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THE PURPOSE OF HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
There is widespread confusion and misunderstanding over the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Study and acceptance of the Holy Scriptures are necessary to understanding. Notice what is divinely revealed:
1. The New Testament gives record of only two cases:
(1) It came upon the apostles on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) to impart special powers upon them (Acts 1:8), including the ability to speak in languages unknown to them.
(2) It came upon the household or Cornelius (Acts 10) to convince the Jews that salvation had been granted to the Gentiles also (Acts 11:1-18). 2. It had nothing to do with the salvation of those who received it. 3. It was never commanded. If it were commanded, men could not obey it because God 19 (was) the administrator.
New Testament baptism is immersion in water for (along with repentance) the remission of sins. This is a baptism which man can obey, can administer, and it is commanded (Mark 16:16; Acts 2:38). It puts one INTO CHRIST (Gal. 3:26-27), therefore he is saved by obedience to it (II Pet. 3:20-21).
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