There have been many teachings on the work of the Holy Spirit in the Church and the need for an experience of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. We have heard and experienced so many wrong teachings on the subject that true believers shun away from this experience or to even talk or teach about it. But Acts 1:4-5 says:
And while staying with them he charged them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me, for John baptized with water, but before many days you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Many teach that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit will have with it a special manifestation or experience. Others teach that when you receive that baptism experience you are truly saved then. Others teach it is a power that we can utilize for miracles and to have power in such outward ways. Others say it is a one-time experience that gives sanctification and perfect wholeness. But what does the Baptism experience do? Can it be experienced today?
Through simply looking at the Scriptures we see that the Lord exhorts us to receive many filling’s of the Holy Spirit and such times of this give power to be witnesses and to live holy lives. If an experience of the Holy Spirit does not encourage saints to live godly and to take up their cross daily and suffer then the baptism is not clearly accomplishing what the Lord intended. We see clearly in Scripture this experience happened many times to the Apostles and early disciples and it allowed them to have the grace to lay down their lives in martyrdom as missionaries around the known world. It also gave them a supernatural love for enemies and the world to preach the Gospel.
Here is an excerpt from the Principles Book where brother Brian Long shares his burden on this subject:
THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM OF THE SPIRIT
What is the evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Power! Power to become holy – because He is the Holy Spirit – power to be witnesses of Christ! You know better than I because I don’t know Greek, but I know this Greek word for ‘witnesses’: martus. The same word for martyrs. The same word in other parts in the scripture where they actually use the word ‘martyr;’ Acts 22:20, the Apostle Paul speaking of Stephen:
“And when the blood of thy martyr [martus] Stephen was shed.”
Revelation 2, Jesus speaking of Antipas:
“I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast my name, and hast not denied my faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was my faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.”
“And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs [martus] of Jesus:”
Witnesses / martyrs: a holy people endued with power from on-high who did not love their lives to the death. How? You tell me, how did that great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us – some of them sawn in two, some of them ripped apart by lions in an arena as the crowd cheered, jeered, mocked, some of them burned at the stake – they never denied Christ; never stopped loving their enemies; never stopped preaching; never stopped praising the Lord even in the midst as their bodies burned.
How?! ‘Not by might, nor by power but by my Spirit says the Lord.’ That’s the only way, brothers and sisters. Lydia Perpetua – a 22 year old mother – had her baby boy taken away from her, thrown into prison, thrown into an arena of wild beasts . . . and finally was martyred at the end of the sword of a gladiator in that arena. While she was laying there before she died, cried out ‘Give up the world. Stand fast in the faith. Love one another. Don’t let our suffering become a stumbling block to you.’ How did a 22 year old mother do that? ‘Not by might, nor by power but my Spirit says the Lord’ – she was filled with the Holy Spirit. There is no other way.
Allan Cameron, a Scottish covenanter, while being held in prison, they bring to him the head and the hands of his son. They cruelly asked him, if he knew them. He said ‘Yes, I know them . . . I know them’ as he kissed them ‘they are my son’s . . . my own dear son’s. It is the Lord . . . good is the will of the Lord who cannot wrong me nor mine, but has made goodness and mercy to follow us all of our days.’ How did he do it? ‘Not by might, not by power but my Spirit says the Lord.’ You must be filled with the Holy Spirit. We must be endued with power from on-high. We need the Spirit of the Living God.
706 Acts 1:8
707 Acts 22:20
708 Revelation 2:13
709 Revelation 17:6