Immersion

Tomorrow is Pentecost Sunday. I recently reflected on the word Dynamite. I’m also thinking about the word immersion.

Immersion is one of the forms or methods of water baptism (along with sprinkling or pouring). The United Methodist Church recognizes/practices all three forms. But when it comes to being baptized in the Holy Spirit, immersion is the only way to go!

In Ephesians 5.18, Paul writes …

Do not be drunk with wine, which will ruin you, but be filled with the Spirit.

Don’t just sip. Don’t simply drink of the Spirit in moderation. Be completely intoxicated with the Holy Spirit!

What would it look like if all Christ-followers were immersed in the Spirit? What would it look like if all Christ-following leaders and pastors were so full of God’s Spirit that others thought they were drunk?

It wouldn’t be the first time. On the first post-resurrection Day of Pentecost, some of the people who had gathered in Jerusalem for the religious celebration charged …

They’re just drunk, that’s all!

They were right, of course. (They just had the wrong intoxifying agent in mind.) 🙂

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