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Why do all Christians have to receive the baptism of the Spirit after regeneration?

 

If the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not received, it is impossible to have successful life.

2 Cor. 5:17  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (NIV)

     What does this passage mean? If we believe in Jesus as Savior and Lord, can we become a new man/different man/another man? For instance, did the apostle Peter become a new man/different man/another man after meeting Jesus and believing in Him and born-again believer? What does the Bible say about this?

Matt. 16:13-17   When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some, say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven.” (NIV)  

     Peter confessed Jesus as the Christ, Messiah, the Son of the living God. He accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord, and he became a Christian believer through his faith before the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.

Rom. 10:10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. (NIV)

     The text confirms that Peter and the 120 disciples were already saved believers through their faith in Jesus before the crucifixion and resurrection.

John 3:5-8  Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” (NIV)

     The text confirms that if anyone accepts Jesus as his Savior and Lord, he is born of water and the Holy Spirit, that is, he is a born-again Christian and a new creation. Peter including the 120 disciples becamenew creation before Pentecost.

Luke 10:17-20   The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” (NIV)

     The text affirms that the names of the seventy-two and the 12 disciples of Jesus were written in heaven. They were already saved through faith in Jesus before the crucifixion and resurrection and Pentecost.

Matt. 14:25-31   During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid. “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. (NIV)

     In the whole history of the Bible, besides Jesus, only Peter experienced walking on the water and miracles.

Matt. 10:1  He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. (NIV)

     The apostle Peter and the disciples experienced the driving out of evil spirits and healing diseases and sicknesses before crucifixion and resurrection.

Matt. 26:31-35   Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.” Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.” “I tell you the truth,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. (NIV)
Matt. 26:56-57   But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples deserted him and fled. Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. (NIV)

     In Matt. 26:31-35, 56-57  the apostle Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you,” before crucifixion. The other disciples said the same, but all of them deserted Jesus Christ. They fled when Jesus Christ was arrested even though they were already saved and new men/new creations through believing in Jesus Christ.  

Matt. 26:69-75   Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Then he went out to the gateway, where another girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them, for your accent gives you away.” Then he began to call down curses on himself and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly. (NIV)

     The apostle Peter denied three times that he was Jesus’ follower and disciples even though he was saved and born-again Christian and a new man.

Matt. 27:30-33   They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means The Place of the Skull). (NIV)

     The apostle Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. But they did not help carrying the cross of Jesus.

Matt. 27:57-61  As evening approached, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus. Going to Pilate, he asked for Jesus’ body, and Pilate ordered that it be given to him. Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were sitting there opposite the tomb. (NIV)

     Even though the disciples were the followers of Jesus, they did by no means place Jesus’ body in the tomb when He died.

John 20:19-20   On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. (NIV)

     The disciples met the resurrected Jesus when they gathered together.

John 20:26-28   A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (NIV)

     The disciples met the resurrected Jesus at least three times. But they did not go out to preach even though they had experienced the power of the Holy Spirit, driving out evil spirits and healing diseases and sicknesses.

John 21:1-3,13-14   Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Tiberias. It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (called Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing….Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. (NIV)

     The disciples of Jesus had already become Christians and new men. They learned about Christian living and for preaching the gospel. They experienced preaching and driving out evil spirits, healing diseases and sicknesses before the crucifixion of Jesus. So they needed no more theological courses to be the preachers and evangelists. In the whole history of the Bible, nobody except the disciples of Jesus has learned only from God and from the one best teacher in this world. Nobody, except the disciples of Jesus, has ever seen Jesus. Still, all the disciples were scattered and they disowned their Savior and Lord when He was arrested. They were in great fear of the Jews.
     After crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus they met the resurrected Jesus three times but they did by no means go out to preach the gospel. Instead, Peter with six other disciples went fishing. He returned to his old job as a fisherman. What do these facts mean? Can we say that they became new men/different men/other men because they believed in Jesus as Savior and Lord? All the records mentioned above confirm that they did not become new men or different men, even though they had met Jesus and believed in Him and learned and experienced all things for Christian living and for preaching the gospel.

