The concept of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is that there are two works of the Spirit: one is to lead us to accept Christ and be baptized; the second is to fill us so we can truly live the Christian life and do the works of God. Jesus is our model or example in all things. He was “born” of the Spirit, led by the Spirit from childhood into manhood, and baptized. Soon after this water baptism, He was baptized with the Holy Spirit, which He had prayed for at the time of His water baptism. After the infilling of the Spirit, He was prepared to go forth with power to do battle with Satan as never before (the wilderness temptations). He was empowered to preach and teach the kingdom of God, carry on a ministry of healing, and cast out devils.
Jesus said all who believe would do even greater works than He. When the believer receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit, he/she is empowered to do the same works as Christ because the same Spirit that filled Christ has filled him. Before experiencing this Spirit infilling, God is with the believer because He called him to accept Christ and led him to be baptized. However, he will not have the fullness of the Spirit’s power within him until he receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit. That is why Jesus told the disciples to wait for the outpouring baptism of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost before they began their ministry for Him.
God's Last-Day Elijah Message
John the Baptism gave the first Elijah message to prepare God's people for Christ's first advent. The 3 angel's messages of Revelation 14 are the second Elijah message to prepare God's people for Christ's Second Advent. Therefore, that message and John's message should be similar. John called for repentance, obedience, and pointed to Christ as the "Lamb of God." He also pointed to Christ as the One who "baptizes with the Spirit." Therefore, God’s last-day Elijah message should also include a call pointing to Christ as the One who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. Hence, the message on the baptism of the Holy Spirit should be included in God's last-day message to His people.
This is why God is working to lead His people to understand and experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit. There is a clear connection between the baptism of the Holy Spirit and God’s last-day Elijah message that must be given in preparation for Christ's second coming. The call to understand and experience the baptism of the Holy Spirit is just as much a part of that message as the 3 angel's messages. Also, John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit in the womb because it was necessary for him to be baptized with the Spirit in order to preach the first Elijah message in the Spirit and power of Elijah. The same applies to God’s people today who are called to give the last-day Elijah message; we too must be Spirit filled in order to give the message in the Spirit and power of Elijah.
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