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Many people talk about being “baptized in the Spirit.” By this, they usually mean having a renewal of their life in the Spirit. However, the Bible considers being baptized in the Spirit to be the same as being baptized, and not a renewal of life in the Spirit. Thus, many people use the phrase, “baptized in the Spirit,” in an un-Biblical way.

Although these people are wrongly using Biblical terminology, they are “right on” pastorally. We have a great need to renew our being baptized in the Spirit. Through sin and selfishness, many baptized people have stifled (1 Thes 5:19) and saddened the Holy Spirit (Eph 4:30). If we are to live the Christian life as the Lord intended it to be lived, we must stir into flame the gift of the Holy Spirit (2 Tm 1:6-7).

Today’s Scriptural readings invite us to renew our life in the Spirit. Look at Jesus, the Lamb of God (Jn 1:29). Let Him free you as He freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Let Him take away your sins and the sins of the world (Jn 1:29). “Follow the Lamb wherever He goes;” be pure and uncompromised with the ways of the world (see Rv 14:4). Receive a renewal of being baptized in the Spirit today.

“It is He Who is to baptize with the Holy Spirit.” —John 1:33

“At siya’y hindi ko nakilala; datapuwa’t ang nagsugo sa akin upang bumautismo sa tubig, ay siyang nagsabi sa akin, Ang makita mong babaan ng Espiritu, at manahan sa kaniya, ay siya nga ang bumabautismo sa Espiritu Santo.” —John 1:33

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