Baptized With the Holy Spirit at Salvation

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Once we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we get to receive the Holy Spirit at the exact moment we get saved with the Lord, not sometime later. And when we receive the Holy Spirit at that moment of our conversions to the Lord, we are actually baptized with Him.

The Bible says that there is only one baptism, and that one baptism is when we receive the Holy Spirit into our human spirits at the exact moment of our conversions to the Lord. This one baptism is not water baptism.

Here are 13 key verses that will show us that we all receive the Holy Spirit at the exact moments of our conversions to the Lord, not sometime later. The first verse will tell us that there is only one baptism. The second verse will show you that we all receive the Holy Spirit at the exact moments of our conversions to the Lord.

The third and fourth verses will show you that it is the Holy Spirit Himself that we are being baptized with, not water. The rest of the verses will then show you that we now have the Holy Spirit literally living on the inside of us as a result of our conversions to the Lord, along with being sealed with His actual presence.

  1. “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism …” (Ephesians 4:4-5)
  2. Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:38)
  3. “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11)
  4. “I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 1:8)
  5. Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
  6. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
  7. “If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.” (1 Corinthians 3:17)
  8. “But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.” (Romans 8:9)
  9. “But if the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11)
  10. “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30)
  11. “Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit.” (2 Corinthians 1:21)
  12. “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.” (Ephesians 1:13)
  13. “Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.” (2 Corinthians 5:5 )

As the last 4 verses will show us, not only do we get to receive the Holy Spirit at the exact moment of our conversions to the Lord, but we also get to be sealed with His actual presence. The word “seal” means – “to confirm, authenticate, guarantee, to pledge.” This seal will now act as a very powerful, spiritual bond between us and the Lord.

Again, all of these verses leave no room for any other possible interpretation. The Holy Spirit is God and Lord Himself and is the third Person of the Triune Godhead. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior, we get to receive the Holy Spirit at that exact moment, not sometime later. As such, this revelation from the Lord has to also be considered a basic fundamental tenet of the Christian faith.

This is part 10 of our 13 part series on the Basic Tenants of our Christian Faith.


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  1. The ministry of the Holy Spirit is to convict us how guilty, miserable &helpless we’re by ourselves he goes further to remind us that our help is closer than we thought I. e the saviour is whispers away .the thief on the cross acknowledge this & hallelujah he received his saviour & mansion in the nNew Jerusalem (John 14:1) when he received baptism of the Holy Spirit was immediately &only he didn’t allow the HS bear fruit (Galatians 5:22)

  2. when paul ask the christian if they had received the holy spirit…arent those christian already receive the water baptisn? simply asking

  3. I find it increasingly frustrating at man’s attempt to explain the Bible. This person says this, that person says that and we are simply to take them at their word. However, when one picks up the Word and closely examines it for themselves often (in my experience) what they say the Bible clearly says isn’t so clear.

    Let’s take the subject of the Holy Spirit for instance and the point in time when the Spirit indwells a person. It’s generally stated that it happens at the very instant of a profession of faith. Perhaps it does, but I don’t agree with those that say the Bible clearly states this. In my opinion the verses often quoted to support this position don’t say that, at least not plainly. And in order to take that position the entire early part of Acts has to be discounted as in more than one place the Spirit did not come to a person UNTIL a laying on of hands, not just by anybody but very specific people endowed with the Spirit.

    So what is the truth of the matter, I don’t profess to know. What I do know is I increasingly become disenchanted with those that tell me what the Bible says, yet when I explore it for myself (as I believe God intended) I don’t always see it the way they do. Again, in my opinion, to arrive at several denominational positions one simply must ignore parts of the Bible. I think it’s okay to say, God’s wisdom is so far above our own that on certain matters we just don’t completely understand what He’s saying, rather than manufacture statements of faith that may or may not be accurate. What are you afraid of, are you concerned God cannot explain Himself and you have to fill in the gaps for Him?

