While he was with them, he commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for the Father’s promise. “Which,” he said, “you have heard me speak about; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit in a few days.”
It’s true, of course. Jesus had prepped the disciples for the Spirit’s coming. We see the Holy Spirit at various points in the Old Testament, but His outpouring upon the infant New Testament church in Acts was unprecedented. In John 14:15-17, He told them, “If you love me, you will keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever. He is the Spirit of truth. The world is unable to receive him because it doesn’t see him or know him. But you do know him, because he remains with you and will be in you.” In John 14:25-26, Jesus told His disciples, “I have spoken these things to you while I remain with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you.” This is the previous speaking to which Jesus referred in verse 4 of today’s text.
John 15:7b-15 prophesied about the coming Holy Spirit, “It is for your benefit that I go away, because if I don’t go away the Counselor will not come to you. If I go, I will send him to you. When he comes, he will convict the world about sin, righteousness, and judgment.” He continued in verse 13, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will speak whatever he hears. He will also declare to you what is to come. He will glorify me, because he will take from what is mine and declare it to you. Everything the Father has is mine. This is why I told you that he takes from what is mine and will declare it to you.
The baptisms carried out by John the Baptist and his disciples was preparatory in nature. It was for the repentance of sins to prepare the way of the Messiah. This immersion of the Holy Spirit is the presence of God on the earth today. While the new believer’s immersion in the Holy Spirit did entail speaking in tongues sometimes in Acts, this was not the case for the majority of the Spirit’s outpourings.
With total self-honesty, has your Christian walk been saturated in the Spirit’s indwelling?
Pray: Ask God to show you more of what it means to be immersed completely in the Spirit’s power.