Is This The Day of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
The Work of the Holy Spirit in Baptism. Part 7 of 7.
Is the Holy Spirit Real?

[This is a series of blogs which are quoted from the book “Is the Holy Spirit Real?” by Dr. Paul E. Paino].

God promised through the prophet Joel that He would pour out His Spirit in the “last days.” For the past two thousand years (the last days), the Holy Spirit has been poured out. The Holy Spirit has been working throughout the entire church age. We have been promised a “former rain” and a “latter rain.” God is moving on schedule. Everything fits into His divine program.

Today we are experiencing an increase in the ministry of the Holy Spirit. There are reasons why the outpouring is so evident today. Let me name some of these reasons:

1) The Holy Spirit has come to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ in an age of false teachers, false prophets, false Christs, and false religions. (Matthew 24:24, John 16:13-14). On every side, we are seeing false teaching and preaching of false gospel. To counteract the cult and the occult, God is pouring out His Spirit across the earth.

2) The Holy Spirit is being poured out to counteract the Spirit of the anti-Christ. John told us in his first letter that the spirit of anti-Christ was working in the world already. Paul gave a special warning to us. (2 Thessalonians 2:3-9). Deception is the tool that anti-Christ will use. Humanity will be conditioned to believe the great lie. Revival fire is spreading and gaining proportion. The revival is preparing a SPIRIT-FILLED, SPIRIT ANOINTED, and SPIRIT LED church. The Holy Spirit is moving through the church to resist the deceptive powers of the spirit of anti-Christ.

3) The Holy Spirit is being poured out to counteract satanic activity and the flood of wickedness. It is apparent that iniquity is abounding in these closing days. (2 Timothy 3:13). There is a tidal wave of moral pollution. Pornography is sweeping across the world. Homosexuality is spreading like a cancer. Drug abuse has contaminated the nations. Witchcraft and the devil worship are on the increase.

It is into this atmosphere that God promised that the Spirit of the Lord would lift up a standard (Isaiah 59:18).

4) The Holy Spirit is being poured out to ready the church for the coming of Christ. The Father has sent the Holy Spirit into the world to seek a bride for Jesus Christ. Believers are on their way to a marriage celebration. It is the ministry of the Holy Spirit to work in the lives of believers . . . to present a spotless church as a bride adorned for the bridegroom.

5) It is the purpose of the Holy Spirit to bring in the greatest harvest of souls the Church has ever seen. (James 5:7).

The doors are open! It is harvest time across the world!! It is time for the church to move beyond its own walls and reach out to a world that is ready to receive Christ. This is the church’s greatest hour!

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The Gifts of the Spirit

A distinction must be made between the Holy Spirit sent as “a gift” and the “gifts of the Holy Spirit.” The following distinctions must be understood:

1) The Holy Spirit as a Person being sent to indwell believers [“the comforter” that Jesus promised].

2) The Holy Spirit baptizing us into the Body of Christ [which is the same thing as “becoming a Christian.” This is asking Jesus into your heart.]

3) The Lord baptizing us into the Holy Spirit.

4) The gifts of the Spirit (spirituals) operating in the life of a believer (1 Corinthians 12).

When we receive the Holy Spirit, he comes as a gift (John 14:16-17; John 15:26-27; and John 16:7-15). The Holy Spirit is a Person and was sent as a gift. Then there are “spirituals” that are referred to as the “gifts of the Holy Spirit.” There are nine of them (1 Corinthians 12:4-11). [That’s not to say there are plenty of other gifts that are very spiritual, but there is a distinction to the nine listed in 1 Corinthians. These are the spirituals. Other “spiritual gifts” exist, and are available to ANY CHRISTIAN (regardless if they have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit or not). Examples would be music, helps, and encouragement. These are “spritual gifts,” especially when used in the church. But they are not of the spirituals listed in 1 Corinthians].
The person who has not received the baptism in the Holy Spirit cannot become the channel through which these gifts can function. They are referred to as the “manifestations of the spirit.” Where people believe in and have received the experience of the baptism in the holy spirit, there will be evidences of the gifts of the spirit in their midst. [I have not found, nor did Dr. Paino provide sufficient scripture to support the statement that the spirituals only work in those who have received the baptism in the holy spirit. I think they could work in anybody, “just as the spirit chooses.” However, in my experience and apparently in Dr. Paino’s nearly 60 years of pentecostal ministry, the 9 spirituals only work through those who have received the baptism in the Holy Spirit].

The Apostle Paul introduces this subject in 1 Corinthians 12:1 when he writes, “Now concerning spirituals, bretheren, I do not want you to be unlearned.” He then writes chapters 12, 13, and 14 on the subject of manifestations, spirituals, or the gifts of the spirit, and concludes by saying in 1 Corinthians 14:38, “If any man be unlearned, let him be so.”

Very candidly, the apostle was saying, “I have just spent three chapters talking about these manifestations. If you choose to be without knowledge after I have shared this revelation, then there is nothing more that I can do about it.” God wants us to have knowledge of the gifts, and the Holy Spirit wants these manifestations to be evident among believers.

When we have a good perspective on the work and ministry of the Holy Spirit, the things of the Lord are beautiful, powerful, and practical. The Holy Spirit came to give life and liberty to the believers! The Holy Spirit was sent so that those of us who desire to serve the Lord could be anointed to do so.

We have been commanded to be FILLED with the Spirit so that the fruit of the Spirit could be produced in our lives. Chrisitan character is developed to the degree that we stay FILLED. The Holy Spirit pours out a blessing after blessing to inspire us to worship and praise. We are blessed because we are loved.

The Lord desires that every believer receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.

This opens the doors to spiritual manifestations, to praying and praising in an unknown tongue, and to be used of the Lord in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit.

