MODULE 7.2 Is receiving the Holy Spirit the same as the baptism of the Holy Spirit?

The answer to the question above is yes because the Holy Spirit cannot baptize you unless you received the Holy Spirit first.

Do you remember what the word baptism means? Baptism means to immerse or submerge. So, if we use the definition of baptism and the Holy Spirit together, we will understand that the baptism of the Holy Spirit means to immerse, submerge, or dip into. Into what does the Holy Spirit submerge or immerse the child of God? It cannot be into the water because this is the water baptism that a disciple of Jesus performs for a person who has received the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit immerses or dips the believer into the body of Christ to become one with him, as revealed in the below scriptures. You are in Christ because the Holy Spirit submerged you into Christ when he gave you the new birth. Only Jesus can baptize or give the Holy Spirit to his disciples because he asks his Father to do it. God honors his promise to Jesus to bless us with his Holy Spirit because he loves us and wants us to be his adopted children. Jesus asks the Father to give the Holy Spirit to those who love Him, John 14:15-18.

Galatians 3:27 defines the baptism of the Holy Spirit as immersing into Jesus, “For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Regardless of our gender, male or female, or race, God’s chosen people became one with Christ only by the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” In this verse, we learn the Holy Spirit baptizes a child of God into Christ for newness of life regardless of our gender, male or female.

Galatians 2:28 explains it. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” We become all one in Christ through the Holy Spirit who baptized us into Christ to become one with him in spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:11-13, “All these are empowered by the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the body members, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, enslaved people or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.”

Romans 6:1-4 further explains that children of God or disciples of Jesus cannot continue sinning because they have been baptized into Christ for a newness of life under the new way of the Holy Spirit, Romans 7:6. This is not water baptism because the passage says, “they have been baptized into Christ for the newness of life under the way of the Holy Spirit.” A child of God is in Christ through baptism, not water, but the Holy Spirit. Amen! Praise God!

Jesus said to his disciples in Acts 1:5, “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” God’s promise was fulfilled in the apostles’ lives when he gave them His Spirit in Acts 2:1-4, as predicted by prophet Joel as Peter said in Acts 2:17. The disciples received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in verse 2, and they were filled with the Holy Spirit in verse 4 to preach and teach Jesus Christ. Likewise, God’s chosen people received the Holy Spirit when they believed in Jesus, Ephesians 1:13-16. Subsequently, they were commanded to be filled with the Holy Spirit in Ephesians 5:18-21 to worship God and build loving relationships. The Holy Spirit was received once at the new birth while being filled with the Holy Spirit is constantly recurring as we walk with him to be witnesses of Jesus. We joined the Lord to become one Spirit, and we no longer live for ourselves but Jesus because we are in him, and he is in us, 1 Corinthians 6:17, Galatians 2:20. Jesus prayed for his disciples to become one with the Father and him in John 17 and God answered his prayer when he blessed his adopted children with the gift of his Spirit, Romans 5:1-5; Galatians 4:6.