Acts 2: 36 "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ." 37 Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, "Men and brethren, what shall we do?" 38 Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call."

The bible tells us:
1. We need first need to REPENT. This means:
  • We have to turn about and accept that Jesus Christ has all the right answers!
  • This means we must be prepared to let go of our former ideas and religious beliefs.
  • This also means we want to yield to the new life He wants to give us. To accept this we must be prepared to let go of the old life that was self-indulgent, let go of the corrupt life-style that only hurts us and others around us. He will help you to conquer these problems when we repent.
  • We repent to accept what Jesus has already accomplished for us. He died on the cross, paid the price for our sins so that we can be assured of God's forgiveness. We do not have to rely on our own righteousness for God's acceptance. God promised to accept us, and adopt us, when we submit to the fact that only Jesus can save us.
  • We yield to Him by believing in His commandment to be "Born Again"

  • John 3:5 Jesus answered, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, "You must be born again."

    2. Be Baptised
  • The bible speaks of two types of Baptism. One is what you do, the other is what Jesus will do for you.
  • So baptism is not a "ritual" nor a mere public declaration nor a "symbolic" gesture.
  • These two baptisms are part of a whole PROCESS. It is the process that we submit ourselves, trusting in Jesus' instructions to be "Born Again" by water and the Spirit so that God transforms us to be His children.

  • Baptism of Water
  • The baptism of Water, is what you need to do. It is the way God provides for you to repent and to submit to His commandment:
    Matthew 3: 11 "I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
  • When we believe, it gives us the way to have a clear conscience towards God. We do not have to fear rejection because of our weaknesses because we rely on Jesus. And because He has already been raised up from the dead He is able to perform what He promised to give us. 1 Peter 3: 21 "And baptism, which is a figure [of their deliverance], does now also save you [from inward questionings and fears], not by the removing of outward body filth [bathing], but by [providing you with] the answer of a good and clear conscience (inward cleanness and peace) before God [because you are demonstrating what you believe to be yours] through the resurrection of Jesus Christ." (Amplified Bible)

  • Baptism of the Holy Spirit
  • This is the Baptism Jesus performs for the believer. Refer to Matthew 3:11 part (b)
  • For more information about the Holy Spirit please refer to "What or Who is the Holy Spirit"

  • How do I know I've received the Holy Spirit?
  • Jesus teaches us to believe His guidance. He tells us to expect the confirmation from Him (Mark 16:16-20)
  • You will receive the SIGN of speaking in Tongues just like all the believers Jesus taught originally. ( See "What is Speaking in Tongues?")
  • Trust the original blue print.

  • Can a believer have the Holy Spirit without Speaking in Tongues?
    One Cannot Assume to Have the Holy Spirit. It is dangerous and fatal. There is much controversy in this area in the "Christian" circle. We need to put aside what man's or theological opinions are. God has given us His Word to measure and define what to believe. We can only declare ourselves as "believers" when we completely believe what Jesus told us to believe! Let's see what the Bible teaches:
  • The Samaritans heard Phillip preached Christ, were baptized in the name of the Lord but they had NOT received the Holy Spirit. The apostles sent and when they laid their hands on them then they received. The apostles must have been looking for a common sign. Acts 8: 14-17 "Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost."
  • Paul recognized the Ephesians did not have the Holy Spirit even though they were baptized and believed! Acts 19:1,2 "And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have you received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost."

    How was he able to tell? What was the difference between the believers before and after Paul preached to them?

    Acts:19: 3-7 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve."