Devo More on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit Part two
John 1:32-34 (KJV)
32 And John bare record, saying, I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it abode upon him.
33 And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, Upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
34 And I saw, and bare record that this is the Son of God.
Now we know that Jesus was made to be fully human as you and I are. He came through a natural birth (though not a natural conception) just as you and I. He also bled and died as we all will. He was at the right hand of God before He came and also after, but when He went back he went back as both God and man. He was God incarnate. He did this so you and I might be able to sit with Him on his throne. (Rev. 3:21) I said all this to point out Jesus did nothing as God while he walked on earth, for he set that aside so He would be fully human that he might not only make atonement for us but elevate us to His side. All the miracles He performed He did by the power of the Holy Spirit. Then He gave us the Holy Spirit so we can go and do likewise. He baptized with the Holy Spirit so our cup would run over and we could go and baptize with the Holy Spirit. We do so at the laying on of hands. Simon the sorcerer tried to buy this gift. I grew up in a denomination that seemed to teach that being baptized in the Holy Spirit was the panicle of our walk with God and then we just all go pray and get Holy Ghost goosebumps when we are down. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is given to give away, start God’s ministry through us, and is the onset of all God’s gifts in the Spirit to overflow on others. It is the beginning of service. The disciples were told don’t leave Jerusalem until you get the gift then you will be fit for service. Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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