  4. With respect, the scriptures given show ONLY that the Holy Spirit is there at Salvation – He convicts, and leads us to Calvary: But there is an infilling that is more – When Philip saw revival in Samaria, they were Born Again “of the Spirit of the Lord” – yet they were not filled! Peter and John were sent because of it: There is NO doubt – there is something more that God has for Christians than most see at Salvation. To teach the Holy Spirit infilling is at Salvation is to make Philip and the Samaritan revival to be deceitful, which it clearly is not

  5. We must also remember that Jesus was baptized with water as part of his work to fulfill the law but Christ never baptized anyone with water but with the Holy Spirit. Gal. 3:2 makes it clear that we receive the Holy Spirit the moment we exercise our faith by proclaiming Christ as your Lord and Savior, not by works by following Jewish law which includes water baptism. John the Baptist proclaimed that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and Ephesians 4:5 states there is only one baptism which is obviously baptism of the Holy Spirit. So when Christ commands us to be baptized in His name, this is what He is speaking about.

  6. Waters of baptism is Lord’s commandment and it is essential. Those who believe Lord Jesus Christ and are saved have to obey. Without the work of holy spirit how we believe Jesus Christ. Is it mentally?. As per the scripture in eph 1:13 we receive Holy Spirit during salvation and subsequently being filled continually by faith.

    • What about the penitent thief on the cross? He was promised salvation, yet he wasn’t baptised. Jesus himself knew this when he promised the thief entry into paradise.

  7. While all the scriptures mentioned above are true, it is also true that in Luke 11:11 we are instructed to ask for the Holy Spirit. We cannot deny that it is also scriptural that Acts 8:14&15 hands were laid for the Samaritans to receive the Holy Ghost after they believed.Acts 19:2 also tells us that after the Ephesians were baptized with John’s baptism, Paul asked if they had received the H/G since they believed, to which they said no. He laid hands on them and they received the H/G and spoke in tongues. From the time we hear and believe the Word, get baptized by immersion and ask for the infilling of the H/G we have only begun the process of salvation. The fullness is yet to come.

    • Hello dear Evadne,
      With all due respect I think you need to study those scripture more deeply. Get a good study Bible so you may get a the right interpretation, because it does not mean what you have become to believe. I pray for the right interpretation of all scriptures for us all us all

    • Amen! I would say the same thing too! I don’t see in the bible that u will receive the Holy Spirit after u believe. There should be some kind of evidence for having an Holy Spirit inside of u. People are misinterpreting the bible that’s why Jesus told them to “stay away from me for i don’t know u” when this people or christians called Him Lord, Lord. Hmm..

      • Ephesians 1: 13 – 14 gives you that answer. Once you receive the truth of the gospel then you are sealed with the promise and that promise is the Holy Spirit which is a guarantee of our inheritance in Christ

        • Linda, yes, you must be born again by the Spirit, regenerated or made spiritually alive in order to believe. At that moment we are sealed by the indwelling Holy Spirit.

  8. This passage is not saying that being baptized with water isn’t necessary. Its saying that when you are getting baptized with water that it really is the Holy Spirit that you are getting baptized with, not the water.

  9. I disagree with this passage. Baptism by water is very necessary. If is a profession of faith, Jesus did it and he commanded others to do it as part of being welcomed into the Kingdom. Telling people it is not required is false teaching. Can you get the holy spirit through Gods mercy without baptism? Yes. Is baptism in the name of Lord Jesus Christ expected of you? Yes.

    • but Tanya, I think what they mean by “not necessary” is that it is not necessary for you to be water baptized in order to be saved. You can still have a strong relationship with Jesus without being water baptized because it is just being dunked under water. Yes, it is a sacrament therefore very meaningful and symbolic, but at the end of the day, what matters is where your heart is. not whether you were dunked under water by a pastor or not. I believe god is not so legalistic to require certain things like that of us in order to be with Him.

      • Water baptism is necessary for salvation. Why did the Eunuch feel the need to be baptized if it isn’t? Why are there so many examples of people being water baptized after they received the good news if it isn’t necessary? Why did Jesus say “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded.” If it isn’t necessary? We are to obey everything Jesus has commanded. That includes water baptism.

        • There is absolutely no possible way that EVERY single person who has been saved since the beginning of time has also been water baptized. No way. Again, the thief on the cross wasn’t. What about death bed conversions? I cant believe that someone minutes before dying of cancer calls out Jesus’ name and repents and believes, is turned away by Jesus Christ.

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