Jesus’ Baptism Part 3
What do we do to gain the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire if it is not by our own work?
Ask, Look and Listen.
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!”
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
Again, it is really faith that is our only task. Faith that our Father wants to make Himself known and will do so when we ask Him.
After Jesus ascended into heaven the disciples did not go about fulfilling the great commission. They waited in prayer asking for the Holy Spirit to be sent. Why? Because salvation is not about making workers, it is about God uniting Himself to us. So there was no mission until there was first that unity brought by the Spirit.
They did nothing till the Spirit came, just as Jesus had done nothing till the Spirit descended on Him as a dove.
“Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5
After The Holy Spirit came down in Pentecost He did everything. He lead them, spoke through them, emboldened them and convicted those around them of Jesus’s divinity.
Just as God always did the works in the Old Testament, God is still the only one doing the works in the New Testament. He bears the fruit, He makes us new, He saves others through His own Spirit in us. Just as He saw those with faith as His friends and included them in His works, He does this still through His Spirit.
All we are to do is ask and wait in faith. Faith that the pleasure He has in His Son is ours as well.
Just remember Jesus’ response to the leper. The leper said, “Lord if you are willing you can make me clean” and Jesus answered the man, “I am willing, be clean.”
I am willing. This is His answer to those who come to Him. He’s been calling to you ever since He gave His life for you on the cross, ever since He prepared a place for you in His Father’s house. Do not doubt His unconditional love and willingness. Never believe the lie that God is unwilling to do the thing He sent His Son to die for. To make you His child in the image of His Son.
Especially if you do not see the answer right away. The disciples did not say one prayer and that was it. If the Spirit does not come immediately, it is not because He is not going to give you His baptism.
If there is waiting, it is for you.
Please consider this, “And we boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
There’s something else that gives us perseverance that leads to character and hope, and that is waiting. Nothing strengthens faith like a test of faith in waiting longer than we expected.
Just keep asking, no matter what. Do not doubt His love or willingness. Remind yourself of His faithful love and promises whenever you begin to doubt.
Stay firm in your hope. Seek Him with all of your heart. He does not disappoint.
Next blog will cover to Look and Listen ^_^