We have already established that the Holy Spirit is God and that He is also worshipped as God in the heavenlies. As it is in heavens, so it is or should be on earth. The term baptism of the Holy Spirit is one of several terms used to describe the work or activity of the Holy spirit in the lives of believers.
In the Old Testament, God used object lessons to help us to understand that the anointing meant that the Holy Spirit can rest on people or things:
  • He asked Moses to either pour or sprinkle oil on the heads and garments of Aaron and his sons as a sign that they were holy, set apart and sanctified for the work of the Lord (Ex 29: 7; 29:21; 30:31; 40:15; Lev 8: 10, 12; Num 18: 8). The oil was not poured on their flesh, symbolic that anything that the Holy Spirit would not rest on the carnal individual (Ex 30: 32).
  • The tabernacle, ark and their vessels were also sprinkled with the oil, telling us that places and our instruments of worship etc are to be set apart for a holy purpose and not utilized otherwise (Ex 40: 9).
  • Furthermore, an exclusive perfume was made from special spices and scented with pure frankinsence (Ex 31: 35 -38). The anointed one would smell fragrant and acceptable to God, meaning that he would sweetly emanate from the life and ministry of those on whom the Spirit of God rests. 
  • Leviticus 21: 12 stated that the anointed ones were to remain in the sanctuary (dedicated to the service of the Lord) “… nor profane the sanctuary of his God, for the CROWN of the anointing oil of his God is upon him”.
  • The one on whom the anointing rested was equated with a king, indicating the dominion and power in the presence of the Holy Spirit on the person. The Spirit also rested on two men who remained in the tabernacle and prophesied (Num 11: 26). They were so consumed with the Holy Spirit that they devoted themselves full time to the prophetic ministry.
The term “filled with the Spirit” :
  • was also used to describe the creative anointing that came upon the craftsmen and women who created the Tabernacle, Ark and their instruments. This means that they oozed with creativity in this particular dimension (Num 31: 3-6; 28: 3; 35: 10, 25- 26, 35; 36: 1-2).
  • The Spirit of the Lord fell on Ezekiel (Eze 11: 25), seemingly an unexpected event. Isaiah talked about hte Spirit of the lord being upon him (Isa 61:1) and went on to describe the effects of the anointing in the rest of the chapter.
  • The significance of the anointing with oil was apparently unspoken until David was anointed and Prophet Samuel revealed the secret clearly, saying that` the Spirit of the Lord came upon him (1 Sam 16: 13). David was never the same and the evidence of the anointing was revealed in his skillful playing, superhuman feats and wisdom.
Jesus prepared the disciples for the Holy Spirit coming upon them
  • by describing the event as the baptism with the Holy Ghost. He also made a parallel between the baptism with the Holy Ghost and the baptism of John (why did He not use the example of Himself baptizing people?). The secret is found in John 1: 26-37 in which John the Baptist told the Pharisees that he was going about baptizing people in order to find the Messiah who he knew he would have to baptize.
  • He plainly said that he did not know who the Messiah was, but the Holy Ghost had told him about the sign of the Messiah. The sign was that the Holy Spirit would descend from heaven and remain on Him. The Holy Spirit did indeed come like a dove from heaven and did rest on Jesus and God also verbally approved Him.
  • In other words, the baptism of John was to help John to identify the Christ (he kept saying that I knew Him not) and to give him a testimony or true witness of who Christ was. The purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to reveal Christ to the believer so that he or she can bear witness of who Christ is. John baptized people in water for the repentance of sins and the Holy Spirit will dip the believer in the river of life for the remission of ignorance about Christ.

Got to go now. More to come. Why did the sound of wind come from heaven/ What was the evidence of the baptism?

Advertisements