PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING
THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a Biblical theme that has suffered much abuse at the hands of many teachers. When most people hear of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, they immediately think of “tongues”. This is a result of undue emphasis.
Tongues is and was a sign or witness of this indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a complete immersion of the believer in the Holy Spirit. This baptism grants us an entrance into the realm of spiritual power and endowment from on High. (Acts 1:8) and (Luke 24:49).
(1) Who is the Holy Spirit?
A. The Holy Spirit is not a mere influence or power. He is the third personality of the Godhead. (I John 5:7).
B. The Holy Spirit is spoken of as “He”. (John 16:13-14).
C. He is a person, for He:
1. Guides (John 16:13).
2. Works (I Corinthians 12:11).
3. Teaches (John 14:26).
4. Speaks (Acts 13:2).
D. He has these characteristics of personality:
1. Will (I Corinthians 12:11).
2. Mind (Romans 8:27).
3. Love (Romans 15:30).
4. Intelligence (Nehemiah 9:20).
5. Grief (Ephesians 4:30).
(2) What are some of the symbols found in the Bible for the Holy Spirit?
A. Water (Joel 2:23); (John 4:14); (John 7:38-39).
B. Dove (Matthew 3:16).
C. Wind (John 3:8); (Acts 2:2-3).
D. Oil (Matthew 25:3); (Psalms 89:20); (I John 2:27).
E. Fire (Luke 3:16); (Isaiah 4:4); (Acts 2:4); (Matthew 3:11).
(3) What other names are used for the Holy Spirit?
A. Spirit of the Lord
B. Spirit of Wisdom
C. Spirit of Understanding
D. Spirit of Counsel
E. Spirit of Might
F. Spirit of Knowledge
G. Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
(A – G, see (Isaiah 11:2).
H. Spirit of Christ (I Peter 1:11).
I. Spirit of Prophecy (Revelation 19:10).
J. Spirit of Glory (I Peter 4:14).
K. Comforter (John 14:26).
L. Eternal Spirit (Hebrews 9:14).
M. Spirit of Promise (Ephesians 1:13).
N. Spirit of Truth (John 16:13).
O. Spirit of Holiness (Romans 1:4).
P. Spirit of Grace (Hebrews 10:29).
Q. Spirit of Life (Romans 8:2).
(4) Historical setting for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
A. People were used by the Holy Spirit under the Old Covenant:
1. Bezaleel (Exodus 35:30,31).
2. Samson (Judges 15:14).
3. David (Matthew 22:43).
4. The Old Testament Prophets (II Peter 1:21).
B. It was a prophetic promise of the Old Covenant:
1. Spirit to be poured out upon thy seed (Isaiah 44:3).
2. New Spirit put within (Ezekiel 36:26).
3. Spirit to be poured out on all flesh (Joel 2:28,29).
4. Spirit of grace and supplication to be poured out (Zechariah 12:10)
C. The New Testament testifies to the authenticity of the Holy Spirit Baptism.
1. John the Baptist referred to the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Mark 1:8).
2. Jesus commanded the apostles to wait in Jerusalem to receive it (Luke
24:49); (Acts 1:4-5).
3. Peter refers to the promise of the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost
D. It was not a promise intended only for the early Church: (Acts 2:39).
1. It was a promise unto you (those present)
2. To your children (future generation)
3. To all who are afar off.
(5) How does the Baptism with the Holy Spirit help and strengthen the believer’s
life? The Baptism with the Holy Spirit gives and provides:
A. AUTHORITY to witness and minister to others.
“But ye shall receive power, after 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).
B. INSPIRATION for true Worship.
“God is a Spirit: and they that worship Him MUST WORSHIP HIM IN SPIRIT and
in truth.” (John 4:24).
“For we are the circumcision, which WORSHIP GOD IN THE SPIRIT, and rejoice
in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:3).
“Saying, I will declare Thy Name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I
sing praise unto Thee.” (Hebrews 2:12).
C. POWER in Prayer.
“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. And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the
saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27).
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, PRAYING IN
THE HOLY GHOST.” (Jude 20).
D. UNDERSTANDING of the Scriptures.
“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is OF
GOD; THAT WE MIGHT KNOW the things that are freely given to us of God.” (I Corinthians 2:12).
“When He, the Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13).
E. GUIDANCE (DIRECTION) FROM GOD as we are able to hear His voice.
“As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, THE HOLY GHOST SAID, separate Me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.”
“But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is NOT YE that speak, BUT THE HOLY GHOST.” (Mark 13:11).
“….He (Jesus) THROUGH THE HOLY GHOST (gave) commandments unto the apostles whom He had chosen.” (Acts 1:2).
F. ABILITY TO USE SPIRITUAL GIFTS to the glory of God and the strengthening
of the ministry.
“Follow after (love), and desire SPIRITUAL GIFTS.” (I Corinthians 14:1).
…ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you.” (Acts 1:8).
“That in everything ye are enriched by Him, in all utterance, and in knowledge even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: SO THAT YE COME BEHIND IN NO GIFT; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (I Corinthians 1:5-7).
G. FRUITS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT LIFE. These Fruits are the blessings and the
demonstrations of a spiritual walk with God. The person who is controlled by the
fleshly lusts will produce the works of the flesh.
“This I say then, WALK IN THE SPIRIT, and ye shall NOT fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the FLESH LUSTETH AGAINST THE SPIRIT, and SPIRIT AGAINST THE FLESH: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the WORKS OF THE FLESH ARE MANIFEST, WHICH ARE THESE: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation’s, wrath, strife, sedition’s, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings. and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have told you in times past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. But the FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness,
faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law…IF WE LIVE IN THE SPIRIT, LET US ALSO WALK IN THE SPIRIT.” (Galatians 5:16-23,25).
