What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit

In this article, I will show you exactly what this gift of Baptism of the Holy Spirit is and how to properly receive it. Many have tried to receive this gift at an altar call at their local churches, but they have failed to receive it.

They then walk away thinking that maybe there was something wrong with them or they were not worthy enough to receive this gift from the Lord.

I believe the number one reason why some Christians do not properly receive this gift when they try the above approach is because they have not been properly prepared to receive it.

To really receive this gift the first time you try asking and pressing in for it, you have to know exactly what it is you are receiving, and then you have to properly prepare yourself to receive it. Once those two things have been properly done, then it becomes very easy to receive this gift the first time you ask and press in for it.

This is a gift that God wants all of His children to have, just like His gift of eternal salvation through His Son Jesus Christ.

I will first start off by explaining exactly what this gift is, and then I will show you how to properly prepare yourself to receive it. Once those two things have been done, I will then show you exactly how to receive it once you are ready for it.

What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The first thing that you will need to know is exactly what this gift is. The Bible tells us that we will all receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord. The Bible also tells us that we are “sealed” with the Holy Spirit the minute we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior.

So if we have already received the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord, then what is this “second” baptism of the Holy Spirit that the charismatics are talking about? The Bible tells us that there is only one baptism.

To fully understand what is meant by the baptism of the Holy Spirit – you have to know what the difference is between your body, soul, and spirit. The Bible tells us that we have three distinct parts to our being – body, soul, and spirit. Here is the verse specifically telling us this:

“Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:23)

Your body is your natural, physical, flesh body. Your soul is located on the inside of your body. Your soul is who you really are. It is your total personality – it is your mind, will, emotions, and intellect. Your soul is spirit in form, which means it cannot be seen by any natural means. It is completely invisible to the naked eye.

On the inside of your soul is your spirit. The Bible refers to our human spirit as being our “innermost being.” I believe another word for our human spirit is “heart.” When people refer to having had a broken heart in a romantic relationship that has been dissolved, a broken heart is really a “wounded spirit.”

I also believe Jesus gives us a clue as to where our human spirits may be located at in our beings in the following verse. The New King James Version uses the word “heart”, but the Original King James Version uses the word “belly.”

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart (BELLY) will flow rivers of living water.

But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.” (John 7:38)

When we receive Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and enters into our human spirits. Our spirits are thus baptized with His actual presence at the exact moment of our salvation with the Lord. This is the baptism that the Bible is talking about when it says that there is only one baptism.

However, what the charismatics are referring to is a second experience where the Holy Spirit now comes up and enters into your soul.

Your spirit has already been baptized with the Holy Spirit at the moment of your salvation with the Lord, but now God wants to take it one step further. He now wants to baptize your soul with his Holy Spirit.

Another word that can be used for the “baptism” of the Holy Spirit where He will now enter your soul area is the “release” of the Holy Spirit into your soul. The Holy Spirit will release from your spirit to come up and enter into your soul.

I believe this is what Paul was referring to when he commands us to be “filled with the Spirit.” If our spirits are already filled up with the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation with the Lord, then what else needs to be filled up? It is our souls.

When you have received the second gift of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, you are now considered “Spirit-filled.” Both your spirit and your soul are now filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.

When Jesus tells us in the above verse that out of our “belly” will flow rivers of living water, I believe that He may be telling us that our human spirits are located in our belly areas.

For those of you who have ever felt any kind of heart pain in a broken love relationship – if you will recall, the pain you were feeling was in your belly area. It feels like there is a knife on the inside of your belly area just tearing you up. Again, a broken heart is really a wounded spirit, and when your heart or spirit has been wounded and hurt, you will literally feel physical pain in your belly area.

1. The House Analogy

Another way to try to understand all of the above is what I call the house analogy. When you buy a house, you will get two things – the house, and the front and back yards. The analogy is that your house is your soul, and your front yard is your spirit.

When you receive God’s free gift of salvation through accepting Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit comes and enters into your front and back yards, which is your human spirit. However, He now wants to go one step further and come into your actual house, which is your soul area.

Why? Because this is where you really live at. You spend most of your time in the house as versus being outside in the front and back yards. Jesus says in the following verse:

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him and dine with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20)

I believe Jesus is not only telling us that He is literally going to come into our human spirits at the moment of our salvation with Him, but that He can also enter into our souls through the Holy Spirit. Even though Jesus is in heaven, He now lives on the inside of us “through” the Holy Spirit.

