The Holy Spirit baptism is a gift from God to the new believer. It is the Promise that the disciples waited earnestly for until it was outpoured on the Day of Pentecost. That day, 3000 men, women, and children received the the Holy Ghost baptism. And Peter, preaching the first Pentecostal message, said that this experience is promised “to all who are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.”
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a life-changing experience. It is a necessary step in the salvation plan, being the in-dwelling presence and power of Jesus Christ. The “new-birth” is incomplete until the believer is born of the Spirit. There is no substitute.
The sign of the Holy Spirit infilling has always been “speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance.” It is the sign that God chose and therefore is not subject to the opinions of man. It is indeed a supernatural experience and cannot be understood by those who have not received it.
For those who believe and receive the wonderful gift of the Holy Ghost, it is “Rest and Refreshing”, “Oil in the Lamp”, “Bread from Heaven”, “Light, Wind, and Living Water!