Baptized With The Holy Spirit

Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’  Acts 11:16 NIV

Peter was explaining to the elders what God was doing with the Gentiles.  God gave him a vision, which was interpreted as “Don’t call something unclean that I (God) have made clean.”  Peter was called to go see this man named Cornelious, a Gentile.  In those days, it was not lawful for a Jewish man to visit a Gentile and go in his house, let along have dinner with him! God told Peter to go without doubting.  So he went.   When he was there, he spoke what the Holy Spirit prompted him to speak and the Holy Spirit was poured out upon them who listened.  I like today’s verse because it reminds me of the Holy Spirit’s role.  John 16:13 says “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.”  John 14:26 says “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”  The Holy Spirit will remind us of everything Jesus said.  That’s why it’s important to read God’s Word, so the Holy Spirit will bring to remembrance His teaching. 

In Christ’s Love,

© Elizabeth Marks, author of ThinkOnIt Devotions and has a heart for encouraging others with God’s Word.  For more articles, devotions and book reviews, visit today.


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