He is here to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and to make us witnesses to the four corners of the earth.

My prayer is that YOU experience how REAL the Holy Spirit can be in YOUR life and ministry.

[Comments to this post are related to all 7 posts in the series of “The Holy Spirit’s Role In Baptism.” This subject is historically controversial. Comments from those who disagree or are searching for biblical truth are most certainly welcome, but comments believed to be trolling will be deleted. No trolling allowed.]

5 Replies to “Is This The Day of the Outpouring of the Holy Spirit?
The Work of the Holy Spirit in Baptism. Part 7 of 7.
Is the Holy Spirit Real?

  1. OK, I have a ton of questions. Frankly, I’m used to analyzing much smaller segments of that at a time, so I will try to hit the high points, rather than bore you with my 80 or so questions. 🙂

    First off, I firmly believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. As a matter of fact, I firmly believe in each of the roles of the Holy Spirit listed in this book. However, I don’t fully understand some things, and I hope this discussion can lead to a better understanding on my part.

    The majority of my questions, for now, center on tongues. The primary word for tongues used in Acts is “glossa” (Acts 2:4, 11; 10:46, 19:6) but is furthered described in Acts 2:6 and 2:8 as “dialekto”. Glossa means quite literally the physical tongue, that red thing in your mouth with taste buds, or the “language or dialect spoken by a particular people distinct from that of other nations.” Dialekto means conversation, or “the tongue or language particular to a people.” The term glossa is also used in 1 Corinthians 12-14 (12:10, 28; 13:1, 8; 14:2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 18, 19, 22, 23, 26, 27, 39) and Paul also uses the term “phoneo” in 1 Corinthians 14:10-11. Phoneo means “the sound of uttered words” or speech as in ” a language, tongue.”

    So, the words used to describe each of those gifts is the same, basically. In Acts 2 we see that the believers who have been baptized in the Spirit are speaking in other tongues, as the Spirit gives them utterance. They are actually speaking the languages of people from other nations. These foreigners are listening to the believers and are amazed that they can hear the believers in their own languages, and then become believers. These people then go back to their native lands as believers. This supernatural occurrence establishes a worldwide church to spread the good news of Christ. Is this the reason for tongues in 1 Corinthians? If it isn’t, then what is the reason? And if it is a prayer language, then why use a word that means other foreign human languages? Furthermore, why would God give us the ability to speak in Egyptian, for instance, if there are no Egyptians around to edify with this gift? (Any gift of the spirit is for the edification of the body, correct?) Is the speaking in other tongues a sign that these people have been baptized in the Holy Spirit? Is it permanent, or only as long as the Holy Spirit gives them utterance? Why do we not see references to tongues in any churches other than the church in Corinth? To the best of my understanding, the only people in Acts who received the gift of tongues (glossa) that were not mentioned as being in the presence of people who didn’t speak their language was Cornelius household.

    So, as you can see, I am full of questions and I would love an answer, or some direction.

    I realize that this is a controversial issue. I realize that there must be a degree of faith involved. But, I also know that the Bible is providing us with this info for a reason. But, sadly, I am something of an intellectual and analyze stuff, so I’m stuck right now, and I need a little push to get me going again.

    OK, one more question and then I am done. I have personally received the gift of healing, and know several other people who were led by the Spirit in a specific word of knowledge, and neither myself nor these people had the baptism in the Holy Spirit at the time. Was there something going on here? Or was this the work of God?

  2. @ Joe:

    In Acts 2, they spoke in tongues, and it was in the other languages. I’ve heard people say that tongues should only be used to witness to people who speak a different language. That’s crazy. According to Acts 2, they were speaking in other languages (tongues) that they didn’t know, and that caused everyone to stop and say, “What the heck is going on?” (Acts 2:12, Adam Version). It was Peter preaching that witnessed to them.

    Also, understand that tongues has been widely misunderstood. There is a distinction between a message in tongues and praying in tongues. A message in tongues is a spiritual gift that is meant to edify someone(s), with an interpretation. A prayer language is also speaking in tongues, but it’s purpose is to edify YOURSELF (1 Cor. 14:4). 2 Purposes.

    And the last one: I don’t know, but I doubt you actually received the gift of healing – I think you’re talking about a time you were healed. When you are healed, you don’t receive that spiritual gift of healing — the person praying for you had the spiritual gift of healing (and THEY had the Baptism in the Holy Spirit). That’s what it is talking about. The gift of healing is the supernatural ability to pray for people to be healed, and they are. Oral Roberts is an example of someone who had a gift of healing resting on him (sidebar: I heard that Oral Roberts was ordained through the United Methodist Church). As far as your other examples of folks who had one of the “spirituals” in their life… there are two points I have to say:

    1) Remember the spirituals are SUPERNATURAL. Just having wisdom or intuition is not a supernatural thing. The examples you know of people who had a word of knowledge may have just had good intuition or a gut reaction. It may not have been a supernatural word of knowledge, but I don’t know.

    2) The Holy Spirit distributes spiritual gifts to anyone AS HE SEES FIT. I do believe that the Holy Spirit can give people who have not received the Baptism in the Holy Spirit a “spiritual.” But experience says this is certainly rare. A better way to say it would be: “The Baptism in the Holy Spirit opens yourself to the spirituals.” (not NECESSARIALLY as a prerequisite.)

  3. Actually, I prayed for someone who had a painful growth on their arm, and when we finished praying, the growth was visibly gone and there was no more pain! It was one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced! It was completely God, there was no other way. I had not received the baptism of (or is it ‘in’?) the Holy Spirit at the time.

    As far as tongues, I guess I have a lot more pondering and research to do. I still don’t completely get it.

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