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Jesus Baptises In One Holy SpiritBaptism in the Spirit

Once kept to the forefront by Pentecostals and Charismatics, this doctrine has recently been slipping to the back. The late John Wimber's view that we can have the Spirit's gifts without his baptism is a dangerously pervasive and negative one.

Jesus Baptises in One Holy Spirit by David Pawson (TerraNova Publications, 1997, ISBN 1901949443) is the book you need to persuade you to get back on track. Solidly faithful to Scripture, it shows baptism in the Holy Spirit to be a clearly identifiable experience and part of the 'initiation complex' of life as a believer. Read, mark and understand this important book!

Some have been eager to exclude Acts from consideration. That leaves anyone free to supply their own opinion about what constitutes such a baptism [in the Spirit] and, in particular, the liberty to deny that an identifiable experience is an essential element.  (p39)

God himself, not John [the Baptist], coined the phrase 'baptise in holy Spirit' and called his Son 'the baptiser'. [re John 1:33]  (p54)

Paul might as well have asked: 'Did you become a Christian when you became a Christian?' if believing and receiving [the Spirit] are virtually one and the same. [re Acts 19:2]  (p89)

There is a very simple explanation as to why the epistles don't describe the experience [of baptism in the Spirit]. They are written to those who've already had it! Why tell them what they already know perfectly well and from first hand? The apostles don't waste words.  (p95)

Note that [in Rom 8:15] the result of receiving the Spirit of adoption is to 'cry out'. The Greek verb (krazein) means spontaneous verbal ejaculation… It is astonishing that this verse is so often described as 'the inward witness' of the Spirit, a silent witness. 'Crying out (loud)' is the exact opposite!  (p99)

This 'we' [in 1 Cor 12:13] must be limited to Paul himself and those he addresses. It cannot be applied to all 'Christians' today any more than if he had said, 'We were all baptised in water', which would also have been true for himself and the Corinthians. (p106)

Terminology is vital to theology. What we say affects how we think, as well as vice versa.  (p174)

It is too easily assumed that God's blessing is the approval of our teaching, that because his Holy Spirit is working our doctrinal understanding must be correct. This by no means follows. His blessing means that he is gracious, not that we are accurate.  (p198)

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