Last week we baptized some dear people in our church.
This act is a direct fulfillment of Jesus command to:
Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
But Jesus spoke about another baptism. Scripture speaks about two baptisms.
There is baptism in water, but before Jesus ascended into heaven, he spoke to His disciples about a second baptism. This was a command Jesus gave to His disciples. It was not optional equipment.
The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” – Acts 1:1-5
We see here that John baptized with water. He baptized Jesus with water, but we also know that Jesus in the Holy Spirit. That same John, talking about Jesus, said: “There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” – Mark 1:7-8
Now Jesus is commanding His disciples saying “I’ve given you the great commission, but don’t go do anything until you’ve received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
That command He gave to them, they fulfilled.
They spent the next 10 days going to the temple to pray and seek the Lord.
Now I know most people like to talk about the disciples receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the upper room, but I’ve been to that upper room where they celebrated the Passover and there is no way you will get 3,000 people in that room.
It’s not possible.
The reason why I believe that they were baptized in the Holy Spirit in the Temple is because that is the place where you would get the kind of crowd spoke about in Acts 2.
When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting .Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:1-4
They were gathered in this place. They had been waiting and praying for the past ten days and suddenly Almighty God comes in fulfillment of Jesus’ promise to them, and God’s promise that He had been giving since Joel.
But it was a command!
A command not only to the apostles, but to the church itself.
There is a question we have to ask ourselves.
If there are two baptisms spoken of, doesn’t the baptism of the Holy Spirit happen at salvation or sanctification? Aren’t they synonymous?
John 20 answers that for us.
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.“ If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:19-23
Jesus reiterates the great commission, and then breathes on them and they receive the Holy Spirit! But this is at least ten days before the baptism of the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 because they are in the upper room and this is the first day of the week.
The difference is:
The Holy Spirit in you, and you being in the Holy Spirit!
When we baptize new believers, do we get them in the tank and then tell them to open their mouth and pour water in them? No! We put them into the water.
The Acts 2 baptism of the Holy Spirit isn’t the Holy Spirit coming in you, its you coming into Holy Spirit. It’s Holy Spirit saturating your life with the life and presence of Almighty God.
We see an example of this in Acts 10 when Peter when the house of Cornelius. For the first time in history the gospel goes specifically to the Gentiles. Acts 1-9 is all about the early church reaching the Jewish people with the gospel of Jesus. Now the church is going to the Gentiles!
As Peter is preaching the gospel, people get saved and baptized in the Holy Spirit! Peter and the Jewish apostles stand back in amazement and said, ““Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” It says in the previous verse, “For they heard them speak with tongues…”
Why would God command this?
Water baptisms is your token of covenant. In Colossians 2 it is called a circumcisions not made with hands.
Circumcision was the token of covenant God made with Abraham and all of his descendants when He changed his name from Abram to Abraham and Sarai to Sarah. He linked His name with them. Abraham was now a man in covenant with God! He carried the name of God and the token of that covenant.
And when you are baptized in water, you are baptized into the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. You carry His name with you. But it is also the token of your covenant. You are now a covenant son and daughter of Almighty God.
But God wants you to have something more!
He wants you to not only have the token of His covenant, He wants you to have the power of the Holy Spirit in your life. Not a form of godliness with no power, He wants His church to have godliness and power!
So Jesus said to His disciples “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8
Its about power!
God wants you to live in supernatural power.
That is what anointing is all about. Anointing is God’s divine power that enables an ordinary person to do an extraordinary task. God doesn’t want His church to be ordinary people. He wants them to be in the earth living out my kingdom power and authority so the world can see that there really is a real, living God.
So who should receive these two baptisms?
Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” – Acts 2:38-39
As many as the Lord our God will call for all generations!
This promise is for every generation!