What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

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When you first receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, one of three things may happen:

1. The Gift of Tongues

Some of you may receive the gift of tongues right off the bat. If you do, that is great. You have just been given a powerful prayer gift from God and you can now start to use this powerful gift in your prayer life with Him.

However, I want to state one thing about the gift of tongues in reference to the gift of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. There are many charismatic churches that teach that the gift of tongues is the only evidence of having received this gift. In other words, if you have not received the gift of tongues, then you have not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.

I personally believe that this teaching is really wrong. The Bible specifically says that the gift of tongues is one of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit and that each of these gifts – including the gift of tongues – are manifestations as God wills, not as we will. In other words, some people will get the gift of tongues and others will not.

Here is what the Bible says about the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit, which includes the gift of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:4 goes into each of the nine gifts. At the end of this verse, it then reads as follows:

“But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”

This verse tells us that God gives each one of these gifts to who He wills – not as we will. We can seek after these gifts and ask God for them, but God will be the One to decide who gets which gift. Some people have a mental block or fear about receiving the gift of tongues. God is not going to hold someone back from receiving the Baptism of the Holy Spirit just because someone is not really ready to receive the gift of tongues.

I know plenty of Spirit-filled people who do not have the gift of tongues. Charismatics like to draw this conclusion from the story of Pentecost. When the apostles first received the Holy Spirit in the upper room, they came out speaking in other tongues. But just because they came out speaking in tongues the first time they received the Holy Spirit does not mean that God was setting a specific pattern that the gift of tongues was the initial evidence of having received the Holy Spirit.

Scripture has to be interpreted in light of other Scripture. If their conclusion is correct, then it does not line up with the above verse on the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit – where each of the 9 gifts are given as to how God wills, not as we will – which will include the gift of tongues. The gift of tongues is not listed as an exception to this statement.

I have read many stories of how some people thought that they had not received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, all because they had not received the gift of tongues – when in fact they had already received it. This kind of false teaching can really mess with your mind if you are seeking after the Baptism of the Holy Spirit expecting to receive the gift of tongues as the initial evidence of having received this gift.

2. Some Kind of Manifestation

Some may receive an actual inner manifestation from the Lord when first receiving this gift. Some will actually feel the presence of the Holy Spirit on the inside of them. He will actually manifest His presence on the inside of their souls when He first comes up.

If this should happen to you, what you will literally feel is God’s love for you. Depending on how strong the Holy Spirit wants to manifest Himself to you, you may actually start to cry when this manifestation starts to occur.

If this should happen to you, do not be afraid of it. This is an incredible experience to be able to feel the manifest presence of God on the inside of you. The Holy Spirit will control the manifestation so as not to scare or overwhelm you. You may literally feel His presence manifest all the way up into your chest and face area.

3. Absolutely Nothing

If the gift of tongues does not manifest in you, or you do not receive any type of inner manifestation from the Holy Spirit when He first enters into your soul – then the next thing that may happen is absolutely nothing! And this is actually what happens most of the time. There are no manifestations, either of His presence or with the gift of tongues.

However, just because nothing has happened does not mean that He has not entered into your soul. So how do you know that you have really received this gift?

This will now lead us into the last section – the benefits of having received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. You should start to receive and experience some of these benefits over the course of time. It may not happen overnight. However, just be patient with Him. Over the course of time the Holy Spirit will start to miraculously show Himself to you in a wide variety of ways.

Here is a list of some of the things that you can look forward to receiving after you have received this gift from the Lord.

This is part 3 of our series on the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Table of Contents:
1. What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit
2. How to Receive The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
3. What is the Evidence of Having Received the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? <-- You are here
4. The Benefits of Being Baptized in the Holy Spirit


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  1. I respect your beliefs, even when you are challenged by others for your interpretation of the Bible. I also respect the millions of people worldwide, including myself, who do not accept/ believ in your fundamental belief in heaven and hell and especially the concept of being saved. I believe no one is above or below the other. I believe it’s likely that Jesus believed this as well. I’d be surprised if he did. I believe In the inherent worth and dignity of all persons. I am on the side of love.
    Peace be with you. M

  2. I’m a born again christian for 28 yrs. when I joined another pentecostal church in our place. And the pastor there taught us that the evidence of having received the baptism of the Holy Ghost is only speaking in tongues. And if you didn’t receive this one according to her, you cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. As an elder, I cannot accept that teaching just because for so many years of being born again I didn’t experience that. But in our former church signs and wonders follow us, meaning to say we experience the gift of healings and miracles. And when we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit, we cried and trembled. So what I did is I went back to my Holy Bible and studied again about the said scriptures and also I researched another biblical sources like yours. I read Acts 2:38 again and it says that after repentance and baptism in Jesus name, we will receive any if not all the 9 gifts of the Holy Ghost. So, it’s true that false teaching of pastor/ s will mess up our minds and may lead us into confusion and destruction. So be sober and vigilant…Thanks to the Word of God and your article. And now, I’m pretty sure I’m on the right track to inherit the Kingdom of God. God bless.