Just as Jesus is living on the inside of us and making contact with us through the Holy Spirit, we likewise can make direct contact with both Him and God the Father through the Holy Spirit. It is “by, in, and through” the Holy Spirit that we have direct access to both God and Jesus who live and dwell in heaven. Here are several good Scripture verses proving the above points:

a) This first verse tells us that the Holy Spirit literally lives on the inside of each of us.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

b) Now that we know that the Holy Spirit lives on the inside of each of us, and that both God and Jesus live in heaven – watch how we make direct contact with both God and Jesus in heaven, which is through the Holy Spirit:

  1. “For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.” (Ephesians 2:18)
  2. “And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.” (1 John 3:24)

These two verses specifically tell us that we can make direct contact with both God and Jesus who live in heaven “by the Spirit.” The second verse tells us that Jesus literally lives and abides in us “by the Spirit.”

2. The Telephone Cord Analogy

Another analogy to fully understand how we can make direct contact with God and Jesus in heaven through the Holy Spirit is what I call the telephone cord analogy. We can pick up a telephone and call someone 800 miles away.

Even though that person is physically far away from us, we can still hear their voice as if they were only two inches from our ears. It’s as if that person is literally in our actual presence.

It is the same way with God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.Even though God and Jesus dwell in heaven and do not live on this earth, we can still make direct contact with the both of Them through the Holy Spirit.

It is by, in, and through the Holy Spirit that we can make direct contact with the both of Them – the same way we can make direct contact and talk to someone else 800 miles away because of the telephone wires that will connect us to the person that we are talking to.

The Holy Spirit is like the telephone wire that enables us to connect to and make contact with both God and Jesus in heaven. We can talk directly to God and Jesus as a result of having the Holy Spirit living on the inside of us, and both God and Jesus can also talk directly to us through the Holy Spirit as well.

Once the Holy Spirit comes up and enters into your soul as a result of having received this gift – you will be able to hear God much better and much clearer because the Holy Spirit has now moved up into where you really live at – your soul. This is why this gift is so important for all Christians to have.

I will end this article with all of the incredible benefits and blessings that you can expect to receive if you decide you want to receive this gift.

These benefits and blessings are extremely powerful and life changing, and they will all completely change and transform the quality of your life.

3. Final Note

If you have not been able to receive this gift at an altar call at your church, here is a very simple 5 step process that you can take that will help you to be able to properly receive this gift from the Lord. However, before I go into each one of these five steps and exactly what they will entail, I would like to state one more thing before leading you into this gift.

In my opinion, this gift is the second greatest gift that you can receive this side of heaven. The first greatest gift is the gift of eternal salvation – where you accept and receive Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.

There is no greater gift than this one. With this gift you are truly born again into the kingdom of God and you will go straight to heaven when you die and cross over. This gift now gives you true eternal life with the Lord.

However, I believe that receiving the baptism or release of the Holy Spirit to come into your soul is the second greatest gift that anyone can receive while living down here on this earth. Just stop and think for a minute what is really happening when you do receive this gift.

You receive the Holy Spirit into your human spirit when you get saved. However, this gift will now take you one step further.

This gift will now allow the Holy Spirit to release from your spirit to come up and enter into your soul. Your soul is who you really are. The Holy Spirit is the third Person of the Godhead. He is God and Lord Himself.

Once the Holy Spirit releases to come up into your soul, you are going to be as close to Him, God, and Jesus as you possibly can get while living down here on this earth.

Through the Holy Spirit, you will have direct access, a direct connection to both God and Jesus in heaven.

This gift is just going to bring you that much closer to the Three of Them due to the fact that He will now be residing with you up in your soul area.

You will be truly Spirit-filled when this happens.

For some Christians, this may be a bit too scary. Many Christians are afraid of God and they would prefer to keep Him at a safe distance. This gift is really only for the true seekers.

This gift is only for the those who are willing to completely lay down and fully surrender every area of their lives over to God the Father for whatever His purposes and plans are going to be for their lives.

For those of you who do have this fear of God for whatever reason, I can tell you without any shadow of a doubt, that there is absolutely nothing to fear about either God, Jesus, or the Holy Spirit.

Once you really make direct contact with the three of Them, once you really feel Their perfect and unconditional love that They really have for you, any fears that you may have had in the past will completely melt away.

God will perfectly and gently handle you at your present level of spiritual development with Him if you decide that you do want to take this bold step and receive this gift. God will gradually work Himself and all of His ways into you so as not to scare you or overwhelm you.

Remember – since God is totally perfect in His very nature and in all of His ways, this means you can completely and totally trust Him to perfectly handle you in your own personal relationship with Him. He has nothing but your best interests at heart.

