Immersion in the Holy Spirit
"Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ,
let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works
and of faith toward God,
of the teaching of immersions,
of laying on of hands,
of resurrection of the dead
and of eternal judgment.
And this we will do if God permits," Hebrews 6'1-3.
"... how much more
will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit
to those who ask Him!," Luke 11'13.
The first immersions in the Holy Spirit took place on the Day of Pentecost, being experienced by the waiting Disciples.
As part of "speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God", Jesus had told them to wait for "the Promise of the Father ...", Acts 1'3-4.
He had also said:
"... 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 end of the earth," Acts 1'8.
And the they received the Father's Promise:
"... they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance," Acts 2'4-on.
The Jews who had gathered to celebrate the Old Covenant Feast of Pentecost, and became Believers, were next:
There were those who "were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven".
They heard the "sound" and "came together".
Then Peter ...
"... standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, 'Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words.
... this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel'," Acts 2'14-16.
With these words he began turning the first of the keys Jesus had given him. He preached the Good News of Christ and the Kingdom of God and opened the way for Jews, saying:
"This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses.
Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.
For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: ‘The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, 'till I make Your enemies Your footstool."’
Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ," Acts 2'32-36.
There was an immediate response:
"Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" verse 37.
Peter's answer was clear:
"Repent, and let every one of you be immersed 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," verses 38-39.
The first key had been completely turned:
"Then those who gladly received his word were immersed (in water); and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers," verses 41-42.
It is crucial to keep in mind how important teaching the foundational principles of Christ thoroughly is so the truth of the Immersion in the Holy Spirit can be experienced.
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