Torrey - Holy Spirit -7.3- Necessity of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

III. THE NECESSITY OF BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. Luke 24:48-49 — "And ye are witnesses of these things. And behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye (sit ye down) in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high." Acts 1:4-5,8 — "And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me .... 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 Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

First Proposition: Jesus Christ commanded the disciples not to enter upon the work to which He had called them until baptized with the Holy Ghost.

They were uniquely fitted for the work by experience, by association with Jesus, and by long training at His own hands, but the further preparation of baptism with the Holy Spirit was so essential that they must not move without it.

There was apparently imperative need that something be done at once. The whole world was perishing and they alone knew the saving truth.

Nevertheless Jesus strictly charged them, "wait." What a testimony to the all importance of baptism with the Holy Spirit as a preparation for work that shall be acceptable to Christ. Acts 10:38 — "How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him." Luke 3:22 and Luke 4:1,14, 17-18 — "And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased ....

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness .... And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about .... And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captive, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."

Second Proposition: Jesus Christ Himself, though the only begotten Son of God, did not enter upon His ministry until the Spirit of God had come upon Him, and He had thus been "anointed with the Holy Ghost and power." Acts 8:14-16 — "Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God they sent unto them Peter and John: who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: for as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus." Acts 19:1-2 — "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus; and finding certain disciples, he said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believe? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost."

Third Proposition: When the apostles found believers in Christ, they at once demanded whether the believers had received the Holy Spirit, and, if not, the apostles at once saw to it that they did.

Concluding Proposition: Baptism with the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary in every Christian for the service that Christ demands and expects.