John 21:13-17 Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead. When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.” The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.” (NIV)

     Jesus Christ said to Simon Peter three times, “Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?” Why did Jesus Christ ask this three times? It can be answered that Peter loved Jesus Christ with only his mind. The Holy Spirit’s power enables the fulfillment of love. The apostle Peter did not have that power to enable the fulfillment of love before Pentecost.

How can we who did not meet Jesus and learn from Him become new/different men?

     Can “a present day Christian who has never had the advantage of meeting Jesus Christ face-to-face to be taught all things for Christian living and for preaching the gospel” become a new/different/another man? How could the 120 disciples who met Jesus become new and different individuals? This answer must be found through only the Bible. It is possible for the present Christians who did not meet Jesus Christ who walked on the earth 2,000 year ago to become new and different men just as did the 120 disciples. Only the Bible lets us know that way in detail.

Acts 1:4-5,8   On  one occasion, while  he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you   have  heard  me  speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit  comes  on you;  and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV)

Acts 2:1-4    When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. (NIV)

     The texts confirm that after becoming Christians, the 120 disciples including the apostle Peter received the baptism of the Spirit/the power of the Holy Spirit/the filling of the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.  

Acts 2:14-16   Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. These men are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joe…” (NIV)

     The text confirms that Peter began to preach the gospel with the power of the Holy Spirit from the day of Pentecost.

Acts 4:1-4   The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people. They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed, and the number of men grew to about five thousand. (NIV)

     The text confirms that Peter became a great preacher after Pentecost.

Acts 5:18-25   They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people the full message of this new life.” At daybreak they entered the temple courts, as they had been told, and began to teach the people. When the high priest and his associates arrived, they called together the Sanhedrin–the full assembly of the elders of Israel–and sent to the jail for the apostles. But on arriving at the jail, the officers did not find them there. So they went back and reported, “We found the jail securely locked, with the guards standing at the doors; but when we opened them, we found no one inside.” On hearing this report, the captain of the temple guard and the chief priests were puzzled, wondering what would come of this. Then someone came and said, “Look! The men you put in jail are standing in the temple courts teaching the people.” (NIV)

     Peter and the disciples were in a great fear of the Jews and they were together with the doors locked before the day of Pentecost. After Pentecost they continually preached the gospel with great boldness without the fear of the Jews or arrest and jailing because they were baptized with/in the Holy Spirit (and with/in fire), that is, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. The case of the apostle Peter before the day of Pentecost reveals that it is absolutely impossible for every Christian to become a new man/a different man/another man without receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit/the power of the Holy Spirit even though he is a born-again Christian through faith in Jesus. How did Peter including the 120 disciples who met Jesus and believed in Him become a new man/different man/another man? The Bible texts mentioned above answer this question. It is certainly possible for the present day Christians who have never had the advantage of being with Jesus as their personal teacher to become new and different individuals just as did the 120 disciples through only the receiving of the baptism of the Spirit/ power of the Spirit/fullness of the power of the Spirit.

Billy Graham comments on the power of the Holy Spirit.

If you believe in Jesus Christ, a power is available to you that can change your life, even in such intimate areas your marriage, your family relationships, and every other relationship. Also, God offers power that can change a tired church into vital, growing body, power that can revitalize Christendom. Unfortunately, this power has been ignored, misunderstood, and misused. By our ignorance we have short-circuited the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ who died on a cross and rose again 2,000 years ago can transform your life radically today by the Holy Spirit. The biblical truth, it seems to me, that we are baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit at conversion. This is only Spirit baptism. The baptism with the Spirit occurs at the time of regeneration. (Billy Graham, The Holy Spirit, Preface, xii,65,69,79)

