RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT WITHOUT WATER BAPTISM
1) King David was anointed by the prophet Samuel with oil not water.
And Samuel said to
Jesse, “Are all the young men here?” Then he said, “There remains yet
the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep.” And Samuel said to
Jesse, “Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he comes
here.” So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with bright
eyes, and good-looking. And the Lord said, “Arise, anoint him; for this
is the one!” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the
midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from
that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:11-13.
2) The Holy Spirit is received through sincere belief in Jesus Christ after His glorification.
On the last day, that
great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone
thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the
Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”
But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him
would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was
not yet glorified. John 7:37-39.
3) Jesus Christ gave the Holy Spirit to His disciples through His breath not water.
Mary Magdalene came
and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had
spoken these things to her. Then, the same day at evening, being the
first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples
were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the
midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He
showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when
they saw the Lord. So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the
Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He
breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you
forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins
of any, they are retained.” John 20:18-23.
4) The Apostle Paul received the Holy Spirit through the laying on of hands before water baptism.
But the Lord said to
him, “Go, for he is a chosen vessel of Mine to bear My name before
Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how
many things he must suffer for My name’s sake.” And Ananias went his
way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said,
“Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you
came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with
the Holy Spirit.” Immediately there fell from his eyes something like
scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was
baptized. Acts 9:15-18.
5) People believed the word of God and received the Holy Spirit before water baptism.
Then Peter opened his
mouth and said: “In truth I perceive that God shows no partiality. But
in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted
by Him. The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching
peace through Jesus Christ—He is Lord of all—that word you know, which
was proclaimed throughout all Judea, and began from Galilee after the
baptism which John preached: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with
the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing
all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. And we are
witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and
in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree. Him God raised up
on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to
witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ate and drank with Him
after He arose from the dead. And He commanded us to preach to the
people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be
Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that,
through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of
sins.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell
upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who
believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift
of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they
heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Acts 10:34-46.
6) The Holy Spirit is poured out upon Christians from God through faith in Jesus Christ.
been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in
which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only
that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation
produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character,
hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been
poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans
7) Christians receive the Holy Spirit through sincere trust and belief in Jesus Christ after hearing the word of God.
In Him you also
trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your
salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy
Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the
redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.
Conclusion: Water Baptism should never be confused for Christian salvation or the Christian Gospel or message.
For Christ did not
send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel, not with wisdom of words,
lest the cross of Christ should be made of no effect. For the message
of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who
are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18.
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