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Distinction: Indwelling vs Baptism

Author's Bias: Interpretation: conservative

Baptism of the Holy Spirit

The indwelling of the Holy Spirit at the time of regeneration is sometimes confused with the "baptism of the Holy Spirit." What is the difference?

Indwelling of the Holy Spirit occurs at the time when one comes to faith.

"Baptism of the Holy Spirit" can occur at the moment of genuine faith or in Believers some time after regeneration. When the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" took place with the apostles (Acts 2:1-4), it was an event that occurred after their regeneration. When the "baptism of the Holy Spirit" took place with the Gentiles (Acts 10:44-46), it was an event that occurred at the time of regeneration.

All Believers experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit does not depart from the Believer.

In contrast, there is no clear biblical evidence that all Believers experience the "baptism of the Holy Spirit," and when it does occur, it is temporary.




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