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The Baptism in the Holy Spirit

November 7, 2018

There is a great need of understanding regarding the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Here is the direct link to the Assemblies of God’s website with their “Statement of Fundamental Truths.”
 
“This "Statement of Fundamental Truths" contains the 16 doctrines of the Assemblies of God. These are non-negotiable tenets of faith that all Assemblies of God churches adhere to. Four of these: 1-Salvation, 2-the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, 3-Divine Healing, and 4-the Second Coming of Christ are considered “Cardinal Doctrines” which are essential to the church's core mission of reaching the world for Christ.”
 
I wanted to quickly list the 4 “Cardinal” Doctrines below along with the scriptures that speak directly to these points and #8 of the 16 Doctrines which is the initial physical evidence of the baptism in the Holy Spirit (speaking in tongues.) I hope this will give clarity.
 

#5 of the 16 Doctrines but #1 of the 4 “Cardinal” Doctrines = THE SALVATION OF MAN

 

Man's only hope of redemption is through the shed blood of Jesus Christ the Son of God.

 

Conditions to Salvation

 

Salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life.

 

 

  • Luke 24:47 [KJV/NIV]

  • John 3:3 [KJV/NIV]

  • Romans 10:13-15 [KJV/NIV]

  • Ephesians 2:8 [KJV/NIV]

  • Titus 2:11 [KJV/NIV]

  • Titus 3:5-7 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

The Evidence of Salvation

 

The inward evidence of salvation is the direct witness of the Spirit.

 

 

  • Romans 8:16 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.

 

 

  • Ephesians 4:24 [KJV/NIV]

  • Titus 2:12 [KJV/NIV]

 

#7 of the 16 Doctrines but #2 of the 4 “Cardinal” Doctrines = THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

All believers are entitled to and should ardently expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, the baptism in the Holy Spirit and fire, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. This was the normal experience of all in the early Christian Church. With it comes the enduement of power for life and service, the bestowment of the gifts and their uses in the work of the ministry.

 

 

  • Luke 24:49 [KJV/NIV]

  • Acts 1:4 [KJV/NIV]

  • Acts 1:8 [KJV/NIV]

  • 1 Corinthians 12:1-31 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

This experience is distinct from and subsequent to the experience of the new birth.

 

  • Acts 8:12-17 [KJV/NIV]

  • Acts 10:44-46 [KJV/NIV]

  • Acts 11:14-16 [KJV/NIV]

  • Acts 15:7-9 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

With the baptism in the Holy Spirit come such experiences as:

 

 

  • an overflowing fullness of the Spirit, John 7:37-39 [KJV/NIV], Acts 4:8 [KJV/NIV]

  • a deepened reverence for God, Acts 2:43 [KJV/NIV], Hebrews 12:28 [KJV/NIV]

  • an intensified consecration to God and dedication to His work, Acts 2:42 [KJV/NIV]

  • and a more active love for Christ, for His Word and for the lost, Mark 16:20 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

#8 of the 16 Doctrines = THE INITIAL PHYSICAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
 

The baptism of believers in the Holy Spirit is witnessed by the initial physical sign of speaking with other tongues as the Spirit of God gives them utterance.

 

 

  • Acts 2:4 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

The speaking in tongues in this instance is the same in essence as the gift of tongues, but is different in purpose and use.

 

 

  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-10 [KJV/NIV]

  • 1 Corinthians 12:28 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

#12 of the 16 Doctrines but #3 of the 4 “Cardinal” Doctrines = DIVINE HEALING

 

Divine healing is an integral part of the gospel. Deliverance from sickness is provided for in the atonement, and is the privilege of all believers.

 

  • Isaiah 53:4,5 [KJV/NIV]

  • Matthew 8:16,17 [KJV/NIV]

  • James 5:14-16 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

 

#14 of the 16 Doctrines but #4 of the 4 “Cardinal” Doctrines = THE MILLENNIAL REIGN OF CHRIST
 

The second coming of Christ includes the rapture of the saints, which is our blessed hope, followed by the visible return of Christ with His saints to reign on earth for one thousand years.

 

 

  • Zechariah 14:5 [KJV/NIV]

  • Matthew 24:27 [KJV/NIV]

  • Matthew 24:30 [KJV/NIV]

  • Revelation 1:7 [KJV/NIV]

  • Revelation 19:11-14 [KJV/NIV]

  • Revelation 20:1-6 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

This millennial reign will bring the salvation of national Israel,

 

  • Ezekiel 37:21,22 [KJV/NIV]

  • Zephaniah 3:19,20 [KJV/NIV]

  • Romans 11:26,27 [KJV/NIV]

 

 

and the establishment of universal peace.

 

 

  • Isaiah 11:6-9 [KJV/NIV]

  • Psalms 72:3-8 [KJV/NIV]

  • Micah 4:3,4 [KJV/NIV]

 

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