The Holy Spirit Throughout History #26: "The Spirit of Baptism” -- NT Intro/ Matthew

In the book of Acts, there are roughly a half dozen accounts of people - AFTER  they came to faith in Jesus Christ - who THEN  “Received the Holy Spirit.” 

  • I’ll pause here and say it didn’t ALWAYS happen this way. But it USUALLY happened this way. Stay with me…

Here are two examples:

  • Phillip in Samaria (Acts 8) 
      • He taught Samaria about Jesus, and many Samaritans believed in Jesus and were saved. Peter and John hear about Samaria’s salvation and come to Samaria, and did TWO things:
      • 1) They prayed with the believers that they would receive the Holy Spirit. Because tho they believed in Jesus, the Spirit “hadn’t fallen on them yet, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.” (8:15-16)
      • 2) THEN Peter and John laid hands on them, “and they received the Holy Spirit.”
  • Paul with the early Ephesian church and elders (Acts 19)
      • Here we actually see ALL THREE “baptisms” in one place - which help to clarify a Biblically sound theology on the whole subject. 
      • After Apollos had preached the gospel of Christ Jesus in Ephesus, Paul then comes through town and says…
  • Acts 19:2-7, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” And he said, “Into what then were you baptized?” They said, “Into John's baptism.” And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” 
          • IOW, Paul said, “That’s not quite right. Ima talk to Apollos… Let’s do this the right way…”
  • On hearing this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they began speaking in tongues and prophesying. There were about twelve men in all.
        • NOTE: Nearly every time we see the phrase “baptism of the Spirit” - we see the phrase “receive the Holy Spirit”.