Torrey - Holy Spirit -7.2- Results of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit

II. RESULTS OF BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT. 1 Corinthians 12:4-10 — "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit: to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit: to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of Spirits: to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues."

First Proposition: The specific manifestations of baptism with the Holy Spirit are not precisely the same in all persons. "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit." The gifts vary with the different lines of service to which God has called each person. The church is a body, and different parts of the body have different functions. The Spirit imparts to the one who is baptized with the Spirit those gifts that fit him for the work to which the Spirit has called him. For example, many in the early church who were baptized with the Holy Spirit spoke in tongues ( Acts 10:46; 19:6), but not all ( 1 Corinthians 12:27-30). So today the Holy Spirit imparts to some gifts as an evangelist, to others as pastors and teachers, to others as "helps and governments," and so on. 1 Corinthians 12:7 — "For the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal."

Second Proposition: There will be at least one gift to every individual baptized with the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 12:11 RV — "But all these worketh the one and the same Spirit, dividing to each one severally even as he will."

Third Proposition: The Holy Spirit distributes to each one as He will.

The Holy Spirit is absolutely sovereign in deciding how — in what special gift, operation, or power — baptism with the Holy Spirit shall manifest itself.

It is not for us to pick out some place of service and then ask the Holy Spirit to qualify us for that service; it is not for us to select some gift and then ask the Holy Spirit to impart to us that gift. It is for us simply to put ourselves entirely at the disposal of the Holy Spirit to send us where He will, to select for us what kind of service He will, and to impart what gift He will. He is absolutely sovereign, and our position is that of unconditional surrender to him. I am glad this is so: that He, in His infinite wisdom and love, is to select the field, service and gifts and not I, in my shortsightedness and folly. Failure to recognize this absolute sovereignty of the Spirit causes many to meet with disappointment. They are trying to select the gift and so get none. Of course, it is scriptural, while recognizing and rejoicing in the sovereignty of the Holy Spirit, to "covet earnestly the best gifts" ( 1 Corinthians 12:31). Acts 1:5,8 — "For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. For ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth."

Fourth Proposition: Baptism with the Holy Spirit always imparts power in service.

The power may be of one kind in one person and of another kind in another person, but there will always be power. There will come a power that was never there before — power for the very work God has for you to do. The results of that power may not be manifest at once in conversions ( Acts 7:55-60). Acts 4:29,31 — "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy Word .... And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

Fifth Proposition: Baptism with the Holy Spirit imparts boldness in testimony and service.

Baptism with the Holy Spirit converts cowards into heroes. (Compare Acts 4:8-12.) Acts 2:4, 7-8, 11 — "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God." Acts 4:31,33, 8-10 — "And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness. And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all .... Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole." Acts 9:17,20 — "And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost ....

And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God." Acts 10:44-46 — "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost, for they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God." Ephesians 5:18-19 — "And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord."

Sixth Proposition: Baptism with the Holy Spirit causes one to be occupied with God and Christ and spiritual things.

Concluding Proposition: Baptism with the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God coming upon the believer, filling his mind with a real apprehension of truth, and taking possession of his faculties, imparting to him gifts not otherwise his that qualify him for the service to which God has called him.