What does the term “baptized” with the Holy Spirit mean?
To baptize means - to place into. Jesus baptizes - places us into - the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11. Mark 1:8. Luke 3:16. John 1:33). The first people to be baptized with the Holy Spirit, by reason of Jesus’ request to the Father (John 14:16. John 15:26. Acts 2:33), were the approximately 120 waiting in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost including Mary Jesus’ mother (Acts 1:4. Acts 1:12-15). The Holy Spirit came into the room and filled it with Himself (Acts 2:1,2). Therefore, they were placed into or baptized in the Holy Spirit (Acts 11:16) and the Holy Spirit came within them (1 Corinthians 12:13).
We typically think of baptism as taking a person and lowering them into a container full of water until they are completely immersed. However, the same effect could be had by having a person stand in an empty container and then fill the container with water until they are completely immersed or baptized. The latter better describes what happened on the Day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit filled the room thus immersing or baptizing everyone present with Himself!
The Holy Spirit baptized or immersed them in Himself causing their dead (to God) spirits to be replaced with a new perfect spirit (1)(Ezekiel 36:26,27. 1 Corinthians 6:11. Hebrews 12:23). This is part of the mystery of the Body of Christ - the Holy Spirit or Spirit of Christ comes inside us to join us all together with Jesus as our Head (Romans 8:9).
Please allow me to go on record here to state that this in no way makes us God. We are the creation and He the triune God is the creator.
That is, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is when we are born again, placed into the Body of Christ, and the Holy Spirit indwells us (1 Corinthians 12:13. Ephesians 4:4-6. 1 Corinthians 6:19).
Therefore, the following terms can be considered synonymous:
- Holy Spirit “within” a person(s)
- Holy Spirit “baptizing” a person(s)
What does the term “anointed” with the Holy Spirit mean?
Jesus stated that the “anointing with the Holy Spirit” is synonymous with the “Holy Spirit coming upon” someone (Luke 4:18. Luke 3:21-23). Furthermore, Luke in the book of Acts identifies that this anointing with the Holy Spirit is what gave Jesus the power to do the works of God (Acts 10:38). It was the works of God done by Jesus that was the proof positive that God sent Him (John 5:36).
Jesus states that the Holy Spirit will come upon us to give us the power to continue His works (Acts 1:8). These works are to be one of the proofs to the World that Jesus has sent us (John 14:11,12).
Therefore, the following terms can be considered synonymous:
- Holy Spirit “upon” a person(s)
- Holy Spirit “anointing” a person(s)
Realize, all that are born again have the anointing within them in the person of the Holy Spirit that dwells in our reborn perfect spirits (1 John 2:20,27. 2 Corinthians 1:21,22). However, not all that are born again have asked God for this anointing to be released to come upon them to give them the power for a much more effective ministry (1). That is, God does not have to send the Holy Spirit down from Heaven when you ask Him for the Holy Spirit to come upon or anoint you for ministry because He already dwells within a believer’s reborn spirit! (John 7:37-39)
What about the anointing of the Holy Spirit today?
I believe the Holy Spirit comes upon or anoints people separated by time (i.e.,. time from when they were born again, and He came within or rather baptized them in Himself) today more than He does simultaneously. This is likely due to our ignorance of the Holy Spirit’s ministry today just like in the latter chapters of the book of Acts (Acts 19:1-6). However, be of good cheer – it is never to late! Realize, you will never be as effective in ministry or have the power to lead a holy life without the Holy Spirit both in and upon you (Galatians 5:16).
Steps to having the Holy Spirit come upon you (or receiving the anointing of the Holy Spirit):
I. We must have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior (1). This should lead to a public confession of our renunciation of sin and our acceptance of Jesus (Acts 2:38,39). To repent is to change your mind. Change your mind from an attitude that rejects Jesus Christ to one that accepts Him as Savior, Lord, and King. Water immersion is the way public confession was done in the scriptures (Acts 2:38) as is the Biblical command for today (Matthew 28:19).
II. We must completely surrender every area of our lives to God (Acts 5:32). This includes letting go of all sin(s). Ask God to search your spiritual heart for sin (Psalms 139:23,24). Renounce immediately all sin(s) that He brings to mind (1 John 1:9).
III. We must have an intense desire for the fullness of the Holy Spirit in our lives (Matthew 5:6). We must come to the end of ourselves seeing all of our abilities as being inadequate.
A young minister, fresh out of Bible school, observed an elder minister preach obviously under the power of the Holy Spirit. The young man went to the elder and begged to be shown how to have such power in his preaching. The elder invited the young man to go fishing with him at a local pier later that day. The young man accepted the invitation, found the elder and sat down beside him. There were the customary greetings followed by silence for a long time. The young man, growing ever anxious to know the secret to the power of the Holy Spirit, asked when would he be told? At that point, the elder pushed the young man into the lake and held his head under water. The young man was thrashing to surface and take a breath but the old man – stronger than he appeared – continued to hold the young man underwater. Just when the young man thought he would die, the elder pulled him out of the water. The young man took several deep breaths, and when partially recovered, asked the elder what was he trying to do? The elder replied that he was answering his question on how to have the power of God in your life. The young man said that he did not understand. The elder then stated that when he wanted the Holy Spirit upon him just like he wanted a breath of air – then he would have Him!
IV. We must ask (1) God the Father in Jesus’ name for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13)
V. We must pray in faith to receive the Holy Spirit (Matthew 21:22. Mark 11:24).
Heavenly Father, I confess the sin of trying to live the Christian life in my ability and power. I was ignorant of what was available to me in the new birth. I am laying down my life now for the ministry of Jesus Christ through me your servant. Please cause the Holy Spirit who lives within me to come/fall upon me that I might be anointed to continue the works of Jesus. Thank you. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Some of you will notice the change immediately. Others, God will have to align your will with His through trials so that the desire will be from your spiritual heart and not just your head. Nevertheless, if you have asked in faith – He will come upon you.
What if you have already received the Holy Spirit upon you (or the anointing of the Holy Spirit) but seemed to have lost or misplaced Him?
Timothy had received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 16:1) and later the Anointing of the Holy Spirit (2 Timothy 1:6-8). Timothy was allowing the persecution that was coming against Christians to neutralize the Anointing of the Holy Spirit. His heart had grown hard from timidity – timidity is a sin (Romans 14:23). Paul told him to start believing God and stepping out in faith to preach the Gospel and fellowship with those being persecuted to release the Anointing of the Holy Spirit, again (1 Timothy 4:11-16. John 7:37-39). We need to do like the early church in Jerusalem did when threatened – they prayed for more boldness! (Acts 4:24-33) Boldness is a result of the anointing!
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