- Apr 18, 2017
You do , I hope understand that it was no yet available to get born again in the period of the Gospels? Water baptist is all they had.
However, AFTER Jesus rose from the dead, He did breath on them and told them to receive the Holy Spirit (which SEALED them).....
John 20:22 New International Version (NIV)
22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
Right before Jesus left Earth, Jesus told them to tarry for the Promise of the Father which is BAPTISM with the Holy Spirit. The BAPTISM with the Holy Spirit happened at Pentecost.
Jesus had also told His disciples to.......
Matthew 28:19 New International Version (NIV)
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Water Baptism does NOT save but, it is a sign of the New Covenant IN CHRIST much like circumcision. Circumcision did not save but, it was very important.
(NOTE: When God makes a promise and wants to bind Himself to fulfilling it, He likes to give the promise or covenant a sign - like the rainbow that He gave when He promised to not flood the entire Earth anymore.)
The Holy Spirit Baptism is the empowering of the Believer to witness of Jesus Christ in the Earth and to have fellowship with God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) and other Believers.
The power of the Holy Spirit is always with us but, if we resist, quench, grieve, or neglect the Holy Spirit, we become powerless - like a cellphone that only has 2%. We need to learn to stay FILLED with the Holy Spirit.
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