Peter couldn't help but deny the Lord before he received the Power from on High.
Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, where are You going?" Jesus answered, "Where I go, you cannot follow Me now; but you will follow later."
Peter said unto him, "Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake."
Jesus answered him, "Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice." John 13:36-38
Before we are baptized in Spirit we are at best like Peter was in these passages. And not only can we not TRULY follow the Lord until we are baptized/born again, but our natural man cannot help but DENY Him. We must be baptized with Power in order to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8; Luke 22:31-34). (After Jesus' crucifixion, Peter went back to being a fisherman. John 21:3)
It wasn't until Pentecost where Peter received the power TO follow Jesus, AND lay down his life. Which he did (2 Peter 1:14).
"Orphanos" Strong's Greek: 3737. ὀρφανός - Only two usages in the New Testament. John 14:18 and James 1:27; "Pure and undefiled religion before God the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their misfortune and to keep oneself unstained by the world." -NET
“You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.”
— 2 Corinthians 3:3
The teachings that there are two events of being born again and then receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is false doctrine. I always knew that even though many have attempted to teach me otherwise. I know because when I was born again, I was baptized in the Holy Spirit. It was one and the same event. Very powerful.
Those who teach this false doctrine learned it from a person who is in error. And this dual-event position cannot be proven through Scripture. However, my position CAN be proven, very clearly.
Jesus said to His disciples and to His future disciples (us);
"If ye love me, ...
"If" (makes the promise conditional) you agapáō - love Him. That means you understand what He did for you. If you understand with your heart that He loved you first and sent His Son to die for you and died on the cross for you. And that He raised from the dead and sits on the right hand of God and is become a "quickening" (eternal Life giving) Spirit. And you realize that is His purpose. To create His eternal people now by sending Himself and the Father via His Holy Spirit into our heart. And this can only happen through God's free gift of faith to the believer.
... keep my commandments." (or "keep my commands") John 14:15
Or follow His EXTERNAL prompting (as He isn't in you yet). And you will follow the Words of Christ right into the New Covenant !! And the FIRST thing you need is eternal life through the Spirit of Truth i.e., the Baptism in His Holy Spirit, as instructed to His disciples regarding Pentecost. See as follows:
16. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another
"another" GUIDE BESIDE the WRITTEN external Word on paper! This Guide will be IN US! And Giving us POWER to KEEP God's Word!
"Comforter", Properly Legal advocate who will guide you from WITHIN (GREAT EMPHASIS). Thus fulfilling the New Covenant i.e., "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people." (Jeremiah 31:31-34; 2 Corinthians 3:3)
"that he may abide with you FOR EVER; "
This is how we will raise from the dead to be with Christ. It is God's Eternal Life!
17. Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
18. I will not leave you comfortless: "comfortless" is actually "ORPHAN" in the Greek. He said He will not leave us as ORPHANS(!!!) Because you cannot be a true child of God without The Spirit of God's Son within YOU!
...I will come to you. 19. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22. Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me.
25. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
Important. As He had not yet ascended to be able to GIVE the Holy Spirit yet.
26. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14:15-26
I prayed to God for the answer to this and He answered me. The King James Version Bible does NOT get this right. it is translated TERRIBLY.
Praise the Lord! I hope this helps straighten out all those who were taught falsely that there are TWO separate events. One becoming born again. And Two, receiving the Baptism. They are both one and the same and you are NOT a child of God UNTIL you receive God's One Spirit through Jesus Christ!
Read three more recent messages on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
May God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you. Amen
You can be saved!
if you have never repented of your sins and been saved and feel the desire to do so now please say this prayer. This is how I was powerfully saved 20 years ago!
Say, "My Lord and my God, Have mercy on my soul, a sinner, I believe Jesus the Messiah died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. I believe God raised Jesus from the dead and Jesus is now on the right hand of God and can hear my prayer at this moment and wants to live through me and give me power to keep His Word. I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart Lord Jesus. Please be my Lord and Savior in every aspect of my life. Thank you God for saving my soul and I vow to serve you with all my heart which is the first and greatest commandment. Amen"