This information is critical for helping believers understand what will be happening in the last days. It is not what the churches teach for various reasons (explanation available). We say a person has been born-again when the Holy Spirit has come INSIDE ... John 14:16-23, Rom 8:11, 1 Cor 3:16, Gal 4:6, 2 Tim 1:14, 1 John 3:24, 1 John 4:12-16 The following “baptism” is done by the Holy Spirit, and this is the ONLY place in Scripture where this unification “baptism” is mentioned: “For BY one Spirit we were all baptized into one body (the church) … and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.” (1 Cor 12:13) “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation” (2 Cor 5:17) This can happen to a person without him/her even realizing it (witness me and Billy Graham!) Jesus was the first to receive the special baptism where the Holy Spirit comes UPON “When He had been (water) baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting UPON Him.” (Matthew 3:16, Mark 1:10, Luke 3:22, John 1:32) Peter spoke of the results of Jesus’ baptism Acts 10:38 • “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power” Father God authenticated the Truth of Jesus’ gospel with power (signs and wonders). John the Baptist said Jesus is the One who anoints people with a special baptism with the Holy Spirit … Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, Luke 3:16, John 1:33 Jesus promised this baptism with the Holy Spirit to the first believers Luke 24:49 • “Behold, I send the Promise of My Father UPON you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.” Acts 1:4-8 • “He commanded them … to wait for the Promise of the Father … ‘you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now … you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come UPON you’ ” Peter said Jesus also received power when the Spirit came UPON Him (Acts 10:38). The translators mistakenly assume that Jesus means the Promise (capital “P”) is the Holy Spirit, but really Jesus is referring to this special baptism (see the small “p” in Acts 2:33 and 2:38). On the Day of Pentecost Acts 2:3-4 • “Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat UPON each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave utterance.” A few words (at least) spoken in tongues is the evidence of receiving this special baptism. Peter explains what had just happened Acts 2:33 • “Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.” Notice the small “p” (here and below) refer to the baptism (and not the Holy Spirit). Peter explains how people can have the same experience Acts 2:38 • “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins: and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” No mention at all up to this point about water baptism. Both “the promise” and “the gift” refer to this baptism with the Holy Spirit re: the Day of Pentecost. Peter, at this point, had NO under-standing of the Holy Spirit coming INSIDE of believers. It is not mentioned anywhere in Acts to my knowledge about the indwelling Holy Spirit. These Samarians had believed and had been water baptized Acts 8:14-19 • “Now when the apostles who were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had received the word of God, they sent Peter and John to them, who, when they had come down, prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For as yet He had fallen UPON none of them. They had only been (water) baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. And when Simon saw that through the laying on of the apostles’ hands the Holy Spirit was given, he offered them money, saying, “Give me this power also …” Do you know anyone who exhibited spiritual power at the point of receiving the Holy Spirit? Peter is involved in the first experience of Gentiles receiving the gift of the baptism with the Holy Spirit Acts 10:44-48 • “the Holy Spirit fell UPON all those who heard the word. And the Jews who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out ON the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God. Then Peter answered, ‘Can anyone forbid water, that these should not be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’ And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord.” These believers were in-filled with the Holy Spirit at the same time as they were Spirit-baptized. And to follow along after this experience, here we have the first mention of water baptism. Peter recalls his experience with the Gentiles (above) Acts 11:15 • “… the Holy Spirit fell UPON them, as UPON us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ ” Paul helps disciples at Ephesus receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit Acts 19:5-6 • “… they were (water) baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid hand upon them, the Holy Spirit came UPON them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied ..." In the 7 passages where it is specifically mentioned that the Holy Spirit came UPON believers, these other items are also mentioned: the promise, the gift, the baptism with the Holy Spirit, power, filled with the Holy Spirit, speaking in tongues, laying on of hands, prophecy. These things are not involved … when believers receive the Holy Spirit INSIDE and are born-again.