Q: Does one have to “tarry for” [wait for the Baptism of] the Holy Spirit? —Iona
A: The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not something to be sought after conversion, nor is it something to be sought after in the form of an overt exterior sign (i.e. speaking in tongues). The baptism of the Holy Spirit is an event that takes place in the lives of all believers at the time of their conversion, uniting them in the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
There is no exhortation for people to seek the baptism of the Holy Spirit. All believers partake of this baptism which unites them into the body of Christ, creating mutual care and concern (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).
All believers are indwelt with the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20). Not all believers, however, are filled with the Spirit. Ephesians 5:18 commands us to be continually filled, and it is followed by exhortations to submission, love, and obedience. To be filled with the Spirit is to be under His control. And He controls us to the extent that we submit to Him. —Dan VanderLugt
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