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Dan Augsburger
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

[A Bible Study]

I. Introduction

    A. A marvelous change

        1. D. L. Moody
            a. Right there, on the street, the power of God seemed
                  to come upon me so wonderfully that I had to ask God
                  to stay his hand. I was filled with a sense of God's
                  goodness, and felt as though I could take the whole
                  world to my heart. I took the old sermon I had
                  preached before without any power; it was the same
                  old truth, but there was a new power. Many were
                  impressed and converted. This happened years after I
                  was converted myself." Brooks p. SS 132
        2. “We need the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit, that we
              may realize what is our obligation, and have power from
              on high to carry out our purposes to serve God and him
              only. But how little is said concerning the Holy Spirit,
              although it is a divine influence whereby we are to reach
              the souls of men. We should study upon this subject. We
              should talk of it in our families, in our meetings, and
              pray that we may be baptized with the Spirit of
              God.”—Signs of the Times, August 1, 1892

    B. John 16:7 "It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I
          do not go away, the Helper will not come to you, but if I
          depart, I will send Him to you."

    C. Promises regarding the Spirit in John 15-17...

        1. The Spirit given to Jesus would always be with them.
              (John 14:16)
              The Spirit would dwell with them. (John 14:17)
              The Spirit would dwell in them. (John 14:17)
              The Spirit would teach them all things. (John 14:26)
              The Spirit would help them remember all things. (John
              14:26)
              The Spirit would testify of Jesus. (John 15:26)
              They would gain more from the Spirit than they would lose
              in the departure of Christ. (John 16:7)
              The Spirit would convict the world of sin, righteousness,
              and of judgment. (John 16:8)
              The Spirit would guide into all truth. (John 16:13
              The Spirit would speak of things to come. (John 16:13)
              The Spirit would glorify Jesus. (John 16:14)

II. The Special Help of the Spirit

    A. Help with Knowledge

        1. John 7:17 "Ye shall know...."
        2. 1 John 2:27 "the anointing which ye received of Him
              abideth in you, and ye need not that anyone teach you;
              but as His anointing teacheth you concerning all things,
              and is true, and is no lie, and even as it taught you, ye
              abide in Him."
        3. “When you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
              then you will understand more of the joys of salvation
              than you have known all your life hitherto. ‘Ye shall
              receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
              you; and ye shall be witnesses to Me . . . unto the
              uttermost parts of the earth.’”—Letter 33, 1890, pp. 9, 10
        4. “The Comforter is called "the Spirit of truth." His work
              is to define and maintain the truth. He first dwells in
              the heart as the Spirit of truth, and thus he becomes the
              Comforter. There is comfort and peace in the truth, but
              no real peace or comfort can be found in falsehood.... It
              is by the Spirit of truth, working through the Word of
              God, that Christ subdues his chosen people to himself.”
              Review and Herald, November 19, 1908

    B. Help with Prayer

        1.   John 16:23,26 "Ye shall ask...'
        2.   “By the Spirit every sincere prayer is indited, and such
              prayer is acceptable to God. Wherever a soul reaches out
              after God, there the Spirit's working is manifest, and
              God will reveal himself to that soul. For such worshipers
              he is seeking. He waits to receive them, and to make them
              his sons and daughters.”—    Review and Herald, November 19,
              1908
        3. The Spirit instructs and inspires prayer, gives
              intelligence and intensity to intercession, and brings
              reality and joy to communion with God. The Spirit-filled
              love to pray, and prayer that is in the Spirit must
              prevail.—Samuel Chadwick, Way to Pentecost p. 21

    C. Help with Power

        1. Acts 1:8 “You shall receive power ....”
        2. "The only power that can quicken the heart into activity
              is the power which will give life to the dead--the Holy
              Spirit of God. . . . Hang your helpless soul upon your
              Mediator. In and through Him, and Him alone, you can come
              to God. . . . The Holy Spirit is your hope."—E. White,
              Letter 124, 1901.
        3. “The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and
              without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of
              no avail. The power of evil had been strengthening for
              centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic
              captivity was amazing. Sin could be resisted and overcome
              only through the mighty agency of the third person of the
              Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in
              the fulness of divine power. It is the Spirit that makes
              effectual what has been wrought out by the world's
              Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made
              pure. Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker
              of the divine nature.” Review and Herald, November 19,
              1908

