There are two ways to “read” the Bible. One way is to say, “Let me show you what the Bible says!” The other is to say, “Let me see what the Bible says to me!” You get two widely different results.
There is a major difference between reading the Bible and studying the Bible. When you read the Bible you read one word after another and your goal is progression. When you study the Bible you ponder the words, and dwell and reflect on what the words are actually saying.
Reading instead of studying the Bible is the cause of all the religious division in the “Christian” world. There are groups teaching the exact opposite of each other and groups that are as theologically different as the lightning bug is to lightning.
I'm often told, “I read the Bible cover to cover at least once a year!” I submit to you that if you do that you are simply reading the words. You are missing the texture and flavor. You may even read so fast you'll shoot in a direction that may not be set in the Bible.
One of the many areas where that is done is the Baptism of The Holy Spirit.
The Book of Acts begins...
Notice the words, “He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen.” Jesus is expressly commanding the 11 of the 12 apostles, Judas, the traitor has killed himself.
Let's read on...
John the Baptist's baptism was a valid baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. with water. The 11, along with Jesus had been baptized by John and now Jesus was was promising them another baptism, not with water but with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Who did Jesus command to wait for the Holy Spirit baptism, “the Promise of the Father?” The passage says His chosen apostles, no multitude, no unnamed gathering, just His apostles. The Holy Spirit Baptism was to occur in Jerusalem and it was to occur on the apostles for a special purpose.
What will happen when the Holy Spirit baptizes them? They will receive some sort of power they did not have when Jesus commanded them to remain in Jerusalem.
Acts 1 ends with the selection of Judas' replacement...
Acts 2 begins some days later still talking about the same “they” of Acts 1:26. Nothing has occurred between chapter 1 and 2 to change who the “they” are. They are the same 12 apostles. No one has been added, no one has been taken away.
“Look, are not all these who speak Galileans?” Whatever any of the apostles said was heard in the audience's native language. Notice that each heard what the apostles said in the apostle's tongues was heard in audiences “own tongues.”
There are those who teach the Baptism of The Holy Spirit comes upon true believers today and the ability to speak in tongues is actually a sign of one's salvation. Their Baptism of the Holy Spirit of today bears no resemblance to the first century Baptism of the Holy Spirit and goes beyond the word of God.
Modern apostolics place more emphasis on the ability to speak in “unknown tongues” than any other part of the first century Holy Spirit Baptism. The Holy Spirit Baptism came upon the apostles and they immediately began speaking in tongues. Apostolics of today have to earnestly seek the ability and can even be taught the gift.
The Bible Holy Spirit Baptism fell on the teachers, not the crowd. The apostles were sitting all together in one room and a sound filled the house that was heard by those outside the house and drew them to where the house was to hear the first gospel sermon delivered by Peter under the influence of the power given to him and the other 11 apostles in the house. The Holy Spirit confirmation that Peter's sermon came from God was that you heard the message no matter what your native tongue was. The context of “unknown tongues” is that the speaker's language was previously unknown to the speaker, not unknown to the hearer, verse 7. The crowd was not able to speak in a tongue unknown to them, the apostles were.
When the Holy Spirit, or Holy Ghost, depending on which translation you are reading, came upon the apostles there was no loss of control, if fact the 12 apostles took total control of, the multitude. Peter called them murderers and got away with it, that is ultimate power right there. Modern apostolics give control over themselves to some inconsistent force that serves no apparent purpose while gyrating, stomping around and often losing their balance often caused by someone hitting their forehead.
When the Holy Spirit came upon the 12 apostles there was an obvious beginning, a sound of rushing wind filled the house that everyone heard. There was an unmistakable visible sign, “divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them.” Modern apostolics seem to need urging to express the Spirit coming upon them.
When there was no New Testament God used heavenly miracles, occurrences totally outside of nature, to prove that the occurrence came from God Himself. Anything that naturally occurs within nature cannot be a miracle. There certainly is a lack “ of divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them,”.
There are only two instances of Holy Spirit Baptism recorded in the New Testament. One is the Day of Pentecost in Acts 2 that was on the 12 apostles and Acts 11 on the household of Cornelius.
And modern apostolics ignore the passage of Acts 8:18...
The power, the gift, of the Holy Spirit was given only to the 12 apostles on the Day of Pentecost and only could be passed on by them. When they died there was no more passing on of the direct indwelling of the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit works through the Words recorded in the Bible.
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