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CHAPTER 5 - THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST

5.1 TO BE TAUGHT AND SOUGHT

Every member is expected to seek this priceless gift. Enlightening and convincing ministry will always create a hunger and thirst for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism is not optional. The commands “Tarry ye... until ye be endued with power from on high” (Luke 24: 49) and “Wait for the promise of the Father” (Acts 1: 4), are as truly binding today as in New Testament times. Compare these passages with the conditions laid down in Luke 11:5- 13. and with John 7:39. See also Acts 1:13, 14:and2: l-4, care should also be taken to continue in the fullness (Eph. 4: 30; 5: 18; I Thess. 5: 19).

5.2 SIGNS FOLLOWING

The Scriptural evidence of the baptism is “speaking with tongues.” The Scriptural standard cannot be lowered or adapted to man’s theories “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2: 4; Cf. also Acts 10: 46; 19: 6).

5.3 TARRYING MEETINGS

The local Presbytery should be on the alert and see that provision is made for regular tarrying meetings. (Luke 11: 13; 24: 49; Acts 8: 15- 17; 19:1-6).

5.4 PREPARATION OF SEEKERS

The preparation of all those who seek to make their bodies “temples of the Holy Ghost’ is first of all the responsibility of the Presbytery, and secondly the duty of the seekers. It will, of course, be realised that those seeking should have been baptized by immersion in water, or have expressed a willingness to be so baptized. The responsibility of the Presbytery is to supply a ministry of the Word that will create a desire for the promise, and at the same time will encourage the seeker by showing that it is in God’s will to give the Holy Ghost. The duty of the seeker is to obey the Word of God and put away all that is of the flesh, recognising that God demands a clean vessel, and allow the promises of the Father and Son to create an expectancy of faith that will know no rest until the Gift has been received.

5.5 HELPING SEEKERS

Assistance to those seeking the baptism of Holy Ghost is ‘always helpful, providing that spiritual discernment is used by the helpers. It should be recognised and remembered by them that the Lord Jesus Christ has promised that all who thirst, accept His invitation, and come to Him and drink, shall receive; there must be a thirst, a believing, a coming to Him, and a drinking. (John 7:37-39). Many are the hindrances and help should first be directed towards dealing with such. To some there may be difficulties on the lines of temperament, some may be mentally refusing the sign, and some may be burdened with secret cares.
On no account should any attempt ‘be made to encourage seekers to use vain and false repetition of words.
Assistance may be given by the “Laying on of hands” according to Acts8: 17; 19:6.
Assistance is only effective when it recognizes and helps to clear away hindrances, and then lead the seeker to forget self and be lost in God.

CONTROL
These Meetings should always be conducted under the supervision of the local Presbytery, with the help of a Pastor or Apostle if possible. Prevailing prayer, triumphing faith and fresh seeking for themselves in the part of the Presbytery and baptised believers present, should always be in operation. An expectance must be present that God will work in a super-natural way, and nothing done to prevent this expectancy being realised. On the other hand, all that is spurious and shallow should be eliminated. Everything should be done decently and in order.

5.6 THE LAYING ON OF HANDS

The laying on of hands for baptism must be confined to the head, shoulders only, and must be regarded as a very sacred ministry. Acts 8: 17; 19: 6).

5.7 VISIONS AND DREAMS

The promise of these is associated in Scripture with the promise of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2: 28; Acts 2: 17). Extreme care should be exercised before a public declaration is made, on most occasions it being wiser either to hide them in the heart or communicate them to the Apostle, Pastor, or Overseer.