III. His Gift was the Best Gift

    A. “In describing to His disciples the office work of the Holy
          Spirit, Jesus sought to inspire them with the joy and hope
          that inspired His own heart. He rejoiced because of the
          abundant help He had provided for His church. The Holy Spirit
          was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His
          Father for the exaltation of His people.” Desire of Ages, p.
          671

    B. “The measure of our power is in the energy of the Holy
          Spirit, working in us and through us. All fullness of life,
          all resources of vitality, all certainty of assurance, all
          victory over sin and the flesh, all prevailing power in
          prayer, all certitude of glory --all and everything is in the
          Indwelling Presence and Power of the Holy Spirit of God in
          Christ Jesus our Lord.”—Samuel Chadwick, Way to Pentecost p.
          21

   C. “God takes men as they are, and educates them for his
          service, if they will yield themselves to him. The Spirit of
          God, received into the soul, will quicken all its faculties.
          Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the mind that is
          devoted unreservedly to God, develops harmoniously, and is
          strengthened to comprehend and fulfill the requirements of
          God. The weak, vacillating character becomes changed to one
          of strength and steadfastness. Continual devotion establishes
          so close a relation between Jesus and his disciple that the
          Christian becomes like him in mind and character. Through a
          connection with Christ he will have clearer and broader
          views. His discernment will be more penetrative, his judgment
          better balanced. He who longs to be of service to Christ is
          so quickened by the life-giving power of the Sun of
          Righteousness that he is enabled to bear much fruit to the
          glory of God.”—    Review and Herald, November 19, 1908

    D. “It is the absence of the Spirit that makes the gospel
          ministry so powerless. Learning, talent, eloquence, every
          natural or acquired endowment, may be possessed; but without
          the presence of the Spirit of God, no heart will be touched,
          no sinner won to Christ. On the other hand, if they are
          connected with Christ, if the gifts of the Spirit are theirs,
          the poorest and most ignorant of his disciples will have
          power that will tell upon hearts. God makes them channels for
          the outflowing of the highest influence in the
          universe.”—Review and Herald, April 30, 1908

    E. "The Holy Spirit is the breath of spiritual life in the soul.
          The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life
          of Christ. It imbues the receiver with the attributes of
          Christ. Only those who are thus taught of God, those who
          possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life
          the Christ-life is manifested, are to stand as representative
          men, to minister in behalf of the church.” Review and Herald,
          November 19, 1908
IV. How they obtained the baptism

    A. They were to tarry for the baptism

        1. Acts 1:4,5 “He commanded them not to depart from
              Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father...
              for you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirt not many
              days from now.”

    B. The baptism was promised in Scripture

        1. Ezek. 47:1-12 “Every living thing that moves, wherever
              the rivers go, will live....”
        2. Joel 3:18 "In that day Judah shall flow with waters."
        3. John 7:37-39 “Come unto me and drink... living water...”

    C. Early Church experienced the baptism

        1. Acts 1:5 "Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not
              many days hence."
        2. Acts 2:4 “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit
              and began to speak in other tongues[other languages] as
              the Spirit enabled them.”
        3. Acts 10:44,45,47 “While Peter was still speaking these
              words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”

V. The kind of baptism obtained.

    A. It was a definite experience.

        -1. Luke 24:49 “I am going to send you what my Father has
              promised; but stay in the city until you have been
              clothed with power from on high."
        2. Acts 19:2 “and asked them, "Did you receive the Holy
              Spirit when you believed?" They answered, "No, we have
              not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit."
        3. Acts. 19:6 “When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy
              Spirit came on them, and they spoke in (other languages)
              and prophesied.”
        4. "Let the gospel be preached and the Spirit poured out,
              and you will see that it has such power to change the
              conscience, to ameliorate the conduct, to raise the
              debased, to chastise and to curb the wickedness of the
              race, that you must glory in it. I say, there is nought
              like the power of the Spirit." Charles Spurgeon
        5. "I do not think that any man has power over his
              fellow-creature's will, but the Spirit of God has. 'I
              will make them willing in the day of my power.' He maketh
              the unwilling sinner so willing that he is impetuous
              after the gospel; he who was obstinate now hurries to the
              cross. He who laughed at Jesus now hangs on his mercy;
              and he who would not believe is now made by the Holy
              Spirit to do it, and not only willingly but eagerly. The
              Spirit has power over the will." Charles Spurgeon

