While Jesus promised His followers that they would be “baptised with the Holy Spirit” in the first chapter of Acts, we read a different term being used when that promise was fulfilled in the very next chapter. In fact, the word “baptised” is replaced by the word “filled”. They were all “filled with the Holy Spirit” we read. Now, why the sudden change in terminology? You see, our Lord did not want us to be under the impression that being baptised with His Spirit is merely an outward experience. Being baptised with water, merely results in the wetting of our outer man. Even while this wetting is from head to toe, no water penetrates within. Being baptised with water is important because of what it symbolises – us dying with Christ, only to be raised from the dead together with Him as new creations. However, being baptised with the Holy Spirit touches us in our entirety. We are filled with Him on the inside and covered by Him on the outside. Indeed, we are soaked in His power, presence and personality. There is nothing symbolic here, the importance of the act is the act itself – being marinated in the Spirit of God, wholly and completely!
Yours in His service,
Ngobeni (14) came face-to-face with God Almighty at our Makuleke Gospel Crusade. When asked why she decided to attend, she simply said, “Something in my heart told me that God was going to reveal something to me.” Indeed, our Jesus revealed Himself to her not only as Saviour, but as Holy Spirit Baptiser. Hallelujah! First, Ngobeni gave her life to Christ. “I discovered that the God the evangelist was preaching about, is the true and only God,” she testified. And then, after Ev. Tamryn preached on the baptism of fire, she was filled to overflowing. “I started speaking in heaven’s language for the first time,” she explained, still trembling from the intensity of the encounter. “As I was praying, I forgot about every problem – I feel so free and light. I know God is going to use me for something. Everything is possible with God. There is nothing too hard for Him as long as you believe.”
Tamryn is the founder of In His Name Ministries, an evangelistic organisation dedicated to proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout Africa and the world. Find her on Facebook under Tamryn Klintworth or visit the ministry website at: www.inhisname.org.za