What is the baptism by the Holy Spirit?


For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 1:5
            Jesus told his followers that something was coming that would solidify and change the relationship between God and man.  John the Baptist confirmed that this baptism would occur and be different than his own baptism.
“I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” Mark 1:8
            The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurred at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit invaded the room where people were praying.   This began the era of the third member of the Trinity on earth.  Old Testament was all about God the Father.  The Gospels, all about Jesus.  Beginning with Acts, the focus is on the Holy Spirit living in the hearts of believers.
…because the Holy Spirit had not yet come on any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.  Acts 8:16
            During this time, people only knew about God and Jesus and needed to be informed about the Holy Spirit.  The apostles prayed with many believers to receive the complete Trinity package of information.  Now God would live in the hearts of people and no longer in a temple.
            The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs today when people believe in Jesus and invite God into their lives.  The Holy Spirit moves in, fully immersing the person in heart, soul and mind.