Baptized, Filled, and Abide, with the Holy Ghost: Transcript.



"Mark 16:15 preach the gospel to every creature. Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded: Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega,... 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, ... have right to the tree of life, and... enter ... the city."

 

I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.

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1. The baptism, Power, and Abiding, in general.

"Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:" John the Baptist points out that Jesus Christ will baptize people with the Holy Ghost, and Holy Ghost is God. John the Baptist tells us the same thing in John 1:33 also. "Matthew 10:1 And when he (Jesus Christ) had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease." Jesus gave his disciples the power to do ministry, and this power is from the Holy Ghost. "7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give." Jesus Christ told them that they have received the power freely, and so it must be used to people on the ministry without receiving any money, and it must be free. We can see the same thing in Mark 6:7-10, and in Luke 9:1-6. So, first Jesus Christ baptizes believers with the Holy Ghost for the ministry. When they were baptized, he gave them power to heal, cast the devils, and to do such things in the ministry, and it must be done freely of cost. Jesus Christ says in John 14: "15 If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." So, if we obey what Jesus Christ says, he will send the Holy Ghost, he will be with us and he will be in us, that is, he will abide in us. "23... If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." So, if we obey his doctrine; that is, if the word of God abides in us, then God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, all will also abide in us. 2 John 1:9 says Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. That is, if we do not abide by the doctrine of Jesus Christ, God will not be in us. The verse continues, He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. That is, the abiding of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, all center around obeying the doctrine of Jesus Christ. So, let us obey his doctrine, and God will abide in us.

2. How did they receive the Baptism and Power?

We see in the gospels of Matthew and Mark; Jesus Christ told his disciples to go and to preach the gospel everywhere. Then he also tells them to wait until they receive power from heaven. "Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. 5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. ... 8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." So, the disciples waited together in one place and suddenly they were baptized with the Holy Ghost. "Acts 2:2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." This is the baptism with the Holy Ghost. This is how God anoint and ordain his disciples to send them to his ministry with power. God sent apostle Peter to the house of Cornelius. Peter began to speak to the people who were gathered in the house. "Acts 11:15 And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning. 16 Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost." This is the description of how gentiles received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Here, the word ‘fell on them’ is baptizing them with the Holy Ghost. The Bible did not give an account of how the household of Cornelius proceeded. However, the baptism and power of the Holy Ghost is given to do the ministry of Jesus Christ. It is not tangible to ordinary believers, since all these are spiritual and done by supernatural power of God. Now, most churches ordain pastors themselves, but not by God.

3. The difference between Baptism and being Filled.

When the Holy Ghost fills a person for the first time to give power to do the ministry, it is called baptism; since the person is immersed in the Holy Ghost and comes out. The Holy Ghost may give a few gifts to the person at this time, especially he gives the one gift to speak with tongues; and he also gives the power. The first time is like an ordination, since he gives the gifts and power to do the ministry of God. Then, the Holy Ghost gives them power repeatedly, it is referred as filling of the Holy Ghost. In filling, the Holy Ghost imparts power and boldness every time, as it is needed. In "Acts 4:8 Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, and so on." In "Acts 4:31 when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness." In "Acts 13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer … withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. 9 Then Paul … filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, 10 And said, O full of all subtlety and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? … and the deputy became blind." The Holy Ghost baptism is not a one-day event to learn to speak in tongues, but, it is that God imparts his authority and power on a person to do his ministry, and God continues to take care of his ministry by manifesting his presence, by giving his power and boldness to them. The first time it is called baptism, and then it is called the filling of the Holy Ghost.

4. Receive Holy Ghost, the Son, the Father, to abide.

Baptized with the Holy Ghost is not abiding with the Holy Ghost. Abiding is to live with, but baptism is just to dip in and come out. Then how to receive the abiding of the Holy Ghost? It will begin with repenting for our sinful ways. If we repent and ask God sincerely for help, God will give the holy Spirit to us as a gift. That is, God will seal us with the holy Spirit of promise in our hearts. This is known as born of the Spirit. It is the beginning of anything that is spiritual in us. This Spirit will lead us to obey God. John 14 says that if we obey the commandments of Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, Lord Jesus Christ, and God the Father, all will abide in us. This is super. But chapter 14 does not explain one specific thing that we see in chapter 20. It is very important, and it is personal. "John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." Notice, as God the Father has sent Jesus, now Jesus is sending his disciples. So, they are elevated to the status of Jesus in the ministry. He gave them power before, please notice what does he give them now. "22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:" He breathed the Holy Ghost into them, and that is the abiding of the Holy Ghost, "23 Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained." Look what authority they have received? They can either forgive sins of people or reject the forgiveness to people. This is tremendous, and mind boggling. This is the power of God. This is the power we can receive, if we have the abiding of God in us. Christians are totally ignorant of this truth. They have no respect to a true servant of God. They respect famous preachers, pastors, bishops and such people. They do not have God in them. But these servants of God have God in them. But Christians treat them like dirt. But they do not care; yet it is not good for these people. Do you want to be one among such people, or you want to be a servant of God? Receive God in you. First receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, then receive the power of God to do ministry, and then receive the Holy Ghost to abide in you. It is super great to be with God forever.

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