Nehemiah 9,10; Acts 2
“Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear…Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 2:33, 38
The baptism of the Holy Spirit was experienced at conversion as a sign of repentance and turning to God. With forgiveness of sins came the infilling of God’s Spirit and the newness of life in Christ. When we limit conversion to the acts of repentance and forgiveness, we miss the empowerment of the Spirit. When we then separate the infilling of the Spirit to a separate act of consecration or renewal, we miss the essential elements of repentance and forgiveness of sins so the vessel of our lives can be cleansed.
Jesus, you are the Baptizer in the Spirit, the one who offers new life through repentance and forgiveness. Thank you.