Baptism and the Holy Spirit Essay

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Baptism and the Holy Spirit in the Book of Acts
Water Baptism vs Baptized with the Spirit and Power
The book of Acts begins with Jesus' parting words to His apostles before His ascension to the right hand of God the Father. In His opening statement Jesus promises the Holy Spirit, and He does this by distinguishing the coming of the Spirit from the baptism of John. “For John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” (Acts 1:5) John had testified the same of his baptism, “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11, also in
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Titus 3:5 He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit... Also Jesus' baptism (Matthew 3) in which the Holy Spirit descends in the form as a dove. We note, then, that the Holy Spirit is certainly present in 'normal' Christian baptism. But there is a unique baptism of the Holy Spirit that accompanies the Apostle's preaching.
Baptism in the Spirit and the Book of Acts (baptismus flaminis)
The baptism of the Spirit is a different type of baptism that, while connected to water baptism, occurs in a few unique instances in Acts and the apostolic churches (as seen in the epistles, etc.). It is the baptism promised by John and Jesus, and occurs, for the first time, on Pentecost.
Acts 1:7-8 He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." These are the last words of Jesus recorded by Luke. This promise is fulfilled first on the day of Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-4 When the day of Pentecost arrived,

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