B. Baptism came to converted individuals

        1. John 6:65-69 “Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom
              shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We
              believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.”
        2. John 13:10 “"A person who has had a bath needs only to
              wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are
              clean.”
        3. Acts 8:14,15 “When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that
              Samaria had accepted the word of God, they sent Peter and
              John to them. When they arrived, they prayed for them
              that they might receive the Holy Spirit.”
        4. Acts 19:1-6 At Ephesus they were converted but had not
              received the Sprit.

    C. Baptism completely changed those receiving it.

        1. Acts 4:32 "Now the multitude of those who believed were
              of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that
              any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had
              all things in common. And with great power the apostles
              gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And
              great grace was upon them all."
        2. "The Peter who denied Christ in the hour of His greatest
              need was impulsive and self-confident, differing widely
              from the Peter who was brought before the Sanhedrin for
              examination. Since his fall he had been converted. He was
              no longer proud and boastful, but modest and
              self-distrustful. He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and
              by the help of this power he was resolved to remove the
              stain of his apostasy by honoring the name he had once
              disowned.” Acts of the Apostles, p. 62
        3. “If men are willing to be molded, there will be brought
              about a sanctification of the whole being. The Spirit
              will take the things of God and stamp them on the soul.
              By His power the way of life will be made so plain that
              none need err therein.”—Acts of the Apostles, p. 52

    D. Baptism gave new understanding of the Scriptures.

        1. John 16:13 “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he
              will guide you into all truth....”
        2. 1 Cor. 2:10 “but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit.
              The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of
              God.”
        3. "Pentecost gave me the key to the Scriptures. It has kept
              my feet in all the slippery places of all sorts of
              criticism. The things that are stumbling blocks to so
              many are steppingstones to me. The inexplicable becomes
              plain when we recognize the Presence and Law of the
              Spirit. It balances scholarship, and gives discernment
              beyond all human learning"—Samuel Chadwick, Way to
              Pentecost p. 36

    E. Baptism brought a new joy to serve God.

        1. Acts 2:46,47 “Every day they continued to meet together
              in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and
              ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God
              and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord
              added to their number daily those who were being saved.”
        2. Acts 13:52 “And the disciples were filled with joy and
              with the Holy Spirit.”
        3. Eph. 5:18,19  “Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to
              debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to
              one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs....”

    F. Baptism brought new willingness to pray.

        1. Acts 3:1 “One day Peter and John were going up to the
              temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon.”
        2. Acts 6:4 “and will give our attention to prayer and the
              ministry of the word."
        3. Acts 12:5 “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church
              was earnestly praying to God for him.”

    G. Baptism brought a new concern for the lost.

        1. Acts 5:41,42 “The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing
              because they had been counted worthy of suffering
              disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple
              courts and from house to house, they never stopped
              teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the
              Christ.”
            a. "God has greatly blessed us this year," Harms wrote.
                  "Above all, He has blessed us with affliction.
                  Christoffersen's death, bitter as it was for us, has
                  been a rich, and perhaps the richest, blessing for
                  all." Louis Harms, (Pastor of Hermannsburg Mission,
                  who was personally in pain most of the time.)
        2. Acts 8:40 “Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and
              traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns
              until he reached Caesarea.”
        3. "With what burning language they clothed their ideas as
              they bore witness for Him! Their hearts were surcharged
              with a benevolence so full, so deep, so far-reaching,
              that it impelled them to go to the ends of the earth,
              testifying to the power of Christ. They were filled with
              an intense longing to carry forward the work He had
              begun. ... The Spirit animated them and spoke through
              them. The peace of Christ shone from their faces. They
              had consecrated their lives to Him for service, and their
              very features bore evidence to the surrender they had
              made." Acts of the Apostles, p. 46
            a. William Burns one great desire was to have the chance
                  to share the gospel with every living person at least
                  one time!

