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truly baptized with water; but ye shall   sion to His Father. It was also the start of
        be baptized with [in] the Holy Ghost not   a new dispensation of grace, when Christ
        many days hence” (Act 1:5).           would build His Church (Mat 16:18). In 1
        The Pattern                           Corinthians 12:13 Paul writes, “For by one
          The baptism in the Holy Spirit was an   Spirit are we all baptized into one body
        event prefigured in the Old Testament. In   [the Church].” This was something that
        Leviticus 23, the feasts of Jehovah were a   took place once. Who are the “all”? In the
        prophetic panorama of the program of   divine reckoning, we were all in view in
        redemption right through to eternity. Pass-  that one baptism. In Psalm 139 David was
        over typified the death of Christ (1Co 5:7);   seen of God when he was not yet formed
        the Feast of Firstfruits, the resurrection of   and in God’s book when he was not. So
        Christ (15:20); and the Feast of Weeks, fifty   too the believer at conversion comes, indi-
        days after the Passover, typified Pentecost.   vidually, into the good of what happened
        Just as the Passover and Firstfruits found   corporately at Pentecost.
        their fulfillment in two unique, single   The Indwelling of the Spirit
        events, so too the Feast of Weeks found   If the baptism in the Holy Spirit was a
        its fulfilment on the day of Pentecost as a   corporate, unique event that happened
        unique event in history.              at Pentecost, then the indwelling of the
        The Participants                      Holy Spirit is an individual event that
          For a baptism to take place, a number   happens to each person the moment of
        of elements are needed. There must be a   salvation. It is:
        baptiser, a baptised, a baptising element,   Palpable
        a time and a place. In relation to the bap-  The indwelling of the Holy Spirit is a
        tism in the Spirit, John tells us the baptiser   real or palpable fact for the person who
        would be the Lord Himself (Mat 3:11).   trusts Christ; His presence is evident in
        Paul tells us who was baptised and the   the change that He makes to the person’s
        element of baptism: “By [in] one Spirit are   life. “If any man be in Christ, he is a new
        [were] we all baptized into one body” (1Co   creature:  old  things  are  passed  away;
        12:13). The time (“not many days hence”)   behold, all things are become new” (2Co
        was Pentecost, and the place where they   5:17). Indeed, Paul reminds us elsewhere,
        were told to remain was in “Jerusalem”   “… if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in
        (Act 1:4-5).                          you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of
        The Precept                           Christ, he is none of his” (Rom 8:9).
          The Lord said that the coming of the   Permanent
        Holy Spirit at Pentecost would “reprove   The Spirit’s indwelling is not conditional
        the world of sin, and of righteousness, and   on our behaviour but is an unbreakable,
        of judgment: Of sin, because they believe   permanent residency. The Corinthians
        not on me; Of righteousness, because I go   were not living honorably, and Paul had
        to my Father, and ye see me no more; Of   to remind them, “Know ye not that your
        judgment, because the prince of this world   body is the temple of the Holy Ghost
        is judged” (Joh 16:8-11). His coming was a   which is in you?” (1Co 6:19). He admon-
        vindication of all that Christ said and did   ished the Ephesian believers not to grieve
        in His life, death, resurrection and ascen-  “the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are
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