Saul (Paul)’s Conversion
Acts 9:17 And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized.
IN DAMASCUS IN A HOME
Paul, responsible for the writing of a great portion of the New Testament
Saved and healed and baptized. At some point he was baptized in the Holy Spirit, because…
1 Corinthians 14:18–19 (NKJV) 18 I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; 19 yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that I may teach others also, than ten thousand words in a tongue.
Paul made it clear that he spoke in tongues often.
He also warned against tongues becoming the end unto itself. Tongues can be devotional in nature (for individual prayer or intercession), for a message to the church (tongues and interpretation), but are not to be the focus of preaching and/or teaching.
Acts 19:1 And it happened, while Apollos was at Corinth, that Paul, having passed through the upper regions, came to Ephesus. And finding some disciples 2 he said to them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” So they said to him, “We have not so much as heard whether there is a Holy Spirit.”
IN EPHESUS AMONG SOME DISCIPLES
This teaches subsequence to salvation and that the baptism is an additional blessing of God to the believer.
3 And he said to them, “Into what then were you baptized?” So they said, “Into John’s baptism.”
4 Then Paul said, “John indeed baptized with a baptism of repentance, saying to the people that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.”
Baptism in water is a precursor, a sign or symbol of Spirit baptism.
5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke with tongues and prophesied. 7 Now the men were about twelve in all.
Again, when they were baptized in the Spirit, they spoke in tongues. Just like Acts 2 (Day of Pentecost), and Acts 10 (Cornelius’ Household)
If the early church needed this experience, if the apostles and disciples needed this experience, then I need that experience, you need that experience, we need that experience.
The Baptism in the Holy Spirit:
Is for every believer
Is evidenced by speaking in other tongues
Can happen anywhere
Brings Power to the Life of the Believer