    H. Baptism brought a new ability to witness.

        1. Acts 2:6 “When they heard this sound, a crowd came
              together in bewilderment, because each one heard them
              speaking in his own language.”
        2. "The Holy Spirit did for them that which they could not
              have accomplished for themselves in a lifetime. They
              could now proclaim the truths of the Gospel abroad,
              speaking with accuracy the languages of those for whom
              whey were laboring.... From this time forth the language
              of the disciples was pure, simple, and accurate, whether
              they spoke in their native tongue or in a foreign
              language." Acts of the Apostles, p. 39,40.
            a. Jonathan Goforth was given the gift of the Chinese
                  language.

    I. Baptism brought a new boldness

        1. Acts 5:20 “Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and
              tell the people the full message of this new life."
        2. “The Paraclete had come, and they were comforted. The
              Spirit of Truth had come, and they knew. The witness to
              the Christ had come, and they became witnesses. The
              Executant of the Kingdom had come in power, and each
              found himself under authority and speaking as the Spirit
              gave him utterance. Fear had gone. They no longer sat
              with closed windows and bolted doors for fear of the
              Jews. They feared no one. They were afraid of nothing.”
              —Samuel Chadwick, Way to Pentecost p. 14

    J. Baptism brought new power.

        1. "That man is no Christian who is not the subject to the
              indwelling of the Holy Spirit; he may talk well, he may
              understand theology... he will the child of nature, but
              not the living child.

    K. Baptism brought new converts

        1. Acts 5:14 “And believers were increasingly added to the
              Lord, multitudes of both men and women,”
        2. "What was the result of the outpouring of the Spirit on
              the Day of Pentecost? The glad tidings of a risen Saviour
              were carried to the uttermost parts of the inhabited
              world. As the disciples proclaimed the message of
              redeeming grace, hearts yielded to the power of this
              message. The church beheld converts flocking to her from
              all directions. Backsliders were reconverted. Sinners
              united with believers in seeking the pearl of great
              price. Some who had been the bitterest opponents of the
              gospel became its champions.” Acts of the Apostles, p. 48

VI. Examples of People who obtained the baptism.

   A. Early church

        1. 120 people experienced the baptism in the Upper Room.
            a. Acts 2:1-4 “When the Day of Pentecost had fully come,
                  they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And
                  suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a
                  rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house
                  where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to
                  them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon
                  each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the
                  Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as
                  the Spirit gave them utterance.”
            b. Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place where
                  they were assembled together was shaken; and they
                  were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke
                  the word of God with boldness.”
         2. Paul experienced the baptism
            a.  Acts 9:17 “And Ananias went his way and entered the
                  house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother
                  Saul, the Lord Jesus,[a] who appeared to you on the
                  road as you came, has sent me that you may receive
                  your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

    B. Modern day examples

        1. Nicholas Zinzendorf and the Moravians
            a. “The Saviour permitted to come upon us a Spirit of
                  whom we had hitherto not had any experience or
                  knowledge. ... Hitherto we had been the leaders and
                  helpers. Now the Holy Spirit Himself took full
                  control of everything and everybody.”—speaking of an
                  event occurring Wednesday, August 13, 1727.

        2. John Bunyan
            a. Spoke of one night when God became so precious he
                  could "scarce lie in bed for joy, and peace, and
                  triumph through Christ."

        3. Charles Finney
            a. "The Holy Spirit descended upon me in a manner that
                  seemed to go through me, body and soul. I could feel
                  the impression like a wave of electricity going
                  through and through me. Indeed, it seemed to come in
                  waves of liquid love; for I could not express it in
                  any other way. It seemed like the breath of God. I
                  can recollect distinctly that it seemed to fan me
                  like immense wings. No words can express the
                  wonderful love that was shed abroad in my heart."

