Baptism with the Holy Spirit

 

 

13. Is the baptism with the Holy Spirit necessary for salvation?

 

 

No, you don’t need to be baptized with the Holy Spirit in order to be saved because salvation is obtained only by faith in Jesus Christ, as it is written: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household” (Acts 16:31 – NKJV), and again: “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” (Ephesians 2:8 – NKJV).

Therefore, salvation from sin and from eternal destruction is obtained through faith in the name of the Son of God, that is, by believing that He died for our sins and rose again for our justification (Rom 4:25).

What is then the use of the baptism with the Holy Spirit? Well, the baptism with the Holy Spirit is useful because through it believers are endued with power from on high, for the baptism with the Holy Spirit is an enduement of power from on high, as Jesus said to His disciples: “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high …. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). And since a believer, when he is endued with power through the baptism with the Holy Spirit, begins to speak to God in other tongues, that is, to pray or to sing to God in another tongue (because he who speaks in a tongue does speak to God – 1 Corinthians 14:2,15,16-17) – and we teach this according to what happened on the day of Pentecost at Jerusalem when the disciples were baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:4) – it is evident that the baptism with the Holy Spirit enables you to pray or to sing to God in another tongue (that is, in the Holy Spirit).

So beware of all those believers who say that if you have not yet received the baptism with the Holy Spirit you are not saved.

 

 

 

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