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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 NIV
And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’

Jesus Christ promises baptism with the Spirit

Acts 1:4–5 NIV
On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
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The gift of the Holy Spirit followed Jesus Christ’s glorification

Acts 2:33 NIV
Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear.
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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 NIV
Peter replied, “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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
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This gift of the Holy Spirit links believers together in the one body of Christ

1 Corinthians 12:13 NIV
For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
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