Holy Spirit 2
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit 2 is a mystery t
Holy Spirit is a mystery to many. This series answers many of the critical
questions about Him.
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What Is The Baptism Of The
For as the body is one and
has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one
body, so also is Christ.
For by one
Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether
slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.
1 Cor. 12:12-13
The Human Body Is A Picture
Of Christ And Of His Church.
The human body is a picture
of Christ and of His church. The picture is practical and descriptive: the human
body is one organism, one person, one being, one life; yet it has many members
or parts to it. However, despite its many parts, the body is still one organic
whole. All the parts of the body are still in the body and actually form
the body, enabling it to function.
“So also is Christ.” Christ
is One Organism, One Person, One Being, One Life; yet He too has many members or
parts to His body. However, despite the many parts to His body, His body is
still one organic whole. All the parts of His body actually give Him form and
enable Him to function. The point is that the human body and the body of Christ
picture what the Spirit does.
The Spirit Baptizes
Believers Into One Body
The Spirit baptizes
believers into one body, that is, into Christ Himself. When we really believe
in Christ (note the significant phrase “in Christ” which is so often found
immerses us into the death of Jesus Christ. God actually counts us as “in
Christ,” as “in the body of Christ.” God sees us as having already died
in the body of Christ. Therefore, having died in Christ, we never
have to die.
immerses us into the resurrection of Christ. God counts and sees us as having
already been raised from the dead in the body of Christ. Therefore, we
already have the new life of Christ, both abundant and eternal life.
immerses us into the purpose of Jesus Christ. God counts and sees us in the
body of Christ working and carrying out the very same purpose as His Son,
the Lord Jesus Christ.
The point is powerful: we—all
genuine believers—owe our very existence to the baptism of the Spirit.
All that we have received of God is due to one thing and to one thing only: the
baptism of the Spirit into the very body of the Lord Jesus Christ
Himself. God recognizes and acknowledges us...
only if we have
“believed in” the Lord Jesus Christ.
only if we have
been “baptized into” the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God Must See Us In Christ
God has to see us “in
Christ,” “in the body of Christ” in order to accept and approve us.
Picture the scene: there is the body of Christ—out there. When God looks
at the body of Christ, He sees us in Christ; then God accepts and
approves us—no matter who we are. We may be Jew or Gentile, a slave or a free
man—it does not matter. If we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit
2 takes us and baptizes us into the body of Christ. God sees and accepts, counts
and credits us as in Christ, as in the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit Dwells In The
Life And Body of All True Believers.
There is another significant
fact in this verse as well. We “have all been made to drink into one Spirit”;
that is, the Spirit has entered our bodies. He dwells within the hearts and
lives of all believers. Believers are not only immersed “into the body
of Christ” by the Holy Spirit...but the Holy Spirit is immersed or placed into
the lives and bodies of believers.
“And I will pray the
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for
ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth
him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and
shall be in you” (John 14:16-17).
“But ye are not in the flesh,
but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man
have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9).
“Know ye not that ye are the
temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16).
“What? know ye not that your
body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and
ye are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
How To Receive The Baptism
Of The Holy Spirit
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; 5for
John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit
not many days from now." Acts 1:4-5
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!"
Christ Has Come.
And he preached, saying,
"There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not
worthy to stoop down and loose. 8I
indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
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