Holy Spirit Baptism

Topics: Holy Spirit, Jesus, Glossolalia Pages: 5 (2043 words) Published: February 23, 2009
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 gift is baptism in the Holy Spirit… on Pentecost the promise was fulfilled “All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:4) •Same gift was given later to the thousands who assembled, “Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 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 2:38-39) •Cornelius’ relatives and friends Spirit baptism is contributing proof that it is not limited to Pentecost, but continues through the years. (10:44-46) Peter affirms that it is baptism in the Holy spirit in 11:16 •1 Cor. 12:13 (For we were all baptized in (1722) one Spirit into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink). Gives possible reference to this baptism, although this is debatable, as some translations read “by one Spirit.” •In water baptism the Spirit baptizes us into the body of Christ, but in Spirit baptism Christ baptizes us in the Holy Spirit… This signifies a total submergence within the reality of the Holy Spirit so that whoever is baptized has a vivid sense of the Spirit’s presence and power. •Some guy by the name of Ranaghan described his experience, “It was like I was being plunged into a great sea of water, only the water was God, the water was the Holy Spirit.” •The word filling was also used to describe this experience… Jesus promised they would be baptized in the Spirit, but when the event occurred, they were said to be filled. “Baptized” suggests emersion, and “Filled” suggests inner penetration or pervasion. Both suggest totality, without and within. •In Acts 9:17 Paul is ministered to that he might be “filled with the Holy Spirit” Since baptized and filled in Acts 1 & 2 refer to the same event, it is plausible that Paul’s resulting experience may also be viewed as baptism in the Holy Spirit. •Often the word infilling is used to differentiate this experience with the indwelling of the Spirit. •All believers have the Spirit within them (Rom 8:9-11, 1 Cor. 6:19). Therefore “filling” refers to the full penetration of the indwelling Spirit. •Outpouring is also used to describe this (Joel 2:28-29/Acts 2:17-18, Acts 2:33, 10:45)… also suggests totality, as well as abundance. •John 3:34 says that God gives the Spirit without limit. It is not that one may have a partial measure of the Spirit now, and more later, but the Spirit who is totally present at one point now claims you. You may have the Spirit, but now the Spirit has you… there is abundance. •The coming on, or falling of the Holy Spirit is also used to describe this as in 1:8, 2:4, 19:6, 8:16, and 10:44. This suggests suddenness, forcefulness, as at Pentecost. Agnes Ozmen, who kicked off 20th century Pentecostalism testified that, “the Holy Spirit fell upon me and I began to speak in tongues, glorifying God.” The expression “clothed with” is also used in Luke 24:49. •The Holy Spirit may be in you, but is He also on (upon) you? •Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a term that is used because Jesus Himself used it, and it suggests a profound total experience of the Holy Spirit. It...

Bibliography: Williams, J.R. “Baptism in the Holy Spirit.” The New International Dictionary of Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements: Revised and Expanded Edition. Ed. Stanly M. Burgess. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2003. p.354-363.
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