Spiritual Gifts part 86. Introduction to the Baptism by the Holy Spirit.

Eph 1:3-6; 1Co 12:13; 2Co 5:17; Gal 3:26-28; 1Co 1:10-17; Rom 6:3-7.

ROMANS-204-110213 - length: 77:02 - taught on Feb, 13 2011

Class Outline:

John Farley
February 13, 2011

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Wed Feb 16 Class - Pastor Cunningham
Thu Feb 17 NO CLASS
Fri Feb 18 WG
Sat Feb 19 WG
Sun Feb 20 WG

Winter Gathering Feb 18-20

Friday February 18th 10am to 12noon 7:30pm to 10pm
Saturday February 19th 10am to 12noon 7:30pm to 10pm
Sunday February 20th 10am to 12noon
(Lord's Supper)

Spiritual Gifts Part 86: Introduction to the Baptism by the Holy Spirit

1. Efficacious Grace
2. Indwelling of the Spirit
3. Regeneration
4. the Baptism by the Spirit 5. the Sealing with the Spirit 6. the Distribution of Spiritual Gifts.

C. The Baptism by the Spirit is the ministry of God the Holy Spirit in taking every new believer and entering him into permanent vital union with the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The result of the baptism by the Spirit, union with Christ, is also called “positional truth”. The New Testament uses the expression “in Christ” or en Christoo in the Greek.

2CO 5:17
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

This baptism by the Holy Spirit is unique to the Church Age believer.

The Baptism by the Spirit is the basis for unity in the Body of Christ.

This subject gets attacked relentlessly by the kingdom of darkness.

The believer who understands and lives in his position in Christ is going to have victory over the enemies of Christ.

The Bible in the original language turns out to be really helpful in cutting through all the confusion. (imagine that? )

Water baptism was a teaching tool during the ministry of John the Baptist and the transitional period documented in the book of Acts.

Water baptism is not necessary for salvation.

Water baptism is not the means by which you are entered as a member of the Church.

The Baptism by the Holy Spirit, placing the believer in permanent union with the Lord Jesus Christ, is the ONLY baptism that matters in the Church Age.

Point 1. Defining our terms.

The English word “baptize” is not native to the English language, and thus carries with it no innate meaning of its own.

Mitt Romney - ’Sticky’ or ’Uncooked Rice’
Fred Thompson - ’Virtue Soup’
Thomas M. Menino - ’Rainbow Farmer’ or ’Imbecile’

Barack Obama - ’Europe Pulling a Horse’

Hillary Clinton - ’Upset Stomach’

It is simply a transliteration of the corresponding Greek word. Therefore it derives its meaning from the Greek word.

Barack Obama - ’Europe Pulling a Horse’

Hillary Clinton - ’Upset Stomach’

Transliteration is not the same as translation.

Translation chooses the best words in another language to capture the meaning of the word in the original language.

Transliteration changes letters or words into corresponding characters of another alphabet or language.

In transliteration, the word in one language (Greek) is brought into the second language (English) character by character, sound by sound...



When we are dealing with a word in our English Bible that is transliterated from the Greek, the ONLY way to get at its meaning is to study the MEANING of the Greek word.

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Baptizo had a primary (more down to earth and concrete) usage and a secondary (more figurative and conceptual) usage.

The primary usage of baptizo meant a literal envelopment within an element and so to become subject to that element.

The primary usage of baptizo meant a literal envelopment within an element and so to become subject to that element.

. A word starts out meaning something very concrete and physical, and then starts to be used figuratively based on the physical item or act it began by referring to.

The term “crosshairs” started out to mean “A set of two perpendicular lines in the sight of a firearm, used to align the gun with the target.”

It has come to mean...... ‘a center of interest”.

This is its secondary meaning if you will, yet no doubt the more popular way it is (or used to be!) used today.

The primary usage of baptizo meant a literal envelopment within an element and so to become subject to that element.

In secular documents written around the time the New Testament was written, baptizo is used to refer to a boat that is submerged in the water.

The secondary meaning of baptizo had to do with an object being brought under the influence of another quite apart from any physical envelopment.

Secular documents from the Koine Greek period show baptizo being used to describe a person who is overwhelmed in calamities.

The baptism into repentance

The baptism into the remission of sins

The baptism by the cup into suffering

The baptism of Israel into Moses by the cloud and the sea

The baptism by the Spirit into Christ


This secondary meaning - to be placed into and brought under the influence of another, thus undergoing a permanent change - is by far the more frequent meaning when baptizo is used in the Greek New Testament.