Different Supernatural Experiences from the Holy Spirit
Our experience with the Holy Spirit baptism is not necessarily like taking water baptism, instead, it is like standing under a waterfall. In both the scenarios we are immersed, however in Holy Spirit baptism, we are immersed with the Holy Spirit from above. The Holy Spirit fills us, overflows and this abundance is passed onto others. When the Spirit overflows, we start talking in tongues. The tongue is the most difficult part of the body to control and that is the one organ that the Holy Spirit takes control of and through this, he takes complete control of our body. There is a misconception among people as they believe that they need to wait for many years to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. However, the fact is we do not have to wait at all. The Apostles did have to wait for the Holy Spirit on the day of the Pentecost, but after that day the Holy Spirit is freely available to all. He is waiting for us and we have to receive Him by faith. When he comes into our lives, he will give us utterances and it is our duty to utter those words out. The Holy Spirit will not speak. We must speak. The Holy Spirit is bestowed with the responsibility of giving us the utterances but we must utter those words.
Acts 2:4 says, ‘All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’
They started to speak in tongues, in different languages as the Spirit gave them utterances. It was the Holy Spirit that gave them utterances, but it was they who spoke.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 says, ‘21 Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, 22 set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.’
When we receive the Holy Spirit, two things happen; firstly His seal of ownership comes upon us. Secondly, the Holy Spirit is given to us as a deposit. In the olden days, a seal primarily consisted of an emblem and an inscription. When one reads the seal they will be able to recognize who it belongs to. Also, a seal is never hidden. It is a public thing to be seen by all. Similarly, the Holy Spirit is a public seal that all can see and through him, all will understand who we belong to.
Ephesians 1:13-14 says, ‘13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.’
The seal of the Holy Spirit shows who we belong to and the deposit ( advance or guarantee) shows that something else is coming. Today, Jesus has given us the Holy Spirit as an advance and one day Jesus will come back and more things will be on the way. When he comes he’ll fully possess us and fully take us with him.
Ephesians 4: 3-6 says, ‘3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.’
In the aforementioned verse, Paul is mentioning the different aspects (factors/elements) that make us one with the Lord. He is mentioning the unity of the Spirit and speaks about One baptism. Whether its water baptism or baptism by the Holy Spirit, it is meant to bring unity in the church. The Holy Spirit baptism is meant to make us all one in Christ. When different ethnic groups and nationalities receive the same Holy Spirit, despite our differences we are made one through the same Spirit. We are all made into one Universal Body of Christ.
One Father + One Son + One Spirit = We are One (this is done by the Holy Spirit)
Luke 11:13 says, ‘If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
We have to ask the Father for the Holy Spirit and when we ask of him, it will be given without measure. Hence the first supernatural experience is Salvation. The second is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the third is the infilling of the Holy Spirit.
Luke 1:15 says, ‘for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.’
This is about John , the Baptist
Luke 1: 41 says, ‘When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.’
Luke 1: 67 says, ‘His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:’
Acts 2:4 says, ‘All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.’
Acts 4:8 says, ‘Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!’
Acts 4:31 says, ‘After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.’
Acts 13:52 says, ‘And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.’
All the aforementioned verses are talking about being filled with the Holy Spirit. In Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit came for the first time, 120 people were present and all 120 of them were baptised in the Spirit. There was no more waiting for the Holy Spirit. They kept on getting filled with the Holy Spirit through the years. Infilling of the Holy Spirit is a repeated action. Holy Spirit baptism is a one-time thing but the infilling is repetitive. On the day of the Pentecost, Peter was filled with the Holy Spirit and whenever the disciples came together they prayed again for more infilling and the Holy Spirit came and they were filled and refilled again.
Ephesians 5:18 says, ‘ Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit’
Infilling is a continuous process and we must keep on being filled with the Holy Spirit but the baptism of the Holy Spirit happens only once.
The fourth one is the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The anointing is an Old Testament term but is also used in the New Testament. The anointed one by the Father is Christ, the Messiah. It is he who is anointing others. When Samuel anointed David with oil, the Holy Spirit came upon him and anointed him. When the anointing comes on you, you are commissioned to perform certain mandates and we will talk more about this in tomorrow’s Morning Glory.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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