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1 Cor. 12:12-14 THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST
Intro: Tonight, I am going to preach on a very controversial subject, and that is, The
Baptism Of The Holy Ghost. No other doctrine, that I am aware of, has caused
nearly as much division and confusion, as has this teaching. Because of all the false
teaching and the shameless twisting of Scripture, the truth of this great doctrine has
been blurred. It is sad, because many believers do not know what the Baptism of the
Holy Ghost is, and others are made to feel bad because they are told they haven’t
received it because they lack some outward experience, or can’t receive it because
they have some sin or shortcoming in their life.
Well, I believe in telling you the truth. So, tonight, I am going to preach about
the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, what it is and what it is not! I believe that we all
need to understand the Holy Ghost, who He is, and what He does around, in, through
and for us.
With that in mind, let’s look together at the Baptism Of The Holy Ghost.
I. THE SCOPE OF THIS BAPTISM
A. Ill. John the Baptist promised that Jesus would baptize His people, Matt. 3:11.
Then, Jesus Himself promised His disciples that they would be Baptized with
the Holy Ghost - Acts 1:5.
B. So, is this Baptism just something that is available to a select few? Is it limited
to those who diligently seek it and meet a set of spiritual requirements? NO!!
(Ill. The word “ALL” Corinth was filled with carnal, worldly Christians, yet
they had “all” received the Holy Ghost!) It is apparent that this Baptism is for
C. Ill. Rom. 8:9 - To lack the Baptism of the Holy Ghost is to lack salvation!
(Ill. “Spirit” and “Ghost” are one and the same! To say there are two One
called the Holy Ghost, One called the Holy Spirit is dangerous and it is a
heresy. It is an attack on the very nature of God!) (Ill. We are to avoid this
type of teaching!)
D. All believers have received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost - Ill. Very
dangerous for another to presume to judge you spiritual condition!
II. THE SOURCE OF THIS BAPTISM
A. Ill. If all believers have it, then when and how does it happen?
B. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost happens at the very moment of salvation. It
places the believer in Christ! (Ill. I’ll say more about his later!)
C. The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is a Sovereign act of God! That means that He
does it, and man has no say in the matter. There are no outward signs that it
has taken place. (Ill. The Charismatic movement has twisted the meaning - 1
Cor. 14:22!) Ill. No where does the Bible command any believer to “seek” this
experience! (Ill. Baptism in the Spirit is not commanded, but filling is - Eph.
5:18. Baptism is positional, filling is experimental!)(Ill. We have no say in
what spiritual gifts we receive - 1 Cor. 12:4-11; 27-31. It is part of the
Christian experience for every believer, even YOU!
III. THE SUPPLY OF THIS BAPTISM (What is the
A. It Places Us In Christ - (Ill. John 14:20) Before salvation, every
human is “in Adam”, this is death - Rom. 5:12. At the moment of salvation,
the believer is baptized, or placed into Christ - this is life - Col. 3:3. (Ill.
Baptism - To place in or under; To cover or immerse.) If I am in Christ, then I
am a partaker of all that He has - justification, sanctification, deliverance,
access to God, inheritance, glorification. When a sinner receives Christ and is
saved, he is, instantly, baptized into the Body of Christ.
B. It Identifies Us With Christ - (Ill. Water Baptism is symbolic of the spiritual
baptism - Rom. 6:1-4) Baptism is all about identification. Because we are
baptized into Jesus, we are identified with Him in:
1. Righteousness - Ill. Imputed - Rom. 4:21-25. When God sees me, He sees
Jesus, when He sees Jesus, He sees me!
2. Death - Ill. Rom. 6:4,6; Gal. 2:20 - When Christ died, the believer also died
in Him. (Ill. Dead to sin, the world, etc.)
3. Resurrection - Ill. Rom. 6:4; 1 Cor. 15:20-22 - When Christ arose, we got
up also! That is why we can rejoice in eternal life and affirm that we are
eternally saved! He is evermore alive and being in him, we are alive
4. Glorification - Ill. John 17:24; Rom. 8:30 - He sits enthroned in glory and
we shall all join Him there physically. However, we are there, in Him, right
now - Eph. 2:6.
C. A New Union Of Life - The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is a living unity
between the Head and the body, both sharing the same eternal life. At
salvation, Jesus becomes the sphere of our existence, (Ill. Sphere, bird and air,
fish and water, fire and iron.) The believer becomes an organic part of Christ.
Just as a branch is part of the vine, or the hand is part of the body. Since we
are a living part of the Son, the Father only sees us in Jesus and as a living part
of Him. Therefore, He loves us as He loves Jesus - Eph. 1:6; John 17:23.
Conc: All I am trying to say is this - “If you are saved, you have already received
the Baptism of the Holy Ghost! You have been Baptized into the Body of Christ and
that is a great reason for rejoicing. I am glad that I do not have to wait on some
mystical, ecstatic experience to be happy in the Lord. I am thankful that I do not
have to wait on “a second blessing”. (Ill. In the millions by now!) There is no need
for any Christian to seek some external phenomenon. There is only a greater need
for us to rest in Christ and fulfill our position in the body.
Sermon By Alan Carr
1999, Higher Praise
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