“The Baptism of the Holy Spirit I” – Lesson # 4
The baptism of the Holy Spirit comes to the person, once he or she has accepted Christ Jesus and has been baptized in the water (Acts 2:38). At the end of Acts 1, the Apostles were together, united, and praying. They had been preparing to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which Jesus had promised.
1. What special feast were they celebrating in Jerusalem? Acts 2:1
The Feast of Pentecost was an event celebrated at the end of the harvest. It was always celebrated 50 days after the Feast of Passover. This took place 42 to 45 days after the death and resurrection of Jesus.
2. What happened on that day? Acts 2:2-4
- A Roaring Sound: “like the blowing of violent wind” it was not a violent wind, it says that it was “like a mighty wind”.
- Tongues: like tongues of fire, not necessarily fire, but looked like it (These two descriptions for the sound and the tongues are figures of speech to describe the intensity of the moment. Example of Figures of Speech: “deep as the Ocean”, “hot as the Sun”, “tall as a Sequoia tree”)
- Filled with the Holy Spirit: They felt filled with the Holy Spirit
- Witness: The apostles began to preach in different languages immediately, witnessing about Jesus to all who were present
3. According to what we have read, what is the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Acts 2:4-8, 12
It is the equipping and the power that God gives us, once we commit our lives to Him, so we can live and proclaim the Gospel of salvation to those who don’t know it. These men were mostly poor fishers and now through the baptism of the Holy Spirit they became awesome public speakers and effective evangelists.
Have you ever desired the baptism of the Holy Spirit in your life? Why don’t you pause now and ask God in prayer, for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
4. Why did God give the apostles the gift of tongues at that particular moment? Acts 2:5,8-10
Many foreigners from different nations and languages were in Jerusalem for the Festivities. There were people of Jewish descent, whose previous generations have been spread all over during the time of captivity. They were in Jerusalem for the special feasts, yet they did not speak Hebrew. The word “tongues” in the Biblical context here is referring to “languages”.
5. What does the Bible say about the gift of tongues?
- Not all who have the Spirit, speak in tongues (some have other gifts) I Corinthians 12:28, 30
- It is for the edification of the church I Corinthians 14:5
- Everyone must understand what is being said during the church service. I Corinthians 14: 13, 18, 28
- Those who speak, must take turns. God is a God of order, not a God of confusion. I Corinthians 14: 27, 31, 33, 40
- The Apostle Paul had the gift of tongues (I Corinthians 14:18), that is how he was able to preach in several countries in different languages.
CONCLUSION: I would like to invite you to:
Ask God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit in your life. You can have the power to lead others to the salvation that only Jesus can offer.
Prayer: My God, help me to become friends with the Holy Spirit. Dear Holy Spirit, please stay by my side, and in my life. I thank you for I know you want to be side by side with me to defend me and to give me power. I would like to have the very same power the Apostles had on the Day of Pentecost. AMEN.