Q&A: Baptism of the Holy Ghost

QWhich do you think is more accurate? The Baptism of the Spirit of God was a corporate act on the day of Pentecost that…

  1. was later extended to take in the Gentiles (Acts 10), or
  2. would never be repeated. Gentiles were added to the Church later as any other Christians down through the centuries.
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AFrom the scripture, all I can say for sure is that the baptism of the Spirit is connected with the formation of the Body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:13), and we know from Acts 1:4-5 that the baptism with the Holy Ghost would occur in Jerusalem (not Samaria or Caesarea). So I would say the Baptism of the Spirit was a one-time event at Pentecost.
 
As to what followed in Acts 10 I cannot think of a scriptural basis to say the Gentiles were received any differently than you or me, except for the plain fact that God was making a public introduction of the Gentiles.
“If the baptism of the Holy Ghost has taken place at Pentecost, does Scripture carry the thought that it is ever to be repeated? I believe distinctly not. The Holy Ghost has come, He is here. The baptism of the Spirit has been received, and there is, consequently, no fresh baptism to be looked for.” – W.T.P. Wolston
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