The common denominator in everyone who is baptised in the Holy Spirit is to speak in new tongues.
The tongues allows us to go into deep realms of prayer. The bible says that we do not know how we should pray as we ought, but the spirit intercedes for us with expressions, longings that cannot be “intelligibly” articulated (Romans 8:26).
Communication with man is in the heart of God when he made him, but with the fall, man’s capacity to connect with God who is Spirit (John 4:24) was severally limited, but when the believers are baptised in the Holy Spirit, that problem is rectified as we speak in new tongues.
There is something illogical in speaking in tongues. That is why Paul said that when he speaks his tongues his natural mind is shut down (1Corinthians 14:2, 4, 14-15, 18), it is unfruitful, however when we speak in tongues we speak mysteries in the unseen realm even though in the earthly realm we are not making any sense at all (gibberish?).
When we pray in tongues we get to go build up ourselves, we increase our spiritual capacity, and no other form of prayer does that. Also that gives you the ability to pray without ceasing (1Thessalonians 5:17). It is with speaking in tongues that we can do that, in which you set out to pray bypassing whatever is going on in the mind, or not going on there.
Paul encouraged people to be filled with the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues as a consequence of that. He met some disciples in Ephesus and the first thing he asked them was: have you receive the Holy Spirit since you believe (Acts 19:1-7)? There is not a more important question we can ask people. Not: “do you enough money?” not: “are you well educated?” not: “are you for me or against me? Or: “are you holy enough?” If only this question was important to the modern day church leaders as it was to Paul, Peter and John!
Paul asked the Galatians church, when you receive the Holy Spirit, was it by the hearing of faith or by the works of the law (Galatians 3:2)?
Receiving the Holy Spirit is by faith. Though it seems that it was something that happened to the 120 people in the upper room and has been a source of confusion ever since. Do I wait for the Holy Spirit as those people did or what (Acts 2)?
Answer? Do not wait for the Holy Spirit to come to you. Why? He has come already. That was what happened at that time in the upper room. Peter said was Jesus pouring out the Holy Spirit. Now the Holy Spirit is active and as many who will receive him by faith, he will fill.
Understanding that the principle of asking and receiving (Matthew 7:7) still operates in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said that we who are evil knows how to give good gifts to our children how much more will God give the Holy spirit to those who ask him (Luke 11:9-13). If you asked for the Holy Spirit prior to the event of Acts two, what do you think would have happened? Nothing. Why? The Holy Spirit had not been given.
John the Baptist introduced Jesus this way: I baptise you with water but he will baptised you with the Holy Spirit. After the event of Acts chapter two when anyone believe in Jesus hands are laid on her to receive the Holy Spirit.
To receive the Holy Spirit should be by faith. Faith is our divine lifeline for everything from God. You must put the principle of “asking and receiving” to work. That means you ask for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:13). Thereafter you must start acting as if you believe, speaking in tongues in faith. Yes, that is what I said, and not wait for any fluffy feeling. Faith in not feeling, but action based on what you believe, and this time around the action is speaking in tongues.
You act on the word of God that whoever believes in Jesus will speak in new tongues (Mark 16:17). That means there is a measure of the exercise of the will even in the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Even after we are baptised in the Holy Spirit and we initially speak in tongues, we still need to be wilful about speaking in tongues going on from there. Some people wait for a special feeling before they can speak in tongues after the initial experience. They do not think biblically but emotionally about speaking in tongues. They should know that just as they spoke in tongues by faith in the first instance, they have to do so every day of their life.
Paul said that he speaks in tongues more than the people in the Corinthians church. He was not being boastful, but just impressing on them how a major part of his life speaking in tongues was, while charging the church to put it in its place and not abuse it.
He said: I will pray with my spirit and with my understanding also. We need to be deliberate about speaking in tongues, carving out hours for it, if we can, and the benefit are incalculable.
Not speaking on tongues makes some Christian feel like second class citizen and they fight that feeling, as they construct and affirm doctrines that seems to declare either that tongues have ceased or that it is just for some people as God sees fit, or that the Pentecostal move is demonic because it emphasises speaking in tongues. That feeling of being second class citizens is actually good, it is to provoke you from your comfort zone of the “sane state” of only speaking in words you understand when you pray.
Paul said that the gentiles receiving salvation through Jesus Christ in droves was meant to drive the Jews into jealousy (Romans 11:11). So instead of rejecting and opposing the whole issue of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, allow yourself to thirst for the experience of it. Enough of sitting on the fence and saying: “what will be will be.” Jesus had poured out the Holy Spirit thousands of years ago.
Jesus died thousands of years ago and you can be saved now by faith, keying into that experience. Jesus does not have to die for you again, before you will be saved. In the same way, he does not have to do anything more than he did two thousand years ago to have you baptised in the Holy Spirit, having released the Holy Spirit at that time. But there is everything for you to do in believing, just as you need to believe to be saved.
Both salvation and the Holy Spirit baptism are about experience in/of the Holy Spirit. There are different experiences of the Holy Spirit.
For salvation you confess Jesus as Lord (Romans 10:9-10), expressing faith in Jesus as saviour, which corresponds to what Paul said that if anyone does not have the spirit of Christ he is none of his (Romans 8:9).
For the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you utter things beyond your understanding, activating the experience of baptism in the Holy Spirit as you express faith in Jesus as baptiser in the Holy Spirit.
- What’s it like to live by the Holy Spirit? (emeraldscribe21.wordpress.com)
- The 3 types of prayer that will see us living life through the spirit. (mpumintombela.wordpress.com)
- Speaking In Tongues: Medical Study Proves Holy Spirit Praying (mmfit1.wordpress.com)
- The Baptism In The Holy Spirit for All is the Biblical Norm. (keithlannon.wordpress.com)
- Who We Pray For (optionalirony.wordpress.com)