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  1. Peter White - September 29, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I cannot see anywhere in scripture where a born again person has to sit down for a week writing out their sins! God chooses not to remember them why on earth should we. Jer 31.34. Jesus forgave my sins past, present and future. He took away my sinful nature and replaced it with His righteousness. Yes I am still capable of sinning but if I do it is against my new nature. I am no longer a sinner.
    Is there anywhere in scripture where a born again believer has demons on the inside? The Holy Spirit lives in me and there is no room for demons.
    Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a free gift from God and does not come with all the hoops to jump through that you have added.
    You are a brother in Christ and with the love of Jesus I pray that you will come into a full revelation of his grace.
    I agree with your first three points but you are putting in conditions and requirements that Jesus didn’t put in in your fourth point.
    We are cleansed by the Holy Spirit not by ritual before he will come in.
    Every blessing. Peter

  2. Mark - August 21, 2018 at 4:44 pm

    Baptism in the Holy Spirit is wonderful!! I pray that many of my brothers and sisters including myself will overflow and overwhelm with the Holy Spirit releasing all holy emotion in us and we all speak in tongues.

  3. Geri - March 27, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Yes praise GOD. the Baptism of Holy Spirit is for service.
    No Baptism of Holy Spirit well then no power.
    And note they were filled ongoing read book of Acts, more than once , its a daily and ongoing situational request for service and use it or lose it.
    relationship communion with GOD is where the power comes from
    Pray in the Spirit
    Worship in the Spirit

  4. Debbie - January 12, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Being sealed and being baptized with the Holy Spirit is two different things. The moment you accepted, repented of your sins and believed in Jesus, you were given a seal or a stamp that sets you apart. It means that you belong to God and not Satan, that “seal” is the Holy Spirit promise of guaranteed redemption. It means when you believe in God you are already save but not yet received the baptism or filled with the Holy Spirit.

    Acts 8: 14-17 says this “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit”

    Acts 8:14-17 tells us that the people of Samaria had received the word of God and had already been baptized in the name of the Lord of Jesus which means they were already save and sealed with the promise of redemption but have not yet receive or baptize of the Holy Spirit.

  5. Tej Scott - October 22, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    I do wonder as to your comment that the second baptism of the Holy Spirit is to do with the soul. As the Gifts of the Holy Spirit is supernatural and the mind cannot understand the supernatural, for example tongues. Then how can the soul (mind, will, emotions, and intellect) operate? Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit Your soul cannot pray in the spirit. I believe you get the indwelling and infilling. When you get saved you are sealed by the Holy Spirit- indwelling. When you get baptized in the Holy Spirit, tongues is the evidence and that is the – infilling and the infilling is continually topped up (river of living waters).

    • Kassidy - April 18, 2018 at 8:50 pm

      So, is it possible to receive the baptism of the holy spirit and not speak in tongs right away? I believe i have the baptism, how ever I cannot yet pray in tongs. Does this mean that I do not have the baptism of the holy spirit? or is it something that will take time?

      • Mark - June 7, 2018 at 3:40 pm

        Hi Kassidy,
        From the Word – You were all baptised with one Spirit, so yes as ALL Christians are baptised with the Holy Spirit. All Christians have the Spirit and all Christians have access to commune with God. All Christians have gifts from God – be those ones that may be deemed “power” gifts or otherwise.
        From the Word – Do all speak in tongues – no.
        If all are baptise with one Spirit but not all speak in tongue then the answer is no, if you believe in Christ and have received the Spirit of God then you are baptised regardless of whether you speak in tongues or receive any other “power” gift.
        Blessings,
        Mark

    • Linda - October 16, 2018 at 1:08 am

      Tongues is one of the gifts of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Not the initial gift, but the most widely given gift of the baptism in the Holy Spirit .

  6. Michael - October 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I really thank God for bringing me to this site. On the 14 day of September 2017 I was baptized in the Holy spirit. It was the greatest experience I have had. I was baptized with the evidence of speaking in tongue. The baptism lasted for 5 hours. During this hours I was speaking and communicating with the Lord. After that night the spirit was with me both day and night, and I can feel it very well. I really love the moment. Now I always feel it if I sing worship songs or reading and studying the word of God. The Holy spirit in me has intoxicated me by leading to start preaching the word of God. I denounce the devils with his angels, and every entanglement of the world. I love Jesus Christ so much. I begin to see vision and start hearing his voice.
    I advice everyone that needs the gift to be hungry in spirit for they shall be filled with the spirit of God. I love all of you all.

    • Daniel kletz - March 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm

      Thanks i saved 4 years ago with the meaning to read the bible. Learned so much and went to learn more at RE-Generation classes. 12 step verse designed to get closer to God. We prayed for a child of our kids leader. They were over praying in hospital at time. The whole class prayed and i for one felt the holy spirit rise up. The child healed by morning now a healthy girl. Spirit rose up when praying for my cousin’s boyfriend. He had a mass on his lung. Grew so fast Doctor said it was cancer. Two weeks later they scanned before surgery. Could not find anything so they did whole body scan nothing. This the holy spirit or Baptism on Holy Spirit. I am still seeking the Baptism. Will go through all the info and purge any unknown sin.

