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Study of baptism of Holy Spirit and Fire

Study of baptism of Holy Spirit and Fire

Word Study for:


Definitions and Descriptions

  • Washing
  • Dip
  • Baptism of repentance
  • Pouring out over

Fire (greek = πῦρ)

Definitions and Descriptions

  • fire, both literally, and metaphorically, and eschatologically (as an instrument of punishment in the conception of later Judaism, the fire of the Divine wrath which burns in Gehenna
  • Fiery
  • Blazing
  • Hellfire
  • Burning
  • Flaming fire
  • Flame
  • Charcoal fire
  • Set on fire
  • light
  • Septuagint translation


Definitions and Descriptions

  • usually in the plural, for the unintelligible sounds uttered in spiritual ecstasy.

Holy Spirit

(Holy) Definitions and Descriptions

  • Sanctify
  • Faithful reliable healing
  • set apart by (or for) the God, holy, sacred, e.g. ἁγία πόλις (of Jerusalem) Mt. 4:5; τὸ ἅγιον πνεῦμα, practically synonymous with τὸ πνεῦμα τοῦ θεοῦ; ὁ ἅγιος τοῦ θεοῦ (Mk. 1:24) of the Messiah; οἱ ἅγιοι, of the Christians as the new people of God, taking the place of the Hebrews: τὸ ἅγιον, τὰ ἅγια, the temple; τὰ ἅγια τῶν ἁγίων, the inmost part of the temple, the inner shrine.

(Spirit) Definitions and Descriptions

  • Breath
  • Ghost
  • Wind
  • Prophecy
    • has as its earliest meanings breath and wind, and it is from the former that the characteristic use is derived), (a) wind, John 3:8, Heb. 1:7; (b) breath, what distinguishes a living from a dead body, (anima) the life principle, Mt. 27:50, Lk. 8:55, 23:46, John 6:63, 19:30, Ac. 7:59, 2 Thess. 2:8, James 2:26, Rev 11:11, 13:15; (c) the breath was often in early times identified with the life or soul itself. Hebrew employed three words for the breath-soul, nephesh, ruach, neshāmāh, of which the first and second are the more important, indicating respectively the personal soul and the invading spirit. Nephesh, originally breath, (a) refers predominantly to the emotional life; (b) is a strong personal or reflexive pronoun; or (c) is equivalent to person. Ruach. originally wind, indicates also especially, (a) supernatural influences acting on man from without; (b) the normal breath-soul, the principle of life (like nephesh) or of its energies, directly derived from the wind at the bidding of God; (c) the resultant psychical life, like nephesh, ‘heart’, the inner life in general. It is distinguished from nephesh by its association with Yahweh. Normal human nature was regarded as animated by the same divine ruach to which its highest inspiration is due. In the Greek O.T. nephesh is represented by ψυχή (which see) and ruach by πνεῦμα (a purely Hebraistic usage of the word). In the N.T. πνεῦμα (spiritus) refers nearly always to supernatural influences. Sometimes it is employed of the higher nature in man, e.g. Rom. 1:9, and is hardly to be distinguished from the result of the influence of the divine πνεῦπα. Sometimes, e.g. Rom. 8:16, 2 Cor. 7:1, it denotes a normal element in human nature. But the Christian is essentially the product of the divine πνεῦμα, which is mediated to us by the Messiah. Parallel to the divine πνεῦμα are the unclean, evil spirits, the spirits of demons, &c., which act in a corresponding way on the spirit of man. πνεῦμα ἅγιον, holy breath, spirit of holiness, adopted originally from Deutero-Isaiah 63:10 f., Ps. 51:11, practically synonymous with πνεῦμα θεοῦ, &c., gradually tends to become personalised. The first step in the process is reached by affixing the definite article and making it τὸ Πνεῦμα τὸ Ἅγιον (τὸ Ἅγιου Πνεῦμα). Each operation of the Holy Spirit is most commonly represented as due to a holy spirit

Context Study for the phrase:


