The Person and Work of The Holy Spirit — R. A. Torrey It is equally evident from Gal. iii.2 that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is a definite experience of which. by: R. A. Torrey What the baptism with the Holy Spirit is and what it does R.A. Torrey () was a pastor, evangelist, educator, and the author of more. R.A. Torrey (First Superintendent of Moody Bible Institue). Chapter I In Acts Jesus said: “Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.

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If such an One “leaving us an example that we should follow His steps” did not venture upon His ministry, for yhe the Father had sent Him, until thus definitely baptized with the Holy Spirit, what is it for us to dare to do it?

The gift of the Holy Spirit is God’s seal upon the simple acceptance of God’s testimony about Jesus Christ, that our sins were laid upon Him, and thus trusting God to forgive us and justify us. This is true, but that was before the Holy Spirit was given, and before the command was given, “Tarry ye until ye be clothed with power from on high.

The third step is an open confession of our renunciation of sin and our acceptance of Jesus Christ. At a convention in Washington, D. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. But as already seen, one may receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit and not receive the gift of tongues.

The purpose of the baptism with the Holy Spirit is not primarily to joly believers individually holy. But those who say we should not pray for the Holy Spirit go further still than this.

That is, change your mind about Christ, by accepting Him as Savior and Lord. It is equally evident from Gal. Hkly with me, sith is not a sprit of mere exegesis, that the Holy Spirit is given in answer to definite prayer.

It is true that they had been waiting some time until then, but it was simply because they did not know that there was such a baptism for them.

In the fourth chapter of Acts, the thirty-first to the thirty-third verses, we read that when the Apostles on another occasion were filled with the Holy Spirit, the result was that they ” spake the word of God with boldness ” and that ” with great power gave the Apostles their witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. We get assurance that we have received the baptism with the Holy Spirit in precisely the same way that boly get assurance of our salvation.

Similar accounts are given of what occurred in the household of Cornelius and what occurred in Ephesus. It is the impartation of spiritual power or gifts in service and sometimes one may have rare gifts by the Spirit’s power and yet manifest few of the graces of the Spirit.


The one who has expected the power of an evangelist and has not received it sometimes even questions whether he is a child of God. I found that two of them had been at the meeting and had already been baptized with the Holy Spirit. The sky was opened, 22a and the Holy Spirit descended in a bodily form like a dove on him Torrey says that the experience of the household of Cornelius was exceptional, and that they were baptized with water immediately after they received the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

It was the eighth day of July, As a gifted intellectual, administrator, and Bible teacher, he went on to pastor Moody Church in Chicago and became D. Ecstasies and raptures are all right in their places. Another young man, one of our students in the Institute, went to another part of Wisconsin, and soon I began to receive letters from ministers in that neighbourhood inquiring about him and telling how he had gone into the school-houses and churches and Soldiers’ Home and how there were conversions wherever he spoke.

It is also evident from the eighth chapter of Acts, fifteenth and sixteenth verses, where we are distinctly told, ” the Holy Spirit had not as yet fallen upon any of them. He put himself unreservedly into God’s hands for Him to choose the field of labour and the gifts. But they were already regenerated. A man whom God has not called to the work of an evangelist or a minister oftentimes rushes into it because he has received, or imagines he has received, the baptism with the Holy Spirit.

The baptism with the Holy Spirit

However, if we confine the expression “baptism with the Holy Spirit” to our first experience, we shall be more exactly Biblical and it would be well to speak of one baptism but many fillings. Torrey or myself after the meeting is over, we will stay and speak with you. Our Lord in speaking of this baptism which they were so soon to receive in Luke xxiv. Yes, but how shall we know? I do not say that the baptism with the Holy Spirit will not make the believer happy; for as part of the fruit of the Spirit is “joy,” if one is baptized with the Holy Spirit, joy must inevitably result.

It was a time of struggle.

We come now to the question of first importance, namely, Who can be baptized with the Holy Spirit? The poor man was insane. Finney and of others who were baptized with the Holy Spirit, and of the power that came to them as evangelists, and the thought was suggested that if any one is baptized with the Holy Spirit will not he also obtain power as an evangelist? There was no waiting in Ephesus after Paul came and told them that there was not only the baptism of John unto repentance, but the baptism of Jesus in the Holy Spirit.


And many may wait to-day because they do not know that there is the baptism with the Spirit for them, or they may have to wait because they are not resting in the finished work of Christ, or because they have not put away sin, or because they have not surrendered fully to God, or because they will not definitely ask and believe and take; but the reason for the waiting is not in God, it is in ourselves.

People often say to me, or write to me, “I have been praying for the baptism with the Holy Spirit for a year five years, ten years, one man said twenty years. The same thing is evident from Acts 8: This will come out very clearly when we come to consider what the baptism with the Holy Spirit does.

It is not enough that one be filled with the Holy Spirit once.

Justin Bell rated it really liked it Mar 12, I am inclined to think the Apostles had them, but if they had, they kept them to themselves and it is well that they did, for if they had put them on record, that is what we would be looking for to-day. Not every regenerate man has the baptism with the Holy Spirit; though, as we shall see later, every regenerate many may have this baptism.

But there is a faith that goes beyond expectation, a faith that puts out its hand and takes what it asks on the spot.

Sun and Shield: R. A. Torrey on the baptism with the Holy Spirit

I saw furthermore that the gift of tongues, according to the Scripture, was the last and the least important of all the gifts, and that we were urged to desire earnestly the greater gifts 1 Cor. To r.a.torreg up everything that has been said about the results of the baptism with the Holy Spirit; the baptism with the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of God coming upon the believer, filling his mind with a real apprehension of truths, especially of Christ, taking possession of his faculties, imparting to him gifts not otherwise his but which qualify him for the service to which God has called him.

It is three hours until three o’clock. It is not something done wit and for all; it is something that must be momentarily maintained. Just read this again, from cover to cover. All men are potentially justified in the atoning death of Jesus Christ on the cross, that is justification is provided for them and belongs to them Rom.