John the Baptist made the following statement showing that there are two kinds of baptisms.
Mark 1:8 (NIV) I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
This fact is further emphasized by Jesus when He said the following:
Acts 1:5 (NIV) For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 1:8 (NIV) But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
If there was any doubt about it, this passage will clear that up:
Acts 10:44 (NIV) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.
Acts 10:45 (NIV) The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles.
Acts 10:47 (NIV) “Can anyone keep these people from being baptized with water? They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.”
As you can see from the above passage, these people that Peter was preaching to, received the baptism of the Holy Spirit before they were even water baptized. And notice that the Holy Spirit was *poured out* on each of them, not just the men.
Jesus had much to say about why we need the gift of the Holy Spirit. Let’s look at what Jesus said about it.
John 14:16 (NIV) And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–
John 14:17 (NIV) the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.
Notice that Jesus said in verse 17 “For He lives WITH you (presently) and WILL BE in you (after the baptism of the Holy Spirit when He came upon them).
Jesus told them to wait in Jersalem for the promised Holy Spirit, as is pointed out in Act 1:5 which I posted above.
So now they are waiting in Jersalem like Jesus instructed them to do. Notice what happens now.
Acts 2:1 (NIV) When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Acts 2:2 (NIV) Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
Acts 2:3 (NIV) They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.
Acts 2:4 (NIV) All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Notice it didn’t just happen to SOME of them, as verse 4 points out, it was ALL of them. So who are all the ones that were there. The Bible shows us it was about 120 people, His Mother Mary was one of them.
Acts 1:14 (NKJV) These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.
Acts 1:15 (NKJV) And in those days Peter stood up in the midst of the disciples (altogether the number of names was about a hundred and twenty), and said,
The people hearing what was going on, when the Holy Spirit came upon all those who were in the house, gathered and Peter spoke to them. They heard the message of the gospel in their own languages. Peter explained to them that this was the fulfillment of Joel’s prophesy. (Joel chapter 2)
Acts 2:16 (NIV) No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
Acts 2:17 (NIV) “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
Acts 2:18 (NIV) Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
Acts 2:19 (NIV) I will show wonders in the heaven above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
Acts 2:20 (NIV) The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
Acts 2:21 (NIV) And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
Notice again that Joel said this gift of the Holy Spirit would be poured out on SONS and DAUGHTERS. MEN and WOMEN ALIKE.
After all the people heard this message, they said to Peter, what should we do?
This is what he said.
Acts 2:37 (NIV) When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Acts 2:38 (NIV) Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 2:39 (NIV) The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
As you can see in verse 39, this promise of the Holy Spirit was for THEM as well as “FOR ALL whom the Lord our God will call”. So everyone who is called to salvation can receive this gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said we only need to ask for it.
Luke 11:9 (NIV) “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:10 (NIV) For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
Luke 11:11 (NIV) “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead?
Luke 11:12 (NIV) Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?
Luke 11:13 (NIV) If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
Pay close attention to what Jesus said in verse 13. What did He say your Father in Heaven will give to those who ask? The Holy Spirit.
He knew we would need Him in our lives. Jesus said we would need this POWER from on high to help us to be His witnesses and to use these gifts of the Spirit to help people to know Him and be in relationship with Him.
The difference is Holy Spirit’s power to help people. I wouldn’t have been able to survive all the trauma that I have endured in my life if not for the precious gift. He is the One Who gives victory and along with that victory He renews hope to the hopeless. Jesus said we would need this gift. He told His followers to wait for it. He wouldn’t tell them or us to pray to receive something that wasn’t necessary.
They went to Jerusalem as He instructed them to do and they prayed. Men and women alike. All of them. And they received this precious gift of the Holy Spirit Who was then poured out on ALL of them.
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 1:9 (NKJV) Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
Acts 1:10 (NKJV) And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
Acts 1:11 (NKJV) who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:12 (NKJV) Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey.
I believe the Lord wanted me to share these scriptures so that anyone who has ever wondered about this topic would have His word to explain what it is really all about. I received this precious gift of the Holy Spirit in January of 1999. I cherish having the Holy Spirit living on the inside guiding me, helping, encouraging and teaching me every step of the way.