Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
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June 18, 2011                               "The Mighty Baptism!" "To Listen the Audio with this Great Sermon click"  "Here"
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Text: Acts 19: 1-7  (King James Version)

  "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

                            The Fields are white and the laborers are few!
C.H. Spurgeon said, "If God does not save a man by truth he certainly will not save them by lies, and if the old gospel is not competent to work a revival, then we will do without the revival;"

 

Acts 19:1   And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

Acts 19:2   He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye

believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether

there be any Holy Ghost.

Acts 19:3   And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And

they said, Unto John's baptism.

Acts 19:4   Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

Acts 19:5   When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 19:6   And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

Acts 19:7   And all the men were about twelve.

 

Let's pray. Father, Open my eyes so I can see Your truth.

Open my ears so I can hear Your voice.
Open my mind so I can understand Your Word.
And open my heart so I may receive all that You want me to receive. AMEN

  

I know that the reason so much false doctrine is in the church, Is due to the fact that this vitally important doctrine is not hardly ever preached, or taught anymore. Many "Pentecostals" have even begun to teach," you do not have to speak with tongues to be filled with the Spirit". Many teach one of so many other lies that are reaping havoc in this present age. Christians, get back to your bibles!
      Most churches are like the disciples in our text they," know not whether there be any Holy Ghost". And many of the churches who teach on the Holy Ghost, do so with an unscriptural "traditional"slant, If your tradition is by "men" and not GOD, careful, you may be a heritic.
I urge you to hear what the Spirit of God wants to share with you today. If you are a "born-again" Christian, then this word is for you. God bless the listeners today I pray, in Jesus Name! amen.
1. The Holy Ghost Baptism Explained.
    A. As plainly seen in The Bible, This was, and is a baptism, unique, and separate to the baptism that places the believer into the body of Christ (and yet, is not even water baptism, as so many think)

Scripture, you ask?  Yes, as a matter of fact I do! 1Cr 12:13 For by one Spirit (not a man) are we all baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  (emphasis,and notation mine)

        If this were water baptism, It would be the Holy Spirit doing the baptism of the believer in the water. NO, This is the new-birth experience Jesus said was essential to be saved.

 

        Jesus further described this "being born of the Spirit", as something we can not see! (John 3:5-8) Well, one can CLEARLY see a man baptizing a believer in a creek, or tank.

       Further proving the baptism that puts the believer "into one body" is "the ESSENTIAL ONE" for salvation.

       

        In other words, You don't have to be water baptized to make it to heaven. You should however desire to be water baptized.

 

         And you don't have to be baptized in The Holy Ghost to make it to heaven either. Some teach that this is accomplished at the moment of regeneration, and some even teach that you must "speak in tongues" to be saved. Both of these views are unscriptural, and should be repented of.

 The problem; most of these teaching this heresy are either, 1.not saved, or 2. They are teaching on something they know nothing about. (know this, teacher you will stand before God and give account for every word you said to your people, God said;  Revelation.22: 18     For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19     And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 

    Be careful!

 

        But YOU DO have to "BE baptized, INTO THE BODY", to make it to heaven.   Or  "Ye must be born again"!

You see, There is...
        a.1. One (baptism), that is by the Holy Ghost.
This is the new-birth, when the Spirit of God places you into the body. (see 1 Cor. 12:13 above)
        a.2. And one baptism, that is by Jesus Christ Himself. This is the "Holy Ghost baptism" that happens uniquely and subsequently to regeneration. Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:

John preached to the Pharisees to get their heart right before coming to be water baptized. 
      a.3. And then there is"water baptism" which is a work of righteousness, (and works of righteousness do NOT save; Titus 3:5), But is that a repentant believer does as an act of obedience, and as a public confession of their faith towards God.
    B. While the Bible teaches...

        "ONE baptism" - i.e.  Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

        It also speaks of several baptisms.Heb. 6:2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.


        b.1.  This "fact- (of several baptisms)" is not confusion, but rather is God clarifying that there is "one essential baptism" that places the believer into Christ.

This is the "new-birth" experience. (and contradicts such teachings as taught by the oneness, or churches of Christ who teach otherwise)

 

    C. And so, when the person is born-again, They are a candidate to receive the "Baptism into the Holy Ghost".
(if a person is not saved, they cannot be baptized in the Holy Ghost)- For the world cannot receive Him. Jhn 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.

    D. After the "initial" outpouring in Acts 2, We see a pattern of events, as it regards those "filled, or baptized in The Holy Spirit (which was A L W A Y S experienced by "believers", or people already saved).

         note that "ALL " the obedient believers received this promise...

