The End Times Holy Spirit Part 2
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
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Please do not let the title end times Holy Spirit confuse or distract; the series is titled this way for the benefit of the search engines. This series of articles deals with the Holy Spirit and our relationships with Him in these last days.
This is the second in a series of 13 articles on the Holy Spirit to help our understanding as we enter into these last days. It is our position that we are not yet in the end times but that we are in the process of entering into them and we need to start preparation now.
What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit? Part 2
The End Times Holy Spirit is a series of articles to help us understand relationships of the Holy Spirit in these end times in which we live.
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 1 Cor. 12:12-13
The Human Body Is A Picture Of Christ And Of His Church.
The human body is a picture of Christ and of His church. The picture is practical and descriptive: the human body is one organism, one person, one being, one life; yet it has many members or parts to it. However, despite its many parts, the body is still one organic whole. All the parts of the body are still in the body and actually form the body, enabling it to function.
“So also is Christ.” Christ is One Organism, One Person, One Being, One Life; yet He too has many members or parts to His body. However, despite the many parts to His body, His body is still one organic whole. All the parts of His body actually give Him form and enable Him to function. The point is that the human body and the body of Christ picture what the end times Holy Spirit does.
The Holy Spirit Baptizes Believers Into One Body
The end times Holy Spirit baptizes believers into one body, that is, into Christ Himself. When we really believe in Christ (note the significant phrase “in Christ” which is so often found in Scripture.
· The end times Holy Spirit immerses us into the death of Jesus Christ. God actually counts us as “in Christ,” as “in the body of Christ.” God sees us as having already died in the body of Christ. Therefore, having died in Christ, we never have to die.
· The end times Holy Spirit immerses us into the resurrection of Christ. God counts and sees us as having already been raised from the dead in the body of Christ. Therefore, we already have the new life of Christ, both abundant and eternal life.
· The end times Holy Spirit immerses us into the purpose of Jesus Christ. God counts and sees us in the body of Christ working and carrying out the very same purpose as His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The point is powerful: we—all genuine believers—owe our very existence to the baptism of the end times Holy Spirit. All that we have received of God is due to one thing and to one thing only: the baptism of the end times Holy Spirit into the very body of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself. God recognizes and acknowledges us...
· only if we have“believed in” the Lord Jesus Christ.
· only if we have been “baptized into” the body of the Lord Jesus Christ.
God Must See Us In Christ
God has to see us “in Christ,” “in the body of Christ” in order to accept and approve us. Picture the scene: there is the body of Christ—out there. When God looks at the body of Christ, He sees us in Christ; then God accepts and approves us—no matter who we are. We may be Jew or Gentile, a slave or a free man—it does not matter. If we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, the end times Holy Spirit takes us and baptizes us into the body of Christ. God sees and accepts, counts and credits us as in Christ, as in the body of Christ.
The Holy Spirit Dwells In The Life And Body of All True Believers.
There is another significant fact in this verse as well. We “have all been made to drink into one Spirit”; that is, the Spirit has entered our bodies. He dwells within the hearts and lives of all believers. Believers are not only immersed “into the body of Christ” by the end times Holy Spirit...but the Holy Spirit is immersed or placed into the lives and bodies of believers.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you” (John 14:16-17).
“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9).
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” (1 Cor. 3:16).
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Cor. 6:19).
How To Receive The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me, for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." Acts 1:4-5
If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" Luke 11:13
Possible Because Christ Has Come.
And he preached, saying, "There comes One after me who is mightier than I, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to stoop down and loose. 8I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit." Mark 1:7-8
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