The initial baptism of the Holy Spirit is a one-time experience that is intended to be followed up by many re-fillings subsequent to the initial encounter. The purpose is to forever keep the fire of the Holy Ghost burning within us wherein our flesh is constantly being crucified and consumed for the purpose of purifying us and transforming us into a renewed state of being. As we continue to allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to consume and renew us, we are being transformed and conformed into the image and likeness of our Heavenly Father through Christ.
We are called “…by the mercies of God…” to “…present your (our) bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God…” (Rom. 12:2). We are unable to generate and render a righteousness of our own that is acceptable to God and that can ascend to the level of the holiness standard that is required by God. It is a process that is Divinely initiated, and must be supported with Divine assistance throughout the remainder of the process. As we lie prostrate upon the altar before God, we must allow the Holy Spirit to continue to work within our lives on a daily basis. The Lord gave the command unto Moses in Leviticus 6:9,13,
“Command Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the law of the burnt offering: It is the burnt offering, because of the burning upon the altar all night unto morning, and the fire of the altar shall be burning in it…The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out.”
Although the atoning work of Christ was more than sufficient enough to bring forth our salvation from sin, we must continue to be “crucified with Christ” and “cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord…” (Gal. 2:20; 2 Cor. 7:1). This occurs as we daily allow the Holy Spirit of the Living God to,
“…sit as a refiner and purifier…and He shall purify…and purge them (us) as gold and silver, that they (we) may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness…” (Mal. 3:3).
Holiness is the ultimate goal. As we continue to submit to the Refiner’s process, we will be found to have become “…a vessel unto honor, sanctified, and meet for the Master’s use, and prepared unto every good work…” (2 Tim. 2:21)…#thinkonthesethings