Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to dwell within His followers.  He did this after His life, death, burial, resurrection, and ascension.  Jesus told His Apostles to wait in Jerusalem until they received the Holy
Spirit, Power from on high.  The Holy Spirit came to them to enable them to teach/preach God’s divine message of salvation.  This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit.   Acts 1:4-5  The demonstration of the power of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and giving them the message from God is seen in the 2nd chapter of Acts climaxing with 3000 people believing and being baptized.  At the conclusion of the first gospel sermon Peter told the convicted Jews, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (forgiveness) of sins and to receive the GIFT of the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 2:38

Now this is different than receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit.  In only two instances is the work of the Holy Spirit called a baptism.  On the day of Pentecost as described in the 2nd chapter of Acts and the outpouring of the spirit on Cornelius, a Gentile, in the 10th chapter of Acts.  I conclude that the Holy Spirit given to the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost was so they could deliver God’s message and the
Spirit given to Cornelius and the Gentiles was so they knew that the message was from God.  All of this proved the authenticity of the message  through the Apostles and that the Gentiles had the right to this God-saving message.

We must acknowledge that God wants His children to have His Spirit.  Listen, “If by the spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live, because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.” Romans 8:13-14  The Spirit is absolutely necessary.  “The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.”  Romans 8:16  In fact, Romans 8:9 states, “If anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.”

God’s Spirit, Spirit of Jesus and the Holy Spirit all work together to bring salvation to every human being who will believe the message. Faith comes by hearing God’s message from His book, the Bible.  We are save by grace through faith.

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