        4. D. L. Moody
            a. “The blessing came upon me suddenly like a flash of
                  lightning. For months I had been hungering and
                  thirsting for power in service. I had come to that
                  point that I think I would have died if I had not got
                  it. I remember I was walking the streets of New York.
                  I had no more heart in the business I was about than
                  if I had not belonged to the world at all. Right
                  there, on the street, the power of God seemed to come
                  upon me so wonderfully that I had to ask God to stay
                  his hand.”

        5. George Müller
            a. "As to my soul, the change was so great that it was
                  like a second conversion.''
            b. "The result was that the first evening I shut myself
                  in my room, to give myself to prayer and meditation
                  over the Scriptures, I learned more in a few hours
                  than I had done during a period of several months
                  previously."

        6. Samuel Chadwick
            a. "When it came I could not explain what had happened,
                  but I was aware of things unspeakable and full of
                  glory. Some results were immediate. There came into
                  my soul a deep peace, a thrilling joy, and a new
                  sense of power. My mind was quickened. I felt that I
                  had received a new faculty of understanding. Every
                  power was vitalized. My bodily powers were quickened.
                  There was a new sense of spring and vitality, a new
                  power of endurance, and a strong man's exhilaration
                  in big things. Things began to happen."

        7. James Brainard Taylor
            a. "If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean." Then there
                  ensued such emotions as I never before experienced.
                  All was calm and tranquil, and a heaven of love
                  pervaded my whole soul, I had a witness of God's love
                  to me and of mine to him. Shortly after I was
                  dissolved in tears of love and gratitude to our
                  blessed Lord. The name of Jesus was precious to
                  me...."
VII. Steps to receiving Baptism

    A. As seen in the Bible

        1. In the life of Jesus
            a. He surrendered and was baptized.
            b. Dove, symbolizing the Holy Spirit, descended upon Him.
            c. He Obeyed in going to the Wilderness.
        2. The Early Church
            a. Tarried in the upper room.
           b. Sought to be right with God.
            c. Sought to be right with each other.
            d. Surrendered to be entirely God's agent.
            e. Asked God to send the Spirit.
            f. Received the Spirit.
            g. Obeyed in witnessing for God everywhere.
            h. It was by the confession and forsaking of sin, by
                  earnest prayer and consecration of themselves to God,
                  that the early disciples prepared for the outpouring
                  of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. The same
                  work, only in greater degree, must be done now.
                  Testimonies to Ministers p. 507

