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Holy Ghost Synopsis pg 2

When contrasting the event in Acts 2:4 to ALL others in the Old Testament until that time, one should note that:

The event in Acts 2:4 was a permanent added dimension to the Church John 14:16~ “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;”

This event COULD NOT be received or contained by them that were not spiritual or out of relationship with Christ. John 14:17~Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

The Spirit would be WITH and IN the believer as a controlling and comforting presence and power John 14: 17 & John 14:26~Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” {~}”But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

There would also be additional attributes contributed by the Spirit that would empower the believer to unusual, cumulative volumes of service beyond that of OT characters and individuals:

  • Comforter or HELPER
  • Teach you all things
  • Bring all things to your remembrance
  • He shall testify of Jesus:
  • Shall bear witness of HIS words
  • He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of       judgment:
  • Spirit Of Truth, He will guide you into all truth
  • He shall not speak of himself
  • He will show you things to come
  • He shall glorify me (Jesus)
  • He shall receive of mine (From Jesus)
  • He shall show it (whatever HE has received from Jesus)unto you.
  • He shall take of mine (Jesus’) and shall show it unto you.

Baptism Of The Holy Ghost:

During the Great Commission found in Mark 16: 16-18 Jesus says the following:

“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”

Baptizo is a greek verb which the most common form of the word baptism in the NT is NOT to be confused with bapto as it often is. The clearest example that shows the meaning of baptizo is a text from the Greek poet and physician Nicander, who lived about 200 B.C. It is a recipe for making pickles and is helpful because it uses both words. Nicander says that in order to make a pickle, the vegetable should first be ‘dipped’ (bapto) into boiling water and then ‘baptised’ (baptizo) in the vinegar solution. Both verbs concern the immersing of vegetables in a solution. But the first is temporary. The second, the act of baptising the vegetable, produces a permanent change.When used in the New Testament, this word more often refers to our union and identification with Christ than to our water baptism or immersion. Thus Mark 16:16 “He that believes and is baptised shall be saved” {This verse rendered in the Airist tense conveys that one is saved now (because of their faith in HIM) and continually saved in the future} Therefore, Christ is saying that mere intellectual assent is not enough. There must be a union with HIM, a real change, like the vegetable to the pickle!

Therefore, we can set forth the notion that the Baptism of the Holy Ghost actually begins when one’s nature is changed or brought into Christ through the process of Regeneration when repentant faith is exercised in the atonement of Jesus Blood according to Romans 10:9-10. This is the initial measure of Spirit imparted for salvation to bring an individual into union with Christ. The entire process of salvation is of the Holy Ghost to the identification of the believer in Christ. (2 Cor. 5:17, John 3:3-6, Gal. 3:26-27, Gal. 6:15)

We may may further conclude that after the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, that one is  Filled With The Spirit or found to be “In Christ”. This is when the new nature begins or takes place when one exercises faith, and partakes of salvation as outlined in scripture. The Baptism and Filling is an ongoing act of God. Additionally, I believe that this act will be confirmed by God with the evidence of speaking in Tongues, or languages unknown to ones self, as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts 1:8, Acts 2:4, Acts 8:16-17, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 11:15-18, Acts 19:6). This of course is coupled along with the manifest fruit Of The Spirit already working and developing  in the life of the believer as outlined in Galatians 5:22-23.

Paul commands the believer in Ephesians 5:18- “And be not drunk with wine wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” Once again “filled” is rendered in the Aorist tense meaning that one is filled and should continue to be filled on an ongoing basis. This is an encouragement for the believer to seek greater fellowship and relationship with the Lord which effects the daily living of the saint in more practical way. (Rom. 8:1, Rom.12:1-2., Heb. 12:14) That admonition does not exclude the believer receiving and continuing to have ongoing experiences by which they are edified, strengthened, and brought into deeper relationship and growth with the Lord. In fact as we will see, that experience is representative of freedom and pertinent to teh move of God in the life of the individual believer.

Thus when we read:
1 Cor 12:12-13-“For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. 13For 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.”

Our identification with Christ Jesus is through the Cross. Our baptism into HIM is one baptism that consists of many levels of spiritual growth. (1 Peter 2:2-3, 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Since the Biblical text clearly demonstrates that the act of salvation occurs BEFORE being “Filled With The Spirit” the process of the change of nature has actually begun when one confesses Christ and becomes a new creature. (II Cor. 5:17 and Gal. 6:15) The subsequent baptism of the Holy Ghost according to Acts 2:4 occurs because the nature of the individual has been changed and does not occur to make an individual more “saved” than what they already are when one receives Christ as Lord and Savior. This is in sharp  contrast to those who believe that the Baptismal experience of the Holy Ghost occurs in order to change the nature of the individual, or to “save” the individual from their sins.  This sort of belief has been generally found within Oneness Pentecostal circles and belief systems, although not isolated to such.

