Different Authors on Immersion (Baptism) in the Holy Spirit (71)

Purpose: Para sa karagdagang pagpapahalaga sa gawain ng Banal na Espiritu) 

Introduction: 

 We submit several authors here to prove that we are not inventing a new issue: 

1. McClintock & Strong’s Encyclopedia  

 “Spirit (Holy) Baptism of 

The bestowment of the Divine Spirit upon faithful men – which is simply God’s spiritual access to and abiding with his believing and obedient ones – is a promise for all times and dispensations of the Church, of the fulfillment of which promise the Divine Word is the perpetual record. It was the consolation and guide of the patriarchs; the inspiration of the prophets, and the light and the life of the O.T. Church. That which is now given to believers and to the aggregate Church differs from the former in degree and in some of its modes of manifestation rather than in its substance or kind.   Indeed, as the Church has been, and is essentially the same under all its dispensations, having the same precious faith, with the one atoning Sacrifice as its object and end, so the animating Spirit   that guided and sustained the faithful ones of the earlier Church is the same with that which we recognize and worship, and in which we rejoice in this our day of the fullness of Gospel grace. It is   evident, however, that, for obviously good reason, a special and peculiar manifestation of the Spirit  was given to the apostles – first on the day of Pentecost, and afterward continuously, though   evidently with steadily decreasing outward manifestations, till it finally entirely ceased with the   apostolic age, But though its signs failed from the Church, as did the power of working miracles, its   substance, and reality, with all its blessed results, continued as Christ’s perpetual legacy to his   disciples all down through the ages, and will do so till the great consummation of his  kingdom.” (Quoted from McClintock and Strong Encyclopedia, Electronic Database. Copyright ©   2000 -2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved) 

2. Second theologian author is Wayne Grudem: 

 “Baptism in and Filling with the Holy Spirit 

 But this has a significant implication for us: it means that, as far as the apostle Paul was concerned, baptism in the Holy Spirit occurred at conversion. He says that all the Corinthians   were baptized in the Holy Spirit and the result was that they became members of the body of  Christ: ‘For we were all baptized in one Spirit into one body.’ (1Cor. 12:1, NIV mg). ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit,’ therefore, must refer to the activity of the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the   Christian life when he gives us new spiritual life (in regeneration) and cleanses us, and gives a   clear break with the power and love of sin (the initial stage of sanctification). In this way   ‘baptism in the Holy Spirit refers to all that the Holy Spirit does at the beginning of our   Christian lives.” ( Quoted from Baptism in and Filling with the Holy Spirit, Systematic Theology,  Wayne Grudem, page 768) 

3. Richard Rodgers, former instructor at Sunset International Bible Institute, a member of the Church of Christ believes that all obedient disciples receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit which is the pouring out (shedding forth) of the Holy Spirit.  

a. Brother Richard Rodgers says:  

 “Read carefully Matt. 3:1-12; Mk. 1:1-8; Lk. 3:1-9, 15-17; Jn. 1:32-34; Lk. 24:49; Acts 1:4-5, 8; 2:1-4,14-   21, 33, 38-39. x x x x based on the preceding verses is that the statement ‘Ye shall be baptized with   the Holy Spirit is simply the promise of the outpouring of the Spirit by Jesus on the day of Pentecost   one time for all, henceforth, available for all men whom God calls (through the gospel, 2 Thess.   2:14).” (A Study of the Holy Spirit of God, pp. 40-41)  

b. Brother Rodgers says further:  

 “[P]eter concludes this promised Spirit, now poured out by Jesus, is not only for the Jews at   Pentecost but for their children (all Jews that will ever live) and all that are afar off (the Gentiles, Eph. 

 2:11-13), even as many as the Lord our God shall call unto Him. (That would be you and me if we are called by the gospel, 2Thes. 2:14).” (A Study of the Holy Spirit of God, p. 44) 

c. Brother Rodgers adds this:  

 “The baptizing in the Holy Spirit and the outpouring of the Spirit is just the different ways to refer to   the same event.” (Rodgers, p. 44)  

d. He makes this conclusion:  

 “Therefore, the ‘baptizing in the Spirit’ was the ‘outpouring of the Spirit.” ( Rodgers, p. 45). 