Matthew 03:01-12

  • Summary of context:
  • 03:1 to 03:12 covers the context
    • John baptized in repentance of sins
    • Pharisees and Sadducee’s were there. John called them a brood of vipers.
    • Who warned you, repent and produce good fruit.
    • Those who do not produce fruit will be thrown into fire
    • Water is for repentance
    • Jesus baptizes in holy spirit
    • Jesus baptizes in fire
    • Jesus has a pitchfork and uses it for the threshing of wheat
    • He will gather the wheat into the barn (baptism of holy spirit)
    • But the chaff he will toss into fire that will never go out. (Baptism of fire)

Luke 03:16

    • Summary of context
    • 03:01 – 03:20
      • John proclaimed baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins
      • .john spoke to the crowds “you brood of vipers”
      • Who warned the crowd of the wrath.
      • Repent of sins and produce fruit.
      • Do not rely on the bloodline of Abraham to save you.
      • Anyone who does not produce fruit will be cut down and thrown into fire
      • They asked what should we do.
      • If you have extra give freely
      • If you are a tax collector, be fair and take no more than authorized.
      • For the soldiers do not take by force, or by false accusations, but instead be satisfied with the wages you have been given.
      • Same as Matthew

Mark 1:1-8

    • Summary of context.
      • It lacks those who bare no fruit
      • it lacks fire,
      • it lacks examples
      • No judgement

John 1:29-34

    • Summary of context
      • It is more a third person account of John witnessing Jesus being baptized
      • No reference to those who bare no fruit, brood of vipers, examples.
      • Says Jesus baptizes in the Holy Spirit with no mention of fire..

Corroborating Study:

Acts 2:3

  • They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and rested on each one of them.
  • The tongues were not fire; BUT they were “as like” a comparative
  • They saw tongues like flames of fire that separated and rested on each one of them. 4 Then they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them.

Isaiah 4:4-5

  • On that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land will be the pride and glory of Israel’s survivors. 3 Whoever remains in Zion and whoever is left in Jerusalem will be called holy—all in Jerusalem written in the book of life,—4 when the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodguilt from the heart of Jerusalem by a spirit of judgment and a spirit of burning. 5 Then the LORD will create a cloud of smoke by day and a glowing flame of fire by night over the entire site of Mount Zion and over its assemblies. For there will be a canopy over all the glory, 6 and there will be a shelter for shade from heat by day and a refuge and shelter from storm and rain.


Fire is referenced 3 times one right after the other.

  • Tree will be cut down and thrown into the fire
  • Jesus baptizes in holy spirit AND fire
  • The wheat is brought to the barn and the chaff burned in everlasting fire

Fire is described in these ways

  1. If you have fruit you will not be cut down and burned in fire. Instead produce fruit and repent for the kingdom of God is near. He preserves one and destroys (judges the other)
  2. The third is similar as he saves the wheat and he burns the chaff.
  3. Now in the middle statement the same thing is being said. Remember he is talking to the crowd called them broods of vipers. He will save those who repent and judge those who are unrepentant. Ones he saves and gives the holy spirit the other he judges and gives them fire.

When we look at these three we see that Jesus gives hope to His believers though the baptism of the Holy Spirit. On the other side those who do not believe have judgement in the form of fire.

When we look at the other two gospels John and mark we see that they lack:

  • Judgement,
  • lack of fruit
  • Cutting down the tree
  • Burning the Chaff.

Instead they discuss and focus on Jesus being the Christ. That Jesus is greater than John. He will come and baptize in the Holy Spirit.

We see that there is no mention of fire involved at all, In the two cases (John and Mark) once judgement is removed fire is removed as well.

What about Acts and Pentecost?

In acts 1:4-5 Jesus makes mention of the promise that was given. In this case it was to his disciples and not to those who were in judgement. As such the promise was the Holy Spirit. Every time the gift is mentioned and judgement is not being spoken of fire is absent from the conversation.

Is there maybe a different meaning for baptism? What does the old testament say?

Joel covers what the baptism (is): Joel 2:28-29.

  • The Lord Will Pour Out His Spirit And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

Likewise the old testament also covers what it is like to have a “pouring out” baptism of fire.

