"There is No Such thing as The Baptism of The Holy Spirit"
Bible college professors like to make the following statement:
"There is no extra 'baptism in the Spirit' for
believers. When they become born-again they are filled with the Holy
Spirit so there is no need for an extra 'baptism.'"
are confused over the Holy-Spirit baptism because they are confused
over the different shades of meaning that are expressed by the word
Cessationists see verses such as Rom 6: 3, 1 Cor.
10: 2, Gal. 3: 27 (below), and they rightfully interpret that all who
are saved are "baptized" into Christ. Their confusion is manifested
when Bible writers use the word "baptism" for its primary meaning,
which is, "to drench." The Greek word "baptizo" actually means,
"drenching" or "immersion." For instance, every day, at fast-food
resteraunts, people baptize french fries in oil. Therefore, a precise
definition of a Christian "baptism" would have someone being fully
submerged under water. The verses below show a more vague usage of the
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?" Rom. 6: 3
brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our
fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were
all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea" 1 Cor 10: 1-2
ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of
you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." Gal. 3: 26-27
Baptizo is a soaking
the proper definition of the word "baptizo" ("drenching") is something
that not all Christians receive. For instance, there are many
Christians who have never been baptized (drenched) in water, yet they
may be said to be "baptized" in a more general sense. Therefore, within
the church, are people who have been baptized according to the verses
above, and yet, have never been "baptized."
When Bible writers
use the word "baptism" to describe the Holy Spirit falling on someone
causeing him to speak in tongues and prophecies, they are not speaking
of "baptism" in a vague sense; rather they are speaking of a
"drenching." They were speaking of a Holy-Spirit drenching that is a
spiritual equivalent of a water-baptism. It was Jesus, Himself, who set
this presidence by saying:
"For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence" Acts 1: 5
Jesus Breathed On Them
that Jesus spoke these words to people who already had the indwelling
of the Holy Spirit, because Jesus had already breathed on them,
commanding them to be filled with the Holy Ghost (John 20: 22). And
later, Jesus' words in Acts 1: 5 were fulfilled when they were
"baptized" at the Acts 2 Pentecostal outpouring that was accompanied by
On the first day of the week, when Jesus rose
from the dead, He made several appearances. His last appearance of that
day was in the evening when he breathed on His disciples [the apostles
and others staying with them, per Luke 11: 24, 33] saying, "receive the
Holy Spirit" (John 20: 23). At that point the Holy Spirit entered them
and recreated their spirits, and they became born-again.
the apostles were not saved before, they certainly were when Jesus
breathed on them (when God brought spiritual life to Adam and Eve in
the garden, he did so by breathing on them). The apostles had received
the permanent indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit when Jesus
breathed on them. After that, Jesus told them to wait for the promise
(written of by Joel) of the Holy Spirit that they would be filled
The Promised Holy Spirit
Some time before the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at
the Acts 2 Pentecost, the risen Lord Jesus spoke to His disciples (the
11 apostles plus others) calling the outpouring, "the promise" that
would be from the Father:
"ye are witnesses of these things.
And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in
the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high"
Luke. 24: 48-49
That is why Jesus refered to power that is the
Holy-Spirit baptism; for a few verses after Acts 1: 5, He describes
the Spirit-baptism as power:
"But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you" Acts 1: 8
the above verse, Jesus is not referring to the indwelling of the Spirit
as a baptism. He is using the word "baptism" to describe a spiritual
waterfall drenching a person causing prophetic speech/praises. Jesus,
in Acts 1: 5-8, is using the word "baptized" not to describe the
indwelling of the Holy Spirit that people receive at salvation. He is
using baptism to describe the realization of Joel's prophecy that all
believers may have prophetic knowledge, speech, and dreams.
4 "And being assembled together with [them], commands them that they
should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the
Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me
1: 5 "For John truly baptized with water, but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence
1: 8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you..."
there is a first-time that a person is overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit
(sometimes accompanying the salvation experience, but many times at a
later date than their salvation), and filled to overflowing so that
tongues and prophecies of praise flows from his lips; the apostles (and
Jesus/God) recognize it as a "drenching" that is said to be poured out
onto the believer.
