Three Baptisms (2/2) | Bayless Conley

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There are many questions you are faced with
every day. We are all searching for answers that will
make a real difference in our lives. It’s hard to imagine that these answers
might be right in front of us. Get ready to discover answers in the Bible
with Bayless Conley. You know the Bible speaks about three different
baptisms. In the New Testament in particular, for the
believer, there is the baptism into the body of Christ. By one spirit, we’ve all been baptized into
one body. The Holy Spirit is the baptizer. The person that gets baptized is the repentant
sinner that is accepting Christ. And the element in which they get baptized
or placed into, is the body of Christ. With every baptism, you have a baptizer, a
baptizee, and an element to be baptized into. And today we are going to be talking about
the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the baptizer. The person that’s getting baptized in the
Spirit is the believer that is hungry for more of God. For a deeper dimension of the same Savior
that brought them eternal life. And the element in which they get baptized
is the Holy Spirit. I think you are going to find this illuminating. Hopefully it will help you grow spiritually. And I pray that you would reach out and receive
the baptism in the Holy Spirit from Jesus our Savior. Here’s Bayless Conley with part two of his
continuing message from last week. Look with me in John, chapter 14. I really want to encourage you because some
of you, this is the very thing you need in your life. You love Jesus, you’re on your way to heaven,
you are absolutely committed to Christ, and that is awesome. We are part of the same body of Christ, we
are loved by God; you may even be very evangelistically oriented. It’s awesome. But you sense a lack of power in your life. You are thirsty. Jesus said, “Anyone that thirsts, let him
come to Me.” I’m telling you, there’s more of the same
Holy Spirit that you can receive in your life. Look in John, chapter 14 and verse 16. This is just prior to His arrest. Jesus is talking to the disciples extensively
before they send to Him, go out, cross the brook Kidron, and go into the Garden of Gethsemane. And the main subject that Jesus speaks to
them about before He leaves is the Holy Spirit. John 14,15, and 16, and then John 17 is a
prayer. But He talks again and again about the Spirit. And look with me here in John 14 and verse
16: And I will pray the Father, and He will give
you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows
Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come
to you. And of course He comes in the Person of the
Holy Spirit. Jesus said that the Father was going to send
the Holy Spirit, and He says He abides with you; He will be where? In you. Notice what He said: “The Spirit of truth,
whom the world cannot receive.” All right, the world can’t receive the Holy
Spirit, but the world can receive Christ. “For God so loved the world that He gave
His only begotten Son that whosoever in the world believes in Him wouldn’t perish but
have everlasting life.” Jesus Christ is a gift for the world, but
the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a gift for the believer. And the Spirit was sent on the Day of Pentecost. But look what happens just before that. John, chapter 20. Jesus is gathered with the disciples. John 20 and verse 22: And when He had said this, He breathed on
them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. Now I want you to look up this way, if you
would. This is so significant! Do you remember in the Garden of Eden God
made man’s body out of the dust of the ground, didn’t He? But it was lifeless. It was a marionette. There was no life. And what did God do? God breathed into man the spirit of life and
the man came to life. He was in relationship with God. God breathed His very life into the man. But because of sin we become separated and
cut off from the life of God. Every person intuitively knows something is
wrong, something is missing. The Bible says in Romans, chapter 5, that
state of spiritual death that Adam brought into the world has been passed on to all human
beings. Jesus came and He died on the cross for our
sins and He opened the way for us to come back into a relationship with God. And now Jesus has been raised from the dead. The price of sin has been paid. And He gathers in the upper room with His
disciples where they are, just the small group of them, and what does He do? So symbolic and so beautiful, He breathes
on them, says, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” And they are born again, suddenly reignited,
reanimated on the inside, reconnected with God just as it was in the Book of Genesis. Did you know that Corinthians calls Jesus
the last Adam? Friend, He came to undo what the first Adam
had done. He came to fix what the first Adam had broken
and what God originally did in the garden, here Jesus does it again. Back in relationship with God. The Holy Spirit now is dwelling in them. They are born again. The work of salvation has been done. But look with me, if you would, just a couple
of pages over. The Book of Acts, chapter 1. I hope you like looking at a lot of verses. We didn’t at the beginning of the message,
but I was just getting you ready for the end! Acts, chapter 1, check it out. Verse 4, And being assembled together with them, He
commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father,
“which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you
shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” All right, they’ve already received the
