The Holy Spirit
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the Earth. Acts1:8
By Dr. Rudy Rodriguez D.D.
Purpose of the Baptism in the Spirit
The purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is manifold. He is poured out so that all the 13 works and purposes of the Holy Spirit mentioned above might be. The Holy Spirit wants to do these things in every believer, not just those actually baptized in the Spirit. But these things are much more easily and naturally realized in those who have been baptized in the Spirit and speak in tongues. To achieve His purposes in the believer’s life, the Holy Spirit usually requires the voluntary submission of the believer. We must trust God’s Spirit to lead us in our battle with the world, the flesh and the devil.
In short, the purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is that men and women will become not only children of God, but children of God like Jesus the Son of God in nature, holiness and power. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit gives us the same possibilities of relationship to the Father and power ministry as Jesus had in His earthly ministry. God wants us to move into these possibilities. The Scriptures make this intention of God clear to us in Scriptures such as John 14:12 and John 17:22. God does not expect us to do the works of Jesus and to be holy as He is holy without having available to us the same measure of the Holy Spirit as Jesus had. But like Jesus, we need to be completely dependent as submissive to the Holy Spirit if we want His purposes in and through us to be fully accomplished. For the baptism in the Spirit is no substitute for the day-by-day choices the believer must make to keep submitting to the revealed will of God.
The main purpose of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit in this life then is to give us more power to demonstrate Christ (The Anointed One) and win people to Him, so that they can be saved. (Acts 1:8).
All other things being equal, the believer baptized in the Spirit will have more success in preaching the gospel, because the Holy Spirit is freer to work through him. The Holy Spirit has many ways to convince people. The Holy Spirit gives us power to heal the sick and cast out demons (Mark 16:17,18) so that people can see and know that Jesus is alive and that his salvation is real and makes a difference. It is much easier to lead people to Christ (The Anointed One) after they have been healed through Christ’s (The Anointed One’s) power by the laying on of hands of the Spirit-filled believer, for example.
With the Holy Spirit working through many believers, there are actually greater possibilities for the effective proclamation of the gospel of the Kingdom that there were in the days of Jesus’ earthly ministry. The Baptism in the Spirit therefore is an essential ingredient in the plan of God to multiply Jesus’ earthly ministry of preaching, healing and casting out demons so that He can touch the whole world with its billions of people.