WHI-1249 | The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Sunday, 15 Mar 2015

This week on the White Horse Inn we are continuing our series on the Work of Holy Spirit. Our panel of hosts is joined once more by Justin Holcomb as we look at the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

On this episode we consider the nature of the Spirit’s baptism at work in all believers. What does it mean to be baptized by the Holy Spirit? Can we distinguish this baptism from traditional water baptism? Should baptized Christians look for a second blessing? The hosts will discuss this issue as it appears in various New Testament texts, as well as its implications for the ministry of the church in our own day. Join us as we discuss the significance of this baptism within the context of the Holy Spirit’s work of the new creation on the White Horse Inn.

“When Jesus says to the disciples, ‘Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.’ This is Matthew 19:28. The ESV translation ‘new world’ is more accurately translated in the NIV as the ‘renewal of all things.’ Although I think a more precise translation would be ‘the regeneration of all things.’ Also, in 2 Cor 5:17, ‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.’ But here’s the NIV translation… ‘Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come.’ Literally, the Greek reads ‘Behold, has emerged the new.’ It seems that the better rendering is the NIV, that ‘if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has passed away, behold the new has come.’
“A lot of us growing up with the older translation think of the new creation as me. ‘I am the new creation.’ But here again, isn’t that our tendency? To individualize and personalize the work of the Holy Spirit before we see how the Holy Spirit actually is making a new world, not just a new ‘Mike’ but a new world, speaking a new world into existence. ”
– Michael Horton
Baptism of the Holy Spirit
For Paul in 1 Corinthians 12 it is unthinkable that anyone could be a member of the Body of Christ, united to Christ by faith and a member of the church whom he redeemed by his death, and yet for that person not to have received the baptism of the Holy Spirit. “Baptism in Spirit” brought about our incorporation into the Body. We were “baptized into one Body” by the one Spirit. It is unthinkable that someone might be a member of the Body, yet not have been baptized by the Spirit, for all who are in the Body have entered into the Body through the door of Spirit-baptism.
(Dennis E. Johnson, “The Gift and Gifts of the Holy Spirit”)

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