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July 14, 2010

DOCTRINE OF THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

A. Introduction. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is one of seven salvation ministries by God the Holy Spirit.
1. Efficacious grace is the enabling power of the Holy Spirit to make faith in Jesus Christ effective for eternal salvation. When positive volition is exercised toward Gospel information resulting in faith in Christ, the Holy Spirit picks up that weak faith from the spiritually dead unbeliever and makes that faith effectual, carrying the believer to the point of salvation.
2. Regeneration is where the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a human spirit for the imputation of eternal life to that human spirit. This is being spiritually born again. The new believer then becomes trichotomous, having a body, soul, and spirit.
3. In the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit enters the believer into union with Christ, making the Church Age believer a part of the royal family of God.
4. In the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a temple in the believer’s body for the indwelling of Christ as the Shekinah Glory, 1 Cor 3:16, 6:1920; 2 Cor 6:16.
5. The filling of the Spirit is the initial entrance into the divine dynasphere at the point of salvation where the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit can be utilized in the execution of the protocol plan, Eph 5:18.
6. In the sealing ministry of the Holy Spirit, the Holy Spirit guarantees through His own signature, the existence of our own portfolio of invisible assets and the availability of divine power, Eph 1:1314, 4:30.
7. The sovereign distribution of spiritual gifts to every believer at salvation is a ministry of the Holy Spirit, which is for the function of royalty, 1 Cor 12:11.

B. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is one of seven Bible baptisms, Heb 6:2.
(See also the doctrine of Baptisms.)
1. The Greek word BAPTISMA means the identification of one thing with another resulting in a change. There are real and ritual baptisms.
2. Real baptisms are actual identifications.
a. The baptism of Moses, 1 Cor 10:2. The Jews were “baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea.” Two million Jews followed Moses who was identified with and followed the cloud between the parted waters. In this way, two million Jews were identified with Moses. (This was a dry baptism; no one got wet except for the Egyptian army who drowned.) The cloud was the Lord Jesus Christ functioning as their compass. Moses simply identified himself with the Lord; the Jews identified with Moses.
b. The baptism of the cup or the cross, Mt 20:22 (only in the KJV). Actually, this is not in the original Greek. James and John wanted to sit on each side of our Lord in heaven. So He asked them, “Can you drink from the cup I am going to drink?” This is in the Greek. The cup referred to the sins of the world. Of course they couldn’t bear the sins of the world; they were sinners. Then the King James Version says, “And can you be baptized with the baptism I am about to be baptized with?” This is not in the original, but the baptism referred to here is the identification of our sins with Christ. Mk 10:3839.
c. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, Jn 14:20; Acts 1:5; 1 Cor 12:13. This is one of the seven ministries of the Holy Spirit at salvation, whereby the invisible omnipotence of the Holy Spirit takes every believer and enters him into union with Christ. That is a real identification. You were really taken at salvation and really put into union with Christ, although you couldn’t “feel” it.
d. The baptism of fire, Mt 3:11; Lk 3:16. All the unbelievers who survive the Tribulation are identified with fire at the Second Advent. They are put into the fire of Torments. They are the tares, gathered into bundles, and put into the fire. This is a real identification with fire. As a result, only believers will begin the Millennium.
3. Ritual baptisms are representative identifications in which water is used to portray by ritual an actual identification.
a. In the baptism of John, water represented the kingdom of God. The believer was submerged, generally in the River Jordan, and was thereby identified with the kingdom through their faith in Christ. Coming out of the water was a picture of resurrection, being identified with the King forever in a resurrection body, Mt 3:110; Jn 1:2533.
b. The baptism of Jesus. One day the King, the Lord Jesus Christ, came to John. In spite of John’s protestations of unworthiness, Jesus told John to baptize Him also, to represent His identification with the Father’s will, plan, and purpose for His next three years in the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union. Our Lord’s baptism was His dedication to the Father’s will, plan, and purpose for the incarnation. When John submerged Him under the water of the River Jordan, it indicated His positive volition toward the Father’s plan for His last three critical years on earth. When our Lord came out of the water, it was a picture of His resurrection, Mt 3:1317.
c. Christian baptism is the water baptism of the believer, Acts 8:36-38; 16:33. It was used to teach the baptism of the Holy Spirit before the Canon of Scripture was completed. It was a ritual for the preCanon period of the Church Age. The Canon was not completed until A.D. 96. Just as all spectacular, miracletype spiritual gifts ended with the completion of the Canon, the same is true with the ritual of water baptism.
(1) There were two rituals ordained for the preCanon period. The first was the Eucharist, the Lord’s Table. The second was water baptism.
(2) In order to emphasize the baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is unique to the Church Age, the believer was submerged under the water indicating identification with Christ in His death and burial, i.e., retroactive positional truth. Coming out of the water, the believer was identified with Christ in His resurrection, ascension, and session, i.e., current positional truth. This was the Church Age believer’s way of saying, “I recognize what is not yet in the Canon of Scripture, that I am a new spiritual species, that I am a part of the body of Christ, that I am royal family of God!”
(3) Once the Canon was completed and circulated, the only ritual left for the Church Age is the Eucharist. The truth portrayed in ritual baptism was now reduced to writing, and therefore, was no longer needed as a ritual. Water cannot do anything for your spiritual life!

