Lesson 8 The Holy Ghost Baptism
Reading: 2 Kings 2:9–15
indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is
mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with
the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the
city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
1:5, 8. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the
Holy Ghost not many days hence. . . . 8But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me
both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth.
2:1–4. And when the day of Pentecost was fully come,
they were all with one accord in one place. 2And suddenly there came
a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house
where they were sitting. 3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues
like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4And they were all
filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit
gave them utterance.
10:44, 45. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them
which heard the word. 45And they of the circumcision which believed
were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also
was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
13:52. And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost.
ON THE LESSON TEXT
24:49. The promise is that they should
receive the Holy Ghost. They were not to preach further but to remain in
Jerusalem until they had received him.
1:5. The fulfillment of the promise made by John and repeated by Jesus, was
to come in a few days. It came about ten days later. V8. The power of the
Holy Ghost is not for mystification through weird manifestations but is power
2:1. This is the date for the initial outpouring of the Spirit. Since then
he had been in the world in his fullness. V2, 3. Unusual manifestations
accompanied the initial outpouring of the Spirit. Some of these seem never to
have been repeated. V4. The filling with the Holy Ghost was the important
thing. That, not physical manifestations, was really the fulfillment of the
10:44, 45. The gift of the Holy Ghost is for Gentiles as well as the Jews.
The Jews seemed not to understand this.
13:52. This is a refilling.
TOPIC: THE HOLY GHOST BAPTISM
THE USE OF VARIOUS TERMS
Various expressions are used.
are all connected in some manner with the Holy Spirit.
Baptized with the Holy Ghost. This is the expression used by John and Jesus and
referred to by Peter. This seems to be the leading expression though Jesus and
the Apostles used others. B) Filled with the Holy Ghost. In this way the
Pentecostal experience is described. C) The Holy Ghost fell on them. This is
said of Cornelius and his household. D) Poured out. This is also said of
Cornelius. This expression is also used elsewhere. E) Received the Holy Ghost.
In this way Paul questions the Ephesians regarding their experience. F) Holy
Ghost came upon them. This is the experience of the Ephesians.
All refer to the same experience.
promised the baptism with the Holy Ghost which he called “the promise of the
Father.” When this occurred it is described as a filling. “They were all
filled with the Holy Ghost.” Peter explained that this fulfilled Joel’s
promise which was that the Spirit should be poured out. It is said of those of
the house of Cornelius that they Spirit fell on them, and also that it was
poured out on them, and that they received it. Peter explains that this is the
same experience as received at Pentecost.
These are not technical terms.
The various terms, if taken literally, can scarcely express the same idea. B)
These are but figures used to represent close relation to the Spirit in this
A definite experience.
It is not growth. This experience is not gained through gradual process. The
Spirit is a person; we either have him or we do not. He is not given by degrees.
B) We may know we have him. The instruction to tarry until he is received, and
the question asked the Ephesians, both indicate that this experience is one of
personal knowledge. The testimony concerning people’s having the Holy Ghost is
likewise definite. C) We know when we receive him. This is rather implied in the
knowledge that we have him. Surely in the cases referred to the recipients were
aware when they received him. The experience may not be equally definite with
all people, but all should know for themselves.
Distinct from regeneration.
In regeneration we receive the Spirit as the giver of a new life. “If any man
have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” B) In this experience the
Spirit is received as the Sanctifier and the abiding Comforter. Jesus said to
the disciples, “He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” It is the same
Spirit working in different operations.
It is an abiding presence.
With saints of old the operation of the Spirit was somewhat spasmodic. As the
Spirit of prophecy he came upon the prophets at times. B) As the sanctifier he
is to dwell with you.
THE WORK OF THE SPIRIT
His work in us.
Not primarily emotional. The presence of the Spirit is sometimes revealed in
ecstatic feelings. B) A work of cleansing. As the Sanctifier he cleanses the
heart. His work in this respect is represented as a fire burning out the dross.
C) Comforting. He is called the Comforter. The name implies the character of the
work as all who have him well understand in times of sorrow. D) Teaching and
leading. He opens understanding to spiritual things and also directs into the
will of God.
His work through us.
Witnessing. The power of the Spirit is to enable us to witness for Christ. This
is the power for service. B) Manifestations of spiritual gifts. These are not
for spectacular purposes but to accomplish the salvation of souls. C) Through
natural abilities. Apart from the spiritual gifts given God’s people the
Spirit uses the natural abilities which they possess.
REFILLINGS WITH THE SPIRIT
What they are.
Not receiving the baptism again. The baptism with the Spirit is a definite
experience received at a definite time. It includes a cleansing. B) Not a little
more of the Spirit. He is not received in installments. We either have him or we
do not. C) It is a fresh enduement with his power.
The need of them.
To vivify our spirits. Spirituality is a living thing. It is an up to date
experience. B) For renewed demands upon us. New demands require new strength.
Emergencies may require special filling or the Spirit to meet them. The demands
are not constant, hence we do not require the same degree of power at all times.
The possibilities of refillings.
They were experienced by early saints. B) Such anointing comes through prayer.