"And it came to pass, that, while Apollos
was at Corinth, Paul having passed through
the upper coasts came to Ephesus:
and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy
Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as
heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said
unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And
they said, Unto John's baptism.
"Then said Paul,
John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the
people, that they should believe on Him which should come after him, that
is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the Name
of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy
Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues
and prophesied.” (Acts 19:1-6)
The Apostle Paul was used by the Holy Spirit to
write the majority of the New Testament.
This should tell us beyond all doubt that Paul knew what he was talking about when it came to the things of God.
Apostle Paul speaks every Believer in Jesus Christ should listen.
one point in his life and Ministry, for approximately two years, the Apostle Paul pastored a local
congregation of Christians in an ancient Greek city called Ephesus.
While pastoring in Ephesus, Paul came in contact with some of
John the Baptist’s former disciples. These Ephesians believed
everything John had preached
about the coming of Jesus the Messiah. However, they had not yet heard the full
Message of the Gospel.
These men did not know Jesus had indeed appeared even as John
announced He would. They had not yet heard the necessity of being Born
Again and making Jesus the Lord of their lives.
They also knew nothing at all about the Baptism with the Holy Spirit
which had come into the
Earth at Pentecost some weeks after Jesus' ascension back to Heaven. (Acts 2:1-5)
Apostle Paul first explained to these Ephesians how to make Jesus their
Lord and Savior, leading them into that experience. Each of them accepted
Christ as their Lord and Savior and became members of the Body of Christ.
explained the Good News of Jesus and
leading them into the New Birth, Paul then
revealed there was additional Good News - something subsequent to the New
revealed there was another
experience after the salvation experience called the “Baptism with
This is a special Baptism of Power still available today to all who
are Born Again. Paul led them into this experience as well.
Apostle laid his hands on all twelve of these new Ephesian converts,
they were baptized with the Holy Spirit and they all spoke
with tongues and prophesied.
Natural Illustration of This Supernatural Experience
I can imagine Paul explaining the Baptism with the
Holy Spirit experience to these Ephesians something similar to the following.
Because if you
have, you are now a member of God's forever family and a rightful heir of
all family benefits.
One of those
benefits is the right to pray, “Father, please baptize me with the Holy Spirit and
Power as promised, in
Paul laid his hands on the
Ephesian Believers to receive the Holy Spirit, it is not always necessary for individuals to
have hands laid on them to be baptized with the Holy Spirit.
the Day of Pentecost no less than one hundred and twenty Believers in Jesus
were baptized with the Holy Spirit, speaking in other tongues and no one
laid hands on any of them. (Acts 1:14-15; Acts 2:1-4)
you are Born Again you can pray and receive the
Holy Spirit Baptism and power right there where you are without anyone
laying hands on you or praying for you.
only thing necessary is to believe you will receive the Holy Spirit when you
This is an experience that will radically change your entire
will receive power to enable you to be His fearless witness in the Earth.
ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem and in Judea and in Samaria and
unto the uttermost part of the Earth." (Acts 1:8)
Common Hindrance to Receiving the Baptism with the Holy Spirit
once asked me, "Pastor, what if I receive a counterfeit to the Holy
answered confidently, "You will not receive a counterfeit because Jesus
said, 'If you know how to give good gifts to your own children, how much more
shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?'"
(See Luke 11:5-13.)
you are sincere, having turned your back on a lifestyle of sin, refusing to hold unforgiveness in your heart towards anyone
for any reason, and believe, not doubt, your Heavenly Father will see that
you receive exactly what you ask - the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and
in over thirty years of Christian Ministry and leading Born Again Believers
into the Baptism with the Holy Spirit, I have repeatedly discovered the
times when Believers are having difficulty receiving the Baptism, it will
come into my heart to ask if they read their horoscope.
overwhelming majority of the time, the answer has been
then explain how seeking any source of power or spiritual guidance from
anything or anyone other than Almighty God, grieves the Holy Spirit and
drives Him away.
tell them, "The Bible says in the Book of Leviticus that you are
causing God to turn His face against you. If you repent, He will forgive you
and baptize you with the Holy Spirit."
the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after
wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set My face against that
soul, and will cut him off from among his people. Sanctify yourselves
therefore, and be ye holy: for I am the Lord your God." (Leviticus
those who have been involved with horoscope reading or any other
form of evil spirits, the occult, sorcery or false guidance repent, they
always receive the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and power.
are many other forms of sin which could
easily hinder a Believer from being baptized with the Holy Spirit.
However, it has been my personal experience that a Born Again Believer in
Jesus Christ reading their horoscope is one of the greatest hindrances.
you have been reading your horoscope and will repent, you, too, will receive
the Baptism with the Holy Spirit and power.
Holy Spirit Baptism Evidence of Speaking in Tongues
When you become baptized with the Holy Spirit, you will know it because
you will begin to worship God in an unusual language
that you have never
before spoken - even as the Ephesians did.
That unusual language called
"tongues" is a spiritual prayer language. Some people start out
speaking just a few words, others speak many. Either way, you will receive
if you believe.
"And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy
Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues
and prophesied." (Acts 19:6)
Those unusual words will come right up out of your
belly, or spirit, even as Jesus
"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood
and cried saying, If any man thirst let him come unto Me, and drink. He that
believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water. But this spake He of the Spirit which they that
believe on Him should receive..." (John 7:37-39)
When Jesus said "out of his belly shall flow rivers of
living water" He was referring to the new supernatural prayer language received by
all who are baptized with the Holy Spirit. (Proverbs 18:4; Isaiah 12:3;
Isaiah 44:3; Joel 2:28; John 4:14; John 16:7; Acts 2:17-18,33,38)
Jesus was referring to what the Apostle Paul calls "speaking in
an unknown tongue."
he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men but unto
God..." (1Corinthians 14:2)
this experience is called "praying in other tongues."
Some of the Many Benefits of Praying in Other Tongues
I call praying in other tongues "a hotline to Heaven" because
it is a direct line to Heaven's Throne room.
Praying in other tongues is praying in a supernatural language that Satan cannot
understand, therefore, he cannot interfere with its fulfillment.
prophesying the Holy Spirit Baptism would come to the New Testament
Church, the Old Testament Prophet Isaiah revealed something quite fascinating.
in other tongues would bring supernatural peace, rest and refreshing to the weary,
stressed, confused, fearful and even the grieving. This is something to which
my wife and I, along with millions of
others, can certainly attest.
Sadly, Isaiah also predicted that many
New Testament Believers would reject the supernatural Baptism with the Holy
with stammering lips and another tongue will He speak to this people. To
whom He said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and
this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear." (Isaiah 28:11-12)
Yield yourself to this supernatural gift no
matter what kind of negative or unbelieving talk you may have heard from the
uneducated or the misinformed.
Isaiah predicted this kind of unbelief would occur with many Christians.
People criticize the Baptism with the Holy Spirit as
evidenced by speaking with other tongues because they simply do not know what the
Bible teaches. They either lack knowledge or have been wrongly taught.