C. Definition.
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 5:2527.
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.
6. The many references to positional sanctification or the baptism of the Holy Spirit are often found in the preposition phrase EN plus the locative of CHRISTOS, translated “in Christ.” Almost everywhere this phrase is found, it is a technical reference to the baptism of the Holy Spirit and resultant positional truth. (The exception is the phrase “believing in Christ” which has a different meaning.)
a. 1 Cor 15:22, “In Adam all die; so also in Christ shall all be made alive.”
b. Rom 8:1.
7. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is related to the Church Age only. This ministry of the Holy Spirit is not found in the Old Testament, and there are no eschatological references to it beyond the Church Age. In fact, the only eschatological reference is in Acts 1:5.
8. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not the function of any spiritual gift, as alleged by the holy roller heresy, which equates the baptism of the Holy Spirit with speaking in tongues. No one has legitimately spoken in tongues since A.D. 70.
9. Therefore, because of the universality of the baptism of the Holy Spirit provided for all Church Age believers, it is not in any sense experiential. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an act of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. Any time God uses His divine power, whether it is the omnipotence of God the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit, it excludes any form of experiential cooperation. That’s grace!
10. Christ as battlefield royalty had no royal family. Therefore, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is the mechanics for providing Christ with a royal family. It is unique to this dispensation.
11. The baptism of the Holy Spirit could not occur until there was the strategic victory of Jesus Christ in the angelic conflict. The Levitical priesthood was inadequate for the Church Age. Now there was the need for a universal priesthood, since every believer was now a target of Satan.
12. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurred first in Jerusalem and included the gift of tongues to warn the Jews of the coming of the fifth cycle of discipline.
13. Union with Christ is a permanent identification which distinguishes Christianity from religion. In religion, man by man’s effort seeks to gain the approbation of God, a Satanic function. In Christianity, the believer through union with Christ has a permanent relationship with God.
14. The baptism of the Holy Spirit forms the body of Christ with Christ as the head. Our Lord’s gift to His body is found in Rom 12; 1 Cor 12; Eph 4.

D. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Creates the Royal Family of God.
1. The royal family of God, Church universal, or body of Christ, is formed at the moment of salvation through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the means of providing a royal family for our Lord’s third royal title.
3. Equal privilege for all Church Age believers is based on the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, a doctrine which involves the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit.
4. Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, equal privilege in the royal family of God is related to two doctrinal facts:
a. The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a royal family of God, the body of Christ, as an organism, not as an institution.
b. Simultaneously, from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a new spiritual species for spiritual living (not for psychological living) in the devil’s world. Every Church Age believer is a part of this unique spiritual species.
5. Furthermore, the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit also provides equal opportunity for the fulfillment of the protocol plan of God through residence inside the divine dynasphere.
6. The teaching ministry of the Spirit in the divine dynasphere is the fulfilling power of the Christian way of life. The Holy Spirit is a teacher, as in Jn 14:26, 16:1214; 1 Cor 2:916; 1 Jn 2:27. God the Holy Spirit is the One who teaches us doctrine, which gives us the capacity for the new spiritual life provided by Him at salvation with the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