  3. Concerning the comment about tongues being one of the 9 gifts of the Spirit, which it is, but this is referring to the gift of giving messages in tongues that will be interpreted, and or, praying in the Spirit in intersection The Holy Spirit is one, with 9 gifts. The tongues is just one of the gifts. Very few people have the whole 9 gifts of the spirit, but anyone filled with the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues. If they don’t, its because they have not yielded to the Holy Spirit when He comes on you. If there is no evidence of the tongues, then it is doubtful they have really been filled. No where in the Bible does it say that not all will speak in tongues who have been Spirit filled. That is not scriptural.

  4. According to the Book of Acts Chapter 2 onward till 28 chapter. The evidence of been baptized in the Holy Spirit was speaking in tongues. Acts 1:4-8 Jesus Himself says not many days ahead you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.

    V8. Jesus said to His disciples not go out to Teach/preach in my name yet.. Until Holy Spirit come upon you.. The reason is you will receive POWER when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.
    Regardless of what we says or write to defense our believed until and unless we individual experienced what do the BIBLE says about BAPTISM in the Holy Spirit.its of no use debating with Scriptures.

  5. The only evidence of having recieved the Holy Ghost is speaking in other tongues.

    But first you have to repent of your sins then you are going to feel your tongue moving and then you are going to hear yourself speaking in other language a language that you don’t speak or understand.

    Acts 2:4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance.

    All people that received the Holy Ghost speak in other tongues. If you are praying and you feel your body moving that does not mean you receive the Holy ghost.

  6. It says all that believe will receive New tongues mark 16 Not a few Not a specific set of people. which brings into the question that Paul asks will everyone receive the gift of tongues. NO ? because they will not believe, If jesus said these sign will follow those that believe it will be simply that. Jesus didnt say people will or wont receive due to our understanding of scripture. Why wont everyone receieve Paul ? because jesus said you need belief to receive. That is why most churches denounce it because they do not believe

  7. Can you experience the Spirit within you and about you, feel that enveloping hug of intense warmth that is warmer than warm and starts inside and then permeates right through you and surrounds you, while seeing light that is brighter than light, whiter than white, and then have the place where the cancerous lump appeared start to burn without actually being baptised in the Spirit, could it just have been a fleeting visit/experience/ touch ?
    You don’t feel or experience coming out of the water, getting helped up the steps and the sheet that was wrapped around you removed. You only come back to earth as they place the robe around you, and then you step outside and everyone stares at you as you walk past until someone tells you why.. you are glowing, the place where the lump was is bright red. You return to the hospital for a repeat of the tests they did 3 days earlier , to confirm the plan for the second round of radiotherapy, and they discover the tumour has gone completely, over the weekend, just vanished . The previous tests were documented with scans, photos and video. The aggressive, diagnosed terminal, cancer was gone. Was this just a healing experience or was it baptism in the Spirit ? Next time I felt an echo of this was when I held my newborn in my arms, only then could I identify that what I had seen and felt was love.
    My mother was an abusive, gaslighting, narcissist who told me no-one loved me , from the age of 5 at the latest. However one day when I was around 8, I heard and believed God tell me , He loved me with a perfect love, He had called me by name, He was my Father, I was his child. Faith was planted in my heart, a gift of God, and many years later when I read Habakkuk 3:17-19, it was like reading my own heart’s cry. It was the belief that had helped me survive. It was the belief that meant I was not scared of dying, I just simply accepted, at 15, that I was going home.
    Did this faith become my righteousness and the reason for my baptism in the Spirit, even though I did not yet know the reason for Christ’s death and resurrection? I believed it happened , I believed it was because of his love, but I had not been taught that it had paid the penalty for my sin, not yet. However I still had a simple faith, that as God had told me He loved me and I was His, that I was going to heaven, no fear of hell or the other place I had been told about. I just simply knew if I died , I would be with God.

