Two Wonderful Results
What God Accomplishes in Us through the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
For what purposes is the baptism in the Holy Spirit given? Or, put another way, what results does God desire to produce in the life of the believer through baptizing us in the Holy Spirit? We will seek to answer those questions, at least in part, in this Teaching Legacy letter.
Before addressing those questions speciﬁcally, let me emphasize three general points in connection with the baptism in the Holy Spirit: First, in the life of the believer, the Holy Spirit never plays the role of a dictator. He brings freedom, not bondage. Therefore, He will only direct and control us to the degree we ourselves voluntarily yield that direction and control of our lives and our personalities to Him. Second, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is one main, integral part of God’s total provision for the believer in Christ. As such, it can never properly be separated from other main aspects of Christian experience and duty. Those include regular personal Bible study, a daily life of consecration and self-denial, and active participation in the life of a vigorous and spiritual local church. If the baptism in the Spirit ever becomes isolated from these other aspects of Christian experience, it loses its true signiﬁcance and fails to achieve its true purpose. Third, the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gateway leading not merely to new spiritual blessings, but also to new spiritual conﬂicts. Therefore, every Christian who receives this experience needs to be forewarned and forearmed. Each of us needs to “put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:13–17). In particular, we need to take
up and use “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (verse 17). Now let’s consider the results the baptism in the Holy Spirit is intended to produce in the life and experience of each believer. Under that heading are eight main results. In this article, we will be looking at two... [continues]
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