BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

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

BAPTISM  IN THE HOLY SPIRIT  “WORTH CONSIDERING” 11/22/2021   From Ken Smith<><

The Spirit of God is mentioned over 928 times in our Bible but so little is understood about HIM.

JESUS teaches us this, ““I have many more things to say to you, but you cannot bear [to hear] them now. 13 But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth [full and complete truth]. For He will not speak on His own initiative, but He will speak whatever He hears [from the Father—the message regarding the Son], and He will disclose to you what is to come [in the future]. 14 He will glorify and honor Me, because He (the Holy Spirit) will take from what is Mine and will disclose it to you.” John 16:12-14

So the Holy Spirit is to guide us into all truth and tell us what our Heavenly Father wants us to know concerning our future.  And the Holy Spirit will Honor Jesus and share with us what Jesus wants us to do in power.   And most folks in church today have no knowledge of what this is all about?

Now moving ahead about 6,000 years, here we are.   Jesus came, was victorious and left  about 2,000 years ago and the Holy Spirit is still on earth and still at work in HIS absence, where HE is allowed to, 1 Cor.14:32-33.  It is interesting to note that Jesus did nothing supernatural until age 30.  At John’s baptism the Holy Spirit came on Jesus.  Then we see about 3 years of supernatural healings, deliverance and the dead raise to life by Jesus and his Disciples..  And Jesus tells us that we can learn to do the same things through the Holy Spirit through heart faith.  A faith that is 100% totally confident in Christ Jesus and the love of our Heavenly Father.

It is also most interesting to me that most of the 4 gospels are really mostly in the Old Testament time zone.  The New Testament only really starts after the death and resurrection of Christ Jesus as LORD, Hebrews, 9:16-17.   In the Resurrection of Christ Jesus in the Upper Room In John 20:22 Jesus made the 1st Christians. “And when He said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”  And this is what happens to us when we are saved, Rom.10:9-10, John 3:16.   When we make Jesus our Lord and believe in HIS Resurrection, from the heart, we are saved and we change citizenship’s from the kingdom of darkness into God’s KINGDOM OF LIGHT.  But this is just the beginning of the pilgrimage.   Much to learn to get ready to jump to light speed.

And then Jesus, 40 days later, tells HIS disciples in the Book of Acts 1:3-8:   “To these [men] He also showed Himself alive after His suffering [in Gethsemane and on the cross], by [a series of] many infallible proofs and unquestionable demonstrations, appearing to them over a period of forty days and talking to them about the things concerning the kingdom of God. 4 While being together and eating with them, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Of which,” He said, “you have heard Me speak. 5 For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized and empowered and united with the Holy Spirit, not long from now.  6 So when they had come together, they asked Him repeatedly, “Lord, are You at this time reestablishing the kingdom and restoring it to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority. 8 But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”    So we have available to us the power of God to share Jesus and to come into unity if we want it.  John 17:18-24

Apostle Paul acknowledged this in Acts 19:2 when he found disciples at Ephesus, “He asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed [in Jesus as the Christ]?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”  So the question here, if you are a Christian?   Have you received the power of the Holy Spirit and found Unity with others who have?

This was the condition in Samaria as per Acts 8:14-17: “When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that [the people of] Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them. 15 They came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit; 16 for He had not yet fallen on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus [as His possession]. 17 Then Peter and John laid their hands on them [one by one], and they received the Holy Spirit.

Same thing happen to Apostle Paul, Acts 9:5-6 with his conversion to Jesus as Lord.  And to being empowered 3 days later through Ananias, Paul by the Holy Spirit.,   Acts 9:17-18: “So Ananias left and entered the house, and he laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came [to Damascus], has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit [in order to proclaim Christ to both Jews and Gentiles].” 18 Immediately something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized;

Interested in going from 1 ½ volts to 220 volts and walking out that power in the Kingdom of God? Study Luke,11:9-13.   Note that the GIFT of the HOLY SPIRIT is not salvation.  The context is a child coming to his father in loving humility and obedience.   Heb.2:4: “  miracles [carried out by Jesus and the apostles] and by [granting to believers the ] gifts of the Holy Spirit according to His own will.  1 Cor. 12:4, 1 Cor. 12:9 for more on the subject if interested in God’s Power?

So as Christians in our changing Kingdoms, there are 3 mile stones on the road of sanctification..
1. The Holy Spirit places us (baptizes) us into the Body of Christ when we make Jesus our LORD.
2. Then a Minister places us (baptizes) us in water as a public witness of our death to the world.
3. Then Jesus places us (baptizes) us in the Holy Spirit for God’s power to do HIS work on earth.

Those who call heaven their home and plan to be with Jesus are really on the road to sanctification to become like Jesus now and in this world before we go home, 1 John 5:17.   Is that where you are headed?  1 John 12:24-26… I assure you and most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone [just one grain, never more]. But if it dies, it produces much grain and yields a harvest. 25 The one who loves his life [eventually] loses it [through death], but the one who hates his life in this world [and is concerned with pleasing God] will keep it for life eternal. 26 If anyone serves Me, he must [continue to faithfully] follow Me [without hesitation, holding steadfastly to Me, conforming to My example in living and, if need be, suffering or perhaps dying because of faith in Me]; and wherever I am [in heaven’s glory], there will My servant be also. If anyone serves Me, the Father will honor him

Yours, in HIS great Love and Wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<>< www.OhanaChurch.Life
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