Baptism and the Holy Spirit Baptism and the Holy Spirit

Before Jesus ascended into heaven, he commanded his disciples: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Matthew 28:19

In so doing he handed over the future of all believers to a small group of people who just a few days before had fled in fear and let him die alone on the cross.

But Jesus knew how he could change them from the inside out.

He commanded them not to go out into the world yet, but first to remain in Jerusalem until the following occurred:
“John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit, and that will happen in just a few days.”

And so it happened. Ten days later, on the first day of the Jewish feast of Shavuot, the apostles were baptized with the Holy Spirit.
(Acts 2:2-4) “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting: and there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”

This day is the Christian holiday of Pentecost. The disciples of Jesus completed many signs and miracles from then on.

They took responsibility for the faith, preached convincingly and faced persecution and death without fear. Every day more and more men and women came to the faith – a giant awakening took place in Jerusalem.

Our helper and teacher

Jesus prophesied to his followers (John 14:16): “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”

He is our teacher, will lead us to a full understanding of the world and will tell us of future things. The Holy Spirit helps us with all tasks and difficulties.

Would you too like to accept the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Pray out loud and with faith.

“Father, I recognize my need for your power to live this new life. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. By faith, I receive him right now. Thank you for baptizing me. Holy Spirit, you are welcome in my life.”

The Holy Spirit is now fully effective in you. Because in the Bible in Luke 11:10 it is written:
“For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

What now?

The Holy Spirit has prepared gifts for us. You will find out more about this in the brochure “Gifts of the Holy Spirit”.

The book “The New You & The Holy Spirit” will help you to learn more about the Holy Spirit and his gifts.

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