NOTE: The listing of the Spiritual Gifts and the instructions concerning their use can be found in (I Corinthians, Chapters 12 and 14). Gifts and Ministries to the Church will be studied in a future lesson.
(6) When was the Holy Spirit first promised to mankind?
The first promise of the Holy Spirit was given by God through the prophets of the Old Testament.
“For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and A NEW SPIRIT WILL I PUT WITHIN YOU: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT WITHIN YOU, and cause you to walk in My statutes and ye shall keep My judgments, and do them.” (Ezekiel 36:24-27).
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I WILL POUR OUT MY SPIRIT UPON ALL FLESH: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions…And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the Name of the LORD shall be delivered: for IN MOUNT ZION and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.” (Joel 2:28,32).
(7) When did believers first receive the Holy Spirit?
God fulfilled the prophecy of Joel and poured out the Holy Spirit first on the feast day of Pentecost (one of the feast days of Israel) after Jesus was resurrected from the dead and ascended into heaven.
“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 a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST, and began to SPEAK WITH OTHER TONGUES. as the Spirit gave them utterance….But THIS IS THAT which was SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET JOEL.” (Acts 2:1-4).
(8) What must we do to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
A. We must obey God’s Word.
“Then Peter said unto them, REPENT, and BE Baptized every one of you in
the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and YE SHALL RECEIVE
the gift of the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 2:38).
B. We must ask God for His Gift.
“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).
(9) How do we receive this gift from God, the Baptism with the Holy Spirit?
There are two ways in which the Holy Spirit is imparted (given):
A. By the sovereign (supreme) outpouring of God.
“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 of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And
they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues,
as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:2-4).
B. By the ministry of the Laying on of Hands.
“Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had
received the Word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when
they were come down, PRAYED FOR THEM, THAT THEY MIGHT RECEIVE
THE HOLY GHOST: (for as yet He was fallen upon none of them: only they
were baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus). THEN LAID THEY THEIR
HANDS ON THEM, AND THEY RECEIVED THE HOLY GHOST. And when
Simon saw that THROUGH THE LAYING ON OF THE APOSTLES’ HANDS the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, Saying, Give me also THIS
POWER that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may receive the Holy Ghost.” (Acts 8:14-19).
BIBLE EXAMPLES: Paul received the Holy Spirit by the Laying on of Hands.
(Acts 9:17-18). Believers in Ephesus received the Holy Spirit by the Laying on
of Paul’s hands. (Acts 19:1-6).
(10) How does one know when he has received the Holy Spirit baptism?
A. On the day of Pentecost, believers spoke in tongues. (Acts 2:14).
B. The Samaritans received power that was visible. (Acts 8:14-25).
C. Jesus said we would speak with new tongues, if we believe. (Mark 16:17).
D. The Ephesian elders spoke with other tongues and prophesied. (Acts 19:1-6).
E. The Apostle Paul. (Acts 9:17-19); (I Corinthians 14:18).
F. The Gentiles. (Acts 10:44-48); (11:15-17); “They spake with tongues.”
G. The Corinthians. (I Corinthians 14:39)
These references relate speaking with tongues to the Holy Spirit Baptism. The
evidence of the Holy Spirit Baptism is speaking with tongues.
(11) What are the advantages of receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
A. Edification. (Jude 20); (Romans 8:26-27); (I Corinthians 14:4); (I Corinthians 14:14-15).
B. Causes us to be effective witnesses for Christ. (Acts 1:8).
C. Enables us to manifest the fruits of the Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23).
D. Transforms the life of the believer. (Titus 3:5); (II Corinthians 3:18).
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is regarded as being a distinct and separate experience from salvation and water baptism in New Testament Scriptures. The Word of God declares in (John 1:33), that it is the ministry of Christ to baptize the believer in the Holy Spirit. It is important that our hearts be ready to receive that which Christ has purposed and designed for our lives.
1. Who is the Holy Spirit?
2. Is the Holy Spirit known by other names? Give three examples.
3. What are the advantages of receiving the Holy Spirit?
4. What is the Baptism with the Holy Spirit?
5. How does the Baptism with the Holy Spirit help and strengthen the believer’s life?
6. When did believer’s first receive the Holy Spirit?
7. What must we do to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit?
8. How do we receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit?
9. What sign is given to those who are Baptized with the Holy Spirit?
PRINCIPLES OF KINGDOM LIVING
LESSON 5—STUDY SHEET
HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
Please fill in the blanks and return to me the next class.
1. Tongues is and was a sign or witness of this indwelling of the _________________
__________________. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a complete immersion of the believer in the Holy Spirit.
2. The Holy Spirit is not a mere influence or power. He is the ___________________
personality of the Godhead. (see I John 5:7)
3. Joel 2:28 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my ________
upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions”
4. Acts 2:15-17 “For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour
of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet ________ And it shall
come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my _________ upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams”
5. Acts 2:4 “And they were all filled with the _______________________ and began to
speak with other tongues, as the _________________ gave them utterance”
6. What must we do to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit? Acts 2:38. “Then Peter
said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall __________________ the _________ _______________ of the Holy Ghost”
7. We must ask God for His gift. Luke 11:13 “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 __________ Him?”
8. What are two ways in which the Holy Spirit is imparted (given)? _________________
9. Section 10 lists two ways that a person knows that they have received the baptism of
the Holy Spirit. What are they? ____________________________________________________________________