  • Zephaniah 3:8
    Therefore wait for me,” declares the Lord, “for the day when I rise up to seize the prey. For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed.

So just as the Old pointed back to the baptism of “pouring” out of the spirit aka baptism. It also pointed out the pouring out of fire. Aka fire baptism.


Other Refrences:

  • Lamentations 2:4
  • Lamentations 4:11
  • Nahum 1:6
  • Ezekiel 22:31

Examples that show separation between those who repent and those under judgement:


  • Matthew 13:24-30
  • Matthew 13:37-43
  • Matthew 25:31-33
  • Matthew 25:34
  • Matthew 25:41
  • Matthew 25:46
  • Revelation 20:15

Can I station and give charge to the angels around me?

What do the angles do and what I can and can not do according to the word of God

Through out my life I have often heard the phrase. ” I station the angles around me to guard and protect me in all my ways” This was something I always just understood and “assumed” it was backed up in the bible. As I have learned over the years and especially recently NEVER assume anything always verify for yourself anything you bring into practice. Acting on wrong information can very well be fruitless and at its worst bring a curse into your life.

To start let’s go over what are angles. The word angles or angel appear 350 times in the bible. With all the references to angel or angels we are able to define some attributes about angels. For one angels are just a sub-order or a type. By using the principle of first mention we can get the base definition of the word angel. First mention is in Genesis 16:7 and uses the Hebrew word: mal’âk or the greek angelos which you can look up in the strongs dictionary under H4397.

Gen_16:7  And the angel(H4397) of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. (KJV)

H4397 (Greek from the LXX Septuagint) has the definition of

From an unused root meaning to despatch as a deputy; a messenger; specifically of God, that is, an angel (also a prophet, priest or teacher): – ambassador, angel, king, messenger.

Essentially it means an ambassador of God, or one sent by God. A messenger. This distribute’s wisdom, a prophetic word, to minister, or to teach. There are other spiritual beings as well that fit outside the definition such as the Elohim. However, I go into these at this time. That is a study for another day.

So what are the attributes?

  1. They are obedient to the Lord God and do not hesitate to act on His commands.
  2. They are Holy being.
  3. They are created beings. Created by God YHVH.
  4. They are reverent, continuously worshiping and praising God.
  5. They can communicate to anyone in any language.
  6. They are intelligent. (2 Sam 14:20)
  7. They have limited knowledge. They are not all Knowing like God is. (Luke 1:13-17, Mark 13:32)
  8. They know right from wrong.
  9. Some Angels rebelled against God and became angels of satan.
  10. They are mightier than humans. (Rev 17:1, Matt 28:2, 2 Peter 2:11)
  11. They lack several of Gods attributes. God is All knowing, All Powerful, and omnipresent. Angels are not.
  12. Angels have limited power. See Jude 9.
  13. Angles can only be in one place at one time.
  14. They are humble and only seek glory for God.
  15. They are sinless. (with obvious exception to the fallen)
  16. They are immortal. (Luke 20:36)
  17. They are innumerable. (Hebrews 12:22, Revelation 5:11)
  18. They are Male. (likely gender less but often described with Male pronouns.) The only exception. (Zechariah 5:9)
  19. They are organized. Archangels, principalities and rulers, the counsel (This again jumps outside the subset though)
  20. Not worthy of worship. They should never be prayed to, commanded, or idolized.(Rev 19:10)

Where does the idea of Christians station or giving charge over angels come from?

While I was not able to pin point one specific event, group, or people who started this idea. I was able to find it is very much a 21st century idea. This fall’s into place with the name and claim it crowd. The multiple paths to God crowds and the like. In the end this is a doctrine of devils and it has crept its way into the church over many years. We should always be reading the word of God and putting that word in our hearts. By putting the word in our hearts and meditating on it (not like yoga meditation, this meditation means to study, research, pray, ask questions, etc.) we will know the truth and the truth will set us free from the deception that comes into our lives, into our families and into our churches. Another connection was from the verse: Psalms 91:11-12 talking about God giving charge (stationing) his angels over us. This was taken out of context and turned to We station the angels when it is God who stations the angels over us instead.

