Baptism of the Holy Spirit, Power, Prophesying, New Languages, Signs, Miracles, Wonders

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As opposed to the “spirit” of a man, which is his “breath”, since there is no distinction between both words in the Hebrew and in the Greek,

and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. (Ecclesiastes 12:7 [ESV])

When you hide your face, they are dismayed; when you take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.
(Psalm 104:29 [ESV])

Which is also the same “breath”, or “spirit” that animals also have,

And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two by two of all flesh in which is the spirit of life. (Genesis 7:15 [JB2000])

The holy spirit is not just a breath nor wind, but an actual being that has a will and mind of his own,

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. (Romans 8:26 [NIV])

But the Advocate, 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. (John 14:26 [NIV])

And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. (Romans 8:27 [ESV])

As such, just as God turns his angels into the form of fire,

he makes… his ministers a flaming fire. (Psalm 104:4 [ESV])

Which is the form the angel that appeared to Moses appeared as,

There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. (Exodus 3:2 [NIV])

God also turns his angels into the invisible form of wind, which is what the form of “spirit” is,

he makes his messengers winds… (Psalm 104:4 [ESV])

And so, these angels, who are holy,

If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” (Mark 8:38 [NIV])

And have thus been turned into wind, which is the form of spirit,

In speaking of the angels he says, “He makes his angels spirits, and his servants flames of fire.” (Hebrews 1:7 [NIV])

And are then called “holy spirit” when they take this invisible form, hence why the angel in this passage in Isaiah is called a “holy spirit”,

In all their distress he too was distressed, and the angel of his presence saved them. In his love and mercy he redeemed them; he lifted them up and carried them all the days of old. Yet they rebelled and grieved his Holy Spirit. So he turned and became their enemy and he himself fought against them. (Isaiah 63:9-10 [NIV])

As such, this is why the holy spirit has a will and mind of his own, because the holy spirit is a an angel, for all holy angels are turned into spirits, hence,

Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 [NIV])

Which is why we are instructed to test every spirit, to see if the spirit is of God or not of God,

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God (1 John 4:1-2 [KJV])

Because there is not just one spirit that comes from God, “spirit of God”, but many, since there are myriads upon myriads of angels,

And I saw, and I heard as a sound of many angels round about the throne, and the living creatures, and the elders; and was the number of them myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, (Revelation of John 5:11 [ABP])

This is why it is said that the spirits of prophets are subject to the prophets,

 [31] For you are able one by one all to prophesy, that all should learn and all should be comforted. [32] For spirits of prophets submit to prophets. (1 Corinthians 14:31-32 [ABP])

Because each prophet is indwelt by one single holy spirit, each having a distinct holy spirit. As such, when a spirit of God enters the body through the breath, which is called the baptism of the holy spirit,

For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 1:5 [NIV])

There is always a manifestation of power, which usually comes in the form of speaking in new languages,

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4 [ESV])

Which are languages unknown to the person, yet known to the holy spirit inside the person, who then utters words in a different language through the mouth of the person, to serve as a sign to unbelievers,

Tongues, then, are a sign, not for believers but for unbelievers… (1 Corinthians 14:22 [NIV])

Because the person is speaking in a language that he does not know, but can be understood by others,

When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs–we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” (Acts 2:6-11 [NIV])

Or receiving the holy spirit can have a manifestation of power that comes in the form of a visible sign,

Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. (John 1:32 [NIV])

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. (Acts 4:31 [NIV])

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit… (Acts 2:3-4 [NIV])

Or the baptism of the holy spirit can have a manifestation of power that comes in the form of prophesying,

When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. (Acts 19:6 [NIV])

so he sent men to capture him. But when they saw a group of prophets prophesying, with Samuel standing there as their leader, the Spirit of God came on Saul’s men, and they also prophesied. Saul was told about it, and he sent more men, and they prophesied too. Saul sent men a third time, and they also prophesied. (1 Samuel 19:20-21 [NIV])

When he and his servant arrived at Gibeah, a procession of prophets met him; the Spirit of God came powerfully upon him, and he joined in their prophesying. (1 Samuel 10:10 [NIV])

In which case, prophesying has several forms, one distinct form is the prediction of the future, from where a “prophecy” is then derived, which is a sign for believers,

prophecy, however, is not for unbelievers but for believers. (1 Corinthians 14:22 [NIV])

Where the holy spirit tells the person, usually within the person’s mind, what will happen, by a vision, a dream, or by direct speech,

You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'” (Matthew 15:7-9 [NIV])

Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about them: “See, the Lord is coming with thousands upon thousands of his holy ones to judge everyone, and to convict all of them of all the ungodly acts they have committed in their ungodliness, and of all the defiant words ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
(Jude 1:14-15 [NIV])

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the 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 16:13 [NIV])

for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.” (Luke 12:12 [NIV])