    B. What others have said.

        1. “Much prayer, and a humbling of the heart, a constant
              surrender of the will to God, will bring the help pledged
              to every worker by the Father, the Son, and the Holy
              Spirit. Angels of God will work for those who yield
              themselves to the leading of the Spirit.” Manuscript
              Releases, Vol., 7, p. 354
            a. Prayer
            b. Humbling of heart
            c. Constant surrender to God
        2. Samuel Chadwick
            a. Repent: “When men begin to pray for the blessing of
                  Pentecost the answer begins in conviction of sin.”
            b. Ask: “There are thousands of believers who have never
                  definitely asked for the Blessing. God waits to give,
                  but He is a God of discretion, and waits to be asked.”
            c. Receive: “There is a point at which asking becomes
                  foolishness. Faith claims and takes.”
            d. Obey: "The Spirit-filled must be Spirit-ruled. We are
                  ministers of the Spirit through Whom the supply is
                  conveyed. Those who are greatly used of God have no
                  monopoly of the Holy Ghost; they are mighty through
                  God because the Spirit has a monopoly of them.”
                  Samuel Chadwick, Way to Pentecost
       3. Wilbur Chapman
            a. “We must desire the double portion of the Spirit only
                  that we may live for God’s glory.”
            b. “We must bring clean vessels to him.”
            c. “The possession of the double portion of the Spirit
                  must be our greatest desire. If we permit anything to
                  occupy a higher place in our affections than this,
                  the blessing will tarry....”
            d. “We must keep our eyes constantly fixed upon Christ.
                  The secret of all power is with him, and power is not
                  an experience; but Christ is the very power of God
                  himself.” Wilbur Chapman, The Surrendered Life, pp.,
                  23,24
        4. Gerhard Tersteegen
            a. Repent and obey.
            b. Continue advancing.
            c. Cultivate cordial relationships.
            d. Maintain and inward and outward collectedness.
            e. Wait without losing hope.
        5. R. A. Torrey
            a. Repent of rejecting Christ.
            b. Repent of sin before God.
                i “Before giving us the baptism of the Holy Spirit,
                      our heavenly Father will try us, to see if we can
                      live without dishonoring Him. . . . Do not think
                      that you can have great spiritual blessings
                      without complying with the conditions God Himself
                      has laid down.”—Letter 22, 1902.
            c. Repent of relational sin.
                i “To those who in faith claimed this promise it
                      was speedily fulfilled. . . . As the disciples
                      made humble supplication to God, their
                      differences were swept away. They became of one
                      mind. Then the way was prepared for the Holy
                      Spirit to enter the cleansed, consecrated soul
                      temples. Every heart was filled with the
                      Spirit.”—Ms 21, 1900.
                ii “When the laborers have an abiding Christ in
                      their own souls, when all selfishness is dead,
                      when there is no rivalry, no strife for the
                      supremacy, when oneness exists, when they
                      sanctify themselves, so that love for one another
                      is seen and felt, then the showers of the grace
                      of the Holy Spirit will just as surely come upon
                      them as that God's promise will never fail in one
                      jot or tittle. But when the work of others is
                      discounted, that the workers may show their own
                      superiority, they prove that their own work does
                      not bear the signature it should. God cannot
                      bless them.” Selected Messages Vol. 1, p. 175
            d. Seek to be emptied of self.
                i “When the heart is emptied of self, it will be
                      ready for the baptism of the Holy Spirit.”—Signs
                      of the Times, August 1, 1892 
            e. Be baptized (literally).
            f. Obey.
                i Rom. 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by
                      the mercies of God, that you present your bodies
                      a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God,
                      which is your reasonable service.”
                ii It was when the burnt offering, whole, no part
                      held back, was laid upon the alter that " there
                      came forth fire from before the Lord" and
                      accepted the gift (Lev. 9: 24); and it is when we
                      bring ourselves a whole burnt offering to the
                      Lord, and lay ourselves thus upon the altar, that
                      the fire comes and God thus accepts the gift.
                iii “Christ has promised the gift of the Holy Spirit
                      to His church.... but like every other promise,
                      it is given on conditions. There are many who
                      believe and profess to claim the Lord's promise;
                      they talk about Christ and about the Holy Spirit,
                      yet receive no benefit. They do not surrender the
                      soul to be guided and controlled by the divine
                      agencies. We cannot use the Holy Spirit. The
                      Spirit is to use us. ... But many will not submit
                      to this. They want to manage themselves. This is
                      why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only
                      to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for
                      His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. ....
                      This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings
                      all other blessings in its train.” Desire of Ages
                      p. 672
            g. Earnestly desire the Spirit.
                i John 7:37-39 If any man thirst, let him come unto
                      me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the
                      Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow
                      rivers of living water."
                ii Isa. 44:3 "I will pour water upon him that is
                      thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground; I will
                      pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing
                      upon thine offspring."
                iii "We should come to the Lord just as we are,
                      humbling ourselves before Him, and wrestling
                      earnestly until we receive the Holy Spirit. Why
                      should we not do as the disciples did just before
                      the Day of Pentecost? They sought the Lord
                      earnestly, and when the Day of Pentecost was
                      fully come, they were "all with one accord."
                      Notwithstanding the opposition of the powers of
                      darkness was so great that persecution arose,
                      some even being put to death, the disciples
                      witnessed for Christ, and large numbers were
                      converted. . . . " Medical Missionary, p. 201.
            h. Ask
                i Matt. 7:11 “If you then, being evil, know how to
                      give good gifts to your children, how much more
                      will your Father who is in heaven give good
                      things to those who ask Him!”
                ii “Teach your children that it is their privilege
                      to receive every day the baptism of the Holy
                      Spirit. Let Christ find you His helping hand to
                      carry out His purposes. By prayer you may gain an
                      experience that will make your ministry for your
                      children a perfect success.” Child Guidance, p. 69
                iii “Why do we not hunger and thirst for the gift of
                      the Spirit, since this is the means by which we
                      are to receive power? Why do we not talk of it,
                      pray for it, preach concerning it? The Lord is
                      more willing to give the Holy Spirit to us than
                      parents are to give good gifts to their children.
                      For the baptism of the Spirit every worker should
                      be pleading with God. Companies should be
                      gathered together to ask for special help, for
                      heavenly wisdom, that they may know how to plan
                      and execute wisely. Especially should men pray
                      that God will baptize His missionaries with the
                      Holy Spirit.” Testimonies, Vol. 8, p. 22
                iv “Is it necessary to possess talent or eloquence
                      to ask for the Holy Spirit? Oh no! The prayer
                      which God accepts, a little child can present.
                      ... One word suffices... if the whole heart be
                      engaged in the act. If He sees it humbled and
                      broken by a sense of its guilt, if He sees that
                      it is weary of the yoke of Satan, and sincerely
                      desires to be done with sin, with all sin,
                      without the least temptation to hide the least
                      sin from the sight of God; if God sees that what
                      is expected... is not merely the forgiveness of
                      sins, but also the expulsion of sin; not only
                      consolation, but sanctification, then all is
                      well, and the Spirit can enter His temple.”
                      Gustave Tophel
            i. Believe that you have received it.
                i Mark 11:24 “Therefore I say to you, whatever
                      things you ask when you pray, believe that you
                      receive them, and you will have them.”
                ii “The heavens are full of rich blessings, and it
                      is our privilege to have the joy of Christ in us
                      that our joy may be full. We have not because we
                      ask not, or because we do not pray in faith,
                      believing that we shall be blessed with the
                      special influence of the Holy Spirit. To the true
                      seeker through the mediation of Christ the
                      gracious influences of the Holy Spirit are
                      imparted in order that the receiver may impart a
                      knowledge of saving truth. Why do we not believe
                      the plain "Thus saith the Lord"? Do not cease to
                      pray under any circumstances.” Sabbath School
                      Worker, February 1, 1896