E. The Analogy of the Head and the Body.
1. The body of Christ is the royal family of God designed to complement His third royal warrant given by God the Father at the time of His resurrection, ascension, and session. The head is incomplete without the body. The humanity of Christ is incomplete without a royal family for Him.
2. This analogy teaches that the Church cannot be a living organism without union with Christ.
3. The fulfillment of the head completing the body and the body completing the head is found in the prophecy given by our Lord in Jn 14:20, “you in Me and I in you.” “You in Me” refers to Church Age believers in union with Christ from the baptism of the Holy Spirit resulting in positional sanctification. “I in you” refers to the indwelling of Jesus Christ, a vital union between the head and the body.
4. All Church Age believers are formed into one body and one royal family, Eph 2:16, 4:45, 5:3032; Col 1:24, 2:19.
5. The Holy Spirit is the agent in the formation of the body of Christ, the Church universal, the royal family of God. This is the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
6. God the Father appointed Jesus Christ as the head of the body as a part of His third royal title. Synonyms for the royal family of God are:
a. The royal family in union with Christ is called the body.
b. The royal family on earth is called the Church.
c. The royal family in eternity is called the bride of Christ.

F. The Characteristics of the Baptism of the Spirit.
1. It is not an experience. It is not an emotional activity or ecstatics. Therefore, it is not speaking in tongues. It is not related to human feeling.
2. It is not progressive. Therefore, it cannot be improved in either time or eternity. Our union with Christ is perfect from salvation.
3. It is not related to sin. Positional and ultimate sanctification are not related to sin. In experiential sanctification, the believer has the option of spirituality or carnality.
4. It is not related to any human merit, ability, or works. There is nothing you can do to have the baptism of the Spirit.
5. It is obtained at the moment of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone. It is not a post-salvation experience. It is not the “second blessing,” so called by holy rollers. Union with Christ is a completed ministry by the Holy Spirit. Hence, it cannot be reversed by any human failure.
6. It is eternal and unchangeable in nature. It cannot be canceled or changed by God, angels, or man. It is a part of your eternal security. No renunciation, no sin, human good, or evil, no moral or immoral degeneracy can cancel this ministry of the Holy Spirit.
7. It is known and understood only through perception of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age. Therefore, it cannot be applied in a state of ignorance. It is invisible, not subject to empiricism; it is subject to cognition of Bible doctrine only.
8. The baptism of the Spirit is not a matter of the believer’s volition. It is one of the ten unique features of the Church Age, making the Church Age believer unique because it is the basis for making us royal family of God.
9. The implications of the baptism of the Spirit include:
a. Eternal life, 1 Jn 5:11-13.
b. The righteousness of God, 2 Cor 5:21.
c. Sonship, Gal 3:26.
d. Heirship, Rom 8:16-17.
e. Our priesthood, Heb 10:10-14; 1 Pet 2:5, 8-9; Rev 1:6
f. Our election, Eph 1:4; 2 Thes 2:13.
g. It is not a place of sin, 1 Jn 5:18 cf. 1 Jn 5:20.
h. We share the destiny of Christ, Eph 1:5.
i. We share the sonship of Christ, Gal 3:26.
j. We share the heritage of Christ, 1 Pet 1:4; Rom 8:16-17.

