The essential gift

                                        We believe in the Holy Spirit.

 

Matthew 3:11

“I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me comes One who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire.”

Jesus always spoke very highly of John the Baptist’s ministry (Luke 7:28). John was a prophet – the last and greatest of God’s prophets – but, like those who came before him, he preached a message that pointed to something even greater. His baptism was significant, but merely symbolic; for water can only clean the physical body, but we need a spiritual transformation to make us acceptable to God (Ezekiel 36:25-27).

All religions have rituals, and Christianity is no exception. But the ritual is much less important than what it represents. For us, water baptism still symbolises cleansing from sin – but it is of no value unless accompanied by the supernatural gift of the Holy Spirit. This was first experienced on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:2-4) and is now promised to all who will commit themselves to following Jesus (Acts 2:38). He alone can purify our hearts from falsehood and wickedness, and make us worthy of our Lord.

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