God: The Spirit 1
Message - Names
Salvation / Sanctification / Service
1. Spirit baptism is a gracious gift from God; it is not something to be sought after, agonized over, or prayed for.
2. Spirit baptism is exclusively associated with regeneration/salvation; it is not normative for it to be associated with the temporary sign gift of tongues or with other miraculous gifts limited to the apostolic era.
3. Spirit baptism is a permanent, one-time event; it is not a reversible or recurring event.
4. Spirit baptism is evidence of one’s salvation; it is not by itself the measure of one’s spiritual maturity.
5. Spirit baptism is an initial blessing and an enduring result of salvation; it is not a second work of grace or second blessing.
6. Spirit baptism is inseparably linked to salvation; it is not detached from or subsequent to salvation.
7. Spirit baptism is sovereignly initiated by Christ; it is not obtained by any act of a believer.
8. Spirit baptism is assumed by the New Testament to be the Christ-provided experience of every believer; it is never commanded of believers to acquire or retain it.
9. Spirit baptism is experienced by every Christian from Pentecost to the present time; it was not an experience of either Old Testament or Gospel-era believers.
10. Spirit baptism includes every believer; it is not limited to the spiritually mature.
11. Spirit baptism freely grants entrance into the universal body of Christ; it is not based on subsequent individual spiritual achievement.
12. Spirit baptism is distinct from, though associated with, indwelling and filling; it is not to be equated with either one.