What are some dos and do not’s?

DO NOT worship angels. We are to Worship the one true God YHVH. the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
DO NOT pray to angels. We are to Pray to God alone. Jesus died so we could have that fellowship again. Make your request known to God alone.
DO NOT command the angels. God and God alone has authority to command the angels.

DO ask God for protection. in  Psalms 91:11-12 it says

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

DO ask God for Wisdom and knowledge. In Hebrews 1:14 it says

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

So can we station and give charge over the angels?

The answer to this is a resounding NO! We can not. No where in the bible does it state that we have any authority over the angels. No how, no way! While this could be devastating news as I know many a spiritual warrior has this in the basket of tools to fight the devil. However, there is good news.

We have the full Armour of God.

God has equipped us for battle to fight principalities, powers, evil rulers of darkness in high places. It says we wrestle not with flesh and blood. We should always be taking the fight to the devil/devils not to flesh and blood. Instead we are praying and loving our fellow brothers and sisters. pray for our enemies, Forgive those who wrong us. We smash, rebuke, bind, cage, chain and otherwise come against the spirits of darkness. The Armour is part of our protection. God has charge over the angels and knows are needs and we can ask God not us to dispatch those angels to aid us.

God gives charge to the angels!

I know it has been mentioned several times already but this is a powerful verse. it is a verse of comfort. for he (That is GOD) gives HIS angels charge over me (That is you too). I highly recommend you read the entire chapter of Psalms 91 so you can absorb the entire context of what is being said here. Understanding this will change your life. You do not have to command the angels God has already given charge of the angels over you. God has your back. Now the real question is how do you deal with sin. How do you close open doors to the enemy so you are not getting attacked non stop? That is another day and another article.

God has your back, God is watching over you!

In the end God has your back in every way. This does not give you a free licence to sin and do what you want. NO! It does mean he will watch over and protect you in all your ways. Will there be times of challenge? yes there will. Will the enemy still attack your mind, your body, or maybe your friends and family? Yes because of sin there will be challenge in our lives. I would encourage everyone to study on deliverance, and sanctification. Often the things that go on in our lives are a result of sin. More often it is unrepentant sin. This gives and opening to the enemy into our lives and if we do not close those doors after a time and a season the enemy will walk through to steal, kill and destroy. much like a seed that is planted. if that seed is sin and you let it grow it will grow into a weed and destroy. best to repent and dig up that seed before it has a chance to grow.

If you were like me and was using this a few things that you need to do are.

  1. Ask forgiveness for the sin of idolatry.
  2. Repent. Turn from that sin and sin no more.
  3. break the curse that comes from witchcraft and idolatry.
  4. Learn the correct method according to God’s word. Ask God for help and he will provide. find it in the word of God
  5. Be humble and admit you were wrong. Make the change and move forward. This will not be the first time.
  6. Share with others so they do not make the same mistakes.

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Additional references and points of study:

  • Rev 22:9
  • Romans 1:25
  • Psalms 91:11
  • Daniel 6:22
  • Luke 16:22
  • Luke 22:43
  • Mathew 4:11
  • Mathew 26:53
  • Hebrews 1:14
  • Mathew 18:10
  • James 1:5

Notes taken for this study:

  • Angels are NEVER to be worshiped. This is treating them as an idol. This WILL bring a curse.
  • Angels are NEVER to be prayed to. See above statement
  • There should be no communication to the angels such as prayer, questions, inquires. these things should be brought to God alone.
  • We should ask God for wisdom not angels. Angels may minister to us but that is at the command of God.
  • Angels do guard Christians and Children. no mention of guardian angels are mentioned however. It is implied by the scripture though.
  • Jesus stated he could call down angels. Though it did not state the process.
  • It is ALWAYS about the message not the messenger.
  • God directs the angels we do not.  We do not have the authority to tell the angels to do anything. Only God. Instead ask God. Chain of authority.
  • Angels are created just like us. Thus why they should not be worshiped.
  • Even the Elohim are created. there is only one God above all other Gods.