Side notes: a few more scriptures about the Baptism in the Holy Spirit
These notes are supplementary material to this
essay. If you found this page first, I recommend that you go to
that page for the main bulk of the information; without the text
surrounding these scripture references, they may not make a lot of sense
to you! :-)
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is not the same as salvation
In addition to the examples in the main text, you can also take a look at
for an instance where Jesus Himself indicated that salvation happens at
the moment someone believes (the "baptism" he mentions is water baptism,
not Holy Spirit baptism), and
for an example of people who received their salvation (earlier in the
chapter, when Philip preached the Word of God to them), and then received
the Baptism in the Holy Spirit later (when Peter and John laid hands on
In Acts 19:6
we read that speaking in tongues was what happened when Paul laid hands
on people and the Holy Spirit came on them. Also, in our passage from
Acts chapter 8, we found out that there was a whole city full of people
who received salvation when Philip preached Jesus to them, and then when
Peter and John laid hands on them they received the Baptism in the Holy
Spirit. Take a look at
Simon the Sorcerer "saw" that the people had received the Baptism in the
Holy Spirit. It doesn't say what he saw them doing that convinced him,
but what could it be besides speaking in tongues?
Tongues are a prayer and praise language.
tells us what the people that heard the 120 speaking in "their own
languages" heard them saying... they were "declaring the wonders of
God"! That's praise! And in
we find Cornelius's family "speaking in tongues and praising God", as
though the two were not mutually exclusive actions. I think the things
they were saying in tongues and the things they were saying in their own
language were pretty much the same thing!
written March 2, 1997
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