G. The Mechanics of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit.
1. Gal 3:26-28, “For all of you are the sons of God [royal family] through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you were baptized into Christ, and you have put on [clothed yourselves with] Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”
a. There is racial equality in the Church. There are no racial distinctions or racial prejudice in the royal family of God.
b. There is social equality in the Church. There were many slaves in the Roman Empire. Paul told slaves not to seek their freedom. “Neither slave nor free” means there are no social distinctions in the royal family of God.
c. There is gender equality in the Church. Of course, the baptism of the Spirit does not destroy the distinctive organs of the male and the female. But this means both male and female are just as much in union with Christ and royal family as the other. The application of this was that in a Christian marriage, you are not marrying someone who is beneath you.
2. Since the baptism of the Spirit is obtained in total at the moment of salvation, it cannot be reversed by any human failure.
3. The baptism of the Spirit cannot be understood apart from cognition of the pertinent doctrine, for it is a part of the mystery doctrine of the Church Age.
4. Furthermore, the baptism of the Spirit is provided for all believers at the moment of salvation. Therefore, it is a unifying factor in that it is the means of forming the royal family of God.
5. The universality of the baptism of the Spirit precludes the possibility of it ever being experiential. It does not distinguish one believer from another; it does not make one believer superior or inferior to another.
6. Therefore, the position of the Pentecostals or holy rollers is apostasy and blasphemy. It fails to recognize the true nature of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
a. It is blasphemy because it dilutes the ministry of the Holy Spirit with human activity and alleged human merit.
b. It is apostasy because it is a false interpretation of the Word of God which results in departure from the mystery doctrine of the Church Age and substitutes a legalistic, pseudo-spirituality by works.
7. The baptism of the Spirit is not an experience. It is an act of the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit entering every person in the Church Age into union with Christ at the moment he believes.
8. The omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates the royal family of God. 1 Cor 12:12-13 is considered to be the key passage on the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. By agency of one Spirit [omnipotence of the Spirit], we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Gentiles, whether slaves or free. Furthermore, all were caused to drink of one Spirit.”
a. In union with Christ, all human distinctions are removed by the formation of the royal family of God. Neither race nor status in life is an issue. No racial, social, or economic distinctions are made.
b. Drinking, like eating, is an illustration of the non-meritorious character of faith as the only means of salvation. All kinds of people can swallow. The baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs at the moment of personal faith in Christ.
c. The last phrase is the fulfillment of our Lord’s invitation, given in Jn 7:3739, when Christ prophesied that we would all drink of the Holy Spirit by our nonmeritorious faith. “Now on the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood up and shouted, saying, ‘If any person is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ Now this He communicated concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were about to receive. For the Spirit was not yet given, because Christ was not yet glorified.”
(1) Verse 38 teaches that the baptism of the Holy Spirit occurs when we believe in Jesus Christ at the point of our salvation. “Streams of living water will flow from within him” is a prophecy of the filling of the Spirit, i.e., residence, function, momentum inside the divine dynasphere during the Church Age only.
(2) The great power experiment of the Church Age, which includes the baptism of the Holy Spirit, could not begin until the glorification of Jesus Christ at the right hand of the Father. First came the head in the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, and then came the body in the great power experiment of the Church Age.
(3) While you can have a head without a body, you cannot have a body without a head. Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit in the Church Age, the body is formed for the head. Every believer, at the moment of salvation, is entered into union with Christ, the head.
9. The baptism of the Holy Spirit is the most important thing that happens to us at salvation. It forms the Church universal, the body, the royal family of God, the new spiritual species. This distinguishes us from every other dispensation and makes it possible for us to have equal privilege and equal opportunity under the protocol plan of God.

H. The Prophecy of the Baptism of the Spirit.
1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit was never mentioned in the Old Testament because it is a part of the mystery doctrine for the Church Age.
2. But the baptism of the Spirit was prophesied in the previous dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
3. The prophecy was first given by our Lord in the Upper Room Discourse. Jn 14:20, “On that day [Pentecost] you shall know that I am in My Father, and you are in Me, and I am in you.”
a. “I am in My Father” is the identity of divine essence, indicating that Jesus Christ is eternal God, co-equal, co-eternal, co-infinite with God the Father. Jesus Christ has identical essence with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
b. “and you in Me” is the prophecy of the baptism of the Holy Spirit and resultant positional sanctification, being in union with Christ. This is the creation of a new spiritual species and a royal family of God.
c. “and I in you” refers to the indwelling of Jesus Christ in every Church Age believer. The Holy Spirit indwells us to provide a temple for the indwelling of Christ.
4. Just before His ascension, our Lord said to the disciples in Acts 1:5, “For John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now [ten days].”
a. “But” means there is a contrast between the ritual baptism of John and the real baptism of the Spirit.
b. This prophecy was fulfilled ten days after our Lord uttered it in Acts 1:5.
5. Acts 1:8, “but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” Those advancing in the spiritual life are the only valid witnesses for the Prosecution in Satan’s appeal trial.
6. Never before in history has the individual believer been so important. Never before has the ordinary believer been so important. As goes the ordinary believer in the Church Age, so goes the client nation and history. Never before has every believer been a priest, and we are royal priests.

