One question that Christians have dealt with for centuries concerns the purpose of the Holy Spirit. Is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit relevant for Christians in our current culture? Or is the Holy Spirit just a nonessential addition to the Christian life? Kind of like the appendix in the human body; we’re not sure what it is there for, but everyone has one. This has been the sentiment for the Holy Spirits purpose in the life of the Believer.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is a real and vital part of our salvation. One cannot adequately understand the full measure of the Christian life without experiencing the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is as much part of the Christian life as is the love of God or the atonement of Christ. It is insufficient to experience one without the other. Therefore, the Trinity becomes the anchor, which gives validity and balance to the working of the Holy Spirit in every believer’s life. It is essential for every Christian to take the time and diligent study to look at the historical evidence concerning the Holy Spirit to see if they point to a greater or lesser need for the Holy Spirit’s involvement in the Christian life. Then to look at theological and scriptural evidence that would suppo...
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