Friday, August 05, 2016

Prayer in the Holy Spirit: Part Three

Today, I am picking right up where I left off, yesterday! On Wednesday, I started a study on the Holy Spirit. More specifically, "baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit" and prayer in the Spirit. I am using Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem as secondary authority and God’s word, the scriptures, as primary authority on the matter. (Side note: This investigation is to answer questions I have regarding my faith. I encourage all who may read this to research this themselves, also, in the scriptures. The answers you seek, and the understanding, might be different from my own.)

I am continuing with the second topic:
What does God’s word say about “baptism in (or with) the Holy Spirit”? (To view part one of this study, click here, and to view part two, click here!)

13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13. ESV.)

Grudem notes that “as far as the apostle Paul was concerned, baptism in the Holy Spirit occurred at conversion. [Paul] says that all the Corinthians were baptized in the Holy Spirit and the result was that they became members of the body of Christ… ‘Baptism in the Holy Spirit’, therefore, must refer to the activity of the Holy spirit at the beginning of the Christian life when he gives us new spiritual life (in regeneration) and cleanses us and gives a clear break with the power and love of sin (the initial stage of sanctification). (Systematic Theology, p. 769.)

So, what about the scriptures that read:
5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now."(Acts 1:5. ESV.)

22 And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit'. (John 20:22)

Grudem goes on to explain, “But we must realize that the day of Pentecost is much more than an individual event in the lives of Jesus’ disciples and those with them. The day of Pentecost was the point of transition between the old covenant work and ministry of the Holy Spirit and the new covenant work and ministry of the Holy Spirit.” (Systematic Theology, p. 770.)

Examples of “the old covenant work and ministry of the Holy Spirit”:
2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. (Genesis 1:2. ESV.)

3 and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship,… 31 and he has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill, with intelligence, with knowledge, and with all craftsmanship, (Exodus 31:3 and 35:31. ESV.)

9 And Joshua the son of Nun was full of the spirit of wisdom, for Moses had laid his hands on him. So the people of Israel obeyed him and did as the LORD had commanded Moses. (Deuteronomy 34:9. ESV.)

6 Then the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon him, and although he had nothing in his hand, he tore the lion in pieces as one tears a young goat. But he did not tell his father or his mother what he had done. (Judges 14:6. ESV.)

13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers. And the Spirit of the LORD rushed upon David from that day forward. And Samuel rose up and went to Ramah. (1 Samuel 16:13. ESV.)

11 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
(Psalm 51:11. ESV.)

16 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you. 17And I will come down and talk with you there. And I will take some of the Spirit that is on you and put it on them, and they shall bear the burden of the people with you, so that you may not bear it yourself alone. (Numbers 11:16-17. ESV.)

14 Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him. (1 Samuel 16:14. ESV.)

Grudem also states, “The old covenant work of the Holy Spirit was almost completely confined to the nation of Israel, but in the new covenant there is created a new ‘dwelling place of God’ (Eph. 2:22), the church, which unites both Gentiles and Jews in the body of Christ.” (Systematic Theology, p. 770.)
22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22. ESV.)

And, there is where I have to stop for today. Onward, ho, tomorrow!

(Source: Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. 1994, 2000. Grand Rapids, MI.)
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