Provided by Dr. David Smith, B.S, M.Div., D.Min.

The Bible On Baptism of the Holy Spirit

According to the Bible the baptism of the Holy Spirit is not experiential. Since this is a work done to the believer and not by the believer, and since the baptism occurs simultaneous to salvation, it is not experiential.

Church age saints are never commanded to be baptized, sealed, regenerated, convicted or indwelt by the HS. The verbs baptized and sealed typically are passive voice in connection with salvation of the believer. All these events occur only once and only at the time of salvation. They are permanent in their effect. God is the initiator, not man regarding these matters. Also, because of God's unconditional election of certain individuals, these certain individuals will come to Christ, but not by-passing the work of the HS in convicting of sin, etc. 1 Cor. 12:13 makes it clear that believers are baptized by the HS into the body of Christ at salvation. ( are baptized - aorist passive - from the Greek - ebaptisthemen ) . A one time event that only God does. Believers are however commanded to be filled ( controlled by the HS - Eph. 5:18 - The Greek - plerousthe- present imperative - a command )

The effectual call of God results in one's salvation. The HS is part of that - convicting a person of their sin.

Rom 8:29-30
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the first-born among many brethren; and whom He predestined, these He also called; and whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

Col 2:9-10
For in Him ( Christ ) all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete.

Eph 4:3-5
....being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism ( context here means HS not water )....