Jesus is… the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit, by Ty Tamasaka
“32 Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33 And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34 I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.” John 1:32-34 NIV
In this passage, John the Baptist gives a testimony of Jesus. He reports that he saw “the Spirit come down from heaven as a done and remain on him.”
The Gospel of John gives John the Baptist a different emphasis. John’s role is less of a baptizer, and more of a witness. Witnesses give a testimony of what they have seen and experienced in an effort to establish the truth. Witnesses are neutral and committed to the truth of their testimony. The reliability of a witness is based entirely on the truth of his testimony.
John gives testimony and witnesses that Jesus is “the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.”
Until the Spirit of God descended upon Jesus was He miraculously empowered for ministry. Jesus didn’t perform signs and miracles because He was God.
Have you been baptized in the Holy Spirit?
In Jesus’ day the term baptized was not a religious term. It simply referred to being fully immersed.
1 – Invite Him to come upon you
Invite the Holy Spirit to come upon you. There is nowhere in the Bible that indicates that believers are to live a balanced life with a little bit of God “added in” here and there, although this is how many people in church live their lives. They have, in a sense, invited the Holy Spirit to come on their life journey and follow them wherever they go. The Holy Spirit of God that breathed life creation into existence and breath into Jesus is NOT an additive to our already busy lives. Invite the Holy Spirit to come upon you and surrender fully to His leading.
2 – Invite Him to remain on you.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit is NOT a one time act or occurrence. Throughout the Bible, we can see a relationship that calls us into an active pursuit of the Spirit. Living in the Holy Spirit implies a habitual, continual, active interaction with the Spirit of God.
3 – Invite Him to make you a witness.
When we surrender to the leading and filling of the Holy Spirit, He helps us to become more holy – more like Jesus. Jesus made God known to man. Jesus reveals the heart and mind of God to man. Invite the Holy Spirit to make you like Jesus. Invite Him to make you into a witness of His greatness.
4 – Be bold and make God known around you.
Being filled with the Holy Spirit means receiving power and boldness to proclaim Jesus Christ with boldness and power. Pray. Receive. Advance.
Come Holy Spirit. Have Your way in me. Come upon me. Fill me. Remain upon me, Make me a witness unto You. Grant me opportunities and give me boldness to make You known around me. In the name of Jesus Christ, the baptizer in the Holy Spirit, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.