Holy Spirit as they were gathered together with them and He breathed upon them the work
of salvation, the well of water, the spring of water springing up into them in everlasting
life. But now Jesus said, “Look, we’ve got a
lost world to reach, but I don’t want you to leave Jerusalem until you receive the promised
gift. Not many days hence and you will be baptized
in the Holy Spirit.” Look in verse 6: Therefore, when they had come together, they
asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And He said to them, “It is not for you to
know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy
Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea
and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” All right, “Boys, you’re saved. You’ve got the life of God. Heaven is your destination. You are a part of My body. You have been baptized into the body of Christ. But now there is another baptism I want you
to experience: The baptism of the Holy Spirit that brings power.” Look with me in chapter 2, if you would. Verse 1: When the Day of Pentecost had fully come,
they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven,
as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues,
as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit
and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. The meeting goes from that upper room; 120
of them break out on the street and they’re speaking in other tongues. And listen: Frankly, if I was going to start
the church, I would say, “God, that is a major mistake. That is just confusing; that is ridiculous. You have 120 people break out on the streets
speaking in other tongues, come on! You know, that’s not, that’s not in order. I don’t like that. That’s like crazy! That’s fanatical!” Listen: God is not some kitty cat that purrs
when you stroke him. He is a lion, my friend. So they break out on the street, Peter preaches,
and look with me, if you would, at verse 38. There they said, “What should we do?” Verse 38: Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let
every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and
you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children,
and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” All right, I happen to be one of those that
was afar off. I’m afar off geographically and I’m afar
off generationally. But I’m one of those that the Lord God has
called. It’s talking about believers, friend, in
every generation. This promise is to you, to your children,
as many as are afar off. Look with me in Acts, chapter 8, if you would. Check it out. Don’t you love your Bibles? I love to hear the rustle of pages or see
the bright flash of little, you know, iPhone screens. Acts, chapter 8, verse 5: Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria
and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded
the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice,
came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. Look in verse 14:
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. Were they saved? Certainly they were. They believed the preaching about Christ. They had received the Word of God. Peter said, “We’re not born again of corruptible
seed but incorruptible seed by the Word of God that lives and abides forever.” According to Jesus they’re saved. Jesus said, “He that believes and is baptized
shall be saved.” They believed and they’ve been baptized
in water in the name of Jesus; but, apparently, the disciples, you know, the church at Jerusalem
didn’t think that they had received all the Holy Spirit that there was to receive. They believed that there was an experience
subsequent to salvation, and they came down and prayed for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Look with me at verse 44 of Acts, chapter
10, which actually took place ten years after the Day of Pentecost. This is a full decade after what we just read
about in Acts, chapter 2. Look with me at verse 44 of Acts, chapter
10: While Peter was still speaking these words,
the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed
were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been
poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and
magnify God. Then Peter answered,
“Can anyone forbid water… And they are baptized in water. So here they believe and are filled with the
Holy Spirit before they even get baptized in water. Let’s jump a little bit further into the
future… and I am almost done. Acts, chapter 19. This is 20 years after the Day of Pentecost. Twenty years after the day the Holy Spirit
first came like a rushing, mighty wind into that upper room where 120 people were gathered! Look with me at verse 1: And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth,
that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples
he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much
as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” Drop down to verse 6:
And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke
with tongues and prophesied. Now the men were about twelve in all. You know, I talked about the little Pentecostal
Church that I started going to when I was first saved, and they were very reluctant
to baptize me in water. And, you know, I think it was really good
for me to be there, but it was really hard for me to be there. It was good because they preached a really
strong holiness message that I really, really needed because my lifestyle had been so out
of whack and so foul, and I needed to hear about holiness. But they had some interesting practices, things
that I suppose the Holy Spirit could lead you to do, something on an occasion. But when it becomes the normal practice, it’s
