For centuries the Christian Church has debated the connection between a believer being baptized with water and the receiving of the Holy Spirit. The fact is they are related, but can be separated by time and space.

There are two passages in particular that speak to this fact.

Water Before Spirit:

In Acts 8:12-17 we have an example of Water Before Spirit.

Phillip goes down to Samaria and preaches the Gospel. As he does Acts 8:12 says,  "They believed the preaching of Phillip and we being baptized, men and women alike."

Then in Acts 8:14-17 we are told that "when the apostles heard that Samaria had received the word of God, Peter and John went down and prayed for them that they might receive the Holy Spirit. For it had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. They laid hands upon them and they were receiving the Holy Spirit."

Here we have clear evidence that the Water Baptism precedes the Holy Spirit.

Spirit Before Water:

In Acts 10: 44-48 Peter is speaking to Gentiles in the home of Cornelius the Centurion. As he does it says, "the Holy Spirit fell upon those who were listening to the message."

After this, Peter said, "No one can refuse the water for these to be baptized as they have received the Holy Spirit, just as we did."

Peter then ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ.

Here we have clear evidence that the Holy Spirit precedes the Water Baptism.


In both of the above cases it should be understood that, although, from our perspective these events are separated by time and space, in God they are one in Christ.

© 2012, VoiceWind. . .Greg Loveless. All rights reserved.


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