Baptism Of The Holy Spirit And Fire Is NOT For Today

Receiving the Holy Spirit when you believe is the saving spiritual baptism into Jesus and that is different than the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire. The baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire is no longer for today. For further understanding, read the page Cessation Of Healing And Tongues. This unique baptism was for the specific distribution of spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit that performed powerful acts of healing, miracles, prophecy, and tongues. These had there purpose in the 1st century church to build it up, but are no longer around today. Therefore it is important to identify this baptism in scripture and not misapply as something else. This baptism occurred directly by God and was imparted to others by the laying on of the apostles hands. When Jesus was baptized in water, he was also at the same time baptized with great power in the Holy Spirit. The apostles were all baptized with great power in the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. The apostle Paul was baptized with great power in the Holy Spirit. Everyone else that received these gifts received it by the laying on of hands by an apostle. The laying on of hands imparted individual spiritual gifts, but not necessarily all of them. This baptism is not the same as John’s water baptism and is also not the same as the saving spiritual baptism into Jesus.

“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matt. 3:11-12 (John’s baptism was the old covenant ceremonial washing with water for repentance. The baptism with the Holy Spirit and fire is a separate type of baptism. We will see a more clear understanding of what this is in the following verses. Water baptism does not give you the Holy Spirit, it was an old covenant shadow.) 

“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.” Acts 1:4-5 (So this reveals that the baptism at Pentecost in Acts 2 is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, which is different than water baptism. Also I think this verse makes it clear that the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the baptism of fire are the same thing, and not separate baptisms. Acts 2 baptism is clearly with fire, yet is here called the baptism of the Holy Spirit, so they are one and the same.)

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.” Acts 1:8 (In this baptism the Holy Spirit “comes on them” which is often the language used for this baptism. And this is the baptism that gives them the “power” of the spiritual gifts of the Spirit.)

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. Acts 2:1-4 (Filling the house is immersion or baptism. This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit and of fire. They are the same thing and not 2 different baptisms. This is the baptism that Jesus talked about in Matt. 3. In this baptism the recipient receives power such as the spiritual gifts of speaking in tongues, prophecy, and miraculous healings. These gifts are then imparted to other believers with the laying on of hands by an apostle.)

I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong. Rom. 1:11 (Paul had to go to them in person and lay his hands on them to impart the spiritual gifts.)

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Tim. 1:6 (Through the laying on of hands is how the spiritual gifts were imparted to other believers. This is not water baptism, nor is it the saving baptism into Jesus.)