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What Is Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

Baptism of the Holy Spirit is mentioned several times through scripture, mainly in

the New Testament during the life of Jesus. Discover the meaning of being "baptized in the spirit" and when this occurs in the life of a Christian.

What Is Baptism of the Holy Spirit?

What is its Meaning and Importance in Scripture?

Who is Baptized of the Holy Spirit?

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at conversion (1 Corinthians 12:13; 6:19). It is not necessarily accompanied by the gift of speaking in tongues. It would be fair to say that most Christians do not speak in tongues when they receive Christ.

The word, “baptism” means to “dip in” or to “immerse”. In the Bible “baptize” never means “to sprinkle” as some teach today. When we receive Christ, we are immersed (“baptized”) fully by the Holy Spirit into Christ and into the family of God (for example, read Romans 6:1-10).

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is received by simple faith in Christ. The Baptism follows automatically, positioning us in Christ and cementing us securely into the family of God. Paul taught these “position in Christ” concepts in Colossians 2:12.

Peter also enunciated them in 1 John 4:15. The baptism of the Spirit refers to the new Believer’s incorporation into the body of Christ by a spiritual-organic union effected by the Holy Spirit. Peter declared the same in his sermon in Acts 2:28. The new Christian is now "in Christ".

The Baptism in the Spirit is permanent and is bestowed at conversion. It is not to be repeated (Acts 2:38). There is no Scripture text urging believers today to seek for the Spirit's Baptism.

The point is that it is not possible to receive what we already have!

On the other hand, what the Bible does urge us to seek and receive is the filling of the Holy Spirit. The key verse here is Ephesians 5:18: "Do not get drunk on wine … Instead, be filled with the Spirit.” The term “be filled” is often translated in Greek as “keep on being filled” with the Spirit. It is a continual present tense.

From this, we deduce that the filling of the Spirit is not permanent, but is to be repeated again and again. As a drunk is saturated and under the direct influence of alcohol, so we are to live saturated and under the direct influence of the Holy Spirit.

When Does the "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" Occur in the Life of a Believer?

That's a very good question which unfortunately, as you know, has divided Evangelicals from Pentecostals. I personally believe that sprit baptism happens at the point of conversion for all Christians.

I think when you're born again, you put your faith in Christ, Jesus immerses you in the Holy Spirit and you receive the fullness of the spirits' presence. He indwells you from that point on forever. That I think is what the New Testaments talking about when it uses the language of baptism in the spirit.

Now I also believe that there is biblical justification for what we call post conversion encounters with the spirit. So some Christians would simply want to call this the filling of the spirit or some might want to call it an anointing of the spirit. Philippians 1, Paul talks about the provision of the spirit. I'm thinking of Galatians 3 and 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul talks about God continually giving the spirit.

So I would want to stand with my Pentecostal charismatic brothers and sisters and say, "You're right. There are multiple encounters with the spirit of God after we get saved throughout the course of our Christian life. Maybe through the impartation of a spiritual gift or empowerment for evangelism or deepened intimacy with Christ.

But let's not call those spirit baptism." And I want to agree with my Evangelical brother and sisters and say, "You're right, spirit baptism happens for every Christian at the moment of their conversion. But let's not lose sight of the fact that there are multiple post conversion encounters and experiences with the spirit of God."

Let me just give a quick illustration that might help. I use this example in the Chapter. It's like if you have a headache and you said, "Sam, do you have some Tylenol?" I say, "Yeah." And I pull out and I give you a little bottle and you take a couple of pills and your headache goes away.

And then later I discover that what I really gave you was Aspirin, and I said, "You know what? I got to apologize, I called this Tylenol. In fact, it was Aspirin." And your response is, "I don't care what you call it, it worked. It had medicinal power and my headache's gone."

So my point is this, the question is, "Did you have a real experience with the spirit of God? Did you have an encounter that was life changing and is it justified in scripture?" That's the issue. Whether you call it spirit baptism or I call it spirit filling, really, in the final analysis, does it matter?

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kevin brown
kevin brown
04 dec. 2023

Indwelling of the Holy Spirit happens at Conversion, and is Permanent. Baptism of Holy Spirit is the Over and Above Temporary Empowering of Holy Spirit, as in the Day of Pentecost. It can happen over and over, giving mortals the ability to pray, laying hands on sick people to have them recover, and prophecy, to play instruments you don't know how, to speak in different languages. So seek the baptism of Holy Spirit.


Tune Word
Tune Word
29 sep. 2023

To receive the Holy Spirit is not the same as being baptized by the Holy Spirit.

Receiving the Holy Spirit happens when we accept Jesus as our Lord:

"But 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." (Acts1:8)

And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:13)

----------------------------------------------------------------- Baptism of the Holy Spirit happens "later on" :

For John baptized with water, but IN A FEW DAYS you will be…

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