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Baptism in the Name of Jesus!

The baptism in Jesus name is the baptism that he has given us. Is the name of the One that can baptise us with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5 and Acts 11:16). In that name we should get baptise just like Peter said.

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

But how do we do that? How can the Holy Spirit baptise in the Name of Jesus? Well we simply ask for it in His Name.

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11

If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22

And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:13-14

and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. John 15:16

In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name John 16:23

In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. John 16:26

The bible tells us to ask the Father in His Name and he will grant us what we ask for including the Holy Spirit.

If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” Luke 11:13

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. John 14:26

In the Name of Jesus the Holy Spirit will baptise us.

And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11

There are examples in the bible of getting baptised by the Holy Spirit in the Name of Jesus.

On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Acts 19:5-6

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name.’ Acts 22:16

How do we know that this examples of baptism where Spiritually, well in Acts 19:6 it says there that received one of the gifts by the Holy Spirit which was to speak in tongues. Acts 22:16 was baptism of the Holy Spirit because the only baptism that can clean us from our sin is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Titus 3:5 tells us that through Jesus we have been washed, regenarated and renovated by the Holy Spirit.

and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:47

God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel. Acts 5:31

All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” Acts 10:43

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace Ephesians 1:7

he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior Titus 3:5-6

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15

Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you (Acts 13:38) to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins (Luke 1:77). Jesus will only forgive our sins under one baptism like John the baptist said baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit (Mark 1:8). I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me will come one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not fit to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire (Matthew 3:11). No other baptism is as powerful as Jesus’ baptism to forgive our sins. We just need to ask Jesus to baptise thus forgiving our sin through the proclamation of His Name because everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Acts 2:21).

My Heart belongs to Jesus!

The heart in the bible seems to be very important; in the old testament its mentioned nearly 800 times, in the new testament is mentioned more than 160 times (depending on the version). After hearing is where all the spiritual action takes place. It’s where the faith occurs is where we meditate if we will accept the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and is where the baptism occurs.

set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:22

Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”
Galatians 4:6

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:10

We will look at the functions of the heart according to the bible.

The heart is where the mental process occurs; our thoughts (Luke 2:19) our secrets (Romans 8:27;1 Corinthians 14:25), our intentions, our knowledge (2 Corinthians 3:3), our understanding (Philipians 4:7).

The heart is where our emotions are (2 Corinthians 2:4; Philemon 1:7)

The heart is where our worship is (Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16)

The heart is where the conscious is (Acts 2:37; 1 Timothy 1:5; Hebrews 10:22; 1 John 3:20)

The heart is where repentance and obedience takes place (Acts 8:22; Romans 2:5; Romans 6:17)

The heart is where the faith is, where we believe or don’t believe (Mark 11:23; Acts 8:37; Acts 16:14; Romans 10:6; Romans 10:8; Romans 10:9; Romans 10:10; Ephesians 3:17; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 3:12; Hebrews 10:22). With our whole heart we either believe or not, we have two examples believing with faith consequently receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

If you believe with all your heart, you may.” The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Acts 8:37

He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.” Then they spoke the word of the Lord to him and to all the others in his house. At that hour of the night the jailer took them and washed their wounds; then immediately he and all his household were baptized. Acts 16:30-33

The heart is where the baptism, purification, receiving of the Holy Spirit takes place (Acts 15:8-9; Romans 5:5; 2 Timothy 2:22; James 4:8; 1 Peter 1:22; Hebrews 10:22)

After hearing is where we either have faith or don’t if we do decide to accept is where the baptism purification of the Holy Spirit takes place. When our hearts get baptised our conscious which is part of our heart purifies (Hebrews 10:2 and Titus 3:5). Peter speaks about the baptism that takes place in our heart that cleanses our counscious.

and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. 1 Peter 3:20

In Acts we have two examples of the baptism of the Holy Spirit taking place in the hearts after having hearing having faith and through the confesion of Jesus’ name.

When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit…Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:37-38 and 41

One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized Acts 16:14-15

In these two passages we have examples of how faith comes through hearing, when we hear we either believe or don’t and if we do accept we get baptised by the Holy Spirit thus making our hearts clean only through Jesus’ name.

Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 4:8

In this passage it tells us to purify our hearts and how do we do that? We can do it just like Paul did getting baptised.

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized Acts 9:17-18

And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name. Acts 22:16

Ananias told Paul to cleanse his sins and we know that water baptism can’t do that only the Holy Spirit can remit the sins of our hearts.

