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The baptism in or with the Holy Spirit is the same, and in a certain way, is similar to the baptism in water by immersion. In the same way that the water immersion soaks all the exterior body of the person, the baptism in the Holy Spirit makes all the inner being of the person overflow with the powerful presence of the Creator.
The pastor, the candidate and the water are the three necessary and vital components for the realization of the water baptism. When it comes to the baptism in the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus substitutes the pastor, and the Holy Spirit substitutes the water; only the candidate remains the same.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is an exclusive work of the Lord Jesus Christ in those who are His servants (Matthew 3:11 & Luke 3:16).
The experience of the water baptism, when valid, is similar to the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Obviously, the practical effects are different, but the spiritual and emotional sensation lived in that moment is inexplicable. It involves the freedom from the heavy burden of the past, and it gives total freedom in the presence of the Almighty.
The baptism, in general, reflects a burial. In the water, it reflects the spiritual burial of the Adamic nature; in the Holy Spirit, the baptism reflects the complete immersion in the will of God, or in other words, the burial of personal projects for the sake of God’s projects.
Also called the seal of the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 1:13), this baptism does not have the goal of sanctifying more the Christian, but of enabling this person to be a true instrument of God’s Spirit in the fulfillment of His Work, as the prophecy says:
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound“ (Luke 4:18,19; Isaiah 61:1)
God is Spirit. However, in order for Him to do great and marvelous things in this world, He needs material bodies to manifest His will. When a servant allows, the Holy Spirit takes possession of this being and manifests His glory through this person. Therefore, the anointing of the Holy Spirit is primarily directed to benefiting others.
It is worth noticing that, once sealed with the Holy Spirit, the Christian completely loses interest in their personal projects, and somehow or another, they engage in the Work of God either on the altar or the court. However, this person never becomes indifferent, on top of the wall, thinking of what to do in life; on the contrary, they follow the guidance of the Spirit, as it is written:
“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3.8)
(*) Extracted and translated from the book Mensagens do Bispo Macedo