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Baptism with Holy Spirit

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A divine act, promised by John the Baptist and by Jesus Christ, whereby the Holy Spirit initiates Christians into realised union and communion with the glorified Jesus Christ, thus equipping and enabling them for sanctity and service.

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Baptism with the Holy Spirit promised

John the Baptist anticipates baptism with the Spirit

John 1:33 ESV
I myself did not know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain, this is he who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’

Jesus Christ promises baptism with the Spirit

Acts 1:4–5 ESV
And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
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The gift of the Holy Spirit followed Jesus Christ’s glorification

Acts 2:33 ESV
Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing.
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Instances of baptism with the Holy Spirit

at Pentecost

On subsequent occasions:

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A work of God recognised by Jewish Christians as experienced by Gentiles:

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The gift of the Holy Spirit is for all believers at the outset of their Christian lives

Acts 2:38–39 ESV
And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
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This gift of the Holy Spirit links believers together in the one body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:13 ESV
For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.
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