Thoughts on the Way Home

Friday, November 06, 2009

ML-J and Baptism in the Holy Spirit

Taken from a review of Messenger of Grace at Reformation 21
I must also say that I would have to side with John Stott over against ML-J on baptism with the Spirit and I wonder whether ML-J's concern for the third element in his understanding of the foundations of assurance wasn't problematic as well. Clearly the risen Lord's pouring out of his Holy Spirit on the church at Pentecost was closely and organically connected with his work in life, death, resurrection and ascension. In other words, the baptism of the Holy Spirit is part of that series of events connected with our Lord's life and ministry that cannot be repeated and ought not to be expected to be replicated in the individual life of the Christian.
The problem, of course, with this conclusion is the post-Pentecost baptism in the Spirit that is noted in Acts 11:15-17.

For further helps in study see Charles Leiter's introductory article on Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Additionally, I would encourage you to listen to his sermon series on the subject, which may be found here.