  8. The same thing happened to me. I was actually awaken from my slip to feeling as if I was having sm outer body experience. It was amazing!!! I was tingling from my head to my toes. I had no idea what was happening, so that day I had my blood sugar level checked thinking I had diabetes due to the tingling. Now, I can tell when His Spirit is present.

  9. Both the gift of the Holy Spirit and the gift of tongues are accompanied by speaking in tongues. God can touch, bless and encourage us with the Holy Spirit before we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Once one does receive the baptism they will know it because they will indeed speak in tongues. It might only be a one time occurrence but you will definitely know that you have received the gift of the Holy Ghost (not to be confused with the gift of tongues). My heart breaks and I pray for all of the sincere people who are mislead by religion to believe the many confusing doctrines of demons surrounding this subject.
    this great doctrine is wrenched by religions and denominations in order to do what the enemy does best, create confusion and conceal the truth about this great salvation, If you have not received the gift of tongues but you do wish to know the truth you certainly will receive this gift. It is not blanket coverage for salvation. Once we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost we need submit to the Spirit and trust Yahoshua to guide us by the Spirit which is the way to be born again, Being saved is a process, not what religion teaches but what Gods word teaches. Once we begin to submit to Gods spirit we will become born again by the washing of the water of the word and his Spirit will guide us into all truth.

    • Mary, if speaking in tongues is the only evidence that someone is baptized in the Holy Ghost, why is it not accompany by people hearing the speaker speaking their languages like it exactly happened in the book of Acts? How about believers who don’t speak in tongues but are living for God and are great evangelists having the same sign and wonders that occurred after the apostles were filled?

      • Mary, why in Acts Chapter 2, there is nothing written that the believers who were baptized by peter spoke in tongues. We only see that they were baptized, and three thousand were added to the church?

      • I don’t believe that there are miracles today that accompany any modern day religious leaders preaching- not the kind of miracles that took place then, not the same signs and wonders as in the days of the apostles when the true apostles doctrine was being taught.
        As for believers who don’t speak in tongues, In Acts 19 Paul asked some true believers if they had yet received the Holy Ghost and they said they hadn’t ever even heard that there be a Holy Ghost…. until then. When they heard they believed and received.

  10. When a person is baptized by the holy ghost they must speak in tongues as the spirit gives utterances the same way it has been given in the bible read the book of acts the holy spirit have move upon people many time but it doesn’t mean they are filled with the spirit all spirit filled Christian’s speak in tongues please be sure u have this gift before assuming we know not we are to pray for therefore to holy Ghost make Intercession for us with growning which can not be uttered.

    • That is absolutely NOT what the Bible says! If anything, Paul says just the *opposite*!

      Paul actually kind of downplays the gift of speaking in tongues in comparison to the other gifts of the Holy Spirit. You simply cannot argue with God about this… The Bible is not
      at all ambiguous about the FACT that tongues is only ONE of the gifts of the Spirit.

      I’ve asked the Lord, on multiple occasions, why believers who speak in tongues act like it’s the one & only way to prove Spirit indwelling. Each time the answer I have been given is: “Spiritual Pride”.

      Just a friendly reminder: Pride is a SIN.


  11. What about Jude 1:20
    …building up yourselves on the most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost.

    What about praying in the mind and also in the Spirit when we don’t know what to pray and the Holy Spirit intervenes – Romas 8:26-27.

    In conclusion : most believers in our churh pray ( speak) in tongues. Is it because of a greater desire… ?

    • It’s because they believe and God honored thier belief. Once we receive the Holy Ghost we begin to learn truth if we submit by humbling ourselves as little children and waiting upon Him to direct us into his perfect will.

  12. When I was first baptized in the Holy Spirit I felt a manifestation from my toes all the way up through my face. I was crying uncontrollably and I heard or “felt” a voice tell me everything I was upset about would be ok. I don’t know how to explain it. The voice was not audible. It was more like I felt it. Can someone explain this to me

    • The Holy Spirit was upon you. And God certainly does impress things in / on us. This is one way we hear from God is through Him impressing a thought or feeling. but be careful with feelings. And thoughts! You must be able to discern wether it came from you or God that’s where the Gift of the Holy Ghost is useful and helpful. If you want to know that you have the gift of the Holy Ghost I recommend asking Him for the gift of tongues. That’s a sure sign to you to absolutely know that you have His Spirit in you.

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