The Baptism of the Holy Spirit
I often wondered why the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was not taught more in dept to our understanding in the traditional Baptist Church.
Then I began to hear different denominations not only take a stance on what they believe about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, but also call others wrong in their beliefs and understanding. Even forming new organizations and realigning themselves with those who share their beliefs and understanding of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
And the Truth is, the teaching and understanding of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit has been used to divide the Body of Christ. What am I saying? One Word of God (Bible) and one Holy Spirit to interpret the Word of God, but yet we are divided on this matter.
Charles Stanley writes in his book (The wonderful Spirit-Filled Life) - “why all the confusion?” (About the Baptism of the Holy Spirit). Stanley End.
If the Word of God is clear and the Holy Spirit is clear, then why can’t we all be clear about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit?
The Bible teaches that there are at least Three Baptism(s). Baptism by Water, Baptism by The Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost, and Baptism by Fire (suffering).
Stanley also writes: The confusion stems primarily from the delay in Acts between conversion and the Baptism of the Spirit. (There was a Delay) Some still believe that to be the normal pattern today. So they encourage believers today to seek the Baptism of the Spirit. Stanley End.
If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him
Many believers interpret this scripture as you must ask for the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. But read the text: God is ready to give the Holy Spirit to anyone who asks Him. At that time Jesus told His disciples to ask for the Holy Spirit. As far as I can tell, they never did ask for the Holy Spirit. Later on Christ said, “… Receive ye the Holy Ghost” (John 20:22). They needed the Holy Spirit during those intervening days before Pentecost. This scripture is more a part of a lesson on being persistent (began reading from verse 1) and speaks to nothing concerning any type of baptism.
The delay was necessary then, because the Holy Spirit did not come until Jesus departed.
After all, the disciples received it later. Paul received it later. The disciples of John received it later (see Acts 19:1–7).
1 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, we have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. 7 And all the men were about twelve.
There are some groups and organizations today that are not totally on one accord in their understanding in respect to the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the speaking in tongues (gifts). This is where the concept of speaking in tongues is a sign that one has been baptized in the Holy Spirit comes from.
A Pastor once stood up in a meeting of other Pastors and asks the question: Because I don’t speak in tongues, are you telling me I haven’t been baptized in the Holy Spirit? His question was never answered by the room of experts. Some just kept repeating the same thing over and over, it’s a sign, it’s a sign and let's leave it at that.
Speaking in tongues is not the proof of anything, but it is a demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit.
Baptism of the Holy Spirit How and When:
1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
* This is the only scripture in the Bible where the (Holy Spirit) is Actually (Baptizing) the Believer.
1 Corinthians 12:13 states that we are baptized by the Holy Spirit into the Body of Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs for everyone at Salvation: All believers have been baptized (Baptism of the Holy Spirit) into the body of Christ.
So we believe, since Christ is gone (Physical) and the Holy Spirit is here, there is no need to delay the Baptism of the Holy Spirit from Conversion.
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion that unions us into the Body of Christ. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit and the beginning of the continual Filling of the Holy Spirit are the same thing. Long, short Charles Stanley clears up the confusion (it's about the Delay Back Then) Stanley End.
Did not Paul Write in a letter to "Christians" Church at Corinth. So the “all” that you say in 1 Corinthians 12:13 is not everybody, but the Christians (every believer) already in the Body of Christ.
Acts 1:3 - Jesus tells them to wait for the promise of the father.
Acts 2:1 - Jesus said it would happen, John the Baptist predicted it would happen and the Father promised it would happen, this is way after (Moses/Joshua/Elijah). There was no filling before Pentecost. Before Pentecost the Spirit of the Lord moved upon people to empower them to do the things they did.
1 Corinthians 2:11 - For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. The Spirit of Man and Spirit of God are two different spirits. If we were born with the Spirit of God, then we wouldn't be born in sin or need a Rebirth.
Notice this difference:
Acts 2:4 - And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost! *But this was not what was said to happen:
What was said to Happen was:
Jesus said Acts 1:5 - ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
John predicted Luke 3:16 - he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost:
God's promise Acts 1:4-5 - wait for the promise of the Father, ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
They all spoke of baptism with the Holy Ghost not the Filling of the Holy Ghost, but when it did happen (text), they were not baptized but they were filled with the Holy Ghost. Why? Again the Baptism and the Filling of the Holy Spirit are one in the same.
In Acts 2:4 why didn’t they get baptize with the Holy Spirit? Because Filling was the same thing. It was a figure of Speech.
The same also happen:
Long after Pentecost Paul says in: Acts 10:44-45 - The Holy Ghost fell on them, 45 Poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. And then what happen, the same thing in Acts 2:4 from the filling “speak with tongues, and magnify God”.
Reasons for Delay Back Then:
Act 1:4 –Jesus says Wait for the Promise: Baptism of Holy Spirit.
John 7:39- But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.
So now Jesus has been glorified, and the Holy Spirit has been given (John 16:7) Nevertheless I tell you the truth; it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter (Holy Spirit) will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Today there is no need for Delay, Wait or a Separate Event.
Other things to consider about the Delay Back Then:
Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16 - I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.
Is John referring to Jesus Christ, that when Jesus Christ comes He will baptize them with the Holy Ghost? Yes
John 1:33 - And I knew him not: but he that sent me to baptize with water, the same said unto me, upon whom thou shalt see the Spirit descending, and remaining on him, the same is he which baptizeth with the Holy Ghost.
Acts 1:4- Jesus tells them to wait for the promise (Baptism), Verse 5-They will get it, Verse 9-But Jesus Leaves.
But I can find no where Jesus baptized anyone in or with the Holy Ghost. In fact Jesus was not physically present at the beginning of the filling. Acts 2:1 Jesus did leave, but He sent the Holy Spirit unto them. John 16:7 and then 1 Corinthians 12:13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Then at conversion or truly accepting Jesus Christ into your Heart (Believing) as your personal Saviour, the Holy Spirit baptizes you into the Body of Christ, which is the Family of God.
Also concerning John the Baptist Luke 1:15 - he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb. What does this mean? This is a clear case of the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit, but not the Baptism or Filling:
* Acts 1:4-5 - Jesus tells them the promise (Baptism) is coming later.
* Acts 2:4 - They were all (Filled) with the Holy Spirit.
Back then: There was a delay between Conversion and Baptism/Filling of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus was not yet glorified and the Holy Spirit was not yet sent, so Jesus said wait!
But now: Jesus is glorified, the Holy Spirit is here and there is no need for a delay between Conversion and Baptism/Filling of the Holy Spirit. * And you do not have to Pray or Ask for the Baptism/Filling of the Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 12:13
For by one Spirit (Holy Spirit) are we all baptized into the Body of Christ.