As we receive Him through faith, Jesus imparts His personal Spirit, blending His human mastership of life with the individual believer. When a believer and Jesus are one, the characteristic of that life is total devotion to Christ.
We need to define the baptism of the Holy Spirit by Jesus’ words: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses…” (Acts 1:8) This is not a spirit of works, but of being a perfect delight to Jesus.
Paul lived in the presence of the Lord, as a model of Christianity. He went forward in the Spirit. When everyone tried to persuade him to save his life by not going to Jerusalem, he answered them, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” (Acts 21:13)
1 Corinthians 6:19 reads, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?” When the Holy Spirit indwells a Christian, he begins to understand this is not an experience but a revelation, which he must receive by faith and obey to enjoy the blessing. Many people do not receive this blessing because they will not receive it, but Jesus desires us to be one with Him. (See John 17:21-26)
Many say that because they have received the Holy Spirit, whatever they want to do is inspired by Him. Not so! The Spirit of God does not take charge of all our thinking. We are still human and must grow one step at a time, by faith and trusting.
When a believer receives the revelation of his baptism of the Holy Spirit, it changes the way he prays. He now perceives the impossible as possible. Instead of continuing to pray about a matter, he goes and does it as the Holy Spirit illuminates him. He sees his body as a temple for the Master Builder, who does not need to explain why He takes us by the path He does.
Pastor Odom’s message can be heard each Sunday on Radio KAML, AM 990, at 8:30 a.m. Choate Baptist Church meets for Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., Worship at 11 a.m., and Sunday and Wednesday Evening Services at 7 p.m. Please join us!