Have You Received, Since You Believed?

Have You Received, Since You Believed?
The Holy Ghost baptism, and God’s People.

Acts 19:1-7
written by pastor Freddie L Beard
I know that the reason so much false doctrine is in
the church, Is due to the fact that this vitally
important doctrine is not hardly ever preached, or
taught anymore. Many “Pentecostals” have even
begun to teach,” you do not have to speak with
tongues to be filled with the Spirit”. Many teach
one of so many other lies that are reaping havoc in
this present age. Christians, get back to your bibles!
Most churches are like the disciples in our text
they,” know not whether there be any Holy Ghost”.
And many of the churches who teach on the Holy
Ghost, do so with an unscriptural
“traditional”slant, If your tradition is by “men”
and not GOD, careful, you may be a heritic.
I urge you to hear what the Spirit of God wants to
share with you today. If you are a “born-again”
Christian, then this word is for you. God bless the
listeners today I pray, in Jesus Name! amen.


1. The Holy Ghost Baptism Explained.
A. As plainly seen in The Bible, This was, and is a
baptism, unique, and separate to the baptism that
places the believer into the body of Christ (and yet,
is not even water baptism, as so many think)
 Scripture, you ask?  Yes, as a matter of fact I do!
1Cr 12:13 For by one Spirit (not a man) are we all
baptized into one body, whether [we be] Jews or
Gentiles, whether [we be] bond or free; and have
been all made to drink into one Spirit.
(emphasis,and notation mine)
If this were water baptism, It would be the Holy
Spirit doing the baptism of the believer in the
water. NO, This is the new-birth experience Jesus
said was essential to be saved.
Jesus further described this “being born of the
Spirit”, as something we can not see! (John 3:5-8)
Well, one can CLEARLY see a man baptizing a
believer in a creek, or tank.
Further proving the baptism that puts the
believer “into one body” is “the ESSENTIAL
ONE” for salvation.
In other words, You don’t have to be
water baptized to make it to heaven. You should
however desire to be water baptized.
And you don’t have to be baptized in The Holy
Ghost to make it to heaven either. Some teach that
this is accomplished at the moment of regeneration,
and some even teach that you must “speak in
tongues” to be saved. Both of these views are
unscriptural, and should be repented of. The
problem; most of these teaching this heresy are
either, 1.not saved, or 2. They are teaching on
something they know nothing about. (know this,
teacher you will stand before God and give account
for every word you said to your people, God said;
Revelation.22: 18     For I testify unto every man
that heareth the words of the prophecy of this
book, If any man shall add unto these things, God
shall add unto him the plagues that are written in
this book:
19     And if any man shall take away from the
words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take
away his part out of the book of life, and out of the
holy city, and from the things which are written in
this book.
Be careful!
But YOU DO have to “BE baptized,
INTO THE BODY”, to make it to heaven.   or
“Ye must be born again”!
You see, There is…
a.1. One (baptism), that is by the Holy Ghost.
This is the new-birth, when the Spirit of God places
you into the body. (see 1 Cor. 12:13 above)
a.2. And one baptism, that is by Jesus Christ
Himself. This is the “Holy Ghost baptism” that
happens uniquely and subsequently to regeneration.
Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto
repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier
than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he
shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with]
John preached to the pharisees to get their heart
right before coming to be water baptized.
a.3. And then there is”water baptism” which is a
work of righteousness, (and works of righteousness
do NOT save;Titus 3:5), But is that a repentant
believer does as an act of obedience, and as a public
confession of their faith towards God.
B. While the Bible teaches…
“ONE baptism” – i.e.  Eph 4:5 One Lord, one
faith, one baptism,
It also speaks of several baptisms.Heb. 6:2 Of
the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands,
and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal
b.1.  This “fact- (of several baptisms)” is not
confusion, but rather is God clarifying that there is
“one essential baptism” that places the believer into
This is the “new-birth” experience. (and contradicts
such teachings as taught by the oneness, or
churches of Christ who teach otherwise)
C. And so, when the person is born-again, They are
a candidate to receive the “Baptism into the Holy
(if a person is not saved, they can not be baptized
in the Holy Ghost)- For the world cannot receive
Him. Jhn 14:17 [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the
world cannot receive, because it seeth him not,
neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he
dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
D. After the “initial” outpouring in Acts 2, We see
a pattern of events, as it regards those “filled, or
baptized in The Holy Spirit (which was A L W A Y
S experienced by “believers”, or people already
note that “ALL ” the obedient believers
received this promise…
Acts 2:4   And they were all filled with the Holy
Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as
the Spirit gave them utterance.
they spoke with OTHER, or unlearned tongues
(they did not previously know),
“AS the Spirit gave them the utterance”.
E. This is not a “one time” occurrence, nor did it
end with any of the apostles as some try to teach,
This was common, and even “high priority” by The
apostles that were called of God in “The Holy
Bible”, to preach his gospel.(as we shall see later in
this message)
2. The Prophecies Of The Holy Ghost Baptism.
A. This miraculous gift given to “true-believers”
