Tongues as a Sign Gift 3

images3Twice in 1 Cor. 12:13, Paul emphasizes that “all” (Gk. pantes) has been baptized with the Spirit. There cannot be any 1 believer who is not yet Spirit-baptized. Otherwise, it nullifies the Spirit-immersed unity of all believers in the 1 body.

Christ is the baptizer of all believers into His 1 body. The Holy Spirit is the instrument of this baptism. Conversely, there cannot be more than 1 baptizer or instrument. This means that there cannot be more than 1 Spirit baptism. Indeed, Scripture teaches only 1 baptism, not 2 (1 Cor. 12:13; Eph. 4:4-5).

The Bible does not talk of Christ as the baptizer for salvation, and then the Spirit as the baptizer of a post-conversion experience subsequent to it. Nowhere does Scripture teach such a dichotomy (mutually exclusive or contradictory division). Or else, there cannot be a unity in this 1 body, but disunity. Any other additional Spirit-baptism contradicts this spiritual union that binds all believers in the 1 body of Christ. It creates an unbiblical dualism (having a double character).  On the 1 hand, there are the “haves” or the few who have experienced Spirit-baptism evidenced by tongues.  On the other hand, there are the “have-nots” or the many who have not experienced it. Paul is emphatic, “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism” (Eph. 4:4-5, NKJV).

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