Holy Spirit Baptism

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• Baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit is a very important, distinctive Christian experience in the life of the believer. The basis is found in the book of Acts, specifically the event of Pentecost. • John the Baptist preached baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mk. 1:4) • Later he declared about Jesus, “I baptize with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (1:8) • 3 yrs later, shortly before Pentecost, Jesus talked with the apostles about a gift promised by the father and commanded, “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.” (Acts 1:4) • Reception of the…show more content…
10:20, Jn. 15:3, 17:14, when they were told by Jesus that in a few days they would be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Many believe that the disciples received the indwelling Spirit in John 20:22 when “he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit.’” Regardless… conversion/regeneration occurred prior to Pentecost. This is reinforced by Acts 11:17 • Many say the faith experience of this first apostolic group was unique; however, the other accounts in Acts also display distinction between conversion and baptism in the Spirit. (Acts 8, 19), although they may occur with little to no time separation in some instances (Acts 10). • Spirit baptism can be confirmation of salvation, as this is how the early church was shown that gentiles were included in God’s plan for salvation (11:15,18), however, Spirit baptism has nothing to do with receiving salvation. • The salvation message is a call to believe, the Spirit baptism message is a call to receive. • Paul’s question is to be asked of believers today, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” (Acts 19:2) • Speaking in tongues is initial evidence of Spirit baptism. Scriptural evidences include Acts 2:4, 10:45-46, 19:6. 8:17-18 also suggests this, although it is not directly stated. It is also interesting that speaking in tongues occurred in all five of the narratives in Acts. • Although speaking in

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