Week 16 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearing its end. This week’s reading was Acts 1-5. These chapters speak mainly of Jesus’ ascension, the first instance of baptism in the Holy Spirit, which took place on the day of Pentecost, the beginning of the Church, and several other instances in early church history.
In Acts 1, we read of there being a sound as of violent wind, tongues of fire coming to rest upon those who were gathered together, and the Holy Spirit coming upon them. They then began to speak in other tongues, as they were enabled by the Spirit (Acts 2:4).This was the baptism of the Holy Spirit that Jesus had spoken of in Acts 1:5, which He told the disciples not to leave home without (Acts 1:4).
Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a part of God’s plan for believers, and is a separate experience from salvation. When we receive salvation, the Holy Spirit comes and dwells within us. Baptism in the Holy Spirit is simply an overflowing of that which is within us. It is typically accompanied, as in this instance in Acts 2, by the ability to speak in tongues. Romans 8:26 speaks of the Spirit interceding for us when we don’t know what to pray. This is, in a nutshell, what takes place when we pray in tongues – the Spirit interceding for us.
Luke 11:13 says that if parents know how to give good gifts to their children, how much more will our Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask. If you have never received baptism in the Holy Spirit, and would like to do so, simply ask God for it, receiving it in faith, just as you did with salvation. Those who ask will receive (Acts 7:8). Know that God is both ready and waiting to give this gift to you!
My name is Emily Hockenhull. I started Called and Created as a way to share the good news of the gospel of God's grace with others. Come join me on the journey!