In this series of lessons “What is Covenant” you are receiving covenant definitions, an overall understanding of what covenant means to God, and the specific 4 steps a person takes to come into covenant with God (grace, faith, righteousness, and the seal) and how important these steps are to God.
You are also learning about the token God gives to confirm the righteousness of your faith—the token of the Spirit. In this lesson we are going to look at the specific evidence God gives that lets you know that you have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
The book of Acts states that 120 disciples assembled together to await the fulfillment of Jesus’ command to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the token of His love for them. How did they know whether or not they received this promise from the Father? If there was no evidence of them receiving this token they would have been waiting indefinitely.
By the scriptures the Spirit tells us plainly what took place: “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance,” Acts 2:1-4.
Proof Positive the Spirit is IN You
It is clear that the Jesus provided proof positive that the baptism of the Holy Spirit was given and received, that the Spirit of God, being with them, was now in them, for they spoke in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. These disciples of Christ were the first to come into covenant with Him. They were now converted to Christ. They were the first to receive this sign and token of God’s love for them. Now the covenant was sealed to them.
God made a vow, “By this covenant I will act.” We have proof positive that God did act, that God was personally involved with their lives. Everything we read in the epistles about victory in Christ, walking in righteousness, being holy as God is holy, being free from condemnation, being led of the Spirit, knowing the riches of God’s spiritual blessings, walking in confidence with God, being that person of faith that is used of God, and about finding that peace and joy that Jesus promised, is all a result of first having receiving this seal of the Spirit and token of tongues, and learning how to use it.
Do You Fail to Experience The Power of the Resurrected Christ?
Many people think that they are in relationship with God simply because they made a confession of faith in Jesus Christ, but then become disappointed when changes do not take place in their life. They then try to seek a secondary work of the Spirit and yet still fail to experience the power of the resurrected Christ.
Let’s look at this again: When God brings you into covenant with Him through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, evidenced by tongues, God is saying, “By this covenant I act.” If you want God to give life to your soul, to direct you in faith, and to sustain your faith, then the first step is to accept His conditions of faith, receive the token of the Spirit, and begin to pray in tongues.
Why Satan Wants to Keep You From Receiving the Holy Spirit
Jesus said that Satan is a liar. So we know that when God says one thing, Satan will work a lie to speak to man something else. In the area of tongues, Satan wants to seal a believer’s lips so they won’t receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He tells them that tongues are not for them. It may be for other people, but it is not for you.
Looking at what God said about the world being in darkness when Jesus came, we can understand what darkness is, it is the lie of Satan. When someone lies to us about a certain matter, we are ignorant concerning the truth, we are in the dark. When we are told the truth by someone else concerning that matter, we say we are enlightened and the lie loses its power.
For the lie of Satan to lose its power in our lives, we need to be enlightened by the truth, which is found in the knowledge of Christ. That is why “By His knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many,” Isaiah 53:11.
You Can Take Confidence in God
You can take the same confidence in God’s plan as the 120 disciples that gathered on the day of Pentecost to receive the token of God’s love. The disciples walked into the room seeking the promise of the Father, waiting for the token from heaven, and walked out of that room in possession of it. You can be just as sure that when God gives you that same token that you will have the same experience. You too will speak in tongues.
Last Revised: 2011-10-22