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What we believe and teach: The baptism with the Holy Spirit

9 February 2016

What we believe and teach: The baptism with the Holy Spirit

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The baptism with the Holy Spirit is a baptism administered by Jesus Christ to those who believe on His name. Through this baptism a Christian is endued with power from on high, just as the early disciples of the Lord in Jerusalem were endued with power from on high on the day of Pentecost (a few days after Jesus was taken up into heaven) when they were baptized with the Holy Spirit. When a Christian is baptized with the Holy Spirit he is filled with the Holy Spirit and he begins to speak in another tongue as the Spirit gives him utterance, just as it happened to the early disciples on the day of Pentecost. Therefore speaking in tongues is the outward sign attesting that a Christian has been baptized with the Holy Spirit or filled with the Holy Spirit.

The baptism with the Holy Spirit is an experience subsequent to the salvation from one’s sins and the regeneration or new birth (which are experienced by a man when he repents of his own sins and believes in the Lord Jesus Christ). Therefore through this baptism a believer is not saved nor regenerated, but he is just endued with power and enabled to pray and bless God in another tongue, because this is what he who speaks in another tongue does when he speaks in another tongue. When the Scripture says that the Holy Spirit makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God it refers to the praying in other tongues, which is accomplished by believers through the Holy Spirit. A Christian can receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit while he is praying as well as while he is not praying, and through the laying on of hands as well as without the laying on of hands. (Giacinto Butindaro, from http://www.the-new-way.org/wwbat/index.html)

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