A series of posts about Spirit Baptism from 2005.[This is a little confusing even to me. Still, if you are keen...]
Understanding conversion as regeneration, indwelling and filling (to change the term on you) is useful in explaining a few things...
Well, it seems that Hillsong is in the news (e.g. hair, I mean here) and exciting blog commentary (e.g. here, I mean hair...no, I don't). The issues discussed are important, but what I'd like to focus on in this post is hair.
A series of posts about Spirit Baptism from 2005.
Well, I must confess that I thought I would have more trouble with 1 Cor 12:13, but I think I have proved (to myself at least) that the baptism talked about there is not the Lukan Baptism in the Spirit. As John Piper said, Paul uses the words differently from Luke. I wasn't sure I agreed with Piper until I did that little study. I'm now happy with that statement.
The next verses are ones Aaron has used a few times in the comments here and he also briefly mentioned verse 2 on his blog - Galatians 3:1-5.
I knew the girl the Lord wanted me to marry. And she agreed - for a time. Then she changed her mind.
But me? I'm a tenacious fellow...
A series of posts on Spirit Baptism from 2005.
It is here I admit difficulty.
I am convinced that the accounts in Acts combined with Heb 6:2 indicate a regeneration, water baptism and a real subsequent baptism in the Spirit through the laying on of hands (or sovereignly from God) as normative for a Christian. If Heb 6:2 did not exist, I would probably eventually side with the view that the Acts accounts were non-normative in their separation of regeneration and Spirit reception, but as it is Acts and Hebrews seem to indicate quite the opposite - regeneration and Spirit baptism are temporally separate.
The problem for me comes when trying to understand the rest of the NT in light of this. I want to look at three scriptures that present problems and look at possible solutions.
Last Tuesday night we flew into the cinema, landed in our seats, wound up our expectations and were propelled into a movie extravaganza! No, not really. But we did go see Planes: Fire & Rescue. And it was...