LEAVING THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS 16:2
What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit?
“The IMMERSION OF SOUND”
Expressions such as synonyms are not required to fit in every scenario. “A sunset might be described equally well as beautiful or resplendent, but a beautiful baby would not usually be described as resplendent, which has a different implication (e.g., dazzling).”i
Five Expressions For “The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit.” (a continuation).
1. Immersion (previous article) a
2. Immersion of Sound.
3. A Falling Upon.
4. A Pouring Out Upon.
5. A Gift.
#2. Holy Spirit Baptism Is IMMERSION OF SOUND.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is only identified twice in the Scriptures (Acts 1 & 2 and 10 & 11). Jesus promised that the baptism to the apostles was to be fulfilled “not many days hence.” About ten days after Jesus ascended to “the throne of David” in Heaven (Acts 2:30), the apostles were waiting in Jerusalem as instructed, when there was a sound (echoG2279) from heaven that filled the house where they were (Acts 2:2). This was on the day of Pentecost. The baptism was not of water but a wind sound. While explaining the new birth to Nicodemus, Jesus compared the work of the Holy Spirit to the sound of the wind (John 3:8).ii However, the sound of wind is mentioned only with the baptism of the apostles on the day of Pentecost.
#2a. This Sound FILLS THE HOUSE.
I’ve often heard that a tornado’s strong wind sounds like a freight train. But what about a gigantic hurricane? The headline for the sound of one of the latest hurricanes was “Chilling Sound Of Killer Hurricane Irma So Loud Viewers Mistake It For TRAIN HORN.”iii This was the sound of a wind blowing at 185 miles per hour. Was this the kind of sound that filled the house where the apostlesiv were? It was like a sound of a “rushing mighty wind.” Now, it wasn’t wind, but it was a sound like wind, a mighty rushing one. This is consistent with the language Jesus uses, in John 3:8, in defining how the Holy Spirit’s work is likened to “wind” that blows. The ISV version of Acts 2:2 is “a sound like the roar of a mighty windstorm came from heaven and filled the whole house.” This may be the sound that’s loud enough to be “noised abroad” that assembled the people. The characteristic of sound for the immersion of the Holy Spirit is only reported in the Acts 2 Pentecost event. No special sound is mentioned as occurring for the subsequent Cornelius event in Acts 10 and 11.
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an immersion.; and it is an immersion of Sound similar to that of a mighty wind. The only verified recipients of a baptism of (ev) the Holy Spirit revealed in Holy Scriptures are (1) the apostles at the beginning of the gospel (Philippians 4:15) and (2) Cornelius household at the beginning of Peter’s preaching.
To be continued ...
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ii The word “spirit” and “wind” in the original Greek is derived from the word “breath” which basic word is used in both John 3:8 and Acts 2:2 as an analogy (i.e., “as the wind”).
iii http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/643055/Hurricane-Irma-path-latest-deadly-storm-chilling-sound-wind- Puerto-Rico-Caribbean-video 9/8/2017.
iv Acts 2:1, “they.” The nearest antecedent for “they” is in Acts 1:26 which names the twelve apostles.