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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE "BAPTISED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT"?

MAR 11

Mark 1:8
Memorise 1 John 3:24
"...he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him."

John the Baptizer has been described as the greatest prophet of all. This is because of the fact that he was the one chosen by God to herald the earthly ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ; the long promised Messiah. God prepared John’s way in the form of prophecy found in Malachi 3:1 foretelling his coming. John’s ministry was unique in that he baptised those who came in repentance with water was symbolic of the cleansing of sin. His call was for all to come to repentance of their sins and to receive forgiveness from God.

John was a faithful prophet. His work was never about himself. Instead he pointed to the coming true Saviour; Jesus Christ. Today’s reading was an example of this. John declared that there was one who will not only baptise them but will also transform their lives by the power of the Holy Spirit. John was referring to Christ who would impart the Holy Spirit to the believer. Every believer is baptised with the Holy Spirit upon conversion (Romans 8:14,16). We know from Scripture that the Holy Spirit indwells the believer (1 Corinthians 3:16). In fact, the Holy Spirit “communes” or fellowships with the believer (2 Corinthians 13:14). The Spirit helps us to pray (Romans 8:26), helps us to say the right things for God (1 Corinthians 2:4), changes our hearts to love and to be wise (2 Timothy 1:7, Romans 5:5), gives us joy, peace and hope (Romans 15:13), helps us to understand our relationship with God better (Romans 8:15). In short, the Holy Spirit helps us in an intimate way towards becoming more like Christ.

The work of the Holy Spirit is obviously very important in the life of a believer. The spiritual life of a believer is dependent on how much the Spirit works in him and we know that the thing that prevents this from happening is sin (Ephesians 4:30). Hence, a life of holiness is required for the Spirit to bear fruit in us.

Have you ever experienced the work or the fellowship of the Holy Spirit in your life at all? If not, it is possible that you may not be saved. Check your heart today, do not delay, come to believe Him before it is too late.

Thought: God's love is poured out to us by the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:5).
Prayer: God, I want to experience a closer walk with You through the Holy Spirit.