     Billy Graham’s note, “The biblical truth, it seems to me, that we are baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit at conversion. This is only Spirit baptism. The baptism with the Spirit occurs at the time of regeneration,” is thoroughly unbiblical since it is from the mistranslation of 1 Cor. 12:13. The note, “we are baptized into the body of Christ by the Spirit at conversion,” should be, “By the Spirit we were baptized in the body of Christ after the time of conversion/regeneration.”
     There is no scriptural reference to indicate that the baptism of the Spirit occurs at the time of regeneration. Billy Graham’s note, “If you believe in Jesus Christ, a power is available to you that can change your life, even in such intimate areas your marriage, your family relationships, and every other relationship and also, God offers power that can change a tired church into vital, growing body, power that can revitalize Christendom,” is mixed with right and erroneous elements. The claim, “If you believe in Jesus Christ, a power is available to you,” is erroneous. If one believes in Jesus Christ, the power of the Spirit is by no means available until he has received the baptism of the Spirit, that is, the power of the Spirit after believing in Jesus Christ and after regeneration. The note, “God offers power that can change a tired church into vital, growing body, power that can revitalize Christendom,” should read, “Through the baptism of the Holy Spirit God offers power that can change a tired church into vital, growing body, power that can revitalize Christendom.” The tired church cannot be changed into vital, growing body, and Christendom cannot be revitalized when we endure mistranslations and misinterpretations regarding the baptism of the Spirit, as noted. The note, “Unfortunately, this power has been ignored, misunderstood, and misused. By our ignorance we have short-circuited the power of the Holy Spirit,” is quite right. But unfortunately, the book regarding the Holy Spirit written by Billy Graham is quite erroneous and unscriptural and in great confusion. The note, “Jesus Christ who died on a cross and rose again 2,000 years ago can transform your life radically today by the Spirit,” is right. But if the Scripture (John 7:37-39; 20:22; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:5,8; 2:1-4; 8:14-19; 10:1-48; 19:1-7; 1 Cor. 12:13; Gal. 3:2; Eph. 5:18) is not understood, it is impossible to transform one’s life radically. Billy Graham continues:

The members of the early Church, those men, women, and children, who knew the realty of the Holy Spirit as a force, were totally transformed. The rush of power they experienced on the day of Pentecost is characteristic of the age that gave us the New Testament. The Holy Spirit can give you supernatural power to face any crisis. Men are sinners, dead in sin. What they need is life, and this can be supplied by the power of the Spirit through regeneration. Have you been regenerated by the power of the Spirit of God? The moment you and I received Christ and were regenerated by the Holy Spirit we were given a new nature. (Billy Graham, Preface xvi,61.)

     The note, “The members of the early Church knew the realty of the Holy Spirit as a force,” is from the misunderstanding since here the Holy Spirit is not treated as God the Holy Spirit but a force. It should be that they knew the reality of the Holy Spirit as the source of power. It should be that the members of the early Church were totally transformed through only the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that is, the filling of the power of the Holy Spirit. Peter was by no means transformed even though he had already become a Christian before Pentecost. The note, “The rush of power they experienced on the day of Pentecost is characteristic of the age that gave us the NT,” is right. But only when the 120 disciples were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, that is, baptized with/in the Holy Spirit (and with/in fire) on the day of Pentecost subsequent to conversion, they experienced the power of the Spirit. Likewise, we must be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, that is, receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit after regeneration/conversion. The note, “The Holy Spirit can give you supernatural power to face any crisis,” is right but believers must receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that is, supernatural power to face any crisis after regeneration. Billy Graham teaches that believers are to be regenerated by the power of the Spirit of God, but it is without any scriptural foundation. Believers have been regenerated by the Spirit. The statement, “The moment you and I received Christ and were regenerated by the Holy Spirit we were given a new nature,” is right. But we must receive the baptism of the Spirit after regeneration, after being given a new nature. Then, we can become new men/different men.

The NKJ comments on the conversion of Paul.

