THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
IN THE BOOK OF ACTS WE SEE FIVE OUTPOURINGS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
Acts 2:4 - 120 with the disciples in the Upper Room
Acts 8:17 - Converts to Phillip in Samaria
Acts 9:18 - Saul's conversion
Acts 10:44 - Peter preached to the Gentiles in Cornelius house
Acts 19:6 - Paul with the believers at Ephesus
It is an experience that is available to all Christians in all lands and in every generation. Acts 2:39, "For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."
This experience offers the believer spiritual power for victorious Christian living and effective service (ministry) in the Kingdom of God.
Acts 1:8, "But you shall receive power after that the Holy Spirit has come upon you......"
The Baptism With the Spirit is Called in the Book of Acts:
The verb #1: "Bapto" - Being baptized in the Holy Spirit.
[Jesus said] "For John truly baptized with water but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now" (Acts1:5).
"Bapto" in ancient times was used in an interesting number of ways. It essentially described something that was immersed.
The verb #2: "Eperchomai" - the Holy Spirit coming upon
[Jesus said] "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem..." (Acts 1:8).
The chief idea in "eperchomai" relates a coming upon a whole new set of circumstances - as in "these things that have come upon me." In other words, the Holy Spirit wants to reshape our perspective (on the world) our passion (for the lost) our pointedness (in focus on human need).
The verb #3: "Ekcheo" - the Holy Spirit poured out
In Acts 2:17, Peter quotes from Joel's prophecy about the coming of the Holy Spirit: "And it shall come to pass in the last days says God I will pour out of my Spirit on all flesh."
The verb #4: "Pieroo" - they were filled "And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit...."
(Acts 2:4). In the Greek language this verb was not used unless there was actually an overflow. In other words, "pieroo" means there was more than enough.
The verb #5: "Epipipto" falling upon -
See Acts 10-44-46. The Holy Spirit wants to "fall upon" us to catch us up in the fullness of God's love.
The verb #6: "Lambana" - to receive
"Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit" (Acts 8:17)."Lambano" conveys both the ideas of giving and/or receiving.