more just Pentecostal behavior than anything else. And I used to cry every single service. You know, they’d sing about Jesus, and I
would cry. He would preach, and I would cry. And he would invite people to come down to
the altar; I went down every single service, and I would kneel in the altar. If they danced, I would dance. And I would just cry I love Jesus so much. And I didn’t understand everything that
had happened to me, but I knew I was changed and I knew I had found what I’d been looking
for my whole life. And I’m down there at the end of one of
the services. There’s a whole bunch of people down there. And the pastor looks at me, and he goes, “That
young man needs the Holy Ghost!” I looked, and he was pointing at me! He said, “Get up here!” And then he called a whole bunch of people,
and I swear to you this is what they did: They formed a gauntlet. They had two lines of people went all the
way across the stage, and you had to start at one end and go through. And when you got to the other end you are
supposed to be filled with the Holy Spirit. And I was, I was scared already. I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know anything about the Holy Spirit. I had seen people speaking in tongues, but
I didn’t get it. I just loved Jesus. And so I started going down through the gauntlet,
and people started hitting me. It’s true! They are whacking me on the back and hitting
me in the head and screaming… I’ve got people screaming in tongues in
my ears. And they’re grabbing my wrists. And I’m going like this, and they’re whacking
me. And somebody puts their hand really hard on
my stomach, shouts in my face, and this actually happened. One guy’s hitting me on the back really
hard, saying, “Let go, brother, let go! Let go!” At the same time somebody’s tickling my
throat saying, “Hang on! Hang on!” So I got, “Let go! Hang on!” shouting in my ears. I am utterly terrified! And I get most of the way down the line, I
thought I’ve got to get out of this somehow. So they are waiting for me to speak in tongues. I spoke in Spanish. It’s true. And the pastor goes, “No, that’s not it.” Now I’m not real proud of this, but I was
so scared of those people I just made something up. It wasn’t the Holy Spirit. I know and I just went, “Uga bugga, uga
bugabuga.” And they go , “yeah, yeah!” and they shoved
me off the end of the stage; and, you know, got the next person to run the gauntlet. Despite that experience, I was still very
hungry to be filled with the Holy Spirit. I was still seeking for something deeper. I wanted everything that God had for me. I didn’t understand it anymore than some
of you do here tonight. But I wanted everything that God had for me. And I remember they had a little side room
off to the side of the auditorium. And I think a couple days later I went in
there to pray, and there was a woman. She was kneeling down. She didn’t hear me come in. Tears are streaming down her face, and she
had her hands lifted up, and she was speaking in other tongues. And I felt like I walked into the Holy of
Holies, it so profoundly impacted me. And I remember I knelt down in a corner of
that room. I said, “O God, I want what that lady has! I want that, O God!” And it was a couple nights later I took my
girlfriend to the same little mission where I had gotten saved, and she completely rejected
the message. But I went upfront with a bunch of people
afterwards, and I dragged her up there with me. And I made her hold hands with a bunch of
people, and I got filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in other tongues in the same little
mission there in Medford, Oregon, where I had given my life to Christ. And listen: It’s been almost 40 years I
have spoken in tongues to God every single day since. And there has been times I haven’t known
what to pray for or how to pray. But, thank God, the Holy Spirit does. And I’m just very grateful for the baptism
in the Holy Spirit. Now listen, this all may be new to you. That’s cool. If you love Jesus, we’re in the same body;
we’re headed to heaven together; there are so many things we can agree upon, so many
things we can do together, it’s awesome. But just maybe you are hungering and thirsting
for more. The only place you can get this… the only
place… is from Jesus. He’s the only one that can baptize in the
Holy Spirit. Now we read sometimes they laid hands on people,
the Holy Spirit was given; other times we read the Holy Spirit just fell on people…
while Peter’s preaching. I mean, imagine that! Interrupting the preacher’s message! Gosh, God, how rude. And I’m going to pray tonight. We’re going to just… we’re going to
pray a prayer of salvation for anybody that wants Jesus in your life and pray a prayer
to receive the Holy Spirit for those that are, you know, hungry for that and ready for
that. And if you’re not, cool. You know, hopefully, you are going to be like
the Bereans to study the Scriptures more to see whether these things are so. I actually wrote a little book about it called
“The Infilling of the Holy Spirit”. It may be of help to you, get into a lot more
detail than I was able to tonight. But if you wouldn’t mind just for a few
moments, just bow your heads and close your eyes. Lord Jesus, we come to You. We are so tired of all of the facades and
stuff that goes on in Your church. We love the church; but, Jesus, we just need
You. We need more of what You have and more of
what You want for us. We realize programs are good, but they’ll
never bring revival. It’s only Your Spirit. Lord, we are hungry, not just for an outpouring
in our lives but an outpouring of Your Spirit upon our communities, in our nation. Oh, God! We pray for our nation; we pray for our leaders,
