THE HOLY SPIRIT TOOK PART IN THE CREATION
Ephesians 4:4-6 (Tap to Expand)
4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
- There is now one baptism. (Written +- 63AD)
- Which baptism is it?
- There are three kinds of baptism in the New Testament
A. Johns’ baptism
» Shows that it became obsolete.
» Time period before Ephesians was written.
» These disciples had to be re-baptised into the name of Jesus (vs. 5)
B. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
Acts 2:1-13 (Tap to Expand)
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them. 5 Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6 When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken. 7 Utterly amazed, they asked: “Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia,[b] 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs—we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!” 12 Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, “What does this mean?” 13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, “They have had too much wine.”
- Promised (Acts 1Q:4-5)
- Prophesied (Joel 2Q:28-32)
- Came suddenly they were NOT praying for it.
- Sound of a violent wind and tongues of fire.
- They spoke in known languages to the people. Tongues = languages
- Ushered in the Kingdom with power. (Mark 9Q:1)
- To the Jews only.
- The Gentiles ushered into the Kingdom.
- Similar to – Acts 2Q:1-13 (Acts 11Q:15)
- Cleared up the doubt as to whether Gentiles could become Christians (Acts 11Q:17-I8)
- They were then immediately baptised in water.
- Does not occur in the New Testament again.
C. Baptism in the name of Jesus
Acts 2:36-39 (Tap to Expand)
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
- Promise is for all generations
- We are told to go and baptise disciples
- Must be water baptism because only God can baptise with the Holy Spirit
- John’s baptism has passed away. It did not happen all the time.
- Holy Spirit baptism has fulfilled its purpose – Ushered in the Kingdom of God. It only happened twice in Acts 2 and Acts 10. First to the Jews, then to the Gentiles
- Read Acts 11Q:15-17. If the Holy Spirit baptism happened every Sunday in church – why did Peter have to remember what had happened ‘at the beginning’?
- Therefore, it must be baptism in the name of Jesus. 1 Peter 3Q:21 – in water for salvation
THE MIRACULOUS GIFTS
Mark 16:15-20 (Tap to Expand)
15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” 19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
- The purpose of the miraculous gifts were:
– To get non-believers to believe in the oral testimony of the witnesses who carried the message about Jesus. (Ac 1Q: 6-7)
– They served to enlighten the early Christian church and to strengthen their faith. (Ac 2Q:42-43)
- The apostles performed miracles that confirmed their witness of Jesus’ ministry
- These miracles gave them credibility amongst the 1st-century believers and non-believers (Ac 4Q:8-17)
THE TRANSMISSION OF THE MIRACULOUS GIFTS
Acts 5:12, 6:1-8 (Tap to Expand)
12 The apostles performed many signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers used to meet together in Solomon’s Colonnade. Acts 6:1-8
In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews[a] among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. 2 So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables. 3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them 4 and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.” 5 This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. 6 They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them. 7 So the word of God spread. The number of disciples in Jerusalem increased rapidly, and a large number of priests became obedient to the faith.
» Up until Acts 6Q:8 ONLY the apostles had been able to perform miracles.
» Ac 6Q:6 the first occasion that the miraculous gifts were passed on.
NOTE: Acts 6Q:2-7 the chosen 7 from among the people were already full of the Spirit – they had been baptised in water (Act 2Q:40-41)
» Phillip, one of the seven who had received the miraculous gifts in Acts 6Q:1-8 goes to Samaria.
» He performs miracles and signs to get people to believe (v12).
» When the apostles came to Samaria, Simon saw that the Spirits gifts were only given by the apostle’s laying on of hands and offers them money for the ability (Acts 8Q:18).
NOTE: Simon didn’t ask Philip for the gifts because Philip couldn’t pass them on.
» So what happens to the miraculous gifts after the apostles die?
Q: After a period of time they will pass away!
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (Tap to Expand)
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
- The Apostle Paul writes this letter to the church in Corinth; disciples who had already received some miraculous gifts (Ac 18)
- 1 Corinthians 12, 13 & 14 are not the directives on how to receive gifts (the church there had already received them) but rather the correctives on how to use them.
- The purpose of these gifts were to win over non-believers in the 1st century when they came into contact with the early church (1 Cor 14Q:22-25)
- Speaking ‘in tongues’ are common in many religions (Mormonism, Catholicism, Islam, etc.) Also called ‘ecstatic utterances’ – non-understandable sounds and fragments of speech.
- Jesus himself never spoke ‘in tongues’ and yet he was filled with the Holy Spirit.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 (Tap to Expand)
9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, 10 and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie 12 and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.
» Satan used counterfeit miracles in later Bible times to deceive people about the truth so they would not be saved.
Q: Is it likely that he does the same today?
» People will do miracles in Jesus’ name and NOT be saved.
» Miracles are not a sign of salvation.
» Jesus states that a wicked and adulterous generation asks for miraculous signs.
» Even Jesus had people become more interested in the “magic” than his message during his ministry.
» Miracles can still happen today through the power of prayer. (Mark 11Q:23-24)