was foretold by God, through His Holy prophets.
(but first, settle this Bible truth into your heart)
“Let God be TRUE, and EVERY man a LIAR”,
B. In The Old Testament, He told of this coming
great promise. Joel 2:28-32  28     ¶ And it shall
come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my
spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your
daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream
dreams, your young men shall see visions:
29     And also upon the servants and upon the
handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.
30     And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in
the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.
31     The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the
moon into blood, before the great and the terrible
day of the LORD come.
C. In The New Testament, He announced it’s soon
appearing to His people, And for them to expect,
and even wait for this great promise of GOD.
John 16: 7-15
Our Lord’s final words before His ascension, He
And, being assembled together with [them],
commanded them that they should not depart from
Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father,
which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be
baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Act 1:4,5
D. John made a clear difference in his “baptism”,
and Jesus’ “baptism”.
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance:
but he that cometh after me is mightier than I,
whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall
baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and [with] fire:
Mat 3:11
E. And of course the fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy
is clearly seen in Acts 2:1-16 …”this IS that”…
3. The Command’s Of Our LORD,
to “His disciples” Concerning The Holy Ghost.
A. Before His death, burial and resurrection, Jesus
told his disciples of The “coming Comforter” and
of the “baptism in the Holy Ghost”. John 16: 7-15
B.  After his resurrection, and before His ascension:
Jesus who is “The WORD”, told his “believers to
go, and tarry or wait for the “promise of The
Father”, and not do anything before this happened.
C. The Holy Ghost baptism was for the believer to
Empowered – ” you shall receive POWER, AFTER
The Spirit gives the believer the rights, and
authority to do the works of Christ.(in the Spirit)
e.g. case in point Act 19:15 And the evil spirit
answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know;
but who are ye?
Entrusted – “ye shall be witnesses unto me”(note
this was speaking of them, after that the Holy
Ghost had come upon them)….This is Christ’s seal
of approval on those who are truly called to share
“His Gospel”.
Embolded – Boldness to speak the truth in a world
full of lies, and deception (they didn’t merely come
to say something,(they weren’t motivational
speakers) they had SOMETHING TO SAY!)
(many preachers preach, to “not”
offend their congregation, WHY? they need the
Holy Ghost baptism! Then they would understand
that…”it is the GOODNESS of GOD THAT
Many pastors are committing spiritual adultery,
HOW? they are in the Freemasons which is an evil
satanic cult, Why can’t they see this?
They need the baptism in The Holy Ghost. Then
they would have  “discernment”.
back to Boldness in Acts 2:14-47: Acts 4:13, 29, 31:
4. The Scriptural Evidence As To “What Is True”.
A. Just as The LORD told His Disciples to not do
nothing until the Holy Ghost baptism.
And, being assembled together with [them],
commanded them that they should not depart from
Jerusalem, but wait for thepromise of the Father,
which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.Acts 1:4
B. The Early Apostles gave the same attention of
This great promise of God for “all the believers in
Christ”. Acts 8:14-17; Acts 19:1-7 The early church
didn’t even let anyone wait on tables “without
being baptized in the Holy Ghost”REALLY! READ
IT HERE  Acts 6:3. And look how many
“preachers” stand behind pulpits, and not only not
baptized in The Holy Ghost, But many blaspheme
Him in their teachings.
C. We see all through Acts:That this great promise
of God was manifest, after God’s WORD is
preached under the anointing. Acts 4:31, ; (Acts
8:14-17 READ THIS ONE), Acts 9:10-18; Acts
10:44-46; Acts 19:1-7
D. And notice; At the end of Acts there is no
“Amen”, Why? Because Acts 29 ( or the acts of
God’s people) are continually being written, Until
we see Him face, to face and when that which is
perfect will come. The spiritual gifts will be active
until the second coming of the LORD. The same
God who gave His people His Holy Ghost, Is
working in His people today.Acts 2:14-21
5. The Call Of God To YOU, and The Rest of
whom the LORD our God shall call.
A. This “promise” is still in effect.
Acts 2:38,39
B. The “recipients” in The Early church did not
receive this gift once, and for all. They came, again,
and again.
C. This helper, is a great help in earnest prayer.
Romans 8: 26-27
D. This Gift, will work to convict the lost who hear
it, and will be convinced of all! ( can you see why
Satan fights this Bible doctrine so hard) 1 Corin.
E. This gift is used to edify the believer, and the
church. 1 Corin. 14:27-31 see also…
1 Corin. 14: 39,40
F. The Word tells us to… Eph 5:18 And be not
drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled
with the Spirit;
G. So in closing Christian… He said unto them,
Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?
Act 19:2
IS HE Calling YOU! Come and Receive this
Act 2:39   For the promise is unto you, and to your
children, and to all that are afar off, [even] as many
as the Lord our God shall call.

This message outline was written by Pastor Freddie L Beard It can used for
the glory of God, but cannot be used in any book or mass production
publication without the written permission of the said writer.  all rights
– copyright © 2009 –

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