You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
and unselfish motives (chapter 13,) and the need for SELF-CONTROL and for keeping an orderly, edifying manner in corporate meetings, (chapter 14.)
“Paul introduced three guiding principles that distinguish the ways of the Holy Spirit: 1) Conscious control. Unlike paganism, the power of the Spirit does not drive people into wild compulsive acts. His gentile dovelike ministry strengthens human personality. He empowers; He does not overpower. 2) The principle that Christ is always glorified. All manifestations of the Spirit will harmonize with the TRUTH about Jesus. 3) The main work of the Holy Spirit is to bring people under the Lordship of Jesus Christ.”
Because most of the Scriptural GIFTS of the Holy Spirit are replicated in the occult, the mere manifestation of tongues and prophecy can never be the ‘evidence’ of Jesus baptism with the Holy Spirit.
The source of Scriptural, Holy Spirit GIFTS or ‘signs for unbelievers,’ is as follows:
Once Jesus’ disciples were born again of ‘water’ [which symbolizes the Word] and of ‘Spirit,’ the Spirit would, ‘as He wills, give to EACH ONE His diversities of spiritual GIFTS for the profit of all.’ – [Please read Jn. 3:3-5; Mt. 3:11; 1 Cor. 12:13; 6:19; 12:4-11; Rom. 8:15-17; Eph. 1:13-14; 1 Pet. 2:9-10.]
Contrary to what traditional churches teach, Scripturally and in practice, from that day to this day, Jesus’ baptism with the Holy Spirit; Jesus’ baptism with fire or into suffering; the Spirit’s baptism into the body of Christ, as well as the Spirit’s supernatural gifts – the gifts of tongues and prophecy as well – remained a reality for all sincere disciples of Jesus. So, according to the context of Scripture, tongues still remains ONE of the GIFTS of the Holy Spirit and nothing else. – 1 Cor. 12:4-11; Mark 16:15-18.
Even if one interprets Jesus’ ‘baptism of fire’ as the Spirit’s power, and not as a process of refinement or purification, which will follow Jesus’ baptism with the Spirit, (Lu. 12:50, Heb. 10:32-39,) Jesus’ Spirit-baptism still cannot be seen as the gift of tongues. Jesus said, ‘You shall receive power when the Spirit has come [to indwell] you; [not to speak in tongues, but to] be My witnesses…’ - Acts 1:8.
Once the Holy Spirit had indwelt the disciples on that Day of Pentecost, the Spirit Himself gave them His (dual) GIFT of tongues to (1,) either speak to God with ‘the SUPERNATURAL tongues of angels, for in the spirit we speak mysteries, as my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.’ Or (2,) ‘to speak with the tongues of MEN as a SIGN for UNBELIEVERS,’ which is the gift of speaking in ‘different kinds of tongues’ - human tongues, unknown to the speaker, which was the case in Acts 2:4-6. - [Do not believe me, believe the Scriptures! - 1 Cor. 13:1; 14:2,14,22; 12:10-11; MARK 16:15-18.]
ALL of the Spirit’s gifts are SIGNS and not EVIDENCE that believers belong to God, (Mark 16:16-18.)
Therefore, the GIFT of tongues itself is not Jesus’ baptism with the Spirit. If this gift were the actual ‘baptism with [or even the fire of] the Spirit,’ it would mean that billions of sincere believers, who never manifested the GIFT of tongues, would not be indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Thus they would not belong to God, and they would never desire, or have the boldness to proclaim the Gospel. – Rom. 8:9; Acts 1:8.
The truth is that the Holy Spirit does not indwell a believer only at the moment when that person starts speaking in tongues, as he Charismatic/Pentecostal Movement teaches. If that were true, the gift or sign of tongues would actually save us. However, sincere believers know that the Spirit indwells ALL Jesus’ disciples from the very moment of their rebirth, Rom. 8:9-14; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6; 1 Cor. 14:22-23.
THE TRULY SCRIPTURAL EVIDENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT BAPTISM
I do believe in the Spirit’s gift of tongues. All His other gifts are real as well. Nevertheless, Jesus did not say that we will know His disciples by their tongues or their prophecies!
The gift or ‘sign’ of tongues or prophecy, (Mark 16:15-18, 1 Cor. 14:22,) is definitely not the evidence, ‘fire,’ or ‘power’ of Jesus’ Holy-Spirit baptism. The context of Scripture declares that there are several pieces of real ‘evidence’ or proof of this baptism, which all fit together.
