- The baptism of the Holy Spirit is God’s promise fulfilled. Again the disciples gathered for prayer, and on this occasion God chose to fulfill His promise.
- People must actively seek this baptism in order to receive it. The disciples were waiting in Jerusalem as Jesus had asked them. They gathered regularly and waited. Waiting takes a lot of patience. The fruit of the Spirit attained through salvation includes patience as an attribute. The Holy Spirit was already active in the lives of the believers. The gatherings, however, were about waiting for the baptism – not just the Holy Spirit. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a special work of God, in those who believe, to empower them to boldly share their faith.
- The Holy Spirit seeks those who seek the holiness of God. The baptism of the Holy Spirit will not just come on anyone. There has to be a genuine effort on the part of the believer to live out God’s way of life. It should be evident in public and in private. You cannot have secret sins and expect to be baptized by the Holy Spirit. You have to be on a journey to be holy as God is holy. 1 Peter 1:16 compels us to be holy. Verse 15 adds the word behavior. Salvation is a change of behaviors. We turn away from the behaviors that separate us from God and under the unction of the Holy Spirit we are gifted with His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). This gifting leads us to desire God’s holiness (or right way for living). Only in seeking holiness (not perfection) can we experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
- The initial evidence of baptism is speaking in tongues. Several times in Acts the baptism of the Holy Spirit is evident through prophecy and speaking in unknown languages (whether heavenly or languages of earth). We will see this when Peter explains his encounter at the home of Cornelius later in the book of Acts. See our statement of belief to learn more.
- True spiritual moves will be followed by signs and wonders. The baptism of the Holy Spirit drew thousands of people to the followers of Christ. We know this because 3,000 will believe and become followers of Christ on this day. The first baptism event was so powerful that it became a sign of wonderment to those who did not understand. People from foreign lands were hearing their language being spoken by common, everyday men and women.
- Signs and wonders will need to be explained. From the standpoint of those who did not yet follow Christ, the followers of Christ must have appeared drunk. Peter stepped forward to explain the truth of what was happening. Signs and wonders followed and an explanation was needed to help people understand. The people who had gathered we amazed and perplexed. They needed someone to help them grasp the significance of this work. Peter’s explanation would help thousands of people to grasp the truth of the gospel (the good news).
Join us Sunday night as we gather again to explore more about the work of the Holy Spirit in the church family and how the church can make a significant impact within its community.