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Good morning friends
This week we will study about the third baptism, the baptism in the Holy Ghost.
This baptism has dealt with a lot of controversy. Why? I’m not sure because He
has been the greatest Friend, Advocate and Comforter to me since my salvation.
So many thoughts began to consume my mind. I have written a lot about the
Holy Spirit in the past; I thought, ‘do I tell them about His awesomeness or His
grandeur, or His power or His gentleness?’ As I sat there so much began
flooding my mind; I stopped and asked, ‘Father, what would You have me say
today about this third baptism?’ Our Father’s response was, ‘keep it simple, tell
them only three parts, it will cause a hungry and thirsty too know more about
1) Who is He?
He is the third Person of the Holy Trinity; our Comforter (Helper), the other One
who will forever walk beside us. But not only that, He will be ‘in’ us. He is
different than when Jesus walked among us. Jesus gave power to the disciples
to heal the sick, cast out demons while He walked here. When He left to go back
home He promised He would send another Comforter. This Comforter would
not only walk beside them/us but would be ‘in’ them/us.
John 14:16-17:”And I will pray the Father and He will give you another Helper,
that He may abide with you forever---…for He dwells ‘with’ you and will be ‘in’
2) He is our Advocate:
The word Comforter in the Greek language is parakletos (Strong’s # 3875)
meaning: Intercessor, consoler, advocate, and/or comforter. We know that
Jesus is called Wonderful, Counselor, and God Almighty. If that is true you may
be asking, ‘how can the Holy Spirit be called our Advocate?’
The Definition of advocate is: A ‘person’ who publicity supports, a champion,
upholder, supporter, protector, a fighter, missionary, reformer and many other
words of like manner. In understanding that the Holy Spirit is the ‘One’ who
encourages, enlightens, makes us fearless before the enemy, give us the words
to speak to sinners to transform them into believers in the only true and Living
God and His Son Jesus Christ; Redeemer of the soul of whosoever. Just as He
gave Paul the boldness to stand before Felix and Agrippa and Peter, on the Day
of Pentecost, to speak boldly before thousands of people that, ‘this was that’
spoken by the Prophet Joel:
And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My
Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young
men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams, and on My
menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days;
and they shall prophesy,…Joel 2:28-29.
He gives us that same boldness to speak life and peace into broken souls in
need of a Savior.
3) He is our Teacher: He is the perfect Teacher of all truth.
John 14:26: “But the Helper (Comforter), the Holy Spirit whom the Father will
send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all
things that I said to you….”
While Jesus was with us on earth He was the true and faithful Teacher.
Disciples not only sat at the feet of a Rabbi but they sat listening and learning
from the mouth of the only Begotten Son of God; the one who not only spoke
the ‘oracles’ of God but was the Oracle of God. Jesus prayed that God would
send another ‘Comforter/Helper’ that would teach truth and bring back to their
memory all the things Jesus said and did. He will turn and did turn every dark
place into light with His infinite knowledge of God’s amazing truth through His
Son Jesus. He also unravels the mysteries of God’s heart and revelation truth;
that without Him could not be understood. Why? Because spiritual things can
only be discerned through the Spirit; the carnal mind does not understand the
things of God.
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all
things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man
except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of
God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been
freely given to us by God. These things we also speak, not in words which man’s
wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things
with spiritual. But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of
God, for they are foolishness to him, nor can he know them because they are
spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2: 10-14.
There is so much more that can be said about the third baptism, the baptism in
the Holy Spirit. But I must stop with one last word. When we are born again,
receive Christ as Savior, the Spirit of God dwells in us. This is a true and faithful
statement but the ‘gift’ of the Holy Spirit is different than God’s Spirit dwelling in
us. He is the Promise of the Father. When Christ left He asked the Father to
send another Comforter. The Holy Spirit given on the Day of Pentecost, who is
the third Person of the Godhead, is that waited promise; the Promise of the
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart
from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “Which,” He said, “you
have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized
with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” …But you shall receive power
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in
Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:4-5
& 8…When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in
one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing might
wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared
to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they
were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the
Spirit gave them utterance…. Acts 2:1-4
He is a special ‘gift’ to whosoever desires His help and infilling. Personally I
would not want to live one micro-second without Him, for He is life and breathe
to me; my revelator to my Father and Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessings to all
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