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Daily Bread - May 11, 2018
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Friday, 11 May 2018 07:14
1 Corinthians 12:13 - For by one Spirit 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.

Baptized into the Body of Christ - Part 3

The baptism of the Holy Spirit that took place when Pentecost had fully
come was an event that should set the pace for every meeting. If Pentecost
does not describe what the Church is supposed to look like, and what we are
supposed to expect in the assembly, then what does? The baptism in the Holy
Spirit is not something that is supposed to take place once in our lives
and then be set aside for special occasions -it should instead occur again
and again! Being filled with the Spirit is the same as being baptized by
the Spirit in the New Testament. This point is verified in the first two
chapters of Acts. Jesus told the hundred and twenty who would end up being
there on the Day of Pentecost they would be baptized in the Spirit; and
when that day came, the Scripture says they were all filled with the Spirit
(Acts 1:5, 2:4).

It is a reproach that Christ Jesus is allowed to be misrepresented by
sinful and sorrowful men. In so doing, we present to the world that the
life of the flesh is the life of the Spirit, and that the fallen nature of
men is the example of being born again. With our sad and sorrowful faces
and our songs that are far less than spiritual and supernatural, we deny
the power of God. We walk all over the anointing and give no place to the
Holy Spirit, and wonder why the sick are not healed and the captives not
set free. How long will we pretend? How long we will make excuses for our
lack of power and the expression of Jesus' ministry -Who healed all who
were sick and diseased and set those tormented of devils free (Matthew
4:23-24; Acts 10:38)? This kind of laborer, ones that do exactly what Jesus
did, are the kind God is looking for; and it is only by being yielded to
the Holy Spirit this can happen (Matthew 9:34-36; Romans 15:19; Luke 4:18;
Acts 26:18).

Instead, however, we bow to the peer pressures of men and make the things
of Heaven, earthly; and we make the workings of the Spirit less excellent
than the workings of disciplined men. God filled us with the wellspring of
the Spirit so we could worship in Spirit and truth (John 4:23-24, 7:37-39);
but instead, we would rather sing the popular songs of our religion. We
have been given the rivers of the Spirit so that we might pray with all
prayer and supplication in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18; Romans 8:26-27), but
we would rather pray a prayer of the mind and human understanding. We have
been given the life of Jesus Christ (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27), but
we are too in love with our own.

If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit! (Galatians 5:25)
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