The chief strategist for carrying Christianity outside the Jewish nation was Paul. He was a former Pharisee and persecutor of Christians who was converted to Christianity after seeing a vision of Christ while traveling to Damascus. (The New King James Version, “The Bible: Book for All Times” from A Reader’s Guide to the Holy Bible," revised edition 1983 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.)

     This note is right but it should be said that Paul was filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as Ananias placed his hands on him in the name of Jesus after Paul saw a vision of Christ while traveling to Damascus and after he was converted to Christ. Paul then began to carry Christianity outside the Jewish nation. It can be simply concluded that Paul received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that is, the power of the Holy Spirit after conversion. He became a new man and a different man after being filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, that is, the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Then, he began to preach the gospel of Christ.

R. A. Torrey comments on the necessity of the baptism of the Spirit.

It is evident that the baptism with the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary in every Christian for the service that Christ demands and expects of him. There are certainly few greater mistakes that we are making today in our various Christian enterprises than that of setting people to teach Sunday school classes and do personal work and even to preach the Gospel, because they have been converted and received a certain amount of education–including possible a college and seminary course–but have not as yet been baptized with the Holy Spirit. We think that if a man is hopefully pious and has had a college and seminary education and comes out of it reasonably orthodox, he is now ready that we should lay our hands upon him and ordain him to preach the Gospel. But Jesus Christ says, “No.” There is another preparation so all essential that a man must not undertake this work until he has received. “Tarry ye (literally, sit ye down) until ye be endued with power from on high.” 

 A distinguished theological professor has said that the question ought to be put to every candidate for the ministry, “Have you met God?” Yes, but we ought to go farther than this and be even more definite; to every candidate for the ministry we should put the question, “Have you been baptized with the Holy Spirit? And if not, we should say to him as Jesus said to the first preacher of the Gospel, “Sit down until you are endued with power from on high.” But not only is this true of ordained ministers, it is true of every Christians are called to ministry of some kind. Any man in Christian work who has not received the baptism with the Holy Spirit ought to stop his work right where he is and not go on with it until he has been “clothed with power from on high.” (R. A. Torrey, The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit, p.173.)

     This claim is thoroughly biblical. Torrey claims that every Christian must be baptized with the Holy Spirit subsequent to regeneration. Many scholars have not accepted this claim since they have accepted the mistranslation of 1 Cor. 12:13 as authentic. Without a single exception, all English versions mistakenly translate this verse, “By one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” Through this mistranslation non-Pentecostals insist that every Christian is baptized with (by) one Spirit at the moment of regeneration. But it is thoroughly unbiblical since it is from the mistranslation of 1 Cor. 12:13, which must be translated, “By one Spirit we were all baptized in one body.” This teaches that because we have already been in the body of Christ, we were all baptized with/in/by the Spirit, that is, we were all baptized with/in/by the Spirit subsequent to regeneration/conversion.

If you are not baptized with/in the Spirit, you are not yet changed into a different person.

John 3:5-8   Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.” “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ “The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (NKJ)
1 Cor. 5:17   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (NIV)
1 Sam. 10:6,9-10 The Spirit of the Lord will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. As Saul turned to leave Samuel, God changed Saul’s heart, and all these signs were fulfilled that day. (NIV)

