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"BAPTISM OF THE SPIRIT" IN THE BOOK OF ACTS

There is no consistent pattern of when and how the "baptism of the Spirit" took place in the book of Acts.  In fact, it took place in a different way each time.  The only pattern is that there was no consistent pattern.

Acts 2:1-3  Tongues of fire accompany it.  It all took place suddenly and unexpectantly.  There was "sound like the blowing of a violent wind" that "came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting."

Acts 2:38-40  Repentance was to precede the gift of the Holy Spirit.  There is no mention of tongues taking place.

Acts 8:14-17  The new believers waited for the Apostles Peter and John.  They prayed and placed hands on them for them to receive the Holy Spirit.  There is no mention of tongues.

Acts 9:1-19  Paul believed and received the Holy Spirit when Ananias put laid his hands on him (9:17-19).  There is no mention of tongues.

Acts 10:44-48  The Gentiles that Peter preached to received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues immediately. 

Acts 19:6  The followers of John the Baptist received the Holy Spirit and spoke in tongues when Paul laid his hands on them.

   • See also Matthew 3:11; John 1:33; and Acts 1:4,5
   • I Corinthians 12:13 appears to indicate that every person who becomes a       Christian is baptized with the Spirit.  Those who call themselves       Charismatics or Pentecostals do sometimes teach that being baptized by       the Spirit as described in this verse is different than by being baptized with       on in the Spirit.  So, they conclude that there is a second experience called       the "baptism of the Spirit" that each Christian should seek after.  The       Evangelical-non-Charismatic position is that during the start of the church       believers were baptized with the Spirit in dramatic ways but, today, each       Christian is baptized in the Spirit when he or she becomes a Christian       (Romans 8:9).