And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, Which shall stand for an ensign of the people: To it shall the Gentiles seek: And his rest shall be glorious.
Song of Solomon 6:9
My dove, my undefiled is but one; she is the only one of her mother, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.
GOLDEN TEXT: Luke 24:49 – And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is a subject of increased interest, discussion and debate. During His last days upon earth, Christ promised all the disciples that they would be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
He is God the Holy Ghost, and He is in these bodies of ours, “which are His temples,” through which He manifest Himself for our Good and His Glory. The fruit we bare is the life we live, and we can only live outwardly what we possess inwardly. If we profess to have all spiritual virtues then we should manifest the same by living holy lives. If we live in the Spirit we should also walk in the Spirit.
John 14:15-18, 26 – If ye love me, keep my commandments. 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. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
It was John the Baptist, the forerunner of Christ that introduced this subject. The Holy Ghost is recognized as the third person in the Godhead. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost. The fire is an experience that accompanies the Holy Ghost when He comes into the life of a person. This might be compared with a current of electricity that flashes through the body when a person contacts a wire that is charged lightly.
Acts 2:1-4 –And when the day of Pentecost was 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 all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as a fire, and it sat upon each of them.
The disciples went to Jerusalem as commanded by the Lord, and there, His promise was fulfilled. This was a real experience. It was not an imaginary something, but it was real. This was what John called “baptism with the Holy Ghost and with fire.” This fire is not a fire that burns and sends out heat or consumes, but it is rather an experience that flashes through the human body and causes one to feel happy and full of joy. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is a wonderful experience.
Acts 2:39 – For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
This promise was not just for the Apostles but for men and women in ALL ages. Jesus referred to the Holy Ghost as the “Comforter”. And indeed, the Holy Ghost does cause the most comfortable feelings all through the body and mind.
Acts 5:32 – And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God have given to them that obey Him.
The Holy Ghost, like the Son, is God from God. Just as Christ was sent to do the work of His Father, so the Holy Ghost was sent to speak not of Himself, but of Christ. Jesus taught His disciples that when they were baptized with the Holy Ghost He would testify of Him. They are all united by truth.
Isaiah 28:11-12 – For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
All who are baptized with the Holy Ghost have the initial evidence of speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. This doctrine is clearly set forth in the Scriptures.
Indeed, the work of the Spirit is imperative in the lives of the believers. He brings conviction of sin, regenerates the dead conscience of the lost sinner and gives assurance to the redeemed ones that they are children of God. He bestows and operates the Spiritual gifts in the Church and imparts power for holy living. He is our Teacher and Guide. We cannot see Him, but His presence is real, dwelling in and with the Children of God.
Before being filled with this wonderful experience, one must be born again and sanctified by the blood of Christ. You, too, can receive the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, just as did the early Christians. The Unchanging Word of God still declares, “Repent…and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. If you have not yet received the Holy Ghost you are certainly living beneath your Christian privilege. This mighty baptism of the Spirit is a “Gift of God” available to every born-again, sanctified believer.