essay: Baptism of the H/S

September 24, 2015

1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is a real baptism, an actual identification, in which God the Holy Spirit, at the moment we believe in Christ, enters the new believer into union with Christ. It is one of the seven ministries of God the Holy Spirit at salvation whereby the individual Church Age believer is entered into union with the person of Jesus Christ.
2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the means of forming the royal family of God during the Church Age. It is a function of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit at salvation. By being entered into union with Christ, we are adopted as royal family of God. We are a new spiritual species.
3. This union with Christ is called positional sanctification or the sanctification of the body, Eph 5:25 -27
4. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an experience, 1 Cor 12:13. It is a function of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit putting every believer into union with Christ, making him a new spiritual species.
5. There is only one baptism that unifies the royal family of God.
a. 1 Cor 12:13, “For by means of one Spirit, we were all baptized into one body; whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves of free, all were made to drink into one Spirit.”
b. Eph 4:5, “One Lord, one faith, one baptism.”
c. Rom 6:3, “Do you not know that all of us have been baptized into Jesus Christ?”
d. Rom 6:4, “Therefore, we have been buried with Him through baptism into His death, in order that as Christ was raised again from the dead to the glory of the Father, we also might walk in newness of life.” The newness of life refers to our being a new spiritual species and royal family of God.
e. Rom 6:5, “For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death [and we have], and not only this [retroactive positional truth], we shall also be united in the likeness of His resurrection.”
f. So Rom 6:3-5 teaches identification with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.

Acts 2:2-4

2~~And suddenly {end of the Jewish age} there came a sound {roar!} from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind {like the sound of a tornado}, and He {God the Holy Spirit} filled all the house where they were sitting.

3~~And there appeared unto them divided tongues {various languages – some spoke Latin, others Aramaic, etc.} like as of fire, and He (God the Holy Spirit), once and for all, sat upon each of them {first indwelling of God the Holy Spirit to all believers}.

{Note: ‘Like as of fire’ is an analogy – fire is an analogy to judgement – and ‘you will be evangelized by men speaking in gentile languages’ was prophesized in Isaiah 28:11 as the sign of the fifth cycle of discipline.} v:3 divied tongues like as of fire. lit, “various languages predicting future judgment“.

4~~And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they began to speak in foreign languages, as the Spirit kept on giving them utterance


Neither the baptism nor the indwelling of the Holy Spirit are synonymous with Spirituality. The baptism of the Spirit: is God the Holy Spirit taking the believer at the moment of Salvation and putting him in union with Christ. (1Co_12:13) It is a once and for all action. (Col_2:12). “Indwelling” is God the Holy Spirit coming to make His residence inside the believer at the moment of Salvation; (1Co_6:19; Gal_3:2) and while He never leaves. He may or may not control the believers’ life.

Like the baptism of the Spirit, indwelling cannot be experienced. We are never Commanded in the Word of God to be either baptized or indwelt by the Spirit. We are never told to make the Holy Spirit come within or that we should ask Him to come in. He indwells at the very moment we put our trust in Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit always indwells, and there will never be a time when He does not! (Mat_28:19-20) But the filling of the Spirit comes and goes. These distinctions are very important. If you want to speak of Spirituality in other terms, Think of it as the filling of the Spirit, because this phrase conforms to Bible nomenclature. (Eph_5:18) We are Commanded to be filled, habitually and constantly, with the Holy Spirit. When we are filled with the Spirit, then, of course. He controls the life. There is ONE act of indwelling; but there are MANY acts of the filling of God the Spirit!