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Summary: DISCUSSES THE EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT-BIBLICAL PASSAGES ABOUT THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF THE SPIRIT.

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WHAT IS THE INITIAL EVIDENCE OF THE BAPTISM WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT?

ACTS 1:4-5 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for

the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. [5] For John baptized with water, but in a few days

you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”

One of the more controrversal questions is what is the evidence of the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. Some say tongues ended with the

apostles or with the 1st church age, but what does the Bible say. Sad to say, many have taken passages and twisted them to mean

what they want it to or what their denomination says. Let's look closely at what the Bible says

Speaking in tongues — is it the unique initial evidence that someone has been baptized with the Holy Spirit? Or should we look for another sign?

Pentecostal Christianity worldwide is believed by some researchers to number half a billion (500 million) members. The vast majority of them strongly hold the doctrinal position that a person baptized with the Holy Spirit will speak in tongues as the initial evidence of that experience. That is the position that will be put forth in this bible study. Let’s examine three primary Scripture portions that lead to this conclusion.

Acts 1:4-5; 2:1-4 On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the

gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. [5] For John baptized with water, but in a few days you

will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” ...

Acts [2:1] When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. [2]Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind

came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. [3] They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that

separated and came to rest on each of them. [4] All o f them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other

tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

•• WHAT IS UNIQUE HERE? — THE SPEAKING IN OTHER TONGUES. Glossolalia is the technical term used by theologians to describe this

experience.

•• WHAT IS NOT UNIQUE HERE? — the manifestations of wind and fire.

1 Kings 19:11 The LORD said [to Elijah], “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.”

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in

the wind.

1 Kings 19:12a After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire.

1 Kings 19:12b And after the fire came a gentle whisper [KJV: a still small voice]. It was in the voice, the speaking, that Elijah discerned the

Lord. So he went out to the mouth of the cave to meet with the Lord who spoke to him.

•• ELIJAH MET SWITH GOD ON MT. HOREB. God granted him dramatic manifestations of wind and fire, also an earthquake. But the

bible specifically states that “the Lord was not in the wind ... not in the fire.” Elijah sensed the Lord in the “still small voice.”

•• At Pentecost in Acts 2:1-4, the disciples likewise experienced dramatic, God-sent manifestations of wind and fire — similar to Elijah at Mt.

Horeb. But the only unique manifestation on that day of Pentecost was the speaking in tongues, not the wind and fire.

Acts 10:44-46 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. [45] The circumcised believers

who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. [46] For they

heard them speaking in tongues and praising God.

•• AGAIN WHAT WAS UNIQUE HERE? — the speaking in tongues.

•• WHAT WAS NOT UNIQUE HERE? — the praising of God, which is common throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Acts 19:6 When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied.

•• ONCE MORE, WHAT WAS UNIQUE HERE? — THE SPEAKING IN TONGUES.

•• WHAT IS NOT UNIQUE HERE? — the prophesying, which is commonly seen in both Testaments.

The Scriptural conclusion? The baptism with the Hol y Spirit (as we have seen in

Acts 2, 10, and 19) is a uniquely New Testament experience. And it has a unique initial

evidence — speaking in tongues!

THE SOUND OF A RUSHING, MIGHTY WIND (Acts 2:2) is not an evidence, nor is it “the evidence”. It occurred on only one of the

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