Pentecost and revival – Love is the key to receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit

Pentecost is only a few days away now. I have been focussing on receving the Holy Spirit for many many years. Here are some of the things I have learned about the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Every ministry begins with the baptism of the Holy Spirit

First let’s focus on the absolute importance of the baptism of the Holy Spirit in all the major NT people’s ministries. Little or nothing happened before their baptism in the Spirit.

The ministry of Jesus Christ began after He was baptised in water and then by the Holy Spirit.

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. 14But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” – Matthew 3:13-17

The full time ministry of the disciples began after they were baptised by the Holy Spirit (at Pentecost).

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. – Acts 2:1-4

The ministry of Paul (AKA Saul) began when he was baptised by the Holy Spirit.

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptizedActs 9:17-18

Having the signs of the Holy Spirit is the pre-requisite for selection into positions within the church.

It is hard to imagine that Jesus Christ needed to be baptised by the Holy Spirit before His ministry could begin, but there it is! And it’s also worth noting that it was after His baptism in the Holy Spirit that He was led out to defeat the devil in the wilderness. That is certainly why we keep being defeated by the enemy in our bodies – because we have not yet become entirely filled by the Holy Spirit.

It’s not once, it’s ongoing

It’s also worth noting that the disciples were filled to different degrees along the way.

Firstly, BEFORE receiving the Holy Spirit Jesus Christ gave them authority overall demons, sickness etc…

And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. – Luk 9:1-2

Secondly, He breathed on them saying “receive the Holy Spirit”…

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  – Joh 20:22

Thirdly, He left so that the Holy Spirit could come to them and they receive the Holy Spirit at Pentecost…

1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. – Acts 2:1-4

Fourthly, they were filled again after Pentecost…

And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. – Act 4:29-31

Why is it better that the Holy Spirit comes to us? (Christ IN us)

Jesus Christ said it was better for us that He goes because then the Holy Spirit can come to us. What did Jesus say the Holy Spirit will do… in other words… why is it better for us?

Having Jesus Christ walking with us and listening to Him is great, but having the “Spirit of Christ” within us, so that it is He that lives and not us (we are hidden in Him) is so much better!

Rom 8:9  You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

1Pe 1:11  inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.

What is the purpose of sending the Holy Spirit to us?

What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit? We know He is the Paraclete (Helper) and our Advocate (John 15:26) and that the Holy Spirit will testify about Jesus Christ (John 15:26) and sin, righteousness and judgement…

John 16:8 When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: 9 about sin, because people do not believe in me; 10 about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; 11 and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned. – John 16:8-11

Most of this which I have written so far is common knowledge.

Now let me share with you a most important key to Jesus Christ sending the Holy Spirit to us. We make the assumption that revival is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and we often assume revival comes because of prayer, as a response to our faith.

But in fact I see in scripture that what is needed is a desire to love people, just as Jesus Christ loved us. When we pray out of a desire to love people, or when our faith is anchored in a love for people THAT is when Jesus Christ sends the Holy Spirit to us and we have revival.

IF you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. – John 14:15

Why does Jesus send the Spirit of Truth? It’s to help us keep His command. So the key question must be… what is Jesus one command?

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends IF you do what I command. – John 15:11

That is absolutely clear. His command is to love one another.

God the Father and Jesus Christ come to make their home with us

Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” – John 14:21

Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. – John 14:23

The promise is that IF we keep His teaching, His command, which is to love one another… then “We (Jesus and the Father) will come to them and make Our home with them”

And how does Jesus come and make His home with us? Yes He can grant us His Presence, but I think in the context of that teaching, He is pointing once again to the Holy Spirit being sent to us, to dwell with and within us.

But the key is that we intend to give our lives to love other people. THAT decision and choice and intent is what Jesus Christ commanded us to do, and He sends the Holy Spirit to enpower us to do that.

Would you like to be loved and have the relationship that Jesus Christ had with His Father in Heaven? Then keep His command to love others…

IF you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. – John 15:10

Build them up into the fullness of Jesus Christ

Today I (personally) saw this happening! From my FB page…

As I spend time ministering to people I am always trying to build them up into the fullness of Jesus Christ. Take a moment to think… how did Jesus behave? What was He like?

From an emotional perspective, Jesus was secure, assertive, He had great boundaries, He rested when He needed to – in short, He was very emotionally healthy!

The fullness of Jesus Christ includes having His emotional health and wisdom…

13until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, – Ephesians 4:13

As I sat there ministering, just loving the person, building this person up, God was fulfilling His John 14 promises to me! Jesus said “IF you keep My command to love then”… He would come dwell with me and make Himself known to me.

As I ministered love to this person (I didn’t pray or do anything but speak comfort and encourage) many times I felt God’s Presence and I could see the Spirit of God descending into the place.

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for loving others

The gifts we are to be given are not gifts for us, but they are God’s gifts to the people around us… working through us.

Other Gifts The 5 Fold Ministry The 9 Spiritual Gifts
Romans 12:6-8 Ephesians 4:11 1 Corinthians 12:1-14
  • Prophecy
  • Ministry
  • Teaching
  • Exhortation
  • Giving
  • Leading
  • Showing mercy (compassion)
  • Apostolic
  • Prophetic
  • Evangelical
  • Pastoral
  • Teaching
  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Discerning various spirits
  • Speaking in tongues
  • Interpretation of tongues
  • Prophecy
  • Faith
  • Working of miracles
  • Healing

God wants to love the people around us, are we already walking in love for people around us?

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