Baptism of the Holy Ghost

We believe in the promise of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) according to John the Baptist in Matthew 3 and Jesus in Acts 1.  We believe this is an essential component to the New Birth/Born Again experience Jesus described in John 3 to Nicodemus as well as in alignment with the instructions given by Peter to those seeking on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2:38-39).

“He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” – Matthew 3:11
“Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost no many days hence” – Acts 1:5

Luke records that the promise was received by the believers gathered in Jerusalem in the upper room on the Day of Pentecost.

“They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” – Acts 2:4

The terms “baptize with the Holy Ghost and fire”, “filled with the Holy Ghost”, “filled with the Holy Spirit”, and “gift of the Holy Ghost” have the same meaning and are used interchangeably in the Bible.

It is scriptural and completely accurate to expect all who receive the gift, filling, or baptism of the Holy Spirit to receive the same physical, initial sign (evidence) of speaking with other tongues.

Speaking with other tongues, as recorded in Acts 2:4, 10:46, and 19:6, and the gift of tongues as explained in I Corinthians 12 and 14 are the same in essence, but different in use and purpose.

The Lord spoke through the prophet Joel saying, “I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh” (Joel 2:28).  Peter explained this phenomenal experience saying,“Having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he (Jesus) hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.” (Acts 2:33)

It is also important to note that those who are filled with the Spirit will bear the fruit of the Spirit as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23.

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22-23