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In the first week of the series I mentioned the importance of being baptised in the Holy Spirit. Some of you may have been wondering what I meant by that so I will try to explain, lol. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would come upon a person and they would prophecy or see visions etc. In the New Testament at Pentecost, everything shifted. The Holy Spirit infilled all the believers who were in the upper room which marked the beginning of something He is still doing today.

Acts 2:3-4 says, “Then all at once a pillar of fire appeared before their eyesIt separated into tongues of fire that engulfed [e] each one of them.  They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!” The word “engulfed” is the Greek word, “kathizō” (Strongs G2523) which means to set, appoint, to confer a kingdom on one, to sit, to have one’s fixed abode, to settle down”.

What a meaning packed word that is! When the Holy Spirit came, tongues of fire engulfed or kathizō the believers and He conferred a Kingdom on the believers, He made them His fixed abode or home, He settled down. This was called the baptism of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:4-5, Luke 24:49). That’s the very same thing that happens with us when we are baptised in the Holy Spirit. I think that’s part of the reason why it’s called baptism with fire. We are engulfed in the fire of the Holy Spirit and He makes us His permanent home.

The Holy Spirit will never impose Himself where He is not welcome. He can hang around, but He won’t enter in and change His mailing address if He is not welcome in your heart. It is up to us to be open to receive Him. It is by faith. We just invite Him in and sometimes He comes in by impartation. That is, someone who is filled with the Holy Spirit laying (or placing) hands on you and praying for you to receive Him or it can be just you and Him in a room alone or room full of people and your “Yes” just opens the door for Him to enter in.

So, you can be saved and not have the baptism of the Holy Spirit. You can even have been baptised in water and still not have the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Acts 19:1-6 says, “While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” So Paul asked, “Then what baptism did you receive?” “John’s baptism,” they replied. Paul said, “John’s baptism was a baptism of repentance. He told the people to believe in the one coming after him, that is, in Jesus.”  On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on themand they spoke in tongues and prophesied There were about twelve men in all.”

Baptism with the Holy Spirit is distinct and separate from salvation and water baptism. Everyone’s experience differs but the evidence is all the same, speaking in tongues. We will continue on this thought next week.

Love and blessings,

Melissa Tsingano

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