God wants us to be encouraging.
Encouragement is extremely beneficial in a time of need. And since the Body of Christ is composed of believers in need, God wants us to be constantly building up and encouraging one another.
encourage one another day after day . . . —Hebrews 3:13
. . . encourage the fainthearted . . . —1 Thessalonians 5:14
Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength . . . —Romans 15:1
Believers do not need to be taught new truths all the time. Often they only need to be reminded of scripture they already know.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope. —Romans 15:4
When you answered the question about the Holy Spirit living in a person at the moment of conversion, I agree. However, you did not go on to identify the additional “baptism” in the Holy Spirit as given in the Acts of the Apostles. This is an important distinction and is an experience for which all believers should seek.
No, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an additional experience. There is only one Spirit, God, and when He comes into your life, all of Him comes in:
For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body . . . we were all made to drink of one Spirit. —1 Corinthians 12:13
the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with him. —1 Corinthians 6:17
There is one body and one Spirit . . . one hope . . . one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God . . . —Ephesians 4:4-6
The baptism of the Holy Spirit is what joins the believer to the body of Christ. If you could be saved and not be baptized in the Spirit, you would be an out-of-the-body believer, which is impossible.
When you study the Book of Acts, realize that communication in that day was primarily by word of mouth and news traveled slowly to many parts of the world.
Therefore you had the unique, one-time situation of having Jewish people who were saved by faith prior to the cross and under the dispensation of Law (by faith—trusting their salvation to the future Messiah), who had not heard that the Messiah had come. When told of the Messiah’s payment for their sins and the new fact that God could now “indwell” them, they had to believe this Good News, the gospel, to be born again.
Therefore, for a few saved people who lived both before and after the cross, they needed to believe the Gospel before the Holy Spirit could “indwell” them. These verses in Acts are referring to those people.
He said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” And they said to him, “No, we have not even heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.” . . . And Paul said, “John baptized with the baptism of repentance, telling people to believe in Him who was coming after him, that is, Jesus.” When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them . . . —Acts 19:2-6
See also Acts 18:24-26.
Today, when someone is saved, the Holy Spirit comes into their life—all of Him. There is no need to ask for a second or “additional” baptism. You’ll never have more or less of God in you for the rest of your life, regardless of what you do, or don’t do.
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? —Galatians 3:3
I have a question: It seems like God lists specific responsibilities for husbands and wives. However, can you list specific characteristics that a single Christian woman like myself should look for in a single Christian man, according to God? Are there specific characteristics I should strive for that would appeal to a godly man? Thank you!
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