I was reading this and I just felt I needed to write what was on my heart. John says this because he knew what Jesus was coming to do and when He was done with His time here He would give people the Holy Spirit to guide all who believe. When we believe in our hearts that Jesus is the Messiah we would receive the gift (which is the baptism from Jesus that John was talking about.) The Holy Spirit is the gift and our Advocate to help us live our lives fully devoted to Christ. Jesus wasn’t baptizing anyone while He was alive; He was the advocate at that time, showing people how to live.
John chapter 14 verse 15-17 say, “If you love Me, obey My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you.”
That is Jesus baptism of the Holy Spirit and we are blessed to have Him in us to reveal all that we need to know to be salt and light. When we read God’s word and pray the Holy Spirit gets fed ands we learn how to live our lives like Christ did, totally surrendered to God. Kyle Idelman writes in his book “not a fan” that “Fans eventually get burned out from trying to live the Christian life out of their own efforts. If you are depending on your own strength to follow Christ you will soon find yourself drained and defeated. Jesus promised His followers that the Holy Spirit would come on them in power. Followers of Jesus understand that it’s a journey they were never to make alone. Instead we keep in step with the Spirit and He supernaturally gives us the strength and power we need.” Have we surrendered to understand we are not driving or leading our own lives? We should be following Jesus’ example and saying not my will be done but yours Father.
In John chapter 14 verse 26 Jesus says, “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – He will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”
We must be willing to learn continually and understand that we are to follow His promptings and live our lives like Christ. We need to work hard to feed the Spirit and listen to our hearts which is where He resides, helping us daily to mature our walk. We can never be satisfied with what we know or who we are, we need to die to self and pick up our cross daily, loving God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength. Amen