|Acts 2:1-4 |
1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all of one accord in one place,
2 When suddenly a sound came from heaven like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting.
3 And what appeared to them, looked like cloven tongues of fire, and the fire rested upon each of them.1
4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other languages, as the Spirit gave them utterance. [The greek word for languages, "glwssaiv", is the same word used for tongues of fire in verse 3 .]
1 the fire rested upon each of them. This is the baptism of the Holy Spirit, the baptism of fire, the baptism that burns up the chaff, which is the sin in a man. John the Baptist said: I indeed baptize you with water to repentance; but he who comes after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to carry. He shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire; whose winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Mat 3:11-12. Jesus told them is Acts 1:5, For John truly baptized with water; but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from this time. The chaff that is burned up is the residual sin in a man that is burned up by the brightness of Jesus' appearance in the hearts of his purified disciples. 2 Thes 2:8. This is the one baptism needed: One Lord, one faith, one baptism, Eph 4:5. Mark! Unless all the sin has been destroyed in you, to the point that you do not sin, to the point that you have been raised by Christ to sit in the heavens in him, you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit; this baptism circumcises the heart, by plunging down sin and iniquity, and puts off the body of death and sins of the flesh so that we are without sin; "..baptized into Jesus Christ .. his death, buried with him by baptism into death, that they should walk in newness of life." To speak in tongues does not mean you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit.
Peter corroborates the same: And baptism, which is the figure of this, now saves us, (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 3:21. Note! The baptism Peter is speaking about, is the baptism of death, resulting in the resurrection of Jesus Christ within a man, when the new creature rises, and the old is dead.
At the same time the Holy Spirit was poured out on all mankind, but not in the baptism of fire. All mankind received a small measure of Holy Spirit, to aid them in hearing the word of the Lord from within their hearts. Neither was this the seal of the Holy Spirit, given only to those who are obedient; the seal being the down payment in earnest of the final baptism to come.