Emanna for 12/26/2019
Baptizing the Entire Body Once for All
Acts 2:1 And as the day of Pentecost was being fulfilled, they were all together in the same place. (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, even as the Spirit gave to them to speak forth 10:31 And he said, Cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. (44) While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those hearing the word. 1 Corinthians 12:13 For also in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and were all given to drink one Spirit. Words of Ministry
In this message...the main thing we need to see is the Head of the Body completing the baptism of His Body into the all- inclusive Spirit, who is actually He Himself. We have pointed out that on the day of Pentecost, Christ, the Head of the Body, baptized the Jewish believers into the Spirit. That was the first step, the first instance of Christ baptizing the Body into the Spirit. Then in the house of Cornelius He, as the Head of the Body, baptized all the Gentile believers into the Spirit. This was the second step, the second instance. By these two steps, these two instances, Christ, the Head of the Body, baptized His entire Body into the Spirit. As we have seen, the first is the case of the Jewish believers on the day of Pentecost, and the second is the case of the Gentile believers in the house of Cornelius. These two cases were the two instances of the accomplishment of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. The three other cases of the Holy Spirit coming upon the believers--the case of the Samaritan believers, the case of Saul of Tarsus, and the case of the believers in Ephesus-are not called the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Furthermore, in the great many cases of conversion recorded in Acts, there is no mention of the Holy Spirit falling upon the believers economically. May we all see that in Acts only two cases are called the baptism in the Holy Spirit and that through these two cases Christ as the Head of the Body accomplished the baptism of His Body in the Holy Spirit once for all.
Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry, from Witness Lee, Life- study of Acts, pp. 251-252. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA.