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Holy Spirit Baptism 4 – New Covenant Baptism Begins!

The Lord Himself establishes the pattern of New Testament Baptism beginning with Himself. (Matthew 3:13–17; Mark 1:9–11; Luke 3:21–23)

Jesus was born of the Spirit,  filled with the Spirit, led by the Spirit, empowered by the Spirit, and offered as a sacrifice on the cross for the eternal Spirit. He breathed the Holy Spirit into His disciples and prayed that the Father would send the Spirit to His followers.

Luk 24:49  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”

John 14:16
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

John 15:26
But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:

John 16:7
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

Joh 20:21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
Joh 20:22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
John 7:39
He was speaking about the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were later to receive. For the Spirit had not yet been given, because Jesus had not yet been glorified.
Acts 1:8
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 2:3 They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. KJV
New Living Translation
And everyone present was filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other languages, as the Holy Spirit gave them this ability.

Acts 2:17,18
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:


31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.


 Acts 8

12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.

14 When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and John to Samaria. 15When they arrived, they prayed for the new believers there that they might receive the Holy Spirit, 16because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 17Then Peter and John placed their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.

18 When Simon saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles’ hands, he offered them money
19  and said, “Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Holy Spirit.”

20 Peter answered: “May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of God with money!


44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word.
45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered,
47 “Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?
48 And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then they asked him to stay a few days.

Acts 19:1-7 NKJV:

And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would 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 hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.
Now the men were about twelve in all.

BST_Baptism-of-Christ

Christ is our model of a Spirit-filled life, and He presents the same life to us by giving us the Spirit of God. When we are baptized in the Holy Spirit, guess who is doing that baptism? It is none other than Jesus, the Baptizer with the Holy Spirit. Many know Jesus as a Lamb; however, now it’s time to meet the Baptizer. Some came to the cross, but now it’s time to come to Pentecost.

Let the life of Jesus be an example for us to follow – we are called to pick up our cross and follow Him. We cannot do this unless we rely on the Holy Spirit as He did.

Let’s pray:

Heavenly Father, thank you for the Holy Ghost. Holy Spirit, help me to be more like Jesus.

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