May 2015 Teaching Letter - Leading a Person to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
May 2015 Teaching Letter
Leading a Person to the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
Luke 11:11-12”If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask for a fish will he give him a serpent? Or if he ask for an egg will he give him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that I ask?” Every believer, as a minister of reconciliation, as a minister of the gospel, can preach, teach, and minister the life and power of God. Love is the catalyst for the Holy Spirit to work in and through our lives. We can all, should be able to, and be intent upon leading people to salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and healing the sick.
John 20:22 “And when he said this he breathed on them and said receive the Holy Spirit.” Luke 24:49 "And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” The only requirement to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the power to do the works of Jesus, is to be born again, that is, to be a son of God, to believe in Jesus. We don’t need to clean up our lives or give up anything first. In Acts chapter 19, the first six verses, Paul came upon disciples in Ephesus. He asked them if they had received the Spirit since they had believed in Jesus. They said they had not even heard of the Holy Spirit. Paul asked them unto what were they baptized? They said they were baptized unto John’s baptism. Paul re-baptized them in the name of Jesus, laid his hands on them and they were filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied and spoke in tongues.
You do not need to be baptized in the Holy Spirit in order to get to heaven. It is the spiritual power for right here, right now to operate in the supernatural. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is the doorway into the supernatural power of God. It is the greatest gift given to the church. Acts 10:38 "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and power who went about doing good and healing all that were oppressed of the devil for God was with him.” Matthew 3:16 “When Jesus came up out of the water, the Spirit of God descended upon him like a dove.” Jesus did no mighty miracles, no miraculous healings, did not even preach or teach until His Spirit baptism. Once baptized in and full of the Holy Spirit, Jesus was led of the Spirit to be tempted of the devil. Luke 4:1. After running the devil off, he returned in the power of the Spirit and began his public ministry. Luke 4:14.
Jesus told his disciples after his resurrection, don’t go anywhere, don’t teach, preach, or minister until you receive the promise of the Father, until you have been endued with power from on high. The Gospel of John gives us two different pictures symbolizing the dual work of the Holy Spirit in salvation and the baptism of the Holy Spirit. In John 4:13-14, the woman at the well in Samaria, the work of the Holy Spirit is described as a fountain or a well of water springing up into everlasting life. This is the new birth. In the seventh chapter of John, in verses 37-39, the work of the Holy Spirit is described as rivers of living water. This is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Notice it says rivers and not a river. There are rivers of healing, miracles, signs and wonders, the supernatural power and ability of Almighty God. Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” The real power of the church is the person of the Holy Spirit! When asked the secret or key to healing and miracles, Katharyn Kulman responded that it was the person of the Holy Spirit. Grace is a total reliance upon and a continuation of the life of Jesus Christ in each and every believer by the Holy Spirit.
Leading a Person to the Spirit Baptism
1) Assure them that when they ask for the Holy Spirit that they will get what they ask for-the Holy Spirit. Luke 11:9-13.
2) It is scriptural but not necessary to lay hands on them. In Acts 8-Peter and John went into Samaria and laid hands on those that were saved under Phillip’s ministry. Acts 8:14-17” When the disciples heard that Samaria had received the word of God they sent Peter and John down there that they might receive the Holy Spirit for he had fallen upon none of them. Only that they were baptized in the name of Jesus. Then they laid their hands upon them and they received the Holy Spirit.”
3) Instruct them that they are now baptized in the Holy Spirit. Now they have the ability to speak in tongues. Encourage them to do so. Show them that they can stop and start whenever they want. Instruct them to pray every day in tongues. Tell them to expect power.
Reasons for Speaking in Tongues
1) Tongues are the initial sign of the Spirit Baptism. Acts 2:4.
2) Tongues are for spiritual edification. 1 Corinthians 14:4.
3) Praying in tongues keeps our prayers in line with God’s will. Romans 8:26.
4) Praying in tongues stimulates faith. Jude 20.
5) Praying in tongues give spiritual refreshing and rest. Isaiah 28:11-12.
6) Speaking in tongues bring the tongue under subjection. James 3:8.
Making disciples is the most important part of our commission. We all need to know how to be fruitful servants in leading a person to salvation, baptism in the Holy Spirit, and healing the sick.