The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
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What is the Baptism of the Holy Spirit? How is it related to water baptism? What’s the purpose for it?
When we were baptized in water, that is a time of drowning our sinful selves — the selves that were inheriting the original sin from Adam and Eve. This is the time when we become truly and fully adopted as children of God.
In that water baptism, we receive the fullness of God the Father. We receive the fullness of Jesus and his mission. We receive the fullness of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit’s power, because it’s the Holy Spirit’s power and fullness in us that enables us to do the mission of Christ.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit — when we receive the baptism, whether it’s because people prayed over us for it or we have received it because we are praying, “Come, Holy Spirit, renew me; You have my permission to change me” — when we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, we are surrendering our spirit to the Holy Spirit. We are asking God and letting God activate the fullness of what happened in our water baptism.
It’s a time of releasing all that God wants to do in us, to give us, and do through us in this earthly life. We received it in baptism. It was confirmed that we received it when we received the Sacrament of Confirmation.
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