Becoming A Witness-Part 2

Posted By on Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BECOMING A WITNESS - PART TWO

“He… whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: He shall immerse you.” This is the “Baptism of Jesus in the Holy Spirit.”

The word “baptize” is a Greek word which means “to immerse.” Through an intensely powerful experience in which we are immersed into the Holy Spirit, Jesus gains control of our entire being. There is an indication, or sign that has been given to confirm that we have been fully immersed – we will begin to speak in an unknown (to us) tongue.

It cannot be said Scripturally that tongues is the “evidence” of receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. However, the Lord has provided a “witness” to the fact of a total immersion. The Word tells us that our tongue is the most unruly member of our body.

“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.” James 3:2

Thus, when the Holy Spirit gains control of this member (our tongue), it is reasonable to say that all other members are already under His control.

When Moses went up into the Mount, the children of Israel said, “All that the Lord has spoken, we will do” (Exodus 19:8). The Old Testament is a testimony that good intentions cannot fulfill the law of God, as they utterly failed. Something more is needed – the ability to obey. Ezekiel 36:26-27 reveals a new covenant in which this ability is given to us by the Lord.

“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. And I will put My Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments, and do them.”