I'll write a story about my baptism with the Holy Spirit.
On the first day I visited the church, K.I. took me to a place in the church where we pray about special matters during the service. She said to me, "Let's get prayed about your stomachache." I was taken to so-called blessed seats (恵みの御座). I still didn't understand what was going on there.
Associate Pastor came to me and asked, "You repent your sins now and believe Jesus as your Savior, don't you?" I didn't know well but I replied to her, "Yes, I do." She started praying in unknown words and asked me to say Hallelujah repeatedly.
I followed her instructions. My tongue became something strange: strange words(Ref.1) gradually came up from my mouth. Then she said to me, "You have just received the Holy Spirit!" Not knowing what had happened to me as I was ignorant about the Bible, I went back to my friend and asked, "You know something. I was told I received the Holy Spirit. What is that?" She said with tears in her eyes, "I'm glad to hear that, heidi."
The reason of her joy is that receiving the Holy Spirit is very important to us who belong to a Pentecostal church. Being baptized and receiving the Holy Spirit(Ref.2) is regarded as "one set", in other words, they are like a passport and a visa for entering the Kingdom of Heaven. I was explained about them later but still ambiguous to me. However, mysterious events began happening to me after I got the Holy Spirit.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.
Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
* Ref. 2
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession—to the praise of his glory.(Ephesians 1:13-14)
- to be continued to Divine Guidance(Testimony 3) & Baptism with water (Testimony 4) -
Thank you for reading and God bless you!