     The word in John 3:5-8 should apply to both OT and NT believers. Every OT believer was born of the Spirit through faith in God and in NT days through faith in Jesus sent by God. Through 1 Cor. 5:17, it can be inferred that if anyone is in God, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come. In the case of Saul the king, before the Spirit came on him in power, he was already a new creation and a son of God through the Spirit. To understand 1 Samuel 10:6, the doctrine of the Holy Spirit must be remembered: “to believe in God and Jesus is to be in God and Jesus, and to be in God and Jesus is to be in the Holy Spirit,” and “the Holy Spirit comes on you” is quite distinct from “the Holy Spirit is in you.” (See the detailed discussion on “The Spirit is in them and comes on them.”) The phrase, “The Holy Spirit comes on you,” speaks of receiving the baptism of the Holy Spirit after conversion. 1 Samuel 10:6 says that Saul was changed into a different person/another man when the Holy Spirit came on him, that is, when he was baptized with/in the Holy Spirit (and with/in fire).
     Let’s examine the case of the apostle Peter. He was born of the Spirit and had already become a born-again Christian before Pentecost. He did not become a new and different man before Pentecost. His behavior was completely different after the day of Pentecost. He was turned into another man from that day when he was filled with the power of the Spirit, that is, when he was baptized with/in the Spirit and with/in fire. Like Peter, every Christian must receive the baptism of the Spirit to be a different person after regeneration. If any Christian did not yet receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that one did by no means become a different person even though he became already a Christian. Torrey’s claim, “Any man in Christian work who has not received the baptism with the Holy Spirit ought to stop his work right where he is and not go on with it until he has been clothed with power from on high,” is right and quite biblical.

If you receive the baptism of the Spirit after conversion, you will have deep conviction.

1 Thess. 1:5   because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (NIV)  

     The word of Paul (“our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction”) must be consistent with the phrase in Rom. 15:18-19 (“I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ”–NIV) since both phrases were written by the apostle Paul. So the phrase in 1 Thess. 1:55 implies that if we receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, that is, the power of the Holy Spirit, we can have deep conviction. If we are only regenerated, it is impossible to have deep conviction. We can have deep conviction through only the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

If you receive the baptism of the Spirit, you will have the fruit of the Spirit.

Gal. 5:22-23  The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (NIV)

     If you receive the baptism of the Spirit, you will have the fruit of the Spirit. But if you do not receive it, it is impossible to have the fruit of the Spirit in your life.

If you receive the baptism of the Spirit, you will be filled with the joy of the Spirit.

Eph. 5:18-25   Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (NIV)  

     “Be filled with the Spirit” in Eph. 5:18 is the mistranslation of the Greek text. It should read, “Be filled with the joy of the Spirit,” as already examined. Eph. 5:18-25 explains the joyfulness given by the Spirit. If we were filled with the power of the Spirit after regeneration, we can be filled with the joy of the Spirit in our Christian life.

If the baptism of the Spirit is received, it will renew your strength.

Is. 40:29-31   He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)

     The text shows that God gives strength to the weary. It should be inferred that God will give strength through the power of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

Is. 41:17-20   the poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the cedar and the acacia, the myrtle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it. (NIV)

     The phrase (Isaiah 41:17-20 is consistent with John 4:5-19; 7:37-40; 1 Cor. 12: 13b) shows that the poor and needy who search for water will receive the water given by God. Without the receiving of the power of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to have the living water given by God.

If you receive the baptism of the Spirit, streams of living water will flow from within you.

John 4:5-19  So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” For Jews do not associate with Samaritans. Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?” Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet.” (NIV)

John 7:37-40   On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified. On hearing his words, some of the people said, “Surely this man is the Prophet.” (NIV)

     The word in John 4:5-19 is consistent with that in John 7:37-40. The phrase, “the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given,” is from the mistranslation of the Greek verb lambano, as noted already. It should read, “...the Spirit, of whom those who believed in him were later to be filled with. Up to that time they were not yet filled with (the power) of the Spirit.” It should be remembered that to receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit is to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. John 7:37-40 indicates that the disciples of Jesus were not yet baptized with/in the Holy Spirit even though they already believed in Jesus. Through this fact, it can be established as a doctrine of the Spirit that “no Christian receives the baptism of the Holy Spirit at the moment of regeneration.” Jesus   says, “Whoever believes in me, streams of living water will flow from within him.” If anyone believes in Jesus and is filled with the power of the Spirit after believing, streams of living water will flow from within him. John 7:37-40 carries the same meaning as, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” in John 4:13-14.

