A human being lives, but he is given life.
The necessity of the baptism of the Holy Spirit for witnessing is clearly revealed in the New Testament. We see it in the experience of Jesus. Luke says that from that time forward Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit and ministered in the power of the Spirit. God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
Jesus knew the importance and necessity of a Spirit-filled ministry. This in why He told them to wait for the promise of the
baptism of the Holy Spirit before they went out proclaiming the gospel (Acts 1:4, 5). They waited and united in prayer for the promise of the baptism of the Holy Spirit to be fulfilled to them (verse 14)
What happens next reveals one main purpose of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. God used these Spirit-filled Christians to spread His message to the world (verses 7 – 11). Three thousand responded to Peter’s Spirit-empowered sermon (verse 41) and the early church continued to grow (verse 47).
As a result of the Spirit’s infilling, “Saul increased all the more in Strength” (Acts 9:22). The word Strength is not simply referring to physical strength. The context indicates that Saul increased in spiritual strength and power for witnessing resulted from the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Supporting Scripture; (Luke 4:18, 19), (Acts 10:38), (Acts 2:1-4), (Acts 8:12-17), (Acts 9:3-7)
Personal Reflection and Discussion