On the day of Pentecost the Church was filled with the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues (languages) (Acts 1:8; 2:4). Some question, “Why should I speak in tongues if it is not essential for me to go to heaven? You may go to heaven I’m sure, but God never provided anything not essential. It may not be essential to salvation in Heaven, but it is essential for the supernatural on Earth. Anything Jesus made as a command (Acts 1:4, 5) ought to be essential for every disciple.
Some further contend that they received the Holy Spirit when they got saved so why should this experience be necessary?
Yes, you were born of the Spirit (John 3:16) and by the Spirit were baptized into Jesus’ Body (1 Corinthians 12:13), but that is just one dimension of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. When a person is born again, they have the Holy Spirit in them from salvation. At salvation though, you can have the water of the Holy Ghost and not be baptized with the Holy Spirit. The Word of God from both the Old Testament and New Testament, God’s Spirit is often compared to water:
– Water that springs up like a well (John 4:14),
– Water that pours or comes down like rain (Joel 2:23, 28),
– Water that pours out like a flood (Isaiah 44:3), and
– Water that flows like a river (John 7:37-39).
In salvation you have a WELL OF WATER springing up into everlasting life WITHIN you (John 4:14) giving you the witness of the Spirit (inward knowing) that you are a child of God, and nine fruits of the Spirit are potential (Galatians 5:22, 23). Following the Lord into water baptism then is the outward sign you have yielded your life to Him.
In the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you don’t have the Holy Spirit, but the Holy Spirit has you, and the Holy Spirit flows from your innermost being with RIVERS of living water (John 7:37-39). This experience is where the Spirit is sometimes described as being UPON you (Matthew 3:16; Mark 1:10). It is for our witness to others outward showing Acts 1:8) and the nine gifts are potentially possible (1 Corinthians 12:7-11). This experience is not for the world, but is subsequent to salvation and all believers should receive it (John 14:17). The first area of your life that is an outward sign that you’ve yielded to Him is your tongue speaking in a new language.
There’s a big difference between a well and rivers though both have water. We need the power of God to do the works Jesus did, which is the reason Jesus said He would give us the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8; John 14:12). We are not expected to do it in our own power. The power of the Gospel (Romans 1:16) and the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8) are the two most powerful forces in the Earth. We are commanded by the Lord, Head of the Church to receive this enduement of power and preach the Gospel.