Water Baptism

As I studied the bible, I found that I couldn’t have enough of it.  I discovered a book called a Concordance, in which you could look up any word in the Bible. The Concordance would tell you all the verses that had the particular word you were searching for. From the Concordance, I discovered that whenever the word “believe” or “repentance” was mentioned, it was followed by the word baptism. See examples below:

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2: 38 NIV

Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Mark 16:16

In all these instances, I found that baptism followed(was after) believing/repentance, not the other way round.

I know that when I got baptised at 6 months of age, I had neither believed nor repented. So I realised I needed to get baptised. So I started searching for a Church that believed in “adult baptism” and got baptised. 

Holy Spirit Baptism

One of the verses in the bible, that I mentioned earlier struck me. It was

Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2: 38 NIV

As far as I could understood, this sentence had 3 parts

  1. Repent
  2. Water Baptism
  3. Holy Spirit

I knew I had done the first two but did not want to be denied heaven because I had not received the third, the Holy Spirit. So using the concordance, I started studying which verses in the Bible talked about receiving the Holy Spirit. I found that the book of “Acts” had about 5 instances pf people receiving the Holy Spirit. The common thing I noticed was that wherever it was recorded, this was marked by people speaking in “Unknown Tongues”. I started attending prayer meetings where people were being prayed for to receive the Holy Spirit. However I never received the gift of Tongues by any such prayers. One afternoon, after church I was very frustrated and praying asking God to give me the Holy Spirit. All of a sudden two words came to my mind. I dismissed these two words as words that either my mind had conjured up or that I had heard from other people. But knowing there was nothing to lose, I continued repeating those two words. Within a few minutes, to my surprise and amazement, these two words turned into full sentences that did not have the two words in them. It was then I realized that God had given me the Holy Spirit marked by my speaking in Tongues.

Encounter with God

The years passed. In one sense, I could say I was a Christian but my connection with God seemed to have grown cold. A famous evangelist (one who preaches the gospel) came to our town and we got one ticket to attend his meeting. The meeting was held in a hall and I got one of the seats right at the very back. Before the preaching by the evangelist, some worship songs were sung. During one of the songs;  “Shadow of Your wings“, I had an encounter with the God. The encounter gave me a renewed love for God. Putting two and two together, I reckoned that perhaps I could have another God encounter if I kept listening to that song. So for the next two months, at work, during every lunch break,  I listened to that song over and over again. To my delight, I started getting the same encounter I had earlier.

 

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