What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Throughout Scripture, there is a promise that if you seek the Lord with all your: Heart, mind and strength; you will receive the desires of your heart. This promise given to Israel through Moses, directly by God to Solomon, to us through the psalmist and twice in the Gospels.

Many take this promise to mean that if we seek God, we can ask for what ever it is we desire and as long as we seek God, he will grant us the desires of our heart…however, note, the desire of our heart is if we seek God with all our heart, we will receive the desire of our heart…that is God himself.

The Baptism of the Spirit is when God comes and fills us to overflowing with the tangible presence of himself. The Baptism of the Spirit, is when God comes and covers us with the tangible presence of himself. The Baptism of the Spirit is when God comes and flows through us with the presence of himself. In other words, the Baptism of the Spirit is when we become saturated with God.

The Baptism of the Spirit is not just a belief. Nor is it an emotional response, though certainly, one should feel a physical, emotional and mental experience when the creator of the universe comes and saturates us with himself. The Baptism of the Spirit is the second part, or stage if you like, of the Trinitarian dance, of which we are promised.

The first was Christ. Christ crucified. Christ died and buried. Christ, who rose to life on the 3rd day. Christ who ascended to God, the Father. But, Christ is no longer with us, and he gave us the Holy Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who cries out in us to God the Father, who we do not yet see. Though, Jesus told us that if we have seen him, we have seen the Father. And its the Spirit of God, who causes us to see Christ. It’s the Spirit of God, who causes Christ to become alive in our hearts.

Yet, we await a third and final stage in our Christian walk. And that is when we will see God face to face. It will be where will come face to face with our creator. It will be when the Father, gives himself to us in his entirety. When we will no longer see through a dark glass. But, until we see the Father face to face, we can rest in Christ and be completely saturated in God, through the presence of the Holy Spirit.

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About Craig Benno

I'm an average aussie guy who has lived perhaps a not so average life.
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2 Responses to What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

  1. “one should feel a physical, emotional and mental experience when the creator of the universe comes and saturates us with himself.”

    The Holy Spirit entered me sometime over the course of a week while reading John. I didn’t feel anything other than noticing my eyes were starting to be opened, especially when I went to a Lutheran church that next Sunday. Later of course I felt joy in being a Christian, as always, but I don’t think one should always feel something.

    I like the part about how we would desire God. So many think that “desires” are other more worldly things. I’ve been disappointed and disillusioned by getting that wrong.
    Jeff

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