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Hebrews 6:1-2 - Spirit Baptism 4.

Category: God and Church
Published: Thursday, 18 September 2014
Written by The Kiwi

A series of posts about Spirit Baptism from 2005.

I have gone through the explicit examples in Acts of Spirit baptism separate from conversion, and explained why I don't see that the significance of the accounts has any bearing on the question of Spirit baptism apart from conversion. In fact, in Acts 8 it just does not make sense if separate Spirit baptism and manifestations were not normal.

Still, when discussing this issue, the question comes up: What about the other accounts of conversion that do not include a description of a separate Spirit baptism? I'd like to answer that via Hebrews 6:1-2.

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Check Out This New Card Game: Exta-Cards - Prototype One.

Category: This is What Happens When Life Happens to Us
Published: Friday, 12 September 2014
Written by The Kiwi

First we played Connect Four.

Once.

Then we played Noughts and Crosses.

Once.

Then Jack said, "Let's play my game." And he drew this plan to explain it to me.

Acts 9, Acts 10 and Acts 19 - Spirit Baptism 3.

Category: God and Church
Published: Thursday, 11 September 2014
Written by The Kiwi

A series of posts about Spirit Baptism from 2005.

I've looked at Acts 2 and Acts 8. Without preamble let me go on to Acts 9.

Acts 2 and Acts 8 - Spirit Baptism 2.

Category: God and Church
Published: Thursday, 04 September 2014
Written by The Kiwi

A series of posts about Spirit Baptism from 2005.

After giving Aaron over at Maranatha a link to a John Piper sermon on Spirit Baptism, I had decided to write about the topic myself. Aaron beat me to it. This leaves me wondering...do I go ahead with what convinced me that the baptism in the Holy Spirit is separate from conversion, or answer Aaron's post? I think I'll do the former tie up any loose ends in another post.

I have already written why it is a problem for reformed folks to hold that Spirit Baptism occurs at conversion. The mere presence of biblical examples where people are converted without having received the Holy Spirit creates, at the very least, a problem for those who hold it cannot happen. Quite apart from that, I have always found the contention that all of the examples in Acts where Spirit Baptism and conversion are separate are highlighting "breakthrough points" of the gospel to be taking a good idea and extending it too far. Sure, the mere fact that they were mentioned indicates that they were important, but I don't see how that relates to the issue of Spirit baptism unless someone is predisposed to see it that way. So, despite the many fine people (including Aaron) who take that view, I cannot agree. Let me go through the examples and show you why.

DEVOTION: Spiritually fat or fit?

Category: God and Church
Published: Monday, 01 September 2014
Written by The Kiwi

LoveHeart

Love is patient, love is kind. (NIV)

Love suffers long and is kind…(NKJ)

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self. (Mess)

I’m sad to say I’m getting fat. I’m not sure whether it’s the whole packets of Ginger Nuts I eat in one sitting, the amount of sugar in bottles of Coke, the amount of delicious food my wife cooks for dinner or just that I am a contented happily married man. Whatever the reason, my stomach sticks out further than my chest and when I look side-on into a mirror, gravity makes my face unrecognisable. I’m not happy. The solution?

Why Reformed Believers Contradict Themselves if they Do Not Believe in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. Spirit Baptism 1.

Category: God and Church
Published: Thursday, 28 August 2014
Written by The Kiwi

A series of posts on Spirit Baptism from 2005.

The title of this post is admittedly provocative. It would be better to say that the theological argument many reformed believers use against the Baptism in the Holy Spirit contradicts another reformed belief - that of the need to be regenerate to believe.

In reformed thought, a person is totally unable to save themselves - they are unable to apprehend, let alone respond to, the gospel. In keeping with salvation being of God from beginning to end, reformed theology states that when a person becomes a genuine Christian, as they hear the gospel the Holy Spirit regenerates them (they are born again) and so the person responds in faith to the good news. (I agree with this, by the way).

When it comes to Baptism in the Holy Spirit, many reformed people identify the reception of the Holy Spirit with this regeneration, i.e. a person is baptised in the Spirit when they become Christians/are born again - it is one and the same thing.

Here is the contradiction:

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