Acts 1:5, “for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
In a Christ follower’s life, there are two baptisms. There is the baptism of water that shows the profession of faith to those around. It show the commitment to God and what the Bible says regarding making a stand for God. The second is the baptism in the Holy Spirit. This is a little more complicated but equally important in the walk with God.
John truly baptized with water. John the Baptist, or the Baptizer as he was known, baptized a lot of people. He was very well-known for spreading God’s word and being very humble in his pursuit to make known the name of Jesus. John was the forerunner to Christ coming to Earth. He prepared the world by introducing Jesus to many souls. He baptized in the name of Jesus so that all would see that there was a profession of faith. This was a symbol of being cleaned from sin and departing from the old life lived. This was all about showing a new life to be lived from there on out.
You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit. This second baptism is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is about having the Holy Spirit in you and extending the faith of the believer. This will also come with the speaking in tongues. For many, this can be confusing as the words that are said may not make sense but to God, they do. God can understand all languages and when speaking in tongues, this is not about finding the right words to say but about truly communicating freely with the Father. This is about the Holy Spirit interceding for us and uttering words that we do not know. With this, there is always an interpretation. It is a sign that it is of God.
Not many days from now. The disciples were to receive the Holy Spirit after Jesus left the Earth. All of Jesus’ life was preparation for the disciples to carry on what Jesus started in His Earthly ministry. Jesus was giving the Holy Spirit so that when words were not there to say, the Holy Spirit could speak on behalf of them. When talking, I find that the Holy Spirit takes over my hands and I type without regard for what I am doing. It is not of me but of God. That is how I know that what I am doing is of God and not of me.
This blog is not done so that I can show off. It is not for bragging rights. It is not because I think I am awesome. This blog is for those that need it. It is as much for me as it is for you. When I write, God takes over. So when I reread it, I learn too. If anyone has any questions or comments, please let me know. I have also prayed and am asking if anyone has a topic that they would like me to address. I would be happy to do so or pray for you. I am here as a servant of God. Thank you all.
Thank You for the Holy Spirit that You sent to us. We do not always understand Your ways but we trust You that You are who You say You are. You have our best interest in heart in all ways. You care about us and that is why we can have faith in You. You love us and we love You. Help our unbelief and also help us if we are struggling with the concept of tongues. This is of You and we need to trust that You will reveal this to us in Your timing.
In Your name we pray,