I. The Baptism of the Spirit Begins the Church Age.
1. The prophecies about the baptism of the Holy Spirit were fulfilled on the day the Church Age began, around 30 A.D. Jesus prophesied the Church Age as future, Mt 16:18. “Jesus said, ‘I say to you [Peter] that you are PETROS [little stone] and on this PETRA [giant rock, Jesus Christ] I will build My church; and the gates of hell will not overcome it.’”
a. The future active indicative of OIKODOMEO, translated “will build” is important, for it indicates that no Church had existed up until that time, and no Church would exist until after the resurrection and ascension of Christ.
b. God the Father will actually do the building, but it will be built on Jesus Christ, the Rock.
c. The indicative mood is for a dogmatic statement of fact.
d. Therefore, the Church did not exist in the Old Testament or in the Gospels, which describe the dispensation of the Hypostatic Union.
2. Our Lord’s prophecy of Acts 1:5 was fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost, ten days after Christ’s ascension, recorded in Acts 2 though not actually mentioned.
a. On the Day of Pentecost, the baptism of the Spirit took all the believers present and entered them into union with Christ.
b. At the same time, God the Son gave the first spiritual gifts. One of the first gifts to be exercised was the gift of tongues, simply because in Jerusalem during the Feast of Pentecost there were thousands of Jews who spoke many different languages.
c. According to Isa 28, the gift of tongues was used as a last warning to Israel that they were going out as a client nation to God.
3. Though not mentioned in Acts 2, we know the baptism of the Spirit occurred on the Day of Pentecost because of Peter’s retrospection in Acts 11. At the Gentile Pentecost, Acts 11:1517, Peter recognized that what happened to them on the Day of Pentecost in Jerusalem (Acts 2) was a fulfillment of the prophecy of Acts 1:5. In retrospective exposition, Peter said, “And as I [Peter] began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them just as He did on us at the beginning [Pentecost, Acts 2:3]. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He used to say [Acts 1:5 is the one recorded example], ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ Therefore, if God gave to them [Gentiles] the same gift as to us [Jews], when they had believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I should stand in God’s way?’”
a. “The Holy Spirit fell on them” refers to an experience Peter had in Caesarea. Gentiles came to his place in Joppa and asked him to come to Caesarea, which he did. As Peter began to speak on that occasion, the Gentiles received the baptism of the Holy Spirit as did the Jews on the Day of Pentecost.
b. Peter recognized the Gentiles were a part of the body of Christ, for they had their own Pentecost, as it were. Therefore, the baptism of the Spirit applied equally to both Jew and Gentile; it was not a Jewish monopoly.

J. The Results of the Baptism of the Spirit.
1. As a result of the baptism of the Spirit, the believer is a new spiritual species, 2 Cor 5:17. A new spiritual species is created for the utilization of the one-hundred percent availability of divine power in three categories.
a. The omnipotence of God the Father related to our portfolio of invisible assets.
b. The omnipotence of God the Son who holds the universe together and guarantees the perpetuation of human history.
c. The omnipotence of God the Holy Spirit related to life inside the divine dynasphere.
2. In the status quo of positional sanctification the believer cannot sin. You sin in the sphere of experiential sanctification, not in the sphere of positional sanctification. The volition of the believer is not involved in positional or ultimate sanctification, but is very much involved in the sphere of experiential sanctification.
a. To sin, the volition of the believer must be involved. The volition of the believer is involved in cognizance and in ignorance. In cognizance, we knew it was a sin; we wanted to do it and we did it. In ignorance, we did not know it was a sin, but we wanted to do it and we did it.
b. The baptism of the Spirit is the work of God the Holy Spirit in total.
c. The believer’s human volition is excluded from positional sanctification.
d. Human volition is only involved in experiential sanctification.
e. In fact, the mandate of Eph 5:18, “Keep on being filled with the Spirit,” implies the function of positive volition. This is a mandate that was never given in the Old Testament.
f. Negative volition in the form of sin causes both grieving and quenching of the Holy Spirit, and therefore, divine punishment for quenching and grieving the Holy Spirit.
g. Just as there is no believer volition involved in positional sanctification, so also there is no believer volition involved in ultimate sanctification.
h. Vocabulary.
(1) The Greek verb HAGIAZO is translated “to sanctify” in many passages. It means to “to be set apart unto God.” It is usually found in the passive voice, which means we receive the action of being set apart unto God. God has set us apart; we do not have to do anything to set ourselves apart unto God. 1 Cor 1:2, “To the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who have been sanctified [HAGIAZO] in Christ Jesus.”
(2) The Greek noun HAGIOS is translated “saint.” Every believer in the Church Age at the moment of salvation became a saint, a set apart one. 1 Cor 1:2, “…saints [HAGIO] by calling.”
(3) The Greek adjective HAGIOTES means “sanctification.” Heb 12:10, “For they [earthly fathers] disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, that we may share His positional sanctification [HAGIOTES].”
(4) The Greek noun HAGIASMOS is used for the ministry of God the Holy Spirit at salvation, 1 Pet 1:2, “the sanctifying work of the Spirit.”
3. The royal family of God is formed, elected, and designed to complement and implement our Lord’s strategic victory of the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union.
4. We receive the equal privilege under the computer asset of predestination.
5. Positional sanctification has removed all barriers of arrogant prejudice, barriers of antagonism and systems of discrimination, to include racial prejudice, sexual discrimination, cultural and social barriers, economic antagonisms, class distinctions, personality conflicts and antagonisms, political and ideological differences, environmental subjectivity, and pre-salvation religious prejudice.
6. Positional sanctification makes every believer higher than angels, Heb 1-2.
7. Every Church Age believer is an heir of God and a jointheir with the Son of God.
8. Eternal security is for all Church Age believers, winners and losers. God cannot cancel your salvation, nor can you.
9. The baptism of the Holy Spirit provides the unity in the body of Christ.
10. We share everything Christ has. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and resultant positional sanctification produces a new spiritual person designed to replace the old psychological person. The baptism of the Holy Spirit produces a new person by placing you in union with Christ. Union with Christ means the following.
a. You share His life which is eternal life. 1 Jn 5:1112, “And the deposition is this: God has given to us eternal life, and this [eternal] life is in His Son. He, who has the Son, has life.”
b. You share Christ’s righteousness. So we have a double perfect righteousness: that of the Father’s from imputation at salvation, and that of the Son’s through union with Him. 2 Cor 5:21, “He who knew no sin was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” In fact, possessing the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ is the means for the conveyance of your escrow blessings for time.
c. We share the election of Christ, an escrow election, Eph 1:34.
d. We share the destiny of Christ, a protocol predestination, Eph 1:56.
e. We share the sonship of Christ, Gal 3:26. He is the Son of God; “we are sons of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Jn 1:12.
f. We are the heirs of God and joint-heirs with the Son of God, Rom 8:1617. 1 Pet 1:4, “We are now heirs of God.” This is extended into escrow blessings for time and eternity.
g. We are a royal priesthood, sharing the priesthood of Christ, 1 Pet 2:5,9.
h. We have eternal security; we can never get out of union with Christ whether we are winners or losers.
i. We are adopted into the royal family of God, Eph 1:5.
j. We are a royal family of kings.
k. So we share everything Christ is and has, for the head and the body are united into one spiritual entity.

K. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit Creates a New Spiritual Species.
1. There have only been two new species created in human history.
a. Israel was created as a new racial species.
b. The Church is a new spiritual species.
2. From the new racial species came the client nations to God in the dispensation of Israel and in the Millennium.
3. From the new spiritual species, the Church becomes the basis for Gentile client nations to God.
4. God had to create a new spiritual species for the great power experiment of the Church Age because of its unprecedented privileges and unique characteristics.
5. As a result of the baptism of the Spirit, the new spiritual species was created which makes no distinction between Jew and Gentile. There is no racial distinction in Christ.
6. In Gal 6:15, this is described as “neither circumcision nor uncircumcision, but a new [spiritual] species.”
7. 2 Cor 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone [is] in Christ, [he is] a new [spiritual] species. The old things have lost their power; behold, new things have come to pass.”
a. At the moment of entering the believer into union with Christ (positional sanctification), the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit creates a new spiritual species through the baptism of the Holy Spirit. The new spiritual species is designed for unprecedented availability and delegation of divine power.
b. People like to think of “old things” as whatever were their bad habits which they have given up in the energy of the flesh. However, what you can do in the energy of the flesh cannot make you a new creature in Christ Jesus. Being made a new creature in Christ Jesus depends on the power of the Holy Spirit.
c. However, “the old things have lost their power” refers to:
(1) Pre-salvation influences, which may continue if there is no perception of doctrine and spiritual growth.
(2) Position in Adam and resultant spiritual death. Rom 5:12, 1 Cor 15:22, “In Adam all die; in Christ shall all be made alive.”
(3) The old sin nature. The old sin nature has lost its power; you can only give it back its power experientially through the function of your own negative volition.
(4) The “old things” include Genetic, environmental, and volitional handicaps. Whatever were your handicaps before salvation, they have lost their power over you and are no longer the handicaps to keep you from advancing in the spiritual life.
(5) The function of human power in Satan’s cosmic system. By an act of negative volition, you can get under Satan’s power. But divine power has superseded cosmic power now.
(6) People emphasis taking priority over God emphasis. The provision of divine power to the royal family of God makes it possible for relationship with God to take precedence over relationship with people.
e. “New things have come” refers to:
(1) The baptism of the Spirit.
(2) The protocol plan of God.
(3) The unique equality factors in the protocol plan.
(4) Our very own portfolio of invisible assets prepared for us by the omnipotence of God the Father.
(5) Our unique royal commissions of royal priesthood and royal ambassadorship. As a royal priest, we represent ourselves before God. As a royal ambassador, we represent God before the world.
(6) The unique mystery doctrine.
(7) The indwelling of all three persons of the Trinity.
(8) The unique availability of divine power.
(9) This is a dispensation of no prophecy, only historical trends.
(10) This is the dispensation of invisible heroes.
f. So this is a passage which teaches of our new power to break the old power, and to replace psychological living with spiritual living.

