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7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The AG Statement of Fundamental Truths states: All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly.

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4 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The AG Statement of Fundamental Truths states: All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church.

5 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4, 8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).  This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth (Acts 8:12-17; 10:44-46; 11:14-16; 15:7-9).

6 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  With the baptism in the Holy Spirit comes such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (John 7:37- 39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (Acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work (Acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for the lost (Mark 16:20).

7 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  We will first define the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, then consider its purpose and value, and finally consider what Scripture has to say about its reception.

8 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The phrase “baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit” first occurs in Scripture during John the Baptist’s ministry.  In response to questions about his identity, John contrasted his ministry with that of the one (Jesus) who would follow him:

9 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  “I baptize you with water for repentance… But after me will come one who is more powerful than I…He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit…” —Mt. 3:11-12 (cf. Mk. 1:8; Lk. 3:16; Jn. 1:32-34)

10 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  In fact, before Jesus ascended into heaven He told His disciples about the coming baptism in the Holy Spirit.  Referring to it as both a “gift” and “power from on high,” He enjoined them to wait in Jerusalem for it (Lk 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8).

11 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Their wait did not last long, for when the day of Pentecost arrived the Holy Spirit “came” (or was “poured out”) upon them (Acts 1:8; 2:33; cf. Acts 10:44-47; 11:15-17).  These initial verses provide a great deal of information about the nature of the baptism in the Holy Spirit, namely as:

12 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  a gift;  bestowed by Jesus;  an immersion (though not into water);  an anointing (though not of oil);  an event of supernatural power.

13 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Most Charismatics believe that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is the key for fruitful Christian living and ministry.  Jesus, for example in remarks about the Holy Spirit in general, taught that believers should desire and continually ask for more of the Spirit (Lk 11:11-13).

14 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Paul reiterates this advice (Eph. 5:18).  Jesus further told His disciples not to begin ministry until they had received the baptism in the Holy Spirit (Lk. 24:46-49; Acts 1:8).

15 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The Baptism in the Holy Spirit uniquely brings the Gifts of the Spirit (or charismata) to those who are so baptized (1 Cor. 12:1-11).  We should remember that the charismata are manifestations of the Person of the Holy Spirit.

16 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  To these Paul refers in 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, as well as in other places.  The Bible portrays their use as a normal function of the body of Christ, urging believers to “seek,” “desire earnestly,” “fan into flame,” and “use” them (1 Cor. 12:31; 14:1, 4-5, 39; 2 Tim. 1:6; 1 Pt. 4:10) and to be careful not to neglect them (Rom. 12:6; 1 Cor. 14:39; 1 Thess. 5:19-20).

17 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The gifts of the Spirit allow the Holy Spirit to have expression in the community of believers.  He should be allowed to give continued direction and insight to the Church (e.g., Acts 2:38-39; 1 Thess. 5:19- 20), to heal and work miracles, and aid us in our witness to the world by connecting us to the ministry of Him who is our Advocate of heaven (Jn.16:7-11, ).

18 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  In other words, all believers receive directly from the heavenly ministry of Christ via the presence of the Court Advocate—or Holy Spirit—within us.  He graces us with the charismata to more effectively carry out Christ’s ministry as witnesses on earth of the court of heaven.  During our communion with Christ, the Holy Spirit communicates to us the desires on Christ’s heart and gives us the enablement to affect His will.

19 7. Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Thus, the charismata show God’s love and compassion toward humankind.  The fact that Paul pauses between chapter12 and 14 of 1 Corinthians to spell out in chapter 13 the importance of love as the motivation for the use of the charismata should be evidence enough for this.  Luke records that the apostles set out to love and help people, and in so doing they used the powerful tools at their disposal—the Holy Spirit’s gifts.

20 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance (Acts 2:4). The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues (1 Corinthians 12:4-10, 28), but different in purpose and use.

21  When we consider the reception of Spirit Baptism, we must first show that the narrative of Acts provides us a pattern for which we should live. 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

22  We must remember that Scripture has always had application as its purpose and intent (Ro. 4:23-24; 15:4; 1 Cor. 9:8-10, 10:11).  This includes narrative literature (similar to Acts) which contains much that is theological and an example for us to live by (Ro. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:1-13; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; He. 3:7-4:11). 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit

23  However, many actions of the Christians recorded in Acts differ from Spirit baptism in that they often don’t reoccur nor are they divinely initiated (such as the selection of leaders by lot [Acts 1:23-26]).  These actions may or may not be normative for us today.  In contrast, the baptism in the Holy Spirit was an explicit directive of Christ (Acts 1:8) and follows a reoccurring pattern.

24 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  It is also upon the declarative statements of Acts 2:15- 17, 33, and that we are correct in seeing the subsequent outpourings recorded in Acts as following the initial pattern (at least substantially) and that this pattern continues throughout this age (the “latter days”).