Coming over to us, he took Paul’s belt, tied his own hands and feet with it and said, “The Holy Spirit says, ‘In this way the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem will bind the owner of this belt and will hand him over to the Gentiles.'” (Acts 21:11 [NIV])

And they went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. And when they had come up to Mysia, they attempted to go into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them. So, passing by Mysia, they went down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing there, urging him and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (Acts 16:6-9 [ESV])

He became hungry and wanted something to eat, and while the meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” “Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven. While Peter was wondering about the meaning of the vision, the men sent by Cornelius found out where Simon’s house was and stopped at the gate. They called out, asking if Simon who was known as Peter was staying there. While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, “Simon, three men are looking for you. (Acts 10:10-19 [NIV])

As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit–just as it has taught you, remain in him. (1 John 2:27 [NIV])

Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house. And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people. I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people. (Ezekiel 3:24-26 [NIV])

As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me. He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day. (Ezekiel 2:2-3 [NIV])

Another form of prophesying is revealing what is in the mind of others, where the holy spirit tells the person what others know or are thinking, where this form of prophesying can serve as a sign to unbelievers,

Then they spit in his face and struck him with their fists. Others slapped him and said, “Prophesy to us, Messiah. Who hit you?
 (Matthew 26:67-68 [NIV])

(Formerly in Israel, if someone went to inquire of God, they would say, “Come, let us go to the seer,” because the prophet of today used to be called a seer.)… “I am the seer,” Samuel replied. “Go up ahead of me to the high place, for today you are to eat with me, and in the morning I will send you on your way and will tell you all that is in your heart.
(1 Samuel 9:9-19 [NIV])

But if all prophesy, and some unbeliever or uninstructed should come in, he is reproved* by all, he is examined by all, and the secrets of his heart become manifest. And thus having fallen upon his face, he will worship God, declaring that God is certainly among you.
(1 Corinthians 14:24-25 [MODIFIED-BLB])*

Interlinear Links: *ἐλέγχεται (reproved), 1 Corinthians 14:24

“I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. (John 4:17-19 [NIV])

Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts? (Luke 5:22 [NIV])

And another form of prophesying is a command that brings forth power, which also serves as a sign to unbelievers,

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'” So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone.I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them. (Ezekiel 37:4-8 [NIV])

Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army. (Ezekiel 37:9-10 [ESV])

“Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,‘ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. (Mark 11:23 [NIV])

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. (Mark 4:39 [NIV])

And not only will all who are truly baptized in the holy spirit have an initial manifestation of power upon first receiving him, he will also grant the person authority to perform signs of power to whomever he enters,

And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” (Mark 16:17-18 [NIV])

Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
 (John 14:11-12 [NIV])

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. (2 Timothy 1:7 [NIV])

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 [NIV])

because our gospel came to you not in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit, and with much full assurance, just as you know what we were among you on account of you. (1 Thessalonians 1:5 [BLB])

And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” (Luke 24:49 [ESV])

So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace, granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. (Acts 14:3 [ESV])

The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works. (2 Corinthians 12:12 [ESV])
by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (Romans 15:19 [NIV])

Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. (Acts 2:43 [NIV])

Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw. (Acts 8:13 [NIV])

The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. (Acts 5:12 [NIV])

Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people. (Acts 6:8 [NIV])

But the Jews who refused to believe stirred up the other Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So Paul and Barnabas spent considerable time there, speaking boldly for the Lord, who confirmed the message of his grace by enabling them to perform signs and wonders. (Acts 14:2-3 [NIV])

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.  (Acts 19:11-12 [NIV])

So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? (Galatians 3:5 [NIV])

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, (1 Corinthians 2:4 [NIV])

Now some have become arrogant, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power.
For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power
. (1 Corinthians 4:18-20 [NASB])

In accordance to his own will to whom he wishes, for the one spirit in each person is the same spirit among all who receive the holy spirit, able to impart any and all the gifts of the spirit to the prophet he is dwelling in,

There are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. There are different ways of working, but the same God works all things in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in various tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, who apportions them to each one as He determines. (I Corinthians 12:4-11 [BSB])

Which is why not all who are baptized in the holy spirit do the same works of power, but each perform works of power as the spirit inside him wants, hence why John the Baptism, receiving the same spirit given to the great prophet Elijah, who performed incredible works of power,

And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous–to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (Luke 1:17 [NIV])

Performed no signs,

and many people came to him. They said, “Though John never performed a sign, all that John said about this man was true.” (John 10:41 [NIV])

Yet John the Baptist was called greatest among the prophets,

Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist… (Matthew 11:11 [NIV])

Because he was least among them, performing no signs, which is why Jesus Christ then says, that whoever is even lesser than he was, is even greater than he,

…yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. (Matthew 11:11 [NIV])

The greatest among you will be your servant. (Matthew 23:11 [NIV])

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, (Matthew 20:26 [NIV])

Because even in relation to suffering, whoever is lesser now will be greater then, at the resurrection of the dead,

Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. (Hebrews 11:35 [NIV])

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