The Holy Spirit is God. ” God is a Spirit” (John 4:24closeJohn 4:24 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV) closeJohn 4:24closeJohn 4:24 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV) 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” (ESV) ). ” There is one Spirit” (Ephesians 4:4closeEphesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— (ESV) closeEphesians 4:4closeEphesians 4:4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— (ESV) There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— (ESV) ). To become a subject in the kingdom of God, Jesus said a person must be “born again” or “born of water and of the Spirit” (John 3:3-5closeJohn 3:3-5 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (ESV) closeJohn 3:3-5closeJohn 3:3-5 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (ESV) Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. (ESV) ). The birth of the Spirit and the baptism of the Spirit are synonymous terms. The apostle Peter understood this truth as he spoke to the multitude in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost: ” Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38closeActs 2:38 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV) closeActs 2:38closeActs 2:38 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV) 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (ESV) ).

 This experience was received by the Jews on Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4closeActs 2:1-4 The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And spanided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (ESV) closeActs 2:1-4closeActs 2:1-4 The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And spanided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (ESV) The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And spanided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (ESV) ), the Samaritans (Acts 8:15-17closeActs 8:15-17 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. (ESV) closeActs 8:15-17closeActs 8:15-17 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. (ESV) 15 who came down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16 for he had not yet fallen on any of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17 Then they laid their hands on them and they received the Holy Spirit. (ESV) ), and the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-48closeActs 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (ESV) closeActs 10:44-48closeActs 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (ESV) The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (ESV) ), plainly indicating that it was meant for all people, regardless of race, creed, color, or station of life. The new birth, consisting of water and Spirit, was never set forth as being optional or unessential. ” Ye must be born again” are the words of Jesus in John 3:7closeJohn 3:7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (ESV) closeJohn 3:7closeJohn 3:7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (ESV) Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ (ESV) . Until a person is born of the Spirit, he cannot be called a “son” of God.

THE EVIDENCE

There are two major evidences of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The initial, outward evidence is speaking with tongues, which means speaking miraculously in languages the speaker does not know.

Speaking with other tonges has been connected with Spirit baptism since the beginning of the church age. On the birthday of the New Testament church, the Day of Pentecost after Christ’s ascension, approximately 120 disciples of Christ were inundated by the Spirit of God and ” began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (Acts 2:1-4closeActs 2:1-4 The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And spanided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (ESV) closeActs 2:1-4closeActs 2:1-4 The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And spanided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (ESV) The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2:1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And spanided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (ESV) ). The household of an Italian centurion received the same spiritual experience, which the Jewish Christian onlookers readily identified, ” for the heard them speak with tongues” (Acts 10:44-48closeActs 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (ESV) closeActs 10:44-48closeActs 10:44-48 The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (ESV) The Holy Spirit Falls on the Gentiles 44 While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. 45 And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. 46 For they were hearing them speaking in tongues and extolling God. Then Peter declared, 47 “Can anyone withhold water for baptizing these people, who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?” 48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to remain for some days. (ESV) ). In acts 19:1-6, a group of John the Baptist’s disciples heard about the Holy Ghost from the apostle Paul; they too were filled with the Spirit, “and they spake with tongues.”

We can not adequately express with our own words the ecstasy experienced in the baptism of the Spirit. Only through unaccustomed words of heavenly coherence can we utter what our souls would express.

Speaking in tongues also indicates the complete control of the Spirit over our human wills.  The tongue is the most unruly member of the body (James 3:8closeJames 3:8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (ESV) closeJames 3:8closeJames 3:8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (ESV) but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. (ESV) ), and its being tamed by God is evidence of His complete control.

Further evidence of the Spirit’s abiding presence in our lives is the fruit of the Spirit, which Paul spoke of in Galations 5:22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

THE PROMISE

 The apostle Peter made it very plain in the message on the Day of Pentecost that the gift of the Holy Ghost is for everyone: ” For the promise is unto you, and to your children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call” (Acts 2:39closeActs 2:39 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (ESV) closeActs 2:39closeActs 2:39 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (ESV) 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” (ESV) ).  (See Luke 11:13closeLuke 11:13 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (ESV) closeLuke 11:13closeLuke 11:13 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (ESV) 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (ESV) ) Our faith, obedience and submission to the Lord Jesus and His gospel qaulify us for this most joyous of all experiences. (See Acts 5:32; 11:15-17closeActs 5:32 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 11:15-17 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” (ESV) closeActs 5:32closeActs 5:32 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” (ESV) 32 And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.” Acts 11:15-17closeActs 11:15-17 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” (ESV) 15 As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as on us at the beginning. 16 And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ 17 If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God's way?” (ESV) .) As Isaiah 12:3closeIsaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (ESV) closeIsaiah 12:3closeIsaiah 12:3 With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (ESV) With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation. (ESV) states, “With joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.”

Seek Him today, for ” he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6closeHebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (ESV) closeHebrews 11:6closeHebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (ESV) And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (ESV) ). “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters” (Isaiah 55:1closeIsaiah 55:1 The Compassion of the Lord 55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 55:1closeIsaiah 55:1 The Compassion of the Lord 55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price. (ESV)
The Compassion of the Lord 55:1 “Come, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price. (ESV)
).  THIS MEANS YOU!