My Comment: I understand that brother Rodgers says this Pouring Out of the Holy Spirit is Baptizing in the Holy  Spirit. It is for the Jews, for the children of the Jews who will ever live after Day of Pentecost, for all Gentiles, even as many as the Lord God shall call unto him. Since we, today in the 21st century, claim that we are called by God through the gospel, we are included in this pouring out or immersing in the Holy Spirit. I have been wondering why some Filipino brethren consider Richard Rodgers a faithful teacher, yet when Filipinos express this similar thing, they are suspected as false teachers. Do they understand what they read or they are color blind?  (4) Brian Garnett, an instructor at Sunset International Bible Institute, a member of the Church of Christ, a frequent  visiting lecturer in the Philippines have the following declarations:  

Brother Brian Garnett declares the following quotations:  

a. “3. This one-time (Day of Pentecost) has benefits that were only for apostles, benefits for those of the apostolic age and benefits for all who respond to the gospel of Christ.” (Studies about the Holy Spirit, p. 73)  b. “B. Holy Spirit BAPTISM is simply, the outpouring of the Spirit, By Jesus, On Pentecost, One time for all time, For all men (all Flesh), As a promise from the Father.” (Studies about the Holy Spirit, p. 73) c. “The ‘Out Pouring’ of the Holy Spirit or Holy Spirit Baptism is the process that made the Holy Spirit   available to all flesh.” (Studies about the Holy Spirit, p.72) 

d. “H. Outpouring and ‘Baptizing in the Holy Spirit are different ways of saying the same thing. When the Spirit was ‘poured out’ He ‘baptized’. (Studies about the Holy Spirit, p. 75) 

e. “Holy Spirit Baptism simply made the Spirit available to all who obey the gospel after that (Acts 5:32:   2:38).” (Studies about the Holy Spirit, p. 75)  

My Comment on the above: Our brother Brian Garnett says that the Out Pouring of the Holy Spirit is the same as  Holy Spirit Baptism and it is the process that made available to all flesh the Holy Spirit. So that includes those who obeyed the gospel after the Day of Pentecost and will continue up to the end of the world. I also understand that in the view of brother Garnett, we in the 21st century are included in this pouring out of the Holy Spirit which is immersion in the Holy Spirit.  

 The difference we have is that brother Garnett understands that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit happened only once in Jerusalem, Day of Pentecost, Acts 2 in the year 33 A.D. the Holy Spirit’s accessibility for all succeeding obedient disciples in all ages is by faith. Just like the way we access the power of Christ’s blood by faith. Whereas, my understanding is that Christ pours out the Holy Spirit on every obedient disciple separately and individually on the day and year a disciple obeys Christ’s instructions on conversion. Christ allowed it to fall on the Samaritans in Acts 8:  16-17 because the expectation was the falling on them of the Holy Spirit in verse 16. The Spirit did not flow from the  Jews of Pentecost Day. Also, Christ gave the Holy Spirit separately in Acts 9:17 to Saul (Paul) and he was filled with the Holy Spirit while Saul was in Damascus when Ananias placed his hands on him. The Holy Spirit did not pass through the arms and fingers of Ananias. Laying of hands was a sign of fellowship. In Titus 3:4-6, Apostle Paul declares that the Holy Spirit was abundantly poured upon them (Paul, Titus, Cretan disciples). He does not say that the Holy Spirit flowed from Jerusalem of Acts 2, in 33 A.D. to the Cretans on the Island of Crete in 64 A.D.   For me, it is more reasonable to think that Christ pours out the Holy Spirit or makes available the Spirit separately and individually as there are disciples who obey every day, rather than imagining the Holy Spirit flowing from  Jerusalem because there is no known congregation in Jerusalem as of this writing date.  

Question: From your reading of the Bible, do you understand that the Holy Spirit was poured out in   Jerusalem upon the apostles one time for all time and that the Holy Spirit comes to one’s life today in the 21st century through the power of personal faith? __Yes, __No. 

Question: From your reading of the Bible, do you understand that the Holy Spirit is poured out directly from Christ on the obedient individual today, in the 21st century? __Yes, __No. 

Question: After reading Titus 3:4-6, would you say that Paul, Titus, the Cretan Christians received the abundant pouring out of the Holy Spirit upon them separate from the Jerusalem event? __Yes, __No.  (End of Article)