The word ghost in the 16th-century King James version of the Bible meant only what we today understand by the word spirit.
All believers are entitled to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit, and therefore should expect and earnestly seek the promise of the Father, according to the command of our Lord Jesus Christ. [Some references in the Bible speak of "the Holy Ghost and fire." Fire, an image commonly associated with the Holy Spirit, suggests the purging, cleansing action, and zeal of the Holy Spirit which continues the work of spiritual growth began at salvation.]
The baptism in the Holy Spirit was the normal experience of all believers in the early Christian church. With the experience comes the provision of power for victorious Christian living and productive service. It also provides believers with specific spiritual gifts for more effective ministry (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:4,8; 1 Corinthians 12:1-31).
The baptism in the Holy Spirit is separate from salvation, and follows the new birth experience (acts 8:12-17, 10:44-46, 11:14-16, 15:7-9). With this baptism come such experiences as an overflowing fullness of the Spirit (john 7:37-39; Acts 4:8), a deepened reverence for God (acts 2:43; Hebrews 12:28), an intensified commitment to God and dedication to His work (acts 2:42), and a more active love for Christ, for His Word, and for those who have not yet become believers (Mark 16:20).
Importance of this doctrine: Emphasis on the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a major focus of the Pentecostal movement. Some non-Pentecostals have felt that Pentecostals stress this doctrine and the person of the Holy Spirit to the neglect of the other members of the Trinity (God the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ) and of the basic doctrines of the Christian faith, for example: salvation and sanctification. But a survey of the teaching curriculum and general literature published by Pentecostal groups shows a balance that matches the emphasis of Scripture. We believe after centuries of neglect, Pentecostals have brought back into the Christian experience an appropriate emphasis on the person and work of the Holy Spirit.
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Statement of Fundamental Truths
[Scriptures Inspired] [One True God] [The Deity Of Christ] [Fall of Man] [Salvation Of Man]
[Ordinances of the Church] [Baptism in the Holy Ghost] [Evidence of Baptism in Holy Ghost]
[Sanctification] [Church and its Mission] [Ministry] [Devine Healing] [Blessed Hope]
[Millennial Reign of Christ] [Final Judgment] [New Heaven and Earth]