QUESTION: Do you have to be baptized in the Holy Spirit to have the power of the Holy Spirit?
Answer: Jesus clearly articulated that the result of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is for empowering the believer. His exact words are recorded below:
"Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit. [And] ...you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:4-5,8 NIV)
So we can see that Jesus clearly exhorted His followers to be baptized with the Holy Spirit so they might be empowered in their witnessing to others. Therefore, it seems to me that every born again Child of God ought to eagerly desire this work of the Spirit in their own life.
Unfortunately that’s not the case. Over the years well-meaning Christians have found reasons to hold to a belief that the Baptism of the Holy Spirit is no longer necessary or available today. But the idea that believers no longer need God’s empowering in their lives to witness and serve is not only utterly ridiculous, it entirely without biblical warrant.