Today’s sermon focuses on Acts 10:38.
This will be part one of three parts that we will examine on the subject of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
In Luke 3:16, we read concerning John the Baptist that Jesus will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and in fire.
In John 1:33, again John the Baptist is speaking his testimony concerning Jesus. So John was prophesying of the one who was coming after him, who was mightier than he was, and who would baptise them with the Holy Spirit and fire. And John now testifies of Jesus, declaring that He really did not know that Jesus was the one until he saw the Spirit of God descending and remaining upon Him.
For the one who sent him to baptize, told him that the one upon whom he saw the Spirit descend and remain was the one who would baptize with the Holy Spirit.
At the beginning of the book of Acts, Jesus was assembled together with his disciples, Acts 1:4-5.
What do we learn from these verses?
First of all, that there is an experience that is properly called the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. It teaches us that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is separate and distinct from regeneration. It is one thing to be born of the Spirit, and yet another thing to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
We read that Jesus breathed on His disciples and said unto them. John 20:22. It was at this point that the disciples did receive that indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. In Acts 1:4, Jesus told His disciples that they should not depart from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the Father. Jesus speaks of and acknowledges two different baptisms. He acknowledges the baptism with John in water and the subsequent baptism of the Holy Spirit that they were to receive in just a few days.
Paul the apostle declares that we were all baptized by the Spirit into one body. Note that it is baptism, by one Spirit, into the body. Jesus is the one who baptizes you with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit baptizes you into the body of Christ.
Those who seek to deny that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is separate from regeneration, usually quote from Ephesians 4:35. This is where Paul is encouraging the church to keep the unity of the Spirit. What Paul is referring to is that there is only one baptism into the body of Christ.
And the Holy Spirit is the element in which you are immersed, even as you have been immersed in water. So, to be immersed in the Holy Spirit is the thought and the idea behind the baptism with the Holy Spirit.
Now in the Greek language, there are three prepositions that signify relationship with the Holy Spirit.
The Greek preposition for ‘with’ is ‘para’ – (along side) AND for ‘in’ is ‘en’
Prior to your conversion, it was the Holy Spirit who convicted you of your sin. The minute you accepted Jesus as Lord of your life, the Holy Spirit came into your life and began to indwell you.
As the Holy Spirit is dwelling in you, he begins that marvelous work of conforming you into the image of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit is in every child of God.
1 Corinthians 6:19 and Roman 8:9
In Acts 1, where Jesus told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem- not to depart, but wait there for the promise of the Father, then He said to them ‘for you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you…’
This is where the Holy Spirit overflows you. Here He uses the third Greek preposition- ‘upon’ the Greek ‘epi’ for baptism of the Holy Spirit. This is when the Holy Spirit is empowering the believer for service.
It is the flowing forth from my life in the ‘dynamis’ (the dynamic)-power of God`s Spirit working through my life in touching those around me.
It is one thing to have the Holy Spirit with you- (para); it is another thing to have the Holy Spirit in you (en); but even more to have the Holy Spirit upon you, or over you-(epi).
Our life is like a vessel, the Holy Spirit is with us, he begins to dwell in us and he continues to pour into us, until the Holy Spirit flows from us- the ‘Epi’ or the overflowing experience of the Holy Spirit.
Christians have the Holy Spirit in them, but the Holy Spirit is not necessarily flowing forth out of their lives. In John 7:37-38 Jesus is speaking of this third relationship, the overflow or gushing forth from their lives like torrent of living water- that overflowing of the Spirit manifesting the real dynamic of the Spirit through your life.
God wants us to be overflowing with the Spirit. It is God’s desire and purpose that your life will be over flowing with the Spirit.
The Holy Spirit brings conviction to the hearts of the people who were listening to Peter’s message in Act 2:37-29. They recognized their sin- what they had done wrong.
`What shall we do?’ they asked. And Peter said, `Repent first and be baptized. Then he said, `And you shall receive the Holy Spirit.’
How we so desperately need to just wait upon God. To be overflowing with the Spirit of God, so that the church might be a powerful witness and turn back the tide of evil that is engulfing our society and our community. Acts 10:38 (AMP).