Baptism of the Holy Spirit-Lesson 16

Common Questions Regarding the Baptism of the Holy Spirit and Tongues

In this lesson we will be looking at various questions individuals have about this subject. In the previous lessons we gave Scriptural answers to the questions. In this lesson we will give a summary.

Do Christians receive the Holy Spirit when they are saved?
Yes, when you are born again (repent of your sins and ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior) you receive the Holy Spirit.
John 3:1-6; Rom 8:9-11; 1 Cor 6:19; John 20:22

Do you have to be saved to receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
Yes. Each time there is an example of individuals being Baptized in the Holy Spirit, it is obvious that they are born again. One of the obvious examples is the disicples. They are born again in John 20:22 and are BHS in Acts 1:4-5, 8.
Acts 8:14-19; Acts 10:34-48; Acts 19:1-6

Is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit different than the experience of Salvation?
Yes, it is subsequent to salvation. There are examples of those who were born again and then were BHS.
John 20:22; Acts 1:4-5, 8; Acts 8:14-19; Acts 19:1-6

Can a person be saved without the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?
Yes. Receiving eternal life does not depend on being BHS; salvation is by grace through faith alone.
John 6:28-29; Galatians 3:6, 5:6; Ephesians 2:8, Romans 10:9-10

Does a person have to be water baptized to be Baptized in the Holy Spirit?
No. In the Bible there were individuals that were BHS before or after being water baptized.
Acts 1:4-5, 8; Acts 8:14-19; Acts 9:17; Acts 10:34-38, Acts 19:1-6

Are there phrases synonymous with the phrase Baptism in/with the Holy Spirit?
Spirit coming or falling upon, Spirit poured out, Promise of the Father or Spirit, Gift of the Spirit, Gift of God, Filled with the Spirit, Receiving the Spirit.
Acts 1:5; Acts 11:16; Acts 1:8, Acts 8:15-16, Acts 10:44-47, Acts 11:15-17, Acts 19:6; Acts 2:17-18; Acts 2:38; Acts 9:17; Acts 8:20

How will a believer know he or she has been Baptized in the Holy Spirit?
In Scripture there are five examples of people being Baptized in the Holy Spirit. In three examples they spoke in tongues. In one example something miraculous happened. The last example is Apostle Paul and he says in 1 Corinthians that he spoke in tongues. So, based upon Scripture it would appear that a person will know they are BHS by speaking in tongues.
Acts 1:4-5, 8; Acts 8:14-19; Acts 9:17; Acts 10:34-38, Acts 19:1-6

What is tongues?
Tongues is the initial evidence of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, a sign to the unbeliever that they might believe, as a gift to edify the Church when tongues is accompanied with interpretation, to edify the believer, as a provision for prayer and praise.
Acts 2:4; Acts 10:46; Acts 19:6; 1 Cor 14:22; 1 Cor 12:10; 1 Cor 14:2, 4; 1 Cor 14:18

Are tongues for today?
Yes. There is no passage of Scripture that says tongues has been down away with. In 1 Cor 13 it states that tongues will cease when the perfect comes and when know and are fully known-when we receive our glorified bodies.
1 Cor 13:8-12

When someone receives the Baptism in the Holy Spirit are they coherent or in semiconscious state? Are they aware of what is going on?
Everyone’s experience is different, but in the examples found in the Bible, all of those that were BHS were coherent and conscious of what is going on. At the same time there are examples of individuals appearing drunk and of something supernatural taking place that was out of the ‘ordinary’.
Acts 2:1-13; Acts 8:14-19

In our next lesson we will share how a person can be Baptized with the Holy Spirit and receive the gift of tongues.

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