What Is The Baptism Of The Holy Spirit?

The Spirit Falls Upon”

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. a

3. A Falling Upon.

4. A Pouring Out Upon.

5. A Gift.

#3. Holy Spirit Baptism is (THE SPIRIT) FALLING UPON.

Falling Upon” the Gentiles is the expression used for the baptism in the Holy Spirit in Acts 10 and 11 for the Cornelius household’s baptism. A few years had passed since the apostles were baptized by the Holy Spirit on Pentecost in Jerusalem. A religious Gentile soldier Cornelius living in Caesarea was told by an angel to “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved” (Acts 11:13,14). Cornelius did as he was told; he sent for Peter; and he assembled his kin and friends to hear Peter’s words whereby they could be saved.” In Acts 10 we have this record, “While Peter is yet speaking these sayings, the Holy spirit fell upon all those hearing the word” (Acts 10:44, Young’s Literal Translation).ii

Falling Upon” the apostles also. Peter described it later to the other “apostles and brethren” at Jerusalem (11:1), “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them even as upon us also at the beginning.” (Acts 11:15, Darby; cf. Acts 10:44 and 11:15). Both occurrences of the baptism of the Holy Spirit was a “Falling Upon.

The “falling upon” is distinct from Peter’s preaching. Note why Peter was there to preach: “And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: … he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do” (Acts 10:5,6). Also the words of Peter were “words whereby they could be saved” (Acts 11:14). The assembly had only started listening without being told to do anything; yet God baptized them by the Holy Spirit. Peter would continue preaching and tell them they had to be baptized in water (10:48). These words would tell them (1) what to do and (2) how to be saved. These were two different baptisms; the required baptism to be done and obeyed in order to be saved was in water. “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe(1 Corinthians 1:21). Heaven’s “baptism of the Holy Spirit” obviously had another purpose.

Meanwhile, the “falling upon of the Holy Spiritcaused the recipients to “speak with tongues, and magnify God.” As we remember this occurred also with the baptism of the Spirit upon the apostles in Acts 2:4. “And they … began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance” (ASV).

This expression “Spirit fell upon” is equivalent to an OT expression that indicated that one was being inspired to be God’s mouthpiece, spokesman; i.e., a prophet (Exodus 4:16; 7:1). The prophet Ezekiel said, “And the Spirit of the LORD fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak” (Ezekiel 11:5). When God “placed” His Spirit upon Moses, or the Seventy, or King Saul, or David (1 Samuel 16:13), etc., they would prophesy.iii The Spirit’s coming or falling upon individuals then made them prophets to speak for God. In the case of King Saul (e.g., 1 Samuel 10:10), it was definitely temporary.

Although this expression “fell upon” proves to be a synonym for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is NOT limited to such. Remember Webster (in part one) defined a synonym as an expression that’s “nearly the same meaning in some senses”. To fall uponcannot be said to exclusively refer to an immersion since the Samaritan believers were said to “not having had the Spirit fall upon them” (Acts 8:16) which matter was resolved not by baptism of the Holy Spirit but simply by the laying on of the apostles’ hands (Acts 8:17,18). When Paul laid his hands on the disciples in Acts 19:6 “the Holy Spirit came* (up)on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” This would mean that this “falling or coming upon” is acquired directly in the baptism of the Holy Spirit but was available also indirectly through the means of the Spirit-baptized apostles with the laying on of their hands. [There’s no record of this happening with the Gentile Spirit-baptized ones.]

Since this is true, the death of the Spirit-baptized apostles would mean the cessation of laying on of their hands, and thereby, the power of prophecy (unless the Spirit baptism continued, which it didn’t).iv

Cessation of “Falling Upon” When Revelation Complete. This is what Paul meant when he wrote, “For what we know is incomplete and what we prophesy is incomplete. But when what is complete comes, then what is incomplete will be done away with” (1 Corinthians 13:9, 10, ISV). What was incomplete and complete in this text? Not Jesus. Was it not the knowledge and the prophesying? We would conclude that there is to be no more additions to knowledge when knowledge revelation became complete. Then there also would be no more prophesying. When the last apostle died, the “words” (called "the Faith", Jude 3, "which was once delivered"; see Extra Study) for us to believe and obey would have been delivered completely.


The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an immersion.; it is an immersion of Sound similar to that of a mighty wind; and it is a falling of the Holy Spirit “upon.” The only verified recipients revealed to us are (1) the apostles at the beginning of the gospel on the Pentecost after the cross event (Acts 2) and (2) Cornelius household at the beginning of Peter’s preaching in Acts 10. Peter compares the Cornelius baptism of the Spirit to the one “at the beginning.” Only two occurrences of reference.

To be continued ...