The promised "gift" of the Holy Spirit is
so distinct from the indwelling of the Holy Spirit that people receive
at salvation (and that the apostles received 50 days before Pentecost,
per John 20: 23 ) that it is refered to not as an "indwelling," but
oftentimes as an "outpouring" that will "come on" the believer:
Acts 1: 8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost has come upon you"
2: 16-17 "But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it
shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my
Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy"
2: 33 "Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having
received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed
forth this, [the word "shed" is the same Greek word as "pour" in the
verse above] which ye now see and hear" (Notice that the baptism of the
Spirit is not the invisible indwelling; but, rather, "which ye now see
Acts 8: 15-16 "Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost: (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.)"
Acts 10: 44-45 "While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all... because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost"
19: 6 "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came
on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied" A striking
example, that the Holy-Spirit baptism is refering to a
pouring-drenching, is in Acts 11: 16. When Peter was describing the
events at Cornelius' house (the tongues-speaking in Acts 10). Notice
that it was the prophetic speech that he realized was Jesus'
description of a "baptism"
Acts 11: 15-16 "And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them,
as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lord, how
that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized
with the Holy Ghost" Jesus' words in the two verses below show that to
Jesus, the Holy Spirit coming on them at Acts 2, and later Cornelius'
house is actually a "baptism;" not simply an indwelling at salvation.
Acts 1:5 "For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost"
1:8 "But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon
you" A rendering of Jesus' words in Acts 1:5, and 1:8 may be understood
"when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; you will be baptized
with power." or, "You will be baptized with power when the Holy Spirit
comes upon you," or "The Holy spirit baptism is a power baptism," or
any other such words.
But in no way, are Jesus' words refering
to just the "indwelling" of the Holy Spirit that one has when he
becomes born-again. And in Acts 8, Simon the sorceror saw that the Holy
Spirit was given to the Samaritans when Peter and John laid their hands
on them. When the sorceror attempted to buy this power, Peter refered
to it as the "gift," saying: "And when Simon saw that through laying on
of the apostles' hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money,
Saying, Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may
receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with
thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased
with money." (Acts 8: 18-20)
The "gift" spoken of by Peter to
the sorceror was not simply the indwelling one receives at salvation.
The "gift" was the baptism of the Holy Spirit because that was what was
promised and given at the Acts 2 Pentecost. (although, in the verses
above, it is not mentioned that there was a "baptism" or tongues, and
prophecies--but the sorceror certainly saw something powerful happen or
he would not have been desireous to buy it).
ask, What purpose does this "baptism" serve? The answer to that
question is that the baptism is a filling-to-overflowing that causes
prophetic praise (not just an indwelling); for example:
they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other
tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance... we do hear them speak in
our tongues the wonderful works of God" Acts 2: 4, 11
result of the baptism is tongues and prophecies. But it may also be the
time that God anoints the believer, and bestows upon him the spiritual
gift(s) that He has for him. The baptism may cause the believer to
evangelize with signs, wonders, and various miracles, and acts of
faith. But Jesus does refer to the baptism as the source of power that
is available to all Christians:
"ye are witnesses of these
things. And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but
tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from
on high" Luke. 24: 48-49
The words above are not just for the
apostles and disciples (followers) of Christ, but for us also; as it is
we and our children that will take the Gospel to "all nations" and "to
the ends of the earth." All who reject the idea of a Pentecostal extra
baptism have never spoke in tongues. Every single person who speaks in
tongues knows it to be an extra baptism. Cessationists do not
understand, as they are on the outside looking in--which is why they
liken it to emotion.
One Faith, One Lord, and One Baptism
Cessationists like to qoute the verses
below to say that there is only one baptism (meaning, the salvation
experience is the only baptism):
"There is one body, and one
Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; One Lord,
one faith, one baptism, One God and Father of all, who is above all,
and through all, and in you all" Eph. 4: 4-6
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body" 1 Cor. 12: 13
there is only one baptism, it includes tongues and prophecies.
Concerning the Ephesian verse above, it needs to be noted that the
baptism contains the gifts of the Spirit, as that is the very next
"But unto every one of us is given grace according to
the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended
up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men... And he
gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and
some, pastors and teachers" Eph. 4: 7-11
Corinthian verse, it needs to be noted that both before, and after that
verse the "one body" is made up of spiritual gifts:
manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man... to another the
gifts of healing... to another the working of miracles; to another
prophecy... to another divers kinds of tongues... For by one Spirit are
we all baptized into one body... And God hath set some in the church,
first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that
miracles... diversities of tongues" 1 Cor. 12: 7-28
2006 - 2007. Peter Kwiatkowski. This work is
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