The Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

This is a very controversial subject. It divides people because of the different perspectives and understanding of the role Holy Spirit. The role of the Spirit is to unite  and not to divide: thereby uniting all in Christ, into one body (1 Cor.12:13).

  While John the Baptist, baptised into repentance with water, he made it quite clear  that One, more powerful than him, would Baptise with the Holy Spirit and Fire.

You may ask, what is the difference? What is the significance of this? 

The Baptism of John & The Promise of the Spirit by Jesus. 

John the Baptist was the last prophet of the Old Testament and like a town crier, he went about telling all who had an ear to hear, to repent and prepare, because the “kingdom of God was at hand,” in other words, he announced  the arrival of the long awaited Messiah. This was His role.

 John the baptist did not know who the Messiah would be, He had to rely on what was read as Scripture at that time; (what was written down in prophecy.)  It was John’s cry that  the Messiah might be revealed to Israel (John 1:31). Jesus’ identity was revealed to John the Baptist as, “the Lamb of God, who takes away the Sin the world.” (John 1:29).

John’s Role:

John the Baptist had a unique call as the ladder between the Old Testament and New. He would go before Jesus Christ to announce Jesus’ arrival. John baptised with the Baptism of Repentance, for the forgiveness of sins in preparation for Jesus Christ’s role of Redemption.

Jesus’ Role:

Jesus carried the Spirit of God without measure.  After John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee declaring  He was the fulfilment of Prophecy. All that the Prophets and John the Baptist revealed were fulfilled in Jesus, He embarked on His Messianic Mission anointed with the Spirit and Power.  


The Promise of the Holy Spirit, as prophesied by Joel, was fulfilled at Pentecost. Jesus  appeared to His  disciples, as they gathered together, reminding them about everything written about Him in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms. 

Through Jesus Christ, repentance and forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed to the nations, beginning in Jerusalem. Even after the vigorous one on one practical training with Jesus, the disciples were not released into their own ministries without the Power of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 24:49; John 20:19-23; 1 John 1:1-4).  It was here Jesus reminded them that the Holy Spirit would be sent to them with Power. 

While John the Baptist Baptised with water, the disciples would experience a new phenomenon. They would be baptised with the power Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:5). The Lord promised the disciples. “Power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8) for the spreading of the gospel, starting from where they were in Jerusalem, to the ends of the earth. At Pentecost the Spirit was poured out in abundance, giving power to the disciples to take the gospel to the ends of the earth.  

Baptised into Christ:

The water baptism is symbolic, it is the outward declaration of submission to God; repentance of sin; the  washing away of the sinful Old Life to welcome the New Life. In the New Covenant Baptism, the Holy Spirit dwells on the  inside, working change, by the power of the Holy Spirit   It is a New Covenant, giving God’s people a New Heart and New Life  just like Ezekiel  prophesied in Ez.36:24-27. In union with Christ, you become Brand New! The Work of the Holy Spirit is not-done, it’s on-going, a mystery, especially to onlookers, who watch the  Christian run their race with joy and fortitude in the face of trials. Jesus, the One who prevailed is to all who believe in Him a life giving Spirit. 1 cor 15:45

© Ruth Dickson

This blog is not associated with any of the adverts you may see floating around.  To read/download/order a copy of  my book, “The Work of the Holy Spirit,” visit: scroll to the bottom.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s