    • Daniel kletz - March 25, 2018 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks i was saved 4 years ago with the want to read the bible. Learned so much and went to learn more at RE-Generation classes. 12 step verse designed to get closer to God. We prayed for a child of our kids leader. They were over seas praying in hospital at time. The whole class prayed and i for one felt the holy spirit rise up. The child healed by morning now a healthy girl. Spirit rose up again when praying for my cousin’s boyfriend. My cousin that cuts my hair prayed and felt holy Spirit rise up in her too. He had a mass on his lung. Grew so fast Doctor said it was cancer. Two weeks later they scanned before surgery. Could not find anything so they did whole body scan nothing. This the holy spirit or Baptism on Holy Spirit. I am still seeking the Baptism. Will go through all the info and purge any unknown sin.

  7. Alloy - August 30, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    The baptism of the Holy Spirit is still a present reality. It is quite erroneous to believe that this wonderful experience and gift of God has seized, if on properly analyses Peter’s message on the day of Pentecost, the following were eternal truth that Peter presented to his audience in Acts chapter 2:
    1. The gift of the Holy Spirit was a promise made of old by God that belonged to the LAST DAYS not LAST DAY. From the apostolic time till now we are still living in the LAST DAYS.So the gift is for us as well. 2:16-27
    2. That the gift according to prophet Joel is for ALL FLESH within the last days who will repent and turn to Christ. 2:17
    The repentance and salvation is the condition for receiving it. 2:37-38
    4. That the gift was not only for them(the apostles) but for those audience he was addressing, their children, those afar off and as many as the Lord will call. 2:39.

    Remember that it was their speaking in tongues that drew the crowd to them and it was the same tongues that some in the crowd thought were manifestation of wine, therefore it was the same tongues that Peter addressed here.
    So long as the Lord keep calling (saving) people, tongues will continue.

  8. Pamella - March 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    I am 63 years old now and when I was in my early 20s I was searching the word of God. I was given the gift of the Baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT.Praise the LORD!!!!
    When this experience was manefested on me. It instantly happened when I said ” Yes” to the Pastor when he asked me if I believed.
    A powerful Hot wind started from my feet and moved to my mouth and out came an echoing ( to me) of a language I had no idea what happened or what it meant.
    At this time I had only got to the scripture (Least ye be born of water and the HOLY SPIRIT ye shall not see the kingdom of heaven.
    This is why I had gone to the Edmonton Revival centre and said to myself I am not leaving there until I get what I need to recieve and if there is something I want it.
    I wish I knew then what I know now and I should have been more prepared as I did not realize from not reading more of the word and I needed fellowship and a church to be able to have strong guidance. I never stopped thinking of my JESUS but I did backslide but Here I am again searching praying and worshipping. PRAISE THE LORD!! May you experience what I did .Being prepared and understanding how to not resist and be headstrong as I was is important I believe.GOD BLESS each and everyone of you!!!!!!!!

  9. Ben. Loveth - February 14, 2017 at 2:42 am

    wow I really appreciate the writer of this articles,may the lord God give you more strength and more grace to continue with this article. it’s so life changing.

  10. Lee Roy Dugas - December 25, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    John 14:16-17 says that a lost person cannot receive the Holy Spirit. If the baptism is a gift why you need steps to receive it? At pentecost Acts 2:4, they all received the Holy Spirit and they all spoke in tongues, why then don’t all save people speak in tongues? For salvation do you ask the Holy Spirit or Jesus to save you? Acts 1:8 says you shall receive power after the Holy Spirit has come upon you, so as to become a witness, why if you already have him do you need Him a second time? Paul met/received Jesus on the road to Damascus why then was he directed to go to Damascus and receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit before his ministry could began? This is the way I understand it; First you have to be saved, then in order to prove you are saved you have to receive the Holy Spirit, to prove you have receive the Holy Spirit you have to speak in tongues, otherwise how will you know?

    • Roger - January 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      1st Cor. 12:13 Paul is instructing the Corinthian Church and says,For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body,and have all been made to drink into one spirit. Paul is speaking to every Christian in the Church .Explain this to me.

    • Inna - July 9, 2018 at 10:19 pm

      John 14:15-17 If you love me, keep my commandments. I will ask the Father to give you another Helper, to be with you always. He is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor recognizes him. But you recognize him, because he lives with you and will be in you.

      John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything that I have told you.

      Romans 8:26 In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings.

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