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

1 John 3:8    He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (NIV)
Eph. 6:10-17  Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (NIV)  

     The words, “the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil,” are here used synonymously. All can be summarized as the work of Satan. 1 John 3:8 says, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.” When the Spirit came upon Him in bodily form like a dove after John baptized him in the Jordan, Jesus received the power of the Spirit to destroy the devil’s work. Jesus also gave the disciples this power to destroy the devil’s work and to preach the gospel until His second coming. Every Christian must have the power of the Spirit, that is, the baptism of the Spirit to fight against the devil. The power for destroying the devil’s work can be received by only being baptized with/in the Holy Spirit’s fire. Without the power of the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to destroy the devil’s work and to have successful Christian life.
 

Every Christian is figuratively called a soldier of Jesus Christ.

2 Tim. 2:3-4   Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to  please his commanding officer. (NIV)
Philem. 1:1-2  Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker, to Apphia our sister, to Archippus our fellow soldier and to the church that meets in your home. (NIV)
Eph. 6:11-12   Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (NIV)

     The texts indicate that every Christian is called a soldier of Christ Jesus. Jesus is the commanding officer of every Christian soldier. Every Christian soldier must put on the full armor of God and receive the power and authority given by Jesus, the commanding officer, to overcome all the power of the evil spiritual forces, the demons. Without the power and authority it is impossible to overcome all the power of the evil spiritual forces. The power and authority given by Jesus through the Spirit can be received only by the baptism of the Spirit after regeneration

Gal 3:26-28   Πάντες γὰρ υἱοὶ θεοῦ ἐστε διὰ τῆς πίστεως ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ·ὅσοι γὰρ εἰς Χριστὸν ἐβαπτίσθητε, Χριστὸν ἐνεδύσασθε. οὐκ ἔνι Ἰουδαῖος οὐδὲ Ἕλλην, οὐκ ἔνι δοῦλος οὐδὲ ἐλεύθερος, οὐκ ἔνι ἄρσεν καὶ θῆλυ· πάντες γὰρ ὑμεῖς εἷς ἐστε ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ.(BNT)
NIV    You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
NKJ    For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
 
     The NIV and NKJ correctly translate the Greek en Chisto Iesou ( ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ) in v. 26 and v. 28 as “in Christ Jesus.” But the NIV and NKJ mistakenly translate the Greek eis Christon (εἰς Χριστὸν) as “into Christ.” It must be translated, “in Christ.” If “into Christ” is accepted as correct, the phrase, “All of you were baptized into Christ,” can be inferred to mean that through the baptism all of you entered into Christ. But it makes no sense because all of you entered into Christ not by the baptism but by faith in Jesus Christ.
     Here, the term “baptize” in Gal. 3:26-28 does not speak of the baptism of the Holy Spirit but water baptism because a soldier of Jesus Christ figuratively can be clothed with (enedusasthe ἐνεδύσασθε) Jesus Christ through water baptism. Before being baptized with/in water, every Christian is already in Christ Jesus through faith in Him. As already noted, on having already been in Christ Jesus through faith in Him, after having already become a son of God and a Christian, one can be baptized with/in water in the name of Jesus Christ, that is, in Jesus Christ. The phrase, “All of you who were baptized in Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ,” should be inferred to mean that all of you who were baptized with/in water in Christ have clothed yourselves figuratively with the uniform of Jesus Christ.

What does the phrase “to have clothed with Christ/to have put on Christ” mean?

Rom. 13:12-14  The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. But you put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill…(NKJ)
Eph. 4:23    and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness. (NKJ)
 
     “You put on the Lord Jesus Christ” in Rom. 13:14 does not make literal sense. It must be inferred that some word is omitted. The word “the armor” in Rom. 13: 12 is tacit in Rom. 13:14. So it should be inferred that believers put on the armor of the Lord Jesus Christ. Then, it indeed makes sense. Likewise, the phrase, “you put on the new man” in Eph. 4:23 does not make literal sense. It should be inferred that some word is omitted. So it should be inferred to make sense that you put on the righteousness and holiness of the new man.
 
