By Dr. Richard Ing
BAPTISM IN THE HOLY
There were at least two magnificent things the Lord Jesus
did for us that changed the course of history and paved the way for a new race
of people in His image. First, Jesus
died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. He served as our sin sacrifice for all
eternity. Then, the Lord gave us His
Holy Spirit to dwell in us. When you
become born again, God gives you a new heart and a new spirit. Then, He puts His Spirit in you. Ezekiel 36:25-27; 18:31; 11:19-20.
The Holy Spirit is just a tiny seed in your heart. It is called an earnest deposit. 2 Co. 1:22; 2 Co.
5:5; Eph. 1:14. The fullness comes later
as we grow in the Spirit. The true
Christian walk is one in the Spirit and not in the flesh. Ro. 8:1-14.
All true Christians are led by the Spirit of God. Ro. 8:14.
When Jesus was walking in the flesh on earth, He said, "Follow
Me!" When He returned to heaven, He
said, "Follow the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of
Jesus. They are One. Phil. 1:19; Ac. 3:20; 1 Jn. 5:7, 8.
The early church was birthed in fire power from heaven. The same power is available to all Christians
today by and through the Holy Spirit that dwells in them. Jesus did all of His miracles through the
Holy Spirit that came to dwell in Him when He was water baptized by John, the
Baptist. Mat. 3:16; Mk. 1:10. That's why the Lord Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He
that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works
than these shall be do; because I go unto my Father." Jn. 14:12.
All born-again Christians have the same Holy Spirit in them
that Jesus had and who did all those wonderful miracles in the Bible. Ro. 8:11. "And
these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils;
they shall speak with new tongues . . . they shall lay hands on the sick, and
they shall recover." Mk. 16:17,
The devil does not want you to know that and has been busy
deceiving the church so that few churches are paying attention to the Holy
Spirit and seeking spiritual power today.
You need the Holy Spirit power to cast out devils, heal the
sick and raise the dead. In order to
have spiritual power you need to be baptized in the Holy Sprit. If you are not baptized in the Holy Spirit,
you can only pray and ask God to do something and hope that He will do it. Once you are baptized in the Holy Spirit,
however, you can just do it yourself in the name of Jesus. You will be able to command spirits to leave
and sicknesses to go. All the champions
of God that performed marvelous miracles in the past were tongue-speaking, Holy
Spirit filled and baptized Christians.
Smith Wigglesworth, T. L. Osborne, Benny Hinn and Oral Roberts were all
baptized in the Holy Spirit and spoke in strange tongues.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus said, "But
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
all Judaea, and in Samaria,
and unto the uttermost part of the earth." In
other words, after you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, you will have power to
testify, followed by signs and wonders in the Holy Spirit.
Water baptism is when you are submerged in water. You participate with Jesus on the cross and
in His death and burial. When you come
out of the water, you come up into resurrection life with Jesus. Ro. 6:3-5.
The Holy Spirit is in you as a small deposit. He is like a small light in you. As you walk faithfully with God and grow
spiritually, the light becomes bigger and bigger until the Day Star rises in
your heart and you become like the Lord Jesus, the bright and morning
star. 2 Pet. 1:19; Rev. 2:28; Rev.
22:16. No, you will not be a god, but
the Holy Spirit in you will fill you until you shine like the morning
In Acts 2, the disciples were gathered in one place when all
of a sudden, a sound from heaven like a rushing wind came where they were
sitting and there appeared cloven tongues of fire on each of them. This was all in the Spirit. They began to speak in new tongues. Acts 2:1-4.
It was a stammering type of language and was prophesied in Zephaniah
Tongues is the language of angels. Demons hate it. Your mind cannot understand it, but your
spirit does. God does too. Sometimes, others can interpret your tongues
through the Holy Spirit. 1 Co. 12:10.
After they spoke in new tongues, the followers of Jesus
Christ had power to do miracles. Ac.
3:1-11; Ac. 5:12, 15; etc. Tongues is
for all Christians, but the devil has deceived the church into disregarding it
and many churches do not teach it.
That's why the church has very little spiritual power today. Tongues is for you too.
There is nothing for you to do but believe and desire to be
baptized in the Holy Spirit. You don't
need anyone to lay hands on you in order to be baptized in the Holy Spirit,
although it would be helpful. If you
want to be baptized in the Holy Spirit, lift up your hands to heaven, close
your eyes, and just believe and pray:
Dear Jesus, I want to serve you with
all my heart and preach the gospel of salvation to others with power and signs
and wonders following. I believe in you
and you are my God and Savior. I forgive
all those that have sinned against me and I repent of my own sins. Please forgive me and wash me clean with your
I believe in the baptism of the Holy
Spirit and I want to cast out devils, heal the sick and do miracles. I promise to give you all the glory. Please baptize me in the Holy Spirit and give
me a new tongue.
I now open my heart to the Holy Spirit
and receive the baptism with thanksgiving.
Thank-you, Jesus. Amen.
There is nothing for you to do but believe it and receive
it. Now, open your mouth and start to
speak in new tongues. Some start off by
saying, "Halleluia, Halleluia, Hallelu, lu, lu, lu - " Then, a new tongue comes to them.
You have to move your lips and say something in faith - whatever
comes up to you. You cannot just wag
your tongue. Close your eyes and in your
mind's eye, look at your stomach. (The
Holy Spirit dwells in the innermost part of man, in the "belly.) "He
that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
rivers of living water." Jn.
7:38. Strange words are coming up. Speak them out loud. Speak it, Say it, Do it.
Keep on going. You
will know when you are baptized in the Holy Spirit. Some people feel light or feel like rain drops
falling on them. Physical sensations are
not important, however. Just faith. You will find a joy you never had
before. Thank God for it.