Acts 11:16: And I remembered the word of the Lord, how he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’
Here Peter was trying to view his experience through the glasses of the word of God and not, as some do, try to impose their own experience on it.
Many do not speak in tongues so they impose on the scriptures what their experience says. Many know people who are pious and serving God but who do not speak in tongues so they come from that experience and make the scriptures conform to that experience, rather than seek to conform to scriptures. Your experience can be a lie but the word of God is true.
Some may say that tongues have passed, ceased in the first century. They go on further and declare that those who speak in tongues are under the influence of demons. They quote Paul who says that in the last days people would yield to seducing spirits and doctrine of demons (1Timothy 4:1). But they neglect the words of Jesus that we should be careful about blaspheming the Holy Spirit (Luke 11:14-20, Matthew 12:24-25).
Jesus said this when some people, in a bid to discredit him (as these people try to discredit speaking in tongues as a part of the experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit) said that he casts out devils by the chief of demons, Beelzebub.
And Jesus added that a sin against the Holy Spirit does not have forgiveness. He noted: “If through thee finger of God I cast out devils, then the kingdom of God has come near to you,” referring to the means with which he cats out devils, the finger of God, the Holy Spirit.
In a way saying that the supernatural is an expression of the kingdom of God. So because something cannot be explained by logic does not mean you should ascribe it to Satan because that borders on blaspheming the Holy Spirit.
If some people have their way, the gospel will just be about getting some knowledge, knowing the right things, but the gospel is also about a spiritual experience, it is more than a mental experience.
The Holy Spirit marks things with the divine presence, he marks us as being God’s possession. Paul said that we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, separated to God, made his own (Ephesians 1:13). The Holy Spirit witness with our spirit that we are the sons of God.
The presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is also as our helper (Romans 8:26-27). He has something to do in our lives right now. He manifests in our lives, bringing to bear the work of Christ. He applied the work of Christ to our hearts bringing us to the place of manifesting the glory of God.
Without him our words do not have power, they make no impact. Paul was adamant about not coming to the church of Corinth with words of human wisdom but the demonstration of the Spirit and power. There is nothing quite about a demonstration, nothing neat about it. A demonstration is a display of the spectacular.
Paul cared more for the demonstration of the power of God than for the exposition of scriptures. He said to the church in Corinth: I did not come to you with the excellence of speech, of human wisdom, but the demonstration of the Spirit and power so that your faith does not lie in the wisdom of men but in the power of God (1Corinthians 1:24). So, he consciously walked in the supernatural.
We should be careful in the church of Jesus Christ that in the bid to be word-based, instruction-based, we leave out the operation of the Holy Spirit, the sheer unpredictability of it, the experience of heaven, the pulling down of the hand of God to make the people on the earth recognise the supremacy of God.
When there was doubt in Israel about who to worship, either God or Baal, what settled it was a display of the supernatural, no long exposition or explanation. First there was the cessation of the rain for some years, then the coming of fire from heaven to consume the sacrifice laid by Elijah the prophet of God, while the prophets of Ball, regardless of how much they cried or cut themselves did not get a response from their God. All Israel thereby said: the Lord, he is God (1Kings 18).
The presence of the Holy Spirit makes all the difference. The disciples were instructed to wait for the manifestation of the Holy Spirit in power in their lives before they manifest themselves to the people in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria as the witnesses of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8). They were not to go into the midst of the wolves of the earth without supernatural endowment, in infusion of strength, faith and power of God.
In the focus verse, Peter said that he remembered what Christ has said, and he was able to act appropriately in the situation. That means if we do not put his word in our minds (remembering it), then we would not please him.
Paul said that we need to have the word of Christ dwelling richly in our hearts (Colossians 3:16). If we allow the word to dwell in our hearts then we would do the right thing.
If we do not connect appropriately with the word of God we would not be able to connect appropriately with others. Paul said we need to have the words of Christ dwelling richly in us so that we will overflow in the same in blessing to others.
The experience of the baptism of the Holy Spirit should always be connected to what is written in the word of God. We should not have a spiritual experience out of the orbit of the scriptures. That is a trap.
There can be no church without the Holy Spirit. It is with the presence of the Holy Spirit that Christ becomes alive in each of us. God is in you by the Holy Spirit. You are a carrier of God, carrier of light. The presence of the Holy Spirit is the presence of God. He manifests as the glory of God. He moves in to bring the will of God to pass.
The bible says that no one knows the things of God, except the Spirit of God (1Corinthians 2:12-21). That is why the fellowship with the Holy Spirit is encouraged (2Corinthians 13:14), because it is through him we get to walk with God.
Though we do not see God, we sense Holy Spirit, and are led by him (Romans 8:14). That is our right as sons of God. The manifestation of Jesus as Son of God was by the Holy Spirit, from his conception to his miracles and his death and resurrection, the same with us (Romans 1:4).
It is by the presence of the Holy Spirit that we have God in us. We do not just go to about with human wisdom, the Holy Spirit becomes in us the Spirit of wisdom (Isaiah 11:1-2), we do not go about with our power, the Holy Spirit, the supernatural one, doing stuffs through us.
- Who Is Jesus Christ? (nanafredkofi.wordpress.com)
- Whose Wisdom? (holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com)
- 1 Kings 5-6, 2 Corinthians 1 (vesselsofclay.org)
- “Expect The Power of God Everywhere” (roarofaradical.wordpress.com)
- Beloved Brother Paul (holdingforthhisword.wordpress.com)