Purpose & Character Of Tongues & Holy Ghost Baptism

The purpose of the sign gift of tongues & Holy Ghost Baptism is described in the following ways:

  1. The gift of tongues was given to the church and Apostles to assist with the spreading of the gospel throughout the known world. Some believe that A super natural revelation of language could have been given for preaching and telling forth the message, but the Bible is silent on that issue.
  2. “Tongues” has an exclusive link to freedom from bondage, liberation from the world and worldly hindrances and a celebration in Christ, which actually unifies and brings clarity rather than confusion. Please see “The Freedom & Progression Of Pentecostalism” for additional details.
  3. In general the “sign gifts” were in part to validate the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
  4. Gifts Of The Spirit were of a benefit to the churches and community in general by providing healings, directions through prophetic utterances and extraordinary miracles
  5. The focus of tongues IS NOT on the one speaking but on the one hearing, receiving and witnessing the event.
  6. The In-filling Of The Holy Ghost was to be received as a continuing act of grace, by faith not work.
  7. The Gift Of The Holy Ghost WAS NOT to self promote or exalt the individual OR PRODUCE PROLIFIC BOOK AND TAPE SALES.
  8. Spiritual Gifts were given to edify, the believer, the church, and the community of believers
  9. The gift was given as a tool to bring about conviction of the sinner.
  10. The Holy Ghost mission is to Glorify Jesus and assist the church and believer in proclaiming HIS name.

The Gift Of Tongues Distinct from The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost: 

 The Gift Of Tongues has OFTEN been brought together with the Baptism Of The Holy Ghost as being one in the same. I Cor. 12 discourse begins with,
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.”
Paul’s aim and intent is to teach and instruct the church in the use and operation of the Spiritual Gifts within the context of the body of believers. In I Cor. 12:30 Paul asks “Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?” The rhetorical questions asked in I Cor. 12:30 were asked to reaffirm the original premise of I Cor. 12:11 which states, “But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” Meaning that EVERYONE DOES NOT have the same Spiritual Gift.

To the point: Scripture demonstrates that EVERYONE will have same EVIDENCE of empowerment as a work of grace received by faith (Acts 1:8, 2:4, Acts 8:16-17, Acts 10:44-46, Acts 19:6) and additionally as outlined in this writing but NOT the same Spiritual Gift. (I Cor. 12:11)The evidence of being Filled with the Spirit is observed through multiple NT witness, acts and events. The Apostles (Peter specifically) identified them that were filled with the Holy Ghost by observing their response to the move of the Spirit. (Acts 10:46, Acts 11:15-18) 

Summary:

  •  Scriptures affirm that that to be FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, is the practical result of the process of being Baptized into the Holy Ghost which begins with the process of regeneration at Salvation. This process is one whereby the individual maintains growth and relationship with the Lord (Ephes. 5:18), begins the development of Spiritual Gifts (I Cor. 12: 1-11) and becomes empowered for service (Acts 1:8) along with the manifestation of the Fruit of the Spirit as outlined in Galations 5:22-23.
  • We can set forth the notion that the baptism of the Holy Ghost actually begins when one’s nature is changed or brought into Christ through the process of Regeneration when repentant faith is exercised in the atonement of Jesus Blood according to Romans 10:9-10.
  • We may further conclude that one is FILLED with the Spirit aka Baptized in Holy Ghost when one exercises faith (Rom. 10:9-10)(John 3:16), partakes of the Holy Ghost experience as outlined in scripture with the evidence of speaking in Tongues as the Spirit gives utterance (Acts2:4) along with the manifestation of the Fruit Of The Spirit as outlined in Galations 5:22-23 which has begun in the believer’s life at salvation.
  • We may also conclude that the empowerment of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8, 2:4) causes certain Spiritual Gifts to become active in the lives of those who receive HIM. (I Cor. 12:1-11) to the glorification of God, edification of HIS Church and the spiritual growth and edification of the individual believer (Jude 20, Rom. 26-27) The Holy Ghost will cause the believer to glorify Jesus and partake in spiritual blessings from the Father (John 16:14-15)
  • The process of the Baptism Of The Holy Ghost in the NT begins at conversion with the process of regeneration by the Holy Ghost. Therefore as demonstrated previously being Filled With The Holy Ghost after Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is a continuing and ongoing work of grace. (Ephes. 5:18, Phil. 1:5, 1 Peter 2:2-3)
  • Finally we may also conclude that the Holy Ghost is poured out in response to the exercise of faith and is an act occurring after one has been saved (Rom. 10:9-10) The Holy Ghost baptismal experience IS NOT given to create classism among the church or God’s people but does however along with the WORD of TRUTH (II Tim. 3:17) helps to Spiritually equip the body of Christ, bring the sinner to conviction, glorify Jesus and receive of the Father (John 16:14-15) and enhance the fellowship of the community of believers( I Cor. 14:26, 14:31) and build up the individual believer in faith (Rom. 8:26-27, Jude 20, Rom. 8:26).

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