…Is A False Doctrine That Is Found No Where In The Bible.
Ephesians 4:3-6 King James Version (KJV)
3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
This false teaching was conjured up by those who once again, fail to understand the transformation into the church age, which is graphically and comprehensively described in the book of Acts. We are commanded to be FILLED with the Holy Spirit. There is no second baptism. This is a daily need for all of those who have been born from above. We are to be filled with the Spirit and crucify the flesh. The question: “Have you received the second baptism of the Holy Spirit?,” implies that you are not on the same spiritual plateau that I think I am. It is meant to sound condescending.
May we examine in detail where this false teaching comes from –
Acts 19 King James Version (KJV)
19 And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
At this point in time, Apollos never heard of the Triune God (Trinity). He never even heard of the Holy Spirit. He was baptized ONLY for repentance by John the Baptist. As far as being a Christian and a believer in Christ, he was not baptized at all! He was baptized solely for repentance. Repentance from sin was taught by all of the Old Testament prophets, by all of the apostles, it was the “one point sermon” that John the Baptist continually preached, and Jesus Christ picked up on repentance where John the Baptist left off:
Matthew 4:17 King James Version (KJV)
17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Luke 13:3-5 New King James Version (NKJV)
3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
We baptize one time, and in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. One does NOT receive the Father and the Son, as a down payment on the Holy Spirit to be received later, but only if you are super spiritual. How ludicrous. As previously stated, the implication of this erroneous doctrine is that the so called second baptism sets its’ proponents on a higher spiritual footing than others. They misunderstand that Apollos never yet comprehended the Gospel beyond seeing the need to repent. Repentance is an Old Testament doctrine as well. At this point, Apollos did not yet understand the process of receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and becoming born again (John 3:3). Prior to being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 19:5), he gave absolutely no clear understanding of salvation, and never even heard of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Hence, some charismatics took the unique and specific circumstances of Apollos, and in their convoluted way, applied them to the entire church age! In the book of Acts, the church is just starting and in a period of transition. Apollos received the truth in increments as it became known in the early church. We do not have that battle any more, and are blessed with the entire truth written in the twenty seven books of the New Testament. So fellow believer, be ye filled with the Holy Spirit!
Pastor Steve <><