L. The Royal Family of God is Without Precedent.
1. This is the only time in all of human history where, when a person believes in Jesus Christ, he becomes a member of the royal family of God through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
2. Remember that our Lord has three titles.
a. As Son of God, He has a royal family in God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
b. As the Son of David, He has a royal family in the Davidic dynasty.
c. However, as the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star, our Lord had no royal family.
3. Therefore, the purpose of the dispensation of the Church is to call out a royal family to accompany our Lord’s third royal patent.
4. The plan for the royal family is classified as the protocol plan of God. It is divided into two categories.
a. The life beyond gnosis begins on the day of salvation and continues to the point of spiritual maturity, Eph 3:19.
b. The life beyond dreams begins on the first day of spiritual maturity and continues until death or the Rapture, whichever occurs first, Eph 3:20.
5. The mechanics for the formation of the royal family in the Church Age is the baptism of the Spirit and resultant adoption. (See the doctrine of Adoption.)
a. Adoption was the custom of Roman aristocracy in selecting an heir other than a natural child because the heir had greater ability than one’s own natural child.
b. At the moment of salvation, God the Holy Spirit entered us into union with Christ, and so we became royal family of God, heirs of God, and joint-heirs with the Son of God. This was our adoption.
c. Our adoption into the royal family of God is through the baptism of the Spirit. Eph 1:5-6, “By means of virtue-love, He has predestined us for the purpose of adoption to Himself through Jesus Christ according to the grace purpose of His will, resulting in the praise of the glory of His grace which He has graced us out in the Beloved [Jesus Christ].” Jesus Christ is the Beloved. We are in union with Christ and we are adopted as royal family.
6. The official term for the royal family is “body of Christ” or “Church.” Col 1:18 tells us that Jesus Christ is the head of the body. “He is also the head of the body, the Church, and He is the beginning, the first-born from the dead, so that He Himself might come to have first place in everything.”
7. The body of Christ or royal family of God is formed through the baptism of the Spirit. 1 Cor 12:12-13, “For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by means of one Spirit, we were baptized into one body [body of Christ, royal family of God], whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and all were made to drink into one Spirit.”

