I have been reading a book on prophecy written by my friend Ben Dixon. He uses a lot of Scripture references, which I appreciate, many of which are from the book of Acts. As I was reading I felt Abba nudge me to go and read Acts again, which is one of my favorite books anyway. As I have been reading there are different things that He started highlighting to me and started to talk to me about. I also feel that I am supposed to write what He is showing me. So I am going to start sharing these insights as I go. I actually had to go back to the beginning to start there.
Acts 1:4-5 (TPT) … Jesus instructed them, “Don’t leave Jerusalem, but wait here until you receive the gift I told you about, the gift the Father has promised. For John baptized you in water, but in a few days from now you will be baptized in the Holy Spirit!”
Reading this Scripture got me thinking about a conversation I had a while ago with a co-worker. He was concerned that he might need to get baptized again because there is a reference that says to be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and other references that say be baptized in the Name of Jesus. As both of these baptisms are baptisms in water, with the same intent and purpose, I did not see any difference in the two. As I was pondering this conversation (He doesn’t bring these things up without purpose), I hear a question. “What is the baptism of Jesus?” Then I hear, “It is different that being baptized in water in Jesus’ name.” This brought me to the gospels where Jesus was about to be baptized by John the Baptist.
Matthew 3:11 (TPT) Those who repent I baptize with water, but there is coming a Man after me who is more powerful than I am. In fact, I’m not even worthy enough to pick up his sandals. He will submerge you into union with the Spirit of Holiness and with a raging fire!
And in Luke 3:16 He says, “I can only baptize you in this river, but He will baptize you into the Spirit of holiness and into his raging fire.”
So it is pretty apparent that the baptism of Jesus involves fire and the Holy Spirit, and that it is separate to baptism in water. Some would call this the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Ultimately it is a gift that is released by the Father. Just in writing this you can see how the Trinity works together in unison, they are not separate but are one. When we receive the baptism of Jesus, He submerges us into union with a raging fire and the Spirit of holiness. The fire burns away what hinders us from entering into the union with the Spirit. In the submersion, we are burned clean at a deeper level, in our spirit. And this fire becomes evidence as we are endued or seized with power (Acts 1:8). This power is a gift for us, in that it puts us in a place to encounter Abba on a deeper level. But, ultimately it is for others, as the Spirit empowers us to go and boldly share the gospel with accompanying signs and wonders. Fulfilling what Jesus told us to do in Mark 16.
Then in Acts 2, we get to see the release of the Father’s promise as His Holy Spirit power and fire are released upon the disciples in the upper room, and today we still get to see His promise released. How awesome is that?
Acts 2:1-4 (TPT) On the day Pentecost was being fulfilled, all the disciples were gathered in one place. Suddenly they heard the sound of a violent blast of wind rushing into the house from out of the heavenly realm. The roar of the wind was so overpowering it was all anyone could bear! Then all at once, a pillar of fire appeared before their eyes. It separated into tongues of fire that engulfed each one of them. They were all filled and equipped with the Holy Spirit and were inspired to speak in tongues—empowered by the Spirit to speak in languages they had never learned!