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The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

(Tenet No. 5)

1. Is the Holy Spirit of God promised to every believer?
Yes. Peter said, “the promise is unto you, and to your children and to all that are afar of, even as many as the Lord our God shall call”. (Acts 2:38-39)

2. How do the Scriptures describe the receiving of the promised Spirit?
As being “baptised with”, as being “filled with”, as being “sealed with the Holy Spirit”. The Spirit is also spoken of as “coming on” and as “falling upon”. (Acts 1:5, 2:4, 10:44, 19:5, Eph. 1:13)

3. Do we receive the Baptism of the Holy Spirit at Regeneration?
The Scripture speaks of the Baptism as an experience distinct from regeneration. (Acts 2:38, 8:12, 16, 17, Eph. 1:13)

4. What is the New Testament sign of the Spirit’s in coming?
The believer speaks “with other tongues” as the Holy Spirit gives utterance. (Acts 2:4, 10:46, 19:6)

5. On what condition does God baptize the believer with the Holy Ghost?
On obedience to God and waiting upon Him in prayer. (Acts 10:33,44,46)

6. Should every believer seek the fullness of the Spirit?
Yes. Because it is His power that makes possible all effective witnessing for Christ, all victory over sin, and all participation in the blessings of the Gospel. (Acts 1:8, Rom. 8:13, John 16:13-15)

7. Name some of the blessings of the Gospel, brought by the Spirit?
Membership in the body of Christ, the exercise of Spiritual gifts, and a life of fruit bearing for God. (Gal. 5:22,23, 1st Cor. 12:8-25)