Baptized and Baptism part 3
Acts 2:38 makes it clear that the gift of the Holy Spirit is received at initial faith, and it presumes on God the Holy Spirit to think both that any additional gift is needed and that you have to prove His presence in your life by speaking an unknown tongue. As I Corinthians 14 makes clear he would rather you speak clearly and distinctly in your own native tongue, of if others of another native language are present, you can speak in their known tongue. Some like the Swaggarts try to duplicate with unknown tongues in their small churches, the Day of Pentecost after the Ascension of Christ, which has to fallacy of Scripture: (1) this day as Peter made clear was a one time historical event, that of the Coming of the Holy Spirit to earth to take the place of Jesus; (2) the disciples that day spoke in known tongues or languages.
Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Why when baptism is used in 8 ways, does the reader like the church of Christ assume it is water baptism? By far, the most prevalent use of baptism in the NT is about the one salvation of One Baptism. Of course, it is appreciated that “baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit”, part of the great commission given to disciples which is obviously a completed act on their part to make and identify disciples with the one body of Christ, the church of the firstborn written in heaven.
Jesus baptized in John 3:22-26 but only His disciples in John 4:2-5
When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John,(Though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,)
Only place baptized with the Holy Spirit is mentioned, and of course it refers to the coming of the Spirit to earth on the day of Pentecost–For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days
Acts 2:38, this was the chance of Peter to add to Scripture like the Swaggarts try to add it to Bible, what you will receive after you repent and believe, not only the gift of the Holy Spirit but also the gift to speak in an unknown tongue. You see the point is that it is so foreign to the Bible to make that outlandish statement simply because they want it to be true that there is a “baptism of the Holy Spirit after initial salvation that is evidenced by the speaking in an unknown tongue”. We can think of thousands of fruits of the Christian life that are evidence of salvation, but never an unknown tongue. It is so ludicrous except for the fact that so many followers of the Swaggarts have bought it, we could laugh; but think of also so much other false doctrine that has been believed like water baptism is necessary for complete salvation.
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. (Acts 2:38)
NOTE: Not much can be said about Osteen and unknown tongues; for except as a launch pad for his smiles and un-justifable peace and optimism and gospel of prosperity in acknowledging allegiance to a little Bible, most of his message and writings are an unknown language or tongue to the Christian world, more understood by the world and the worldly in Lakewood Church. But why be surprised as that is the nature of the great apostasy called the Falling Away that the world is in now. Somebody has to be part of the Falling Away since it is a prerequisite of the Second Coming.