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The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
[A Bible Study]
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.
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
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,
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,
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.
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.
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)
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.,
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).
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
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.
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.”
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.]