In the next pages, we are going to study teachings on the baptism of the
Holy Spirit, to which the next verses, among others, refer. In the Bible it is
also called by other names, such as filling with the Holy Spirit, the gift of
the Holy Spirit, the promise of the Father, power from on high, and so on, but
we will use the baptism of the Holy Spirit in this text.
- (Matt )
I indeed baptize you with water to repentance. but he
that comes 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
- (Acts 1:4-5) And, being assembled together with
them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait
for the promise of the Father, which, said he, you have heard of me.
5 For John truly baptized with
water; but you shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
- (Acts -17) And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the
16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how
that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but you shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost.
17 For as much then as God gave them the like
gift as he did to us, who believed on the Lord Jesus Christ; what was I, that I
could withstand God?
The Bible does not talk much about this, but it was very important in
the life of the disciples: Without it, their ministry would have remained very
limited. They needed this experience to carry out the task God had planned for
them. Jesus said that they should not leave Jerusalem before they had this
experience (see above: Acts 1:4-5).
Niilo Yli-Vainio, a famous Finnish preacher in the 1970s and
1980s, also referred to this. He wrote about the meaning of this in his own
"Even if all the treasures of the world were offered
to me and I could still be a believer if I only gave up the baptism of the Holy
Spirit, I would not even think about it. There is nothing in this world that
could replace this gift. I thank, honor, and praise God for having sent his
Holy Spirit and for the fact that I have also gotten my share of Him by grace.
You can also receive this blessing – as a gift." (1)