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What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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Q: What is "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" or "Spirit Filled"?
A: These phrases are widely used among Pentecostal or Charismatic churches. They signify a person who has the Holy Spirit dwelling inside them. In the Old Testament/Covenant the Holy Spirit only came upon a person for a short while to accomplish a given task, then departed.

See: Num 24:2 | Judg 3:10 | Judg 11:29 | Judg 14:6

In the New Testament Jesus promised to send us the Comforter which is the Holy Spirit.

See: John 14:16 | John 14:26 | John 15:26 | John 16:7

Q: Don't all Christians have the Holy Spirit?
A: While it is true that the Holy Spirit helps all Christians, he only lives in those who ask him to. He is like an invited guest. Jesus instructs the 120 to pray in one accord until the comforter came, If all Christians have the Holy Spirit just by being Christian then there would not have been a need to pray for days for the Comforter.
See: Acts 1:1 - 2:4

Q: Are you saying that there are some people who are less Christian than others?
A; No, I believe that God loves us all and that you can do mighty works through Christ who gives you strength Phil 4:13 , however the Baptism of the Holy Spirit gives you benefits that you would not otherwise have.
See: Acts 1:8 | Rom 8:26 | 1 Cor 14:4

Q: How do I get this baptism?
A: Ask Jesus for it , pray earnestly every day until you receive it. Some people get spirit filled in minutes others take months of seeking (I believe this is how much contestment you receive from the enemy) Or by the laying on of hands by someone who has this Baptism
See: Acts 1:1 - 2:4 | Acts 9:17 | Acts 19:6 | Acts 10:45

Q: How do I know if I have the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
A: The evidence of being spirit filled is speaking in tongues.
See: Acts 1:5 | Acts 2:4 | Acts 19:6

Q: How do I know that tongues are really a good thing?
A: Paul stated how glad he was to speak in tongues, he also said not to forbid it in the church. Also in Acts 6:3 it was a requirement for even a menial task.
See: 1 Cor 14:5 | 1 Cor 14:18 | 1 Cor 14:39 | Acts 6:3

Q: Why should I ask for this, what is in it for me?
A: As discussed earlier Power, Edification, Intercession on your behalf, Glorifcation of God and Signs and wonders.
See: Acts 1:8 | Rom 8:26 | Cor 14:4 | Mark 16:17 | Acts 10:46

Q: I heard that tongues are from Satan, how do I know if they are from God?
A: God promised that if you ask him he will make sure that you receive the Holy Spirit. He also promised he would not send another spirit.

See: Luke 11:11 - 11:13

Q: I went to a meeting once where they were supposedly speaking in tongues but it sounded like a bunch of gibberish to me how do you know that it is not just made up?
A: First of all personal testimonies then a scriptural one. I speak Spanish, however I can not roll my R's no matter how hard I tried, however my prayer language has R's that roll. No matter how hard I try in the flesh to copy this sound I cannot. Just because you do not recognize the sound does not mean it is not a valid language. I also have heard testimonies of people speaking in languages and linguists saying that they were languages that have been dead for thousands of years. But God knows those languages and can choose to use them if he wishes. Now from scripture, John says tongues of men and angles, God also said With men of other tongues and other lips.
See: 1 Cor 13:1 | 1 Cor 14:21


All scriptures are from the King James Version (KJV)
..the spirit of God came upon him. Num 24:2
And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him,.. Judg 3:10
Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jephthah,... Judg 11:29
And the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon him,... Judg 14:6
And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; Mark 16:17
If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Luke 11:11
Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? Luke 11:12
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? Luke 11:13
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; John 14:16
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 John 14:26.
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: John 15:26
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. John 16:7
And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. Acts 1:4
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Acts 1:5
When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? Acts 1:6
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power. Acts 1:7
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8
And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James. Acts 1:13
These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren. Acts 1:14
And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples, and said, (the number of names together were about an hundred and twenty,) Acts 1:15
Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. Acts 1:16
a name = Acts21>And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.Acts 2:1
And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2
And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.Acts 2:3
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4
Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business. Acts 6:3
And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Acts 9:17
And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. Acts 10:45
For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Acts 10:46
And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. Acts 19:6
Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom 8:26
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Cor 13:1
He that speaketh in an unknown tongue edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church. 1 Cor 14:4


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