Without denying or nullifying any of the Spirit’s wonderful gifts (as ‘signs’ for unbelievers, Mark 16:16-18,) the first piece of evidence that will prove the Holy-Spirit baptism would be the believer’s desire to continually draw closer to Jesus; to know Him in spirit and in all Truth, in order to understand and obey Him better! – Jn. 4:24; 14:6.
Jesus said in Jn. 16:14, ‘The Spirit will glorify Me…’ The Spirit Filled Bible explains, ‘The Spirit’s ministry is not only directed to believers and to the world, but [primarily] to Christ. The Spirit glorifies Christ in ALL that He does… He never exalts Himself, but He continually glorifies Christ Who glorifies the Father.’
Without making tongues into a ‘lesser’ gift, we should always remember that none of the Holy Spirit’s gifts means anything if we have not truly Godly love – which is the greatest gift: 1 Cor. 15.
Jesus said, ‘If you love Me, you will obey my commandments,’ which means that the greatest evidence of the Holy-Spirit baptism and the fact that He completely possesses and continually indwells us, is our obedient love for God. This is not outward lip service, but love, which manifests itself as a sincere attitude of obedience to His entire, contextual Truth, (the Scriptures in their entirety,) as summarized by and contained in His Moral, New Testament Law of Love.
Then Jesus took this evidence a step further, and said, ‘By this ALL will KNOW, [or you will prove beyond a shadow of doubt that I have baptized you with the Holy Spirit and that] that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another…’
What’s more, Jesus did not say we will know His disciples by their gifts, but by their FRUIT. Their continual behavior, in other words, or the type of character they display continually, will prove whether the Holy Spirit, or an evil spirit possesses them - 1 Cor. 13, Mt. 7:15-27; Jn. 13:34-35; 14:15.
So, if there is any real ‘evidence’ of Jesus’ Holy-Spirit baptism, it is the continual, sincere, and Godly character of Jesus, which the Holy Spirit manifests in His sincere disciples. Furthermore, His growing, Godly character of love will compel His believing disciples to preach the Gospel to a lost and dying world.
FIRST, JESUS BREATHED ON THEM
John tells of an incident on the Day of Jesus’ resurrection, before He sent the Spirit to indwell them, when Jesus miraculously appeared in the midst of His disciples, declaring His Kingdom of inner peace; commissioning His disciples to ‘go and preach the Gospel,’ and breathing ON them, [not IN them,] to ‘receive the Holy Spirit.’ - Jn. 20:19-30.
Many false preachers from the Charismatic Movement use this event completely out of context, breathing on believers to ‘receive the Spirit,’ or to ‘baptize them with or ‘in’ the Spirit,’ etc. The truth is that ONLY Jesus Christ Himself can baptize with His Spirit, or ‘breathe’ His Spirit of Life INTO (and even onto) the hearts or human spirits of believers: Mt. 3:11.
Jesus’ first disciples received the indwelling of the Holy Spirit for the first time on the Day of Pentecost, and “one can only understand this event in John 20 [where Jesus breathed on them] as symbolic and in expectation of that day.” Spirit Filled Bible, Acts 1:8; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:4-7.
However, those Catholics and Protestants, who turned Jesus’ first disciples into so-called godlike, apostolic ‘fathers’ and founders - even the foundation of the church - believe that this event in John 20 was a special ‘anointing’ for the ‘apostles.’ (This is the Charismatic Movement’s ‘Restoration’ doctrine — which does not mean restoration to Scriptural truth, but to the so-called ‘king and high priest’ of Roman Catholicism, the pope and his evil priesthood! Concerning John 20:23, it is well-known that the pope of Roman Catholicism and his false priesthood even abuse this so-called ‘special anointing’ to forgive sins! Yet, Jesus Himself, throughout the entire Bible and especially in the New Testament, said repeatedly that He Alone, being God Himself, can forgive sins. See Eph. 1:7; Heb. 9:12-15; Acts 10:43; Col. 2:13-14. It is clear that the notion that the ‘apostles’ had and have the power to forgive sins, is a Roman Catholic concoction to justify their blasphemy against God and His holy Word. The only way such a great contextual Gospel error can be found in the Bible, is because the Papacy, who had centuries to meddle with the Bible, placed it there on purpose!)
The so-called ‘Saint and Father’ Paul himself stated that ‘NO other foundation of the spiritual temple of God can be laid, which is Christ,’ while ALL the believers together make up the building of God, and ‘elders,’ such as Paul, were and are only humble servants through whom others believed.
Speaking of the special ‘anointing,’ which the ‘elder’-rulers of some denominations abuse beyond the sin of blasphemy, actually placing themselves in Christ’s position and making themselves into Christ, Paul also said, ‘God has established the ‘elders’ WITH you, [the rest of the body,] and has anointed US [all sincere believers together] in Christ… - 1 Cor. 1:21-122; 3:9-17; 1 Pet. 5:1.
