Baptism by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament

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3. The “Promise of the Spirit” to the “Reborn Sons” of God.

After 36 A.D., it was also possible for Gentiles to now be called “sons of God” and “the seed of Abraham”, through faith.  But this also meant they could partake of God’s “Promise” to Abraham, through their faith in Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul had highlighted this detail, in his Epistle to Galatians:

“14 that the blessing of Abraham may be attained through Jesus Christ; so that we may attain the promise of the Spirit through faith.”  [Galatians 3:14]

“22  But Scripture had restricted all things as sin, so that the promise might be given to believers, through faith in Jesus Christ.”   [Galatians 3:22]  

(Clarification: It was only after Moses had set down the statutes of the Law in the Scripture, that things were thereafter characterized as “against the law” - as “sin”.  Sin is recognized as sin, only when a law exists to define it as such. This is why the Promise would be given to those who believed in Jesus Christ; i.e., it would not be an acquisition related to a Law.)

26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For, whoever of you were baptized unto Christ, have donned Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one, in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, you therefore are Abraham’s seed, and heirs, according to the promise.”     [Galatians 3:26-29]

According to the words of the apostle, someone who is baptized in Christ, “dons” Christ, and becomes a part of His body.       [Ephesians 5:23] 

In this way, he becomes “the seed of Abraham” just as Jesus was, and he partakes of the same promises.  It is important to note here, that the apostle Paul includes the Promises to Abraham in the baptism by the Holy Spirit, as well as the “Gift” and the “Promise’ of the Father.


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Article published in English on: 18-3-2010.

Last update: 18-3-2010.