It’s Walk in the Spirit Wednesday. During our month of Spiritual Renewal we are learning how to pray more deeply, study the Bible book by book and walk in the Spirit. There is much argument among denominations today about the filling of the Holy Spirit versus the baptism of the Holy Spirit. I don’t remember the quote entirely, but R.A. Torrey says that it doesn’t matter what you call it, just get it. We need to learn how to operate under the power of the Holy Spirit rather than our own. This was the secret to the great evangelists during the Great Awakenings in America. Those who are praying for revival need to know how to pray in the Spirit and those preaching need to learn to preach through the power of the Holy Spirit. You may wish to look at my post from last week called “10 Bible Verses on the Filling of the Holy Spirit”.
According to Romans 8:9, everyone who is saved has the gift of the Holy Spirit, “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His” Romans 8:9 (NKJV). Isaiah describes what happens to a believer at the time of salvation, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them” Ezekiel 36:26-27 (NKJV) . This gift of the Holy Spirit at salvation is referred to as the baptism of the Holy Spirit. It occurs only one time. The Bible also says that we are sealed by the Holy Spirit, who is the guarantor of our inheritance. So not only do we receive this baptism of the Holy Spirit, but we are also sealed so we cannot lose this gift of the Holy Spirit.
The filling of the Holy Spirit is also mentioned in scripture. Although every believer is baptized by the Holy Spirit, not everyone is filled with the Holy Spirit. One can be filled with the Holy Spirit today and walking in the flesh the next day. I hope you will study the difference between these two and learn how to walk in the Spirit. Next week we will discuss the difference between walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh.
10 Verses on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Mark 1:8 (NKJV)
I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 1:5 (NKJV)
for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 2:37-38 (NKJV)
Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 10:45 (NKJV)
And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
John 7:37-39 (NKJV)
On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
John 3:5 (NKJV)
Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
Titus 3:4-5 (NKJV)
But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,
Ephesians 1:13-14 (NKJV)
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
1 Corinthians 12:13 (NKJV)
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free–and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.