Have you ever wondered if there was more to Christian life other than saying the prayer of salvation? One thing is for sure, repentance unto salvation is the most important decision one will ever make in their life. But did you know there is more to our walk with God?
Let’s take some time and investigate something so important to our Christian walk that you will be wonder why it is not talked about and sought after more in the body of Christ today.
John the Baptist saw it even before meeting Jesus. Let’s take a look at what he was telling the people about Jesus when baptizing them at the river Jordan…
John answered, saying to all, I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with The Holy Spirit and Fire.
When Jesus came, He had one purpose that He never strayed from. He came to die on the cross for our sins, shedding His precious blood to wash us clean if we will believe on Him and repent. While Jesus successfully did what He came to do, He also promised something that most Christians overlook and that’s the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
In the gospel of John 16:7 He says, “Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart I will send Him to you.”
He also said in John 14:15-17, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever- the Spirit of Truth whom the world cannot receive, because it neither see’s Him nor Knows Him: but you know Him for He dwells WITH you and will be IN you.”
As we observe these scriptures, we need to note the value of what Jesus is saying. The message He is relaying is that it is more beneficial for us that He goes back to the Father in order for us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. God not only wants to save us, He also wants us to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire after our conversion. Let me show you more proof in scripture.
In Luke 24:49, we see that Jesus tells his disciples, “Behold I send you the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
Again, we find in the book of Acts 1:8, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Wow! We can see here that Jesus Himself is saying you will receive power when the baptism of the Holy Spirit comes. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is what enables you to walk with God in the in Spirit.
A good way to describe it is using a used car as an example. Salvation restores all the parts and makes them brand new. But you still need to fill your car with oil and gas in order for the car to start. You can not start the car without gas to spark the pistons. You see it all works together. Salvation is step one. But in order to have power and movement you must have the baptism and infilling of the Holy Spirit which is the oil and the gas. Let’s look at another good example of this in the book of Romans…
Be Kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; not lagging in diligence, FERVENT IN SPIRIT, serving the Lord.
There is something important to note about this scripture. It does not tell us to be fervent in our flesh but rather fervent in SPIRIT serving the Lord. So what does this word fervent mean? The literal translation of the word fervent in this text is the greek word zéō, that means to be hot (boil, of liquids; or glow, of solids).
This is very interesting. As you can see, the word fervent means to be boiling in your spirit serving the Lord. So how does water boil? Or how can your spirit be hot like boiling water? There is only one conclusion... by fire! Are you starting to see what God is intending here? We need the baptism of fire of the Holy Spirit!
Another good example is found when Jesus went to the Jordan river to be baptized by John. (Mark 1) We know that Jesus was born of a virgin and of the Holy Spirit, but He also was baptized in the Holy Spirit when he came up from the water. The Spirit descended on Him like a dove.
Immediately, Jesus started His ministry from that point on. We too are born of the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation. And, just like Jesus, we can be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Look at it this way, the Holy Spirit is like the flavor in a meal, the fragrance in perfume, the charge in a battery. He adds so much to our walk with God, changing us from the natural man into the spiritual man (see 1 Corinthians 1:26-2:5).
All spiritual gifts, callings, and ministries flow from Him. (1 Cor 12:4-11) He brings boldness. We read in John 20:9, the apostles were hiding in fear of the Jews. However, after the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples in the upper room (Acts 1), they were boldly preaching in the streets without fear, even with joy being beaten and persecuted!
The Lord wants us to be on fire serving Him! Look in Revelations 3:15-16: Jesus says, “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were neither cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of my mouth.”
I believe this topic is very important because there are many Christians who don’t believe that we can serve God in this way. Friends, this is not an act of our flesh by merely being excited or pumped up, but as we have learned, it is by the fire of the Holy Spirit that fully covers us and is inside of us!
Friends, God is alive! God is Spirit and He has promised the gift of His Spirit to teach, help, guide and comfort us! He also empowers, counsels, and shows us things to come. He causes us to be a witness for Jesus. In order to grow in our spiritual life we must be filled with the Holy Spirit, for He is the promise and the gift of the Father!