There are some who believe that people are saved before they are baptized in the Holy Spirit. So, let’s look at Old Testament examples and New Testament Scriptures to show that this is not true. We are saved when we are baptized in water and baptized in the Holy Spirit, (Baptized in the Holy Spirit is also referred to in the Bible as receiving the Holy Spirit or being born again of the Holy Spirit. All these terms mean the same thing – they are not different experiences).
Everything in the Old Testament was an example (or a shadow)
For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law: 5 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
Note: Moses was commanded to make everything exactly the same as God’s pattern or example, because these things (the tabernacle, priesthood and the things they were to experience) would all be an example to the believers in the New Testament.
All of Israel were baptised in the water and the cloud
1 Corinthians 10v1
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; …
Note: All Israel were baptized into Moses in the water (Red Sea) and the cloud (which was a pillar of fire during the night – Exodus 14v24). The fire symbolises the Holy Spirit. So, we see that all Israel were baptised in water and fire.
The cloud was a pillar of fire during the night
And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,
Note: Just as all of Israel (and there were no exceptions), were baptized into Moses by water and cloud (fire), so in the New Testament all are baptized into Jesus Christ in water and the Holy Spirit and with fire.
Every believer is baptised into Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit and with fire
I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
We are all baptised in the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ (the Church)
1 Corinthians 12v13
For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
Note: Just as all Israel were baptized into Moses by water and cloud, (fire), so all believers are baptized into Jesus Christ in water (baptism) and the Holy Ghost (and with fire). Note the word all. The above scripture is clear that we enter into the church (the Body of Christ) through the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
John identifies Jesus as the lamb (sacrifice) of God
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!
As the lamb (sacrifice) of God, Jesus work was finished on the cross
When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Note: As the lamb of God, (God’s sacrifice for our sin), Jesus completed the task on the cross, He said, it is finished. But, as High priest, (just like the high priest in the Old Testament, He had to take the blood of the sacrifice into the Holy of Holies – which is Heaven itself).
But as high priest, Jesus had to show the blood of His sacrifice in the holy of holies
So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
As high priest he had to rise and enter into the holy of holies
Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. 7 But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: …
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; 12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
The true holy of holies is Heaven itself
It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
Note: That while the tabernacle (temple) was still standing the way into the true holy of holies (heaven) was not open. Through His death, Jesus opened the way, as illustrated in the next scripture, where the veil (curtain), which was stopping access to the Holy of Holies, was ripped in two.
And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. 38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Note: In the light of what we have read, how that Salvation was only obtained when Jesus, as High Priest, entered into the holy of holies, (that is Heaven, to sit in glory at God’s right hand), that only after this could the Holy Spirit be given to the disciples (which was on the day of Pentecost, and not before). This point is demonstrated in the following two scriptures.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 39 (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. 8 And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: 9 Of sin, because they believe not on me; 10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Note: That Jesus would not be present when the disciples received the Holy Spirit, (this is clearly implied by the words: go away, depart, and send). Jesus would not be present, upon earth, when the disciple received the Holy Spirit because He would be with the Father (in Heaven – the Holy of Holies) (verse 10).
So we see that the disciples were not born again (did not received the Holy Spirit) whilst Jesus was upon the earth. For the Holy Spirit was with them (see John 14v17) and not yet in them until they were baptized with the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The born again, baptism in the Holy Spirit, filled with the Holy Spirit are all references to the one experience – Ephesians 4v4.
Find salvation in your own Bible:
Mark 16v17; Acts 2v4; Acts 10v44-46; Acts 19v1-6.
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