TOPIC: YOU CAN BE BAPTIZED IN THE HOLY GHOST WITHOUT WAITING TILL TOMORROW
By: Isaac O. Agbenla
TEXT: Acts 2:38-39
 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
It is not a biblical practice to mandate believers to wait for days, weeks or months before they are baptized in the Holy Spirit except they vocally confess that they don’t want to be filled. Whoever desires to be filled with the Holy Spirit and matured enough to be saved can be filled without waiting a minute more.
Peter told the unsaved Jews in Acts 2:38 “…repent (salvation) and be baptized (in water) every one of you….” AND you will receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Baptism of the Holy Spirit).
If we read the verses before verse 38 contextually, we would understand that Peter was not talking about receiving the Holy Spirit at salvation but the baptism of the Spirit.
He didn’t tell them that after repentance they would have to go on 3-days fasting and prayer to be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a lack of faith that makes us think we can earn God’s gift by our works. It is a gift and the requirement to receive is faith. Simple.
In verse 39, Peter told us that the gift is for everyone God would call into salvation. If you are saved, you can be filled with the Holy Spirit wherever you are reading this if you have faith. Nobody laid hand on me the day I was filled and spoke in tongue. I was alone in my room that day. Faith is the major requirement not title. That doesn’t mean laying of hand is wrong. I am only trying to let you know you can be filled even without it.
I will give biblical examples of how people got filled during the early Church.
The first example, Acts 8:14-17, the Bible says:
 Now when the apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John:
 Who, when they came down, prayed for them, THAT THEY NIGHT RECEIVE THE HOLY GHOST
 (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)
Then laid THEY their hands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost.
When the people of Samaria received the word of God, that is, became born again, the disciples in Jerusalem jointly sent Peter & John to pray for them to be filled with the Holy Spirit. In verse 17, the Bible tells us as they lay hand on them, they received/were baptized in the Holy Spirit. The Bible didn’t say they waited on the Lord for a few hours. It was instantly.
NOTE: In verse 17, the Bible says “they”, it shows it wasn’t Peter alone that could lay hand on people to be filled. If you are a pastor over a Church, you need to ensure your people are baptized of the Holy Spirit. Very important!
The second example, Acts 10:44, the Bible says:
*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. Then answered Peter,*
This passage refers to when God sent Peter to preach to Cornelius for salvation. Cornelius gathered all his family and they were listening to the Word of God. As soon as the believed the gospel of salvation, the power of the Holy Ghost fell on them and they were baptized and spoke in tongues. No prayer, no fasting, no waiting. That’s the New Testament way of being baptized in the Holy Spirit.
The third example, Acts 19:2,6, the Bible says:
. *He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.*
 *And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.*
When Paul visited the disciples in Ephesus, he asked them if they have been baptized of the Holy Spirit and they said no. He went further to enlighten them and in verse 6, he laid hand on them and they got it. He didn’t postpone it because a believer is united with Christ anytime and any day.
Beloved, Paul waited on the Lord not for the baptism of the Holy Spirit but because he was blind and God needed to prepare him a vessel to minister to him.
Finally, I do not say waiting on God is wrong but it is not a requirement. Faith is the requirement for receiving anything and everything from God.
Thanks for reading
By: Oluwaseun Isaac Agbenla