How can we see what happened in the Book of Acts happen today?
Here is the key: The Baptism with the Holy Spirit and Fire.
John the Baptist said in Matthew 3:11,
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”
Here, John mentions that he baptized with water, but Jesus who is more powerful than he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
- The baptism of Water
- The baptism of the Holy Spirit
- The baptism of Fire
It’s one baptism as stated in Ephesians 4:5 “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,”
Baptism comes in three stages.
Baptism with water
After receiving salvation, you are baptized with water. This is being immersed in water as a public demonstration for the repentance of sins.
Jesus Christ who had no sin was also baptized, and He is our example.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
The baptism of the Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes and empower us to be effective witnesses for the kingdom of God with visible miracles, signs, and wonders.
The first initial sign of being baptized by the power of the Holy Spirit is speaking in tongues (Acts 2).
Because you do not speak in tongues doesn’t mean you don’t have the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
It is important that every believer have the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Some of the spiritual gifts given by the Holy Spirit are tongues, interpretation of tongues, prophecy, wisdom, knowledge, discernment, faith, miracles, and healings.
Baptism of Fire
The baptism of fire is the presence of God in us and around us. The glory cloud!
This fire purifies and also brings judgment
It helps us to live holy lives before God.
Having a zeal, passion, and love for the things of God. Likewise a total surrender to His will.
We usually tend to use on the fire of judgment, but the fire also resides within us.
Everyone receiving the baptism of fire always sees some tangible evidence:
Some people feel warmth or heat in their hands or a stinging feeling like when you clap them together.
A fire in their lower back and a tingling sensation in their entire body.
A peace that passes all understanding or a great joy of God within.
Unable to stand up under the glory of God.
Some begin to sweat while others start to shake under the power of God.
Most people have wonderful experiences receiving the Holy Fire.
Keeping the fire burning
We should always have our fire burning by practicing our spiritual disciplines:
Prayer, Fasting, Praise & Thanksgiving, Meditation on the Word and Service.
The baptism enables the very presence of God’s power to actively work in His servants.