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What Is Baptism in the Holy Spirit?

One of the first promises that John the Baptist gave when he began his ministry concerned the baptism in the Holy Spirit. John said, “I 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.” Matthew 3:11  

The very last thing that Jesus spoke of before he left planet earth was the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The disciples wanted to ask questions about the end time events, but Jesus knew what was important. He knew that they needed power more than they needed information. So instead of answering their questions, He said, “But ye shall receive power after the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me. . .” Acts 1:8  

The very first significant happening recorded in the Book of Acts was the fulfillment of this promise. Jesus didn’t want them to travel, minister, or do anything until they had been endued with power from on high. “And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:4-5  

The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an endowment of power. It makes it possible for us to minister in the power of God instead of our own intellectual power. Jesus set the example of how we should minister. All that Jesus did, He did by the power of the Holy Spirit. Although he was God incarnate, he had emptied Himself of all His power. He had to do all He did as a man, full of the Holy Spirit. In so doing, he was the perfect example of how we can live and minister. This is why He said in John 14:12, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”