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efore discussing the subject before   in Acts 2, Peter preached the gospel to the
              us, it is necessary to see the charac-  Jews who were in the city for the Jewish
        Bter of the Book of Acts. Never look   feast, stressing the guilt of the Jews rela-
        for doctrine in Acts; if we are looking for   tive to the crucifixion of Christ (2:22,23)
        New Testament doctrine we must look   and the subsequent resurrection of Christ
        into the epistles. Also, Acts covers a period   (vv24-36). As a result, the Jews cried out,
        in Church history that was transitional   “Men and brethren, what shall we do?”
        in nature. There were events that took   (v37). Peter’s reply was, “Repent, and be
        place in that period which were never   baptized every one of you in the name of
        intended to be characteristic of the Church   Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
        Age. Space prevents us from looking at   ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost”
        examples of this in Acts.             (v38). Peter insisted on baptism as well as
          Next, we must establish what the New   repentance for them to receive forgiveness
        Testament teaches as to the subject of the   and the gift of the Holy Spirit. This does
        receiving of the Holy Spirit. In John 14:16-  not conform with Paul’s teaching in Ro-
        17, the Lord Jesus said, “And I will pray   mans 3:21-26, where the only requirement
        the Father, and he shall give you another   is “faith in Jesus Christ.” Nowhere in the
        Comforter ... he dwelleth with you, and   epistles is baptism a requirement for salva-
        shall be in you.”  Here we learn that dur-  tion and the subsequent receiving of the
        ing the Church Age the Holy Spirit perma-  Holy Spirit. The clue to Peter’s insistence
        nently indwells all Christians. In Romans   on baptism is found in Acts 2:39,40. Notice
        8:9 we read, “Now if any man have not   particularly the statement, “Save your-
        the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” In   selves from this untoward [perverse] gen-
        other words, in this present dispensation   eration” (v40). By being baptized, these
        every believer is permanently indwelt   Jews were publicly repudiating the sin of
        by the Holy Spirit from the moment of   Israel in the crucifixion of Christ. Nowhere
        conversion.                           else in the New Testament is baptism a
          Following the coming of the Holy Spirit   requirement for salvation.
        ¹ All Scripture quotations in this article are from   The second exception is in Acts 8:5-17.
        the KJV unless otherwise noted.       Although these Samaritans had believed

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