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Holy Spirit Revolution, Pt 2

July 17, 2009

bonnkeI’m telling you: This book will revolutionize your faith. Or maybe I’m the only one who had a veiled understanding of the Holy Spirit, but I doubt it.

In chapter four, Bonnke writes about the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Big chunk (emphasis mine):

“Holy Spirit baptism identifies Jesus. John the Baptist was sent to announce the Coming One, but nobody knew who John was talking about. He had to describe him, or the people would not be able to recognize him. He said, ‘It is he who will baptize with the Holy Spirit’ (John 1:33). His distinguishing feature would be that he would baptize in the Spirit. It distinguishes nobody else. Jesus alone is the Baptizer in the Holy Spirit and fire. Nobody else can do it, give it, or impart it. It is God’s own right and prerogative. The reason is that the baptism is not merely incoming power, but God himself, the Holy Spirit. Nobody can give God as if he were a commodity.

“The baptizer in the Spirit – that is Jesus. If the Church preaches Christ at all, that is who he is, forever. A Jesus who does not baptize in the Holy Spirit and fire is not truly the Bible Jesus. Nobody has the right to preach Christ other than the Bible Christ who baptizes in the Holy Spirit and he is ‘the same yesterday and today and forever’ (Hebrew 13:8).”

He-llo.

If your Jesus isn’t the Jesus who baptizes in the Holy Spirit, He’s not the Jesus that John announced, not the Jesus of the Bible.

And then at the end of the chapter:

“The promise through John is a ‘baptism’ of the Spirit and fire. The Greek work baptizo, now a religious expression, originally meant ‘to dip.’ John the Baptist ‘dipped’ people in the Jordan River. The word commonly referred to cloth being dipped in dye, the cloth in the dye and the dye in the cloth.

What are you in today? What’s in you?

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