THE EPHOD REPRESENTS
THE FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT’S INITIAL WORK
ON THE NEW CHILD OF GOD.
There is a subsequent work that we call the ‘INFILLING of the HOLY SPIRIT’, but that is for gifts to enable ministry. This first work is a change of nature, a change in one’s character.
Signs and wonders, gifts of the Spirit, do not prove one’s salvation. Someday, we find Jesus prophesied that some will claim to have had gifts, but Jesus still claims that He never knew them.
Matthew 7:22-23 (KJV)
22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name? and in Thy name have cast out devils? and in Thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.
Therefore, in living and walking in the Spirit, in being a Christian, it is great to have gifts, and be filled by the Holy Spirit. Yet, first and foremost, we must first make sure that the fruit is there to make the gifts useful to God, and to be sure we are truly saved.
Repentance and salvation has always been possible. The baptism of the Holy Spirit has been ‘subsequent’ to that gift, and is a gift of empowering. John the Baptist said:
"I INDEED BAPTIZE YOU WITH WATER UNTO REPENTANCE; BUT HE THAT COMETH AFTER ME IS MIGHTIER THAT I, WHOSE SHOES I AM NOT WORTHY TO BEAR; HE SHALL BAPTIZE YOU WITH THE HOLY GHOST, AND WITH FIRE:"
John the Baptist prophesied here that Jesus would "baptize with the Holy Ghost and with fire." The word "baptidzo" of the Greek is used here. It means "to immerse, overwhelm, drown with..." John the Baptist immersed in water as a symbol of repentance. Jesus would immerse in the Spirit to empower.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a separate immersion. Salvation does involve the Holy Spirit. He convicts, He shows and points to Jesus as the answer to sin and guilt. He then immerses one into Jesus, and the Lord dwells within, giving one the power to overcome sin, enlivening our spirit from its former state of death, making us ‘born again’.
John 7:38-39 (KJV)
38 He that believeth on Me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39 (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
After Jesus ascended to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit back to become the ‘Advocate’, the ‘Comforter’, to the believers. It was to those in the upper room, the ones called, and dedicated to the request of Jesus to await one to empower them to be witnesses.
Acts 1:8 (KJV)
8 But 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 Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
The immersion of the Holy Spirit immersing us into Jesus is salvation. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, of Jesus immersing us into Him (the Holy Spirit) is the empowering for service. This is a subsequent event to salvation, although it may be seconds or minutes later. Sometimes, some Christians only receive the Holy Spirit immersing them into Jesus, and miss totally the wonderful subsequent experience. The Holy Spirit is still active in their lives, blessing them, convicting their errors and faults, leading us into righteousness. Yet, the subsequent gift of immersion into the power of the Holy Spirit, like with the 120, is received by obedience to Jesus to ask and receive.
The very fact that the baptism of the Spirit has come testifies to the fact that Jesus has ascended to heaven and been glorified. We can rest assured that He did reach heaven by the fact that the Spirit did return. We need to take courage in the fact that the Spirit is being now poured out on all who wish to receive Him, because it is an experience that is intended to reassure us of the fact that Jesus is not dead, and buried-- but is at the right hand of the Father in heaven and interceding for us. The Holy Spirit glorifies this Jesus.
John 16:7-15 (KJV)
7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you.
8 And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
9 Of sin, because they believe not on Me;
10 Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more;
11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
13 Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak: and He will shew you things to come.
14 He shall glorify Me: for He shall receive of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.
15 All things that the Father hath are Mine: therefore said I, that He shall take of Mine, and shall shew it unto you.
These verses show that the main purposes of the coming of the Spirit and of the experience of being baptized into Him is:
-reproof of sin, righteousness, and judgment
-guiding us into the truth
-showing us prophecies of what is to come
-glorification of Jesus
-speaking and revealing to us whatever
the Son and the Father speak concerning us
Many were invited to tarry in the upper room until the Holy Spirit came. At one time 500 saw Christ after His resurrection. Even if these 500 had been the only ones invited, 380 had either not gone to await the coming of the Spirit, or had left before the Spirit finally came. It is the same today. Many know about the infilling of the Holy Spirit and its availability. Few seek it. The 380 were undoubtedly saved, but were not anxious to await in the upper room for the subsequent gift of immersion into the Holy Spirit.
Some say, "How can I receive the Spirit when He already dwells within me?" The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the receiving of the Spirit into your life--all Christians have the Spirit working in their lives. At the baptism of the Spirit, the Holy Spirit completely fills your life. The word "baptize" in the classical Greek was used of a sunken, waterlogged ship. The Lord wants us to be more than:
born of the Spirit,
or used of the Spirit,
or regenerated of the Spirit
--He wants us to be waterlogged with the Spirit.
"HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME...OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER (the Holy Spirit)."
The subsequent event of the infilling of the Holy Spirit, not only follows salvation, but it also is a continuing, progressive, revelation of God’s power. Salvation brings one into the kingdom, and the subsequent infilling equips and enables ministry for the Lord in salvation.