baptized people with the Holy Spirit?
I (John) baptize with water, but he (Jesus) will
with the Holy Spirit."
Who was specifically promised the baptism
of the Holy Spirit? When?
"After his resurrection, Jesus spent time with the apostles. On one
occasion he told them...'Do not leave
Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my father has 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.'"
What was Holy Spirit Baptism?
"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 (the apostles)
were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues
as the Spirit enable them."
How do we know this was the Baptism of
the Holy Spirit?
"Amazed and perplexed, they asked one
another, 'What does this mean?' Some however, made fun of them and
said, 'They have had too much wine.' 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 the morning! No, this is what was spoken by the prophet
Joel. 'In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit
on all people."
The baptism (or pouring out) on all people happened one
time, never to be repeated!
The apostles were included and given the miraculous gift of speaking in languages
they had not learned.
God made sure the Jews new the Gentiles were included in the pouring
out by demonstrating the acceptance of the Gentiles in the
story of Cornelius in Acts 10.