Saturday, May 19, 2012

Which Baptism

...and yet, though he (Apollos)  had been given instruction in the Way of the Lord and preached with great spiritual earnestness and was accurate in all the details he taught about Jesus, he had only experienced the baptism of John.
Acts 18:25

Apollos was a Jewish believer who preached with great eloquence from a head knowledge of scripture and of Jesus, but he hadn't had a heart experience with the Holy Spirit.

Luke, in writing the Book of Acts, here clearly infers that a water baptism, while necessary, is not enough.  The consummate baptism for a follower of The Way is baptism in the spirit.  It was baptism in the spirit that transformed and empowered the Apostles in the upper room.  It was baptism in the spirit of Cornelius and his household that convinced Peter pagans could and should join the Church.  It was baptism in the spirit, received from Ananaias, that completed Paul's radical conversion.  

Pentecost is just a week away...

Come Holy spirit fall afresh on me.
Little Flower, please pray for me.

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