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For Extra Study:

The faith” is found in the original Greek in the following. If we know that a definite article accompanies “faith” or “belief”in the message then we can better understand that the gospel is what is referred to (not a blind believing; i.e., I believe in Tinker Bell, in love at first sight, etc.). Just believing something does not make it true. But “the faith” is Truth revealed. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith (2 Timothy 3:8, ASV). “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth(John 17:17).

Definition of "faith":

Strong’s: “by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself.”      Thayer’s: “1c) the religious beliefs of Christians.”


If the English version does not have "the" before faith but the Greek does, I have inserted the word "[the]" with brackets.

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name:

Romans 3:3 For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect?

Romans 3:30 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through [the] faith.

Romans 3:31 Do we then make void the law through [the] faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.

Romans 4:14 For if they which are of the law be heirs, [the] faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by [the] faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of [the] faith, which we preach;

Romans 10:17 So then [the] faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Romans 11:20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by [the] faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of [the] faith;

Romans 14:1 Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your [the] faith is also vain.

1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your [the] faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your [the] faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by [the] faith ye stand.

2 Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of [the] faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

2 Corinthians 10:15 Not boasting of things without our measure, that is, of other men's labours; but having hope, when your [the] faith is increased, that we shall be enlarged by you according to our rule abundantly,

2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in [the] faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?

Galatians 1:23 But they had heard only, That he which persecuted us in times past now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed.

Galatians 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the pRomansise of the Spirit through [the] faith.

Galatians 3:23 But before [the] faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed.

Galatians 3:25 But after that [the] faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.

Galatians 3:26 For ye are all the children of God by [the] faith in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 5:5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of [the] faith.

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through [the] faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Ephesians 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by [the] faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Ephesians 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of [the] faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Philippians 1:25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of [the] faith;

Philippians 1:27 Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;

Philippians 2:17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your [the] faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.

Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by [the] faith:

Colossians 1:4 Since we heard of your [the] faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

Colossians 1:23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away fRomans the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

Colossians 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him fRomans the dead.

1 Thessalonians 1:3 Remembering without ceasing your work of [the] faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

1 Thessalonians 1:8 For fRomans you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your [the] faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your [the] faith:

1 Thessalonians 3:5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your [the] faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.

1 Thessalonians 3:6 But now when Timotheus came fRomans you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your [the] faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:

1 Thessalonians 3:7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your [the] faith:

1 Thessalonians 3:10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your [the] faith?

2 Thessalonians 3:2 And that we may be delivered fRomans unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not [the] faith.

1 Timothy 1:19 Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning [the] faith have made shipwreck:

1 Timothy 3:9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart fRomans the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

1 Timothy 4:6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of [the] faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained.

1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

1 Timothy 5:12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their [the] first faith.

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred fRomans the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of [the] faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

1 Timothy 6:21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

2 Timothy 2:18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.

2 Timothy 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

2 Timothy 3:10 But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, [the] faith, longsuffering, charity, patience,

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

Titus 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in [the] faith, in charity, in patience.

Titus 3:15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.

Philemon 1:5 Hearing of thy love and [the] faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

Philemon 1:6 That the communication of thy [the] faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with [the] faith in them that heard it.

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our [the] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 13:7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose [the] faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.

James 1:3 Knowing this, that the trying of your [the] faith worketh patience.

James 2:1 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.

James 2:14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can [the] faith save him?

James 2:17 Even so [the] faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

James 2:18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy [the] faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my [the] faith by my works.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that [the] faith without works is dead?

James 2:22 Seest thou how [the] faith wrought with his works, and by works was [the] faith made perfect?

James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so [the] faith without works is dead also.

James 5:15 And the prayer of [the] faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.

1 Peter 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God through [the] faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your [the] faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

1 Peter 1:9 Receiving the end of your [the] faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up fRomans the dead, and gave him glory; that your [the] faith and hope might be in God.

1 Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

2 Peter 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your [the] faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

1 John 5:4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our [the] faith.

Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.


ii “To fall upon” and “came upon” is used also with the laying on of hands of the apostles (Acts 8:16;19:6).

iii King Saul prophesied from both an evil spirit falling upon him (1 Samuel 18:10) and the God’s Spirit springing on him (1 Samuel 10:10). The Spirit comes upon David (1 Samuel 16:13). Moses and the seventy had the Spirit placed upon them (Numbers 11:17, 25, 26,29) and they prophesied, etc. According to the concordance each prophet is generally said to have the Spirit of God upon.

iv Remember only two occasions of the baptism of the Holy Spirit is made known: upon the apostles (Acts 2) and upon the Gentiles (Acts 10, 11).