally, I missed out on the power for about 13 years due to the vain traditions of the church I was attending.  They told me that when I made Jesus Savior, I had it all.   And they were totally wrong…….When I was saved in 1955 it only started my walk towards being sanctified and now in 2022 I am still working on it in the Holy Spirit.  The Adamic nature that I inherited is very sneaky.  I sometimes feel that I got to be this old as God knew that I needed more time because I am so hard headed and full of beans.   So lets go on with where in scripture it proves that Salvation and the Empowering of the Holy Spirit are two very different events in Holy Scripture.   So let’s start with the Disciples of Christ Jesus.  In John 20:22 we see the Disciples being saved in the Upper Room long before Pentecost.  This is the first time that there were, what we call, Christians in the New Testament and this was after our LORD’S resurrection.  Over a month later the Disciples then received the power of the Holy Spirit.   The power to collective demonstrate to the World the loving power of God who wants to deliver, heal and set us free.  So with the Disciples being save and being empowered was 2 different events.

Next we find Philip in Samaria, Acts 8:5,  in power evangelizing and bringing many into Jesus as LORD but them not being baptized in the Holy Spirit Act.8:16.  So when this was known in Jerusalem they sent Peter and John that they might also receive the Holy Spirit Acts 8:17.  again,  Two events, very clear.  And very important to the Early Church.  

As with Saul/Paul it was the same experience.  Saul became Paul at his conversion on the road to Damascus when he confessed Jesus as LORD and believed in the resurrection, Rom 10:9-10 as in Acts 9:6. And was then  instructed to find Ananias to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit, Acts 9:17 so again being saved and being Baptized in the Holy Spirit was two different events.

This is why in Acts 19:2 when Paul found certain disciples, assuming they were Christians, he asked the question: “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?”  They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  This would be a dumb question to ask if not possible.  of course Paul went on to instruct them and in Acts 19:5-6 they were saved and received the gifts of the Holy Spirit in power.  5 On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues [b] and prophesied. 7 There were about twelve men in all.”   And this happened 17 years after Pentecost and should still be happening today.  Only our vain traditions have gotten in the way and the Holy Spirit has been excluded by many of our so called church traditions and doctrines.  In the Early Church the power of the Holy Spirit was very obvious and pronounced in healing & deliverance.   Paul prophesied in 2 Tim. 3: 1-5 that we would have a problem just like this in the latter days.  So we need to go back to the New Testament for the Words of Jesus and HIS Apostles for Truth and sound Doctrine that the Holy Spirit will again confirm with Signs Following as we see through the Book of Acts.   I have spent most of my Christian life in churches that did not match up to the Book of Acts.  I even had doctrine given me that those days were over?   I don’t believe that any more.  I believe that if we will do what we are instructed to do by the Holy Spirit that again the Power of God will flow to heal the needs of God’s people and that Christ Jesus will be lifted up instead of the denominations.  Jesus came to give us the Truth and to set us free physically, mentally and spiritually,  Isa. 61:1 and Luke 4:18-21 and HE is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Yours, In HIS great Love and wonderful Grace and Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life.
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