M. The Application of the Baptism of the Spirit.
1. The baptism of the Holy Spirit demands that the believer think of himself as a person, totally apart from any form of superiority or inferiority. You are not to think of yourself as superior or inferior, or with any form of human prejudice or hypocrisy.
2. Spiritual living must replace psychological living. Gal 3:2628, “For you are all the sons [children] of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you, who were baptized into Christ, have clothed yourselves with Christ [union with Christ]. Therefore, there is neither Jew nor Gentile [no racial distinctions in Christ], there is neither slave nor free [no social distinctions in Christ], there is neither male nor female [no sexual distinctions in Christ]; for you are all one in Christ.”
a. The entire world (the unbeliever) is not the family of God. Only those who believe in Christ become the children of God, at which point the baptism of the Holy Spirit makes us in the Church Age royal family of God.
b. All Church Age believers have been baptized into Christ, losers and winners, spiritual and cosmic believers alike.
c. “Clothed yourselves with Christ” means we are in union with the head. The head can exist without the body, but the body cannot exist without the head. In other words, the great power experiment of the Hypostatic Union, in which our Lord relied upon the omnipotence of God the Father and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit, has overflowed to the Church Age. Jesus Christ was sustained in His humanity by the omnipotence of God the Father and the omnipotence of the Holy Spirit. We have been “clothed with Christ” in the sense that, through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, we have become a part of that same great power experiment, as the body of the head, Jesus Christ.
d. Jew and Greek are two distinct races, and the most famous races of the ancient world. The Jews thought of themselves as superior because of the Mosaic Law. The Greeks thought of themselves as superior because of their great history of thought and cultural genius in Attica and Ionia in the fourth and fifth centuries B.C. The Jews despised the culture of the Greeks. The Greeks viewed the Jew as having no culture, no philosophical background. So there was a great racial antagonism between these two races of the ancient world.
e. Racial prejudice is evil. Stupid people think in terms of racism. We no longer have the right to think this way. Every time you’re guilty of racial prejudice, confess it! Even the psychological conclusion that every race has its good and bad ones is at best human viewpoint.
f. The application of this doctrine is to begin to think of yourself as a person, not as a race. There is no place for racial prejudice. There is no such thing as either a superior or inferior race in Christianity. The royal family of God is the body of Christ, and all races in the world have responded to the Gospel and believed in Jesus Christ. Race is no issue, for every Church Age believer is in union with Christ.
g. Every believer is body of Christ. You are not to think in inferior or superior or competing terms. Your job is to fulfill the standards of the royal family of God. To do that, you never look to your right or your left and evaluate anyone as to their spiritual status or anything else. You can only look to yourself.
h. You no longer look at believers in terms of any former hypocrisies or arrogance or prejudice. Every believer, without exception, is royal family of God.
i. “There is neither slave nor free.” At the time this was written in the Roman Empire, there were a tremendous number of slaves. Many of the slaves were among the first Church Age believers. So this refers to social distinctions as they existed at the time of writing.
j. From the moment you believe in Christ, you are no longer to look at other believers in terms of social distinctions. You are no longer to regard any person as being socially beneath you or above you. Social distinctions are removed by the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
k. “There is neither male nor female.” This helps to illustrate the principle, for boys will always be boys, and girls will always be girls. The difference between the two is obvious. However, the point here is that the old cultural, psychological distinctions which have been used for years, i.e., that one sex is better than the other, are all gone with the baptism of the Holy Spirit. As a believer, to say you are better than a man/woman means you’re arrogant.
l. This does not change authority principles which still stand as a part of establishment. But authority doesn’t connote superiority in the royal family of God.
m. In your spiritual life, you no longer look at a man/woman through love or hatred, but spiritually you regard them as a member of the royal family of God. This is the only true nonsexual discrimination.
n. Christians involved in the sexual issues of our day (such as women’s liberation) are in psychological living. There’s no place for such thinking. It’s true there are certain things a man can do and a woman cannot, and visa versa. But as we look at other believers, we must regard them as being just as much royal family of God as we are.
3. Eph 4:5 summarizes the principle: “One Lord, one faith, one baptism,” all three of which occur at the point of salvation. This means we as royal family of God have the same Lord. Jesus Christ is Lord of every believer, winners and losers alike, because of the baptism of the Spirit. One faith means we all enter into union with Christ the same way: faith in Christ. “One baptism” refers to the baptism of the Holy Spirit at salvation. There’s only one baptism that unites us. It isn’t water baptism; it is Spirit baptism.

N. The baptism of the Spirit is related to retroactive and current positional truth, Rom 6:35; Col 2:1012; Eph 3:16; Rom 8:3839.
1. Retroactive positional truth is identification with Christ in His death, and therefore rejection of human good and evil. On the cross, our Lord was judged for our sins. But human good and evil were not a part of the judgment, but were rejected. They continue to be an issue in the angelic conflict, and are operational today. So in retroactive positional truth we have positionally rejected human good and evil (though most believers do not experientially).
2. Current positional truth is identification with Christ in His resurrection, ascension and session. Therefore, being in union with Christ, we are positionally higher than angels.

O. The baptism of the Spirit and resultant positional sanctification demands spiritual living rather than psychological living.
1. Psychological living can be normal or abnormal, but it is not the way of life for the new spiritual species, the body of Christ, the royal family of God. It is not in God’s will, plan, or purpose for us as royal family.
2. Psychological living includes all forms of legalism, emotionalism, systems of self-improvement, commitment, and abstruse function without Bible doctrine.
3. Psychological living includes residence and function in Satan’s cosmic system. It includes the function of the arrogance complex.
4. Spiritual living is the execution of the protocol plan of God in the spiritual life of the Church Age, under the enabling power of the Holy Spirit and momentum from metabolized doctrine. It is related to the utilization of divine power and the application of Bible doctrine in the fulfillment of the protocol plan of God.

P. The summary of experiential sanctification which glorifies God is delineated in Jn 17:17, “Sanctify them by means of doctrine; Your word is doctrine.”

Q. The baptism of the Spirit lasts forever, Heb 10:10, “By means of which will we have been sanctified [baptism of the Spirit] through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.” cf. Heb 10:14, “For by means of one offering He has perfected for all time those being sanctified.”