Editor’s Note: This is the third in an ongoing series.
After His resurrection, John 20:22 tells us Jesus breathed the Holy Spirit into His disciples. With this act He gave them salvation. But they still had weaknesses (Matthew 28:16) until Acts 1:4-8 in which Jesus said to His disciples, “Wait for the promise of the Father....You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit...You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you shall be witnesses to Me....to the end of the earth.”
The rest of the book of Acts tell us the bold power of the church after they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. Someone said of them, “they have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6)
Salvation includes adopting people into God’s family, to become children of God, but they still need to be empowered and transformed by the filling of the Holy Spirit to be true witnesses of Jesus, including fulfilling the call of God on their life.
Twelve years after my salvation, Jesus Spirit chose to baptize me, filling me with the Holy Spirit.
I was lying on my bed when suddenly, I cried and laughed, stood up and my feet could not stand still. Paul told Timothy the pattern in Acts 9:17 and 1 Timothy 1:13-15 (TPTV).
My transformation as I cooperated with the Holy Spirit included recovery from alcoholism and pornography and to stop taking any upper and downer pills. The Holy Spirit guided me and still is.
What that transformation does for us is to put our life in line with Romans 8.29-30, toward conformity to the image of Jesus and fulfillment of God’s call.
With that goal in mind, we need to guide our children and neighbors, to receive their Spirit baptism by Jesus to prepare them for action when He comes.
Each one, either individually or as a group, should give themselves to pray wholeheartedly with perseverance to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
They will know without a doubt when Jesus answers that prayer.
Robert Jamison is a city managing graduate and Elder in four churches