25 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Peter quotes Joel and then applies it universally: “The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call” (Acts 2:39).  What else can Peter mean but that such outpourings continue from generation to generation?

26 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  From Peter’s speech we learn three facts:  This outpouring of the Spirit (the awaited baptism in the Holy Spirit) is the opening event of “the last days;”  This period’s closing event is “the coming of the great day of the Lord;”  In between the two events “the promise is for...all whom the Lord our God will call.”

27 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Nothing that Peter says here indicates any different expiration date for this work of the Spirit or leads to the conclusion that some believers will be purposely excluded.  Likewise, no less an authority than the apostle Paul assumed the same thing:

28 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way...Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Cor. 1:4-8 (emphasis added)

29 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way...Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”—1 Cor. 1:4-8 (emphasis added)

30 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Further, Paul Elbert reminds us that Luke-Acts is not just general history, but pragmatic instruction to Theophilus (Luke 1:1-4), where the pupil would have looked to the teacher’s instructions as examples for life.  Thus, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues is the New Testament pattern for us to follow.  What is that pattern?

31 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  There are five occasions where people received the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts:  The 120 disciples in Jerusalem, Acts 2:1-4;  The Samaritan believers, Acts 8:14-19;  The experience of Paul, Acts 9:1-19;  Cornelius’ household, Acts 10:44-48; (cf. 11: and 15:7-9);  And the Ephesian disciples, Acts 19:1-7.

32 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Of the five occurrences of the baptism in the Holy Spirit in Acts, four show that this baptism is subsequent to salvation:  The disciples at Pentecost were already converted, and thus indwelt with the Holy Spirit (cf. Jn. 20:22).  Paul was saved on the road to Damascus but later filled with the Spirit (Acts 9:17).

33 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The twelve disciples in Acts 19:1-7 were clearly baptized believers before they received the baptism in the Holy Spirit.  The Samaritans (Acts 8:14-19) were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus and immediately after their baptism, Peter and John placed their hands on them to receive the [baptism of the] Holy Spirit.

34 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Of the five occasions where people received the baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts, three give details.  In an article in the Paraclete, an AG journal concerning the Holy Spirit, the author states:

35 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  “In cases where details are included, various phenomena are indicated, such as sound of wind, tongues as of fire, prophecy, and speaking in tongues.”  “The only phenomenon which occurs each time details are given, however, is speaking in tongues” (3).

36 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Further, if we look closely at the outpouring of Acts 2, we note that whereas the rushing wind “filled the room” and the tongues of fire “sat upon each of them,” the one evidence that the Spirit had filled the disciples, was speaking in tongues.

37 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Donald Gee commented regarding the importance of Spirit Baptism as a definite experience:  “The special value of believing in speaking with other tongues as the initial evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit lies in the fact that it makes receiving the gift of the Spirit properly definite, and removes any uncertainty about a matter concerning which every Christian needs to know precisely where he stands.”

38 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  “This one sign settled the matter for those who were astonished because Gentiles received the Spirit equally with Jews (Acts 10:45-46).”  “They asked no further questions but received them forthwith” (62-63).

39 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  The following extract from the August 1981 Assemblies of God Position Paper regarding the baptism in the Holy Spirit serves as a good summary of general Charismatic beliefs:

40 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  “The Baptism is the crisis experience which introduces the believer to the process experience of living a Spirit-filled life.  “The expression initial physical evidence of the Baptism refers to the first outward sign that the Holy Spirit has come in filling power…  “While speaking in tongues has initial evidential value, it is designed by God to be much more than evidence of a past experience.

41 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  “It also continues to bring enrichment to the individual believer in personal devotions and to the congregation when accompanied by the interpretation of tongues…  “The ability is not achieved through a heightened emotional state or through the repetition of words or phrases.  “It is not the result of imitating the sounds made by others…  “The believer speaks by the supernatural and motivational power of the Spirit” (2-3).

42 8. The Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit  Finally, we should heed the words of Paul: “Therefore, my brothers, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues” (1 Cor. 14:39).

43  Arrington, French. Encountering the Holy Spirit: Paths of Christian Growth and Service. Cleveland: Pathway Press,  Elbert, Paul. Towards and Understanding of Luke’s Expectations for Theophilus Regarding the Lukan Gift of the Holy Spirit. Paper delivered to the 29th Annual Meeting of the Society for Pentecostal Studies, Northwest College, March  Gee, Donald. God’s Great Gift. Springfield: Gospel Publishing House  Morris, Leon. Galatians: Paul’s Charter of Christian Freedom. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press,  Stronstad, Roger. The Charismatic Theology of St. Luke. Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers,  “The Initial Physical Evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.” Paraclete 1982: 1-7. Works Cited


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