One week later, as the one hundred and twenty disciples tarried in the upper room, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost and fire. From that day — from the Day of Pentecost—the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was the normal experience for the New Testament Christians.
By Nathaniel Urshan
From almost every fundamental, orthodox, and evangelical, Christian group there is rising today this prayer and plea: “Lord, send us a new and fresh outpouring of thy Holy Spirit!”
We are repeatedly driven to our knees in prayer for a new anointing from God as we realize that only His power can withstand the sin-tide of our generation and bring men back to a moral sanity and to God.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul said, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might…For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day” (Eph. 6:10-13).
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” That is the need of the church today. The strength of the Lord, and the power of his might. Will God today make His ministers flames of fire, and each of His saints a flaming seraph of witnessing power?
From the Word of God I shall present these three salient facts: First, we need to be baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Second, God, who cannot lie, has promised to every obedient believer this anointing of the Holy Spirit.
Third, this blessing can be your personal experience if and when you become obedient to the gospel. We need to be endued with power from on high, not only because we are conscious of our weakness, but also because God has seen our need for power.
In the third chapter of Matthew we read of the preaching and promises of John the Baptist: “In these days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand . . . Then went out to him all Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins . . But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism (and may I remind you that the Pharisees and Sadducees, then as now, were the ritualists, and rationalists in religion), he said unto them, 0 generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire” (Matthew 3:1-11).