VIII. Can a refilling take place?

    A. In the NT

        1. Acts 4:31 “And when they had prayed, the place where they
              were assembled together was shaken; and they were all
              filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of
              God with boldness.”

IX. How the baptism is manifested.

    A. “The Spirit of God is manifested in different ways upon
          different men. One under the movings of this power will
          tremble before the word of God. His convictions will be so
          deep that a hurricane and tumult of feeling seem to rage in
          his heart, and his whole being is prostrate under the
          convicting power of the truth. When the Lord speaks
          forgiveness to the repenting soul, he is full of ardor, full
          of love to God, full of earnestness and energy, and the
          life-giving Spirit which he has received cannot be repressed.
          Christ is in him, a well of water springing up into
          everlasting life. His feelings of love are as deep and ardent
          as was his distress and agony.... Others are brought to
          Christ in a more gentle way.”  Review and Herald, May 5, 1896

X. Why the Baptism isn't experience more

    A. “The lapse of time has wrought no change in Christ's parting
          promise to send the Holy Spirit as His representative. It is
          not because of any restriction on the part of God that the
          riches of His grace do not flow earthward to men. If the
          fulfillment of the promise is not seen as it might be, it is
          because the promise is not appreciated as it should be. If
          all were willing, all would be filled with the Spirit.
          Wherever the need of the Holy Spirit is a matter little
          thought of, there is seen spiritual drought, spiritual
          darkness, spiritual declension and death. Whenever minor
          matters occupy the attention, the divine power which is
          necessary for the growth and prosperity of the church, and
          which would bring all other blessings in its train, is
          lacking, though offered in infinite plenitude.”AA, p. 50

    B. “Why is it that we do not manifest more of this enthusiasm in
          the service of God?--It is because those who profess to love
          God do not serve him with undivided heart.” Signs of the
          Times, July 25, 1892

[Comment: This was the second part of a two part lecture given on the Holy Spirit to the Pastors of the Tasmanian Conference.]

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