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Baptism with the Holy Spirit

At the Church of God Ministry of Jesus Christ International we believe and enjoy this experience from God in a rather generous fashion. More than 40 years ago, our church’s founders understood and sought it with sincerity, thanks to understanding the teachings from the books of the Gospels, which record the promise from the Lord Jesus Christ regarding the Helper. They asked the Father to grant them this special blessing, which—as previously stated—the congregation today enjoys copiously.

Chapter 14 of the Gospel According to John clearly states the promise made by the Lord Jesus:

16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— 17 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.

This wonderful passage could perfectly be connected with what Luke 11 states, when referring to God’s mercy that would grant the blessing of the Holy Spirit to those believers who with a sincere heart.

13 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!

When these words first started to come to pass, we find what Acts of the Apostles states in its chapter 2, when the Holy Spirit descended with power and there were visions with tongues as of fire that sat upon each of the 120 people who were congregated at the upper room.

4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Speaking in tongues the sign of receiving the baptism with the Holy Spirit that our Lord Jesus Christ grants. However, at that time it was manifested in the form languages known around the region, the Scripture later on points to the fact this experience consists of speaking in angelical tongues that we are unable to understand.

The Bible speaks about this in 1 Corinthians 14:

2 For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries.

Or as chapter 10 of Acts of the Apostle points out when the Jews saw with their very eyes the way in which that blessing was also poured out on the Gentiles and the way they spoke in tongues and glorified God.

44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. 45 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. 46 For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.

In fact, afterward in chapter 19 of the same book, when Paul preached to the 12 disciples he encountered in Ephesus.

 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied.

Furthermore, the Scripture clearly points out that we are in the latter days. God left His promise written in the Bible since ancient times, when Joel the prophet in chapter 2, as previously referenced, said the following as directed to the Church of the Lord:

28 “And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. 29 And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.

Index

Introduction
The Existence of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit
The Bible as the Written Word of God
Existence and Value of the Ministry Called and Chosen by God
The Role of Women in the Church
A Universal Church for All
Baptism in Water
Baptism with the Holy Spirit
Spiritual Gifts and Laying on of Hands
The Gift of Prophecy
The Change of Life
Resurrection, not Reincarnation
The Blessing of Eternal Life

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