The M.H. Commentary explains John 20 as follows, ‘Christ’s Kingdom was to be set up among men immediately upon His resurrection, and accordingly we find [that He appeared to them on] the very day He arose… [giving them] the honorable and ample commission to be His agents in the planting of His [ecclesia, or congregation of disciple-believers.] Then He qualified them for the discharge of the trust reposed in them. He breathed on them and said, Receive the Holy Ghost… IN PART NOW; as an earnest of what you shall further receive not many days hence. The SIGN He used to assure them of the GIFT, [which is the Spirit of God Himself, Whom] He was about to bestow upon them at Pentecost, was His breath, [His spiritual life and power,] which they would receive from Him for all the services that lay before them… CHRIST [and only Christ] conferred the Holy Ghost… [here by breathing on them in Jn. 20, as well as at Pentecost,] for He is the Author of the Gift…’
THE LAYING ON OF HANDS
The Holy Spirit may or many not use the spiritual ‘eldership’ of 1 Tim. 4:14 to manifest His GIFTS by the laying on of hands. He may or may not separate or set apart spiritual workers such as pastors and teachers by the laying on of hands – which is NOT the lofty ‘ordination’ of a hierarchical ‘eldership’ or priesthood, exalting them to some superior ‘office’ or well-paid ‘post.’ - [Acts 13:2-3; 1 Tim. 5:22.]
The Spirit may and most probably will heal the sick through the laying on of hands, as and when He chooses, (Mark 16:18.)
The Spirit may also use doctors or the human body’s own marvelous, God-given ability to ‘heal itself’ as witnessed every day when we cut ourselves — but ALL healing ultimately emanates from God Alone!
However, human beings may not and cannot ‘confer’ or ‘transfer’ the Holy Spirit Himself by breathing on people or even by the laying on of hands! Only Jesus is the Savior, Redeemer, Healer, and Holy-Ghost Baptizer!
Christ Jesus Himself conferred the Holy Spirit to all those who sincerely accepted Him in sincere obedience to His Word, Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6; ACTS 5:32!
THE MIGHTY RUSHING WIND
The arrival of the Holy Spirit on that Day of Pentecost is also a sound historical and Scriptural event. It was personally experienced and witnessed by Jesus’ disciples, as well as ‘a multitude from every nation under heaven,’ who were in Jerusalem at the time. – Acts 2 & 3; Jn. 1:12-13; Gal. 4:6-7.
This ‘multitude’ of witnesses in the city heard when there ‘suddenly came a sound from heaven AS OF a rushing mighty wind and it filled the whole house where the disciples were together with one accord.’ Then the disciples actually SAW ‘the divided tongues, AS OF fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with, [baptized with, or completely and fully indwelt by] the Holy Spirit.’
Jesus’ first baptism with the Holy Spirit was accompanied by symbolic wind and fire. Not wind and fire, but LIKE wind and fire. ‘This may also be an allusion to the burning bush, (Ex. 3:2-5,) which was a symbol of the Divine Presence, an outward manifestation of the Spirit’s [first] coming.’ – Spirit Filled Bible.
Then they received the Spirit’s GIFT and ‘BEGAN to speak with other tongues.’ ‘Other tongues here refers to spoken human languages, unknown to the speakers but known by others,’ Acts 2:6, S.F. Bible.
‘Other tongues’ (twisted and omitted from many new translations of the Bible,) are the ‘tongues of MEN,’ (1 Cor. 13:1,) and the gift of ‘different kinds of tongues,’ according to 1 Cor. 12:10. The gift of tongues, also classified as the ‘tongues of angels,’ (1 Cor. 13:1,) are mysteries spoken to God, according to 1 Cor. 14:2-4,15,22.
While many religious systems, following in the footsteps of Roman Catholicism and Calvinism, deny the fact that these Scriptural gifts and ministrations of the Holy Spirit continue to this day, we can be certain that none of these GIFTS have ceased.
The true body of Christ is still the same body that was born on that Day of Pentecost. She is still the bride of Christ, saved by the same blood, and baptized, possessed, and sealed by the same Spirit.
Her commission remained the same.
Her true Scriptural form and functions are still the same.
Her spiritual power still emanates from the same Source. Her gifts and fruit are still the work and grace of God the Holy Spirit, Who still constantly indwells her, as the ‘Kingdom of God is within you!’ – Lu. 17:21; Mark 16:16-17; Mt. 28:20b; Eph. 1:13.
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