God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Acts 15:8-9

The one and only baptism takes place in our hearts.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

The Holy Spirit cleans our conscious and water cleanses our bodies not our conscious.

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water Hebrews 10:22

The heart is very important because is what God wants from us.

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Matthew 22:37

Jesus (the husband) wants the pure heart of his church (bride). The ones that have allowed the Holy Spirit to baptise them thus purifying their hearts are the blessed ones.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God. Matthew 5:8

Are we ready to allow the Holy Spirit to baptise us to purify our hearts just like the examples in the bible?

Jerusalem, wash the evil from your heart and be saved.
How long will you harbor wicked thoughts? Jeremiah 4:14

Faith comes through Hearing!

When the people HEARD this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:37-38

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who HEARD the message. Acts 10:44

Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who HEARD Paul believed and were baptized. Acts 18:8

We have to notice the word hearing in all three passages hearing is very important in the process of the Holy Spirit baptism. We have to hear to have faith.

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17

What is faith?

Faith is confidence.

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1-2

Faith is unseen by fleshly eyes.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18

Faith is lived.

For we live by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7

After we have heard and if we have faith Holy Spirit Baptism is given through faith which we cannot see with our fleshly eyes. It is not a ritual or ceremony performed with water something that we can see with our fleshly eyes. If we have faith we can too be baptised with the Holy Spirit.

having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. Colossians 2:12

In Acts 18:8 We see that the Corinthians were baptised in the Holy Spirit.

For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 1 Corinthians 12:13

The Holy Spirit Baptism is received after we have heard consequently having faith just like in Acts 2:41; Acts 10:44 and Acts 18:8. If we live by faith that God can grant us the baptism of the Holy Spirit we will be blessed. That even without seeing a water baptism we have believed God has granted it to us if we so desire, like Peter testified.

God, who knows the heart, showed that he accepted them by giving the Holy Spirit to them, just as he did to us. He did not discriminate between us and them, for he purified their hearts by faith. Acts 15:8-9

Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29

God’s desire is for us to have faith in Him

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Because only through faith can we receive the Promised Holy Spirit

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:14

The Holy Spirit is the Promise!


The Holy Spirit is the Promise that was given in Joel and Zechariah

“And afterward,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your old men will dream dreams,
your young men will see visions.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days.
Joel 2:28-29

On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. Zechariah 13:1

Jesus also promises the Holy Spirit in Luke

I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:49

Jesus tells his disciples that promise will come in Jerusalem they did not know how or precisely when. They were just told to not leave Jerusalem until the Promise of the Holy Spirit came.

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:4-5

Then in Acts 2 they receive the promise.

All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:4

Some people witnessing did not understand what was happening and made fun of them but Peter explains to them that the promise given in Joel was being fulfilled.

Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”… Then Peter stood up with the Eleven…let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
“‘In the last days, God says,
I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
your young men will see visions,
your old men will dream dreams.
Even on my servants, both men and women,
I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
and they will prophesy. Acts 2:13-19

Then Peter confirms that they were witnesing the promise and tells them that this promise is for them too.

Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 2:33
The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39

Now this promise is being anounced that only through Jesus’ resurection it was given.

“We tell you the good news: What God promised our ancestors he has fulfilled for us, their children, by raising up Jesus. Acts 13:32-33

The promise of the Holy Spirit is received through faith.

Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. Romans 4:16

So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? (through faith) Galatians 3:5

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Galatians 3:14

We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. Hebrews 6:12

We are children of God because of this promise.

In other words, it is not the children by physical descent who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring. Romans 9:8

Since we have that promise we should be cleanse to be Holy

Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!
For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:14-15

When we were in the world we were away from the Promise of the Holy Spirit but now we can all obtain it.

remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. Ephesians 2:12

This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 3:6

This promise of the Holy Spirit has made us free and is our only guarantee to salvation.

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory. Ephesians 1:13-14

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Ephesians 3:14

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15

We do not need to worry because the one who promised has been is and will be faithful.

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23

So what does Acts 2:38 say?

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

When Peter says to repent and baptise he is refering to being baptise in the Holy Spirit because only the Holy Spirit can give us the promise and this is clarified in Acts 1:4-5

On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you Acts 1:4-5; 8

We also need to be baptise with the Holy Spirit in order to receive the promise just like the three thousand people were baptise that day.

The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” Acts 2:39

Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:41

One baptism (Ephesians 4:5) is necesary for the remision of our sins.

For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance–now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant. Hebrews 9:15

That one baptism (Promise) is only given by Jesus Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16; John 1:33; Acts 1:5 and Acts 11:16.