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In our study of John’s gospel, we’ve come to a definition of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. What is it? While it certainly can include certain manifestations of the Spirit, it primarily refers to living a godly life, being immersed in the Spirit.
I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.”
As we saw before, God sent John to baptize in order to reveal Jesus: “I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing with water, that he might be revealed to Israel” (v. 31). The far greater purpose behind John’s baptism was the revelation of Jesus. Ultimately that’s always true. Everyone and everything exists “through him and for him” (Col. 1:16).
The Spirit descended on Jesus and remained on Him. His whole ministry was by and through the Holy Spirit: “But if it is by the Spirit of God . . .” (Matt. 12:28). God’s Spirit was the active Person throughout His life.
Since Jesus did not come for Himself but for His people, even so with Him receiving the Spirit. It was to make His people partakers of the Holy Spirit. Jesus obtained Ezekiel’s promise: “And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules” (Ezek. 36:27).
That’s the essence of the baptism with the Holy Spirit. The word baptism means immersion It means to be so immersed with the Holy Spirit that we fulfill Ezekiel’s promise, walking in genuine obedience to God. Since there’s no perfect obedience in this life, the experience of Ezekiel’s promise will be partial. However, when we’re glorified, we’ll experience this promise to the fullest.
The Devotional Writer
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