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Daily Reading: 14th June 2016

Matthew 3.11 cont.

11 Indeed I baptize you in water for repentance, but One is going to follow me who is much stronger than me. I am not worthy to carry His sandals, He will baptize you in the Holy Spirit and fire.

John stated that he had baptized people in water upon their repentance, but that the One who was to follow Him, Jesus, would baptize them in the Holy Spirit and fire.

Baptism in water is an outward sign of the inward turning of the heart towards God.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the inward activity of the Holy Spirit, which is seen and demonstrated by a believer’s activity.

This is the promise that is for everyone who receives Jesus as their Lord and Saviour. It is the promise that God had made to His people through the prophets.

Ezekiel said:

[26] And I will give you a new heart with new and right desires, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony heart of sin and give you a new, obedient heart.

[27] And I will put My Spirit in you so you will obey My laws and do whatever I command – 36.26-27 (NLT).

Isaiah said:

For I will give you abundant water to quench your thirst and to moisten your parched fields. And I will pour out My Spirit and My blessings on your children – 44.3 (NLT).

Joel said:

[28] “Then after I have poured out My rains again, I will pour out My Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams. Your young men will see visions.

[29] In those days, I will pour out My Spirit even on servants, men and women alike” – 2.28-29 (NLT).

This last promise was quoted by Peter after he and the other disciples had been baptized in the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. He proclaimed that their being baptized in the Holy Spirit was the fulfilment of that promise, as the Holy Spirit appeared to settle on each of them in flames or tongues of fire.

The promise was not just for the Jews, but for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord. Therefore, the promise is for each one of us today.

continued tomorrow.


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