Helping Others Receive the Gift by Enloe and Hurst
Is Spirit baptism essential or merely beneficial to Christian life and service? The simplest and clearest answer to this question is found in Jesus’ instructions to His first disciples. Our Master’s last words recorded by Luke are these: “That repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:47-49).
It would seem that a task as great as proclaiming Christ’s message to all the nations should commence immediately. But Jesus told the disciples to wait in the city to be “clothed with power from on high.”
American Express ran a successful ad campaign that depicted a person on a trip without the necessary resources. The theme was “Don’t leave home without it!” Jesus was telling His disciples essentially the same thing—that they should not begin their mission without being equipped to accomplish the task. The fullness of the Spirit is essential to fulfilling the purposes and mission to which He has called us.
The promise of the Holy Spirit’s power is for every believer. The apostle Peter said, “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).
Helping Others Receive the Gift is a unique and unprecedented resource written by authors with many years of study in God’s Word and practical ministry experience. Each is passionate about seeing people experience the Spirit’s fullness, and their insight will help readers be more effective in leading others to receive this Promise for themselves.