"They [the baptised] get a bath in water in the name of God the Father, Lord of the universe, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of the Holy Spirit," he says in his First Apologia, written in Rome about 155. He goes on to say that after receiving this baptism they are filled with the Holy Spirit, who teaches them about Jesus and leads them into all truth.
The earliest Christian writers were aware of a connection between baptism and the filling with the Spirit. In fact, they often used these two words together. So when Justin Martyr wrote about 150 years after Peter's death that "those who believe in Christ go through baptism and the Holy Spirit comes upon them, both at once" he was merely following what had been said by his master, Peter himself.
This connection between baptism and the filling with the Spirit was not lost on later generations of Christians. In fact, it can be found in many different texts from the early centuries after the time of Justin Martyr. For example, in Epiphanius' Panarion, a collection of writings about saints and holy people compiled around 400, we find the following passage: "Those who have been baptized in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit are kept by the power of the Spirit from doing evil."
Jesus traveled from Galilee to the Jordan at the time to be baptized by John. 3:16 Matthew When Jesus was baptized, he arose from the water. The heavens suddenly opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descend like a dove and settle on him.
God spoke long ago through his prophets about the coming Messiah, who would save mankind from their sin. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God has always been able to speak through his people. He has always wanted to use human beings to tell others about himself and how they can have a relationship with him.
Jesus is that promised Messiah. When the Holy Spirit came upon him, it told everyone that he was who he said he was- God's Son sent to restore humanity back to a right relationship with him.
Jesus began his public life by preaching the kingdom of heaven. This is why we see so many miracles performed by him; he was trying to prove that the kingdom had come near. As he continued his ministry, he turned more toward his Jewish followers and showed them his wounds, which were evidence that he had come in the shape of a man.
After his death, Jesus was resurrected to new life along with his followers. Since then, he has continually spoken to his followers both during their lives and after they die, giving them guidance and encouragement throughout all times of need.
Until Paul lay his hands on them and prayed, these Christians had received water baptism but not Holy Spirit baptism. We can also observe that the Holy Spirit's gifts followed this baptism, as they spoke in tongues and prophesied. Acts 8:14-20 contains another account of this happening: "And after he had laid his hands upon them, he departed from them. And they came together regularly as often as the church was filled up; and they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart."
Today's Bible lesson comes from 1 Corinthians 12:28-31. These are just a few of the many ways the Holy Spirit works through people. He gives wisdom, understanding, faith, hope, and love. He also helps them understand what they believe and why it matters.
He also helps them communicate their beliefs effectively to others. He gives them words and ideas that come straight from the mind of God. He also helps them develop their skills so they can lead others more confidently.
Finally, the Holy Spirit fills them with power when they stand before other people to speak or work magic (e.g., healings). He gives them the courage they need to face opposition without fear or discouragement.
If you're like most Christians, you know the Holy Spirit as a person who lives inside all believers, but you may not know how he works through others.
Despite being baptized in water (v. 12), the Samaritans did not receive the Holy Spirit until Peter and John came and put their hands on them. The Spirit is normally given at the time of trust (see Acts 10:44; 19:2; Eph. 1:13; 4:30). Here the Samaritans believed in Jesus' death and resurrection, so he gave them the Spirit.
The Bible does not tell us how the Samaritans were converted, but it does say that they believed just like we do. When they saw what had happened to Peter and John, they too were filled with fear and repentance and asked Jesus to come and save them too!
Repentance toward God leads to receiving his Spirit, while rejection of him leads to spiritual death.
See also notes on faith here and here.
During Pentecost, the Holy Spirit, depicted as a dove, descended in the form of tongues of fire and rested on the Virgin and the Apostles... The Spirit then began to work among them. They spoke in other languages, they healed people, they led many to faith in Christ.
Pentecost was a momentous day for all humanity. Before this time, only Christians had the gift of the Holy Spirit. Now this same Spirit comes to dwell in all who believe in Jesus Christ. He is present with us always, helping us to obey our father Abraham by keeping God's commandments.
Pentecost has been celebrated every year on the fifty-first day after Easter since at least A.D. 330. It is a public holiday in some countries including Australia, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, South Africa, and the United States.
Are you living today in the light of God's free offer of salvation through Jesus Christ?
He had been anointed from conception, thus he did not receive the Holy Spirit there. At Jesus' baptism, the Father and Holy Spirit testified that Jesus was his Son and had already been anointed. 13 Then Jesus travels from Galilee to Jordan to be baptized by John. 14 During these days of ministry, Jesus is teaching people and healing them. 15 Once again the Holy Spirit comes upon him in the form of a dove and remains with him forever.