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Pneumatology

Do you seek the Baptism of Fire?

by Theodore Wright.
 

We have often heard about being baptized with the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit. This is often mentioned by Pentecostals and some other charismatics as a second experience which may accompany salvation or may occur later. While we fellowship warmly and freely with Pentecostal believers in Jesus, and have seen and experienced wonderous legitimate moves of God among them, Holy Spirit Baptism is a point of doctrine we understand matters differently.

Baptism in the Holy Spirit actually happens at salvation when someone receives Jesus as Savior and might not necessarily be accompanied by the speaking in other tongues. We do believe in the gift of tongues and speak in them. There are both known and unknown tongues. For more information on Holy Spirit baptism, please see the article on the next page…
 
Holy Spirit Baptism into Christ and the Spirit-filled Life
 

What may perhaps be mentioned among Pentecostals is the “baptism of fire”. That we are baptized with the Holy Spirit, speaking in other tongues, which at that time we are also baptized with fire, a holy fervor for the Lord. This may yet get told in other or different ways. While we do recognize that the Holy Spirit does move as fire, like tongues of fire upon the believers at Pentecost, what being “fire baptized” truly means is told in the very passage the expression is quoted from…
 

Matthew 3:11-12 (KJV)

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

 

To state this simply…

Baptized with the Holy Ghost is being gathered as wheat in the garner, going to Heaven.

Baptized with Fire is being burned up as chaff with unquenchable fire, going to Hell.

 

This is found simply by reading the Biblical context. John the Baptist was using metaphors to describe what the coming Messiah Jesus would do. Being “baptized by fire” means to burn in Hell. This is not something for believers in Jesus Christ to seek for themselves nor for anyone else. We are baptized by the Holy Spirit through trusting faith in Jesus at salvation. After this we receive the Holy Spirit at various times, subsequently being filled with Him, which we are also to seek.

 

 
THIS IS THE BAPTISM OF FIRE

Are you saying you want to receive this now?
 

 

 

 

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