Acts 2:4   And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 they spoke with OTHER, or unlearned tongues (they did not previously know),

        "AS the Spirit gave them the utterance".
    E. This is not a "one time" occurrence, nor did it end with any of the apostles as some try to teach,

This was common, and even "high priority" by The apostles that were called of God in "The Holy Bible", to preach his gospel.(as we shall see later in this message)


2. The Prophecies Of The Holy Ghost Baptism.
    A. This miraculous gift given to "true-believers" was foretold by God, through His Holy prophets.
(but first, settle this Bible truth into your heart)

"Let God be TRUE, and EVERY man a LIAR"
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    B. In The Old Testament, He told of this coming great promise
. Joel 2:28-32  28     * And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29     And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30     And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31     The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.

    C. In The New Testament, He announced it's soon appearing to His people, And for them to expect, and even wait for this great promise of GOD.
    John 16: 7-15 
Our Lord's final words before His ascension, He said...

     And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.


      For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. Act 1:4,5


    D. John made a clear difference in his "baptism", and Jesus' "baptism".

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire: Mat 3:11


E. And of course the fulfillment of Joel's prophecy is clearly seen in Acts 2:1-16 ..."this IS that"...

3. The Command's Of Our LORD,
to "His disciples" Concerning The Holy Ghost.

    A. Before His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus told his disciples of The "coming Comforter" and of the "baptism in the Holy Ghost". John 16: 7-15
    B.  After his resurrection, and before His ascension: Jesus who is "The WORD", told his "believers to go, and tarry or wait for the "promise of The Father", and not do anything before this happened.
    C. The Holy Ghost baptism was for the believer to be.

    Empowered - " you shall receive POWER, AFTER that THE HOLY GHOST IS COME UPON YOU"!

The Spirit gives the believer the rights, and authority to do the works of Christ.(in the Spirit) e.g. case in point Act 19:15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

    Entrusted - "ye shall be witnesses unto me"(note this was speaking of them, after that the Holy Ghost had come upon them)....This is Christ's seal of approval on those who are truly called to share "His Gospel".

    Embolded - Boldness to speak the truth in a world full of lies, and deception (they didn't merely come to say something,(they weren't motivational speakers) they had SOMETHING TO SAY!)

         (many preachers preach, to "not"                offend their congregation, WHY? they need the Holy Ghost baptism! Then they would understand that..."it is the GOODNESS of GOD THAT LEADETH THEE TO REPENTENCE" Rom. 2:4)

 

        Many pastors are committing spiritual adultery, HOW? they are in the Freemasons which is an evil satanic cult, Why can't they see this?

       They need the baptism in The Holy Ghost. Then they would have  "discernment".

 back to Boldness in Acts 2:14-47: Acts 4:13, 29, 31:

4. The Scriptural Evidence As To "What Is True".
    A. Just as The LORD told His Disciples to not do nothing until the Holy Ghost baptism.

And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for thepromise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.Acts 1:4


    B. The Early Apostles gave the same attention of This great promise of God for "all the believers in Christ". Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-7 The early church didn't even let anyone wait on tables "without being baptized in the Holy Ghost"REALLY! READ IT HERE  Acts 6:3. And look how many "preachers" stand behind pulpits, and not only not baptized in The Holy Ghost, But many blaspheme Him in their teachings.
   

    C. We see all through Acts:That this great promise of God was manifest, after God's WORD is preached under the anointing. Acts 4:31, ; (Acts 8:14-17 READ THIS ONE), Acts 9:10-18; Acts 10:44-46; Acts 19:1-7
    D. And notice; At the end of Acts there is no "Amen", Why? Because Acts 29 ( or the acts of God's people) are continually being written, Until we see Him face, to face and when that which is perfect will come. The spiritual gifts will be active until the second coming of the LORD. The same God who gave His people His Holy Ghost, Is working in His people today.Acts 2:14-21

5. The Call Of God To YOU, and The Rest of whom the LORD our God shall call.
    A. This "promise" is still in effect.
         Acts 2:38,39
    B. The "recipients" in The Early church did not receive this gift once, and for all. They came, again, and again.
    C. This helper, is a great help in earnest prayer
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         Romans 8: 26-27

    D. This Gift, will work to convict the lost who hear it, and will be convinced of all! ( can you see why Satan fights this Bible doctrine so hard) 1 Corin. 14:22-25
    E. This gift is used to edify the believer, and the church. 1 Corin. 14:27-31 see also...
         1 Corin. 14: 39,40
    F. The Word tells us to... Eph 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
    G. So in closing Christian...
He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? Act 19:2

IS HE Calling YOU! Come and Receive this promise!

WHY?
Act 2:39   For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many as the Lord our God shall call.