O God. The only thing that can save America is a
revival. May Your Spirit come. May the Holy Spirit brood and convict hearts
of sin. Bring your church out of a place of apathy. God, we are not content with the status quo. We need… we need the Holy Spirit. We need Your power just like in the Book of
Acts, O God. Stretch out Your hand to heal. May signs and wonders be done through the
Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus Christ. Thank you for touching people in this house
even now, even here, O Lord. Church, why don’t you just stand to your
feet and just maintain that heart of prayer. If you want Jesus in your life, the Bible
says if you believe in your heart God raised Him from the dead, if you confess Him with
your mouth as Lord, you will be saved. I want to lead you in a simple prayer. If it helps you to keep your eyes closed,
keep them closed. We’re going to pray. All I can do, however, is give you words. Tie your heart around them. I’m going to go right into a prayer where
we ask Jesus to fill us to overflowing with His Spirit. Now friend, it’s not all about speaking
in other tongues. There are a lot of different manifestations
of the Holy Spirit spoken of in the New Testament. But it’s one of the main things, one of
the main ways of communicating with God that we find happening in the Book of Acts. So if you want, if you desire, won’t you
pray with me now. Say, O God, thank you for sending Your Son Jesus
to pay for the sin of the world. I realize my guilt. I’ve sinned. I’ve come short of Your glory, and I have
no way to redeem myself. I look to no one else but You. Rescue me. I put my trust in Jesus, who died and was
raised from the dead. Jesus, wash me clean. I confess You as my Lord. And I ask You, Jesus, to fill me with the
Holy Spirit. Fill me to overflowing. Now those of you that have been filled and
speak in other tongues, just begin to talk to God right now. You don’t have to do it super loud, but
just begin to communicate with Him. It’s fine. It’s in order. Our hearts are directed to God right now. If you’ve never been filled and you want
to, just receive. Just receive. The Bible says they began to speak with other
tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance. He’ll move on your lips and your tongue
and help you form those words. But you have to lift your voice just like
when you speak in your known language. Stay tuned at the end of the program today
for a special inspirational thought from Bayless. I hope that you prayed that prayer with the
church. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He’s still baptizing people with the Holy
Spirit. And you know, my own mother, she got filled
with the Holy Spirit watching a Christian television program. Someone on the program was leading people
and encouraging them to receive the baptism in the Spirit. She didn’t know I was there, but I had walked
into the room and I was behind her. She was sitting in a chair with tears streaming
down her face. She lifted her hands and she was speaking
in other tongues to God. She got baptized in the Holy Spirit right
there in her own den. You know what you can always trust Jesus. He is the One, according to John the Baptist,
He is the one that baptizes us with the Holy Spirit. Whatever Jesus wants to do, I’m in. I’ve got no reservations about it. “Lord do whatever You want to do with my
life, through my life.” And I pray you have the same heart attitude. In fact, I pray right there in your home,
wherever you might be, that you would receive that: That mighty baptism in the Holy Spirit. And I pray that you would join us next week.. And now here’s Bayless with an inspirational
thought you can apply today. Hey there, friend, I just want to encourage
you: whatever you may be facing right now, whatever you might be going through, whatever
you may be lacking in your life: you need to know you are not alone. There is a God in heaven that knows your name. You are not some faceless person in the crowd
to Him. He is very aware of you and he is very aware
of your situation. I love something King David said in one of
the Psalms. He said, “Lord, you thought upon my trouble
and have considered me.” God has considered deeply the things that
you’re facing. He knows the trouble that you’re in and
He wants to help you. The Bible says, “Whoever calls on the name
of the Lord will be saved.” That word ‘saved’ means ‘delivered’,
‘healed’, you know, ‘set free’. And just – just call on God. Ask Him to help you. I don’t know [by] what means He’s going
to bring that help – maybe through a friend; maybe through you sitting in a church service
and hearing the word of God, you’re going to get the key that you need; you know, maybe,
you know, through – through listening to me right now. Maybe, God’s speaking to you! However God brings that answer to you, be
open, because He can’t be put in a box. But I do know that He loves you. I do know He is concerned about you. I do know that you are not lost to God, that
you’re not some sort of an outcast on the outside. He knows you and He wants to help you. Ask Him for His help, and then look and listen
for it. I believe you’re going to find your way
out of your troubles, and find your way in the arms of a loving God. Do you ever feel stuck, dry, bored, or lifeless? It’s time to get refreshed. Find breakthrough, renewal, and refreshing
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3 Responses

  1. Calz Cristal

    September 16, 2016 5:37 pm

    Yes Holy Spirit I Need your constant Pouring and Filling Come Dwell in me! Thank You LORD JESUS for sending The Ruach HaKodesh

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