Eph. 6:10-11,13   Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, (NKJ)

     The phrase, “Put on the whole armor of God, take up the whole armor of God,” makes sense. If we say, “Put on God,” it does not make sense. To say, “You put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Rom. 13:14) or “You put on the new man” (Eph. 4:23) makes no sense. It should be inferred that some word is omitted.

Col. 3:8-10  But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, (NKJ)
Col. 3:12    Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; (NKJ)
Col. 3:14    above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (NKJ)

     The words (‘put off all these,’ ‘put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering,’ ‘put on love’) literally make sense. But the phrases “put off the old man and put on the new man” do not make literal sense at all. The usage of omission should be applied to these phrases. The omitted or understood word should be found to make sense. Eph. 5:18 says, “Be filled with by the Spirit” (Author). But it does not literally make sense. Here, the usage of omission is applied to Eph. 5:18, as noted above. The term “joy” is omitted in Eph. 5:18-21, so that it must be, “Be filled with the joy by the Spirit, or be filled with the joy of the Spirit.” Then, it makes sense. Gal. 3:26-27 says that you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized in Christ have put on the uniform of Christ (Author). All sons of God in Jesus Christ must be baptized with/in water. If the baptized were baptized with/in water in the name of Christ, that is, in Christ, their clothes and bodies were wetted with/in water. Now, it can be inferred that their clothes figuratively were changed into the uniform of the soldier of Christ in Christ.
     All sons of God had already become the soldiers of Jesus when they accepted Jesus as Savior and Lord. After becoming the soldiers of Jesus, they were baptized with/in water in Jesus and clothed with the uniform of the soldier of Christ through the command of the Lord. It can be inferred that they figuratively put on the clothes of the soldier of Jesus at water baptism. Therefore, Galatians 3:26-27 says that all of you who were baptized in Christ have put on the uniform of Christ. Every soldier must put on the uniform of soldier. Likewise, every Christian as a soldier of Jesus must put on the Christian soldier’s uniform through water baptism.And also every soldier in the army who put on the uniform of soldier must have a rank, high or low. There is no soldier in the army without a rank given by the commander. It is a common sense. 1 Samuel 18:5 records that the king Saul gave David a high rank in the army. Every soldier must have a rank that assigns authority. Likewise, every Christian soldier who put on the uniform of Jesus Christ through water baptism must have a rank which testifies an authority given by Jesus Christ through the baptism of the Holy Spirit.

John 20:22-23   And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” (NKJ)
             * "He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit"  must be translated, "He said in a soft voice, Be filled with (the power) of the Holy Spirit.” (Author)

Luke 24:49  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high. (NIV)

Acts 1:5  John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now (NKJ). In Acts 1:8 Jesus says, but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem...and to the end of the earth. (NKJ)  

     The 120 disciples were already baptized with/in water before Pentecost, but they had not yet been baptized with/in the Holy Spirit and with/in fire; that is, they had to receive the power of the Holy Spirit. They had already been baptized with/ in water in God, and they put on the uniform of God, that is, put on the uniform of the soldier of God. Despite the fact that they had already put on the uniform of God through water baptism, they had to put on the uniform of God’s soldier with the ranks given by Jesus. Therefore, Jesus commanded them to “...stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high” (Luke 24:49).
     If they had already been clothed with ranking power, Jesus Christ would not have commanded them to stay. This is common sense. Luke 24:49 surely indicates that the disciples of Jesus had not yet been clothed with power and authority before the day of Pentecost. One’s rank carries authority and power in the army. Likewise, one’s rank in the Christian army carries authority and power. The Holy Spirit sent by Jesus gave this authority and power to the 120 disciples on the day of Pentecost. Every Christian must put on the uniform of Jesus through water baptism. He also must put on the uniform with the rank of power and authority through the baptism of the Holy Spirit after regeneration/conversion, i.e., after becoming a Christian.