125 THE MEANING AND PURPOSE OF "BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT" Fr. Peter Hocken In a paper presented at the 1982 S. P.S. Conference at Fuller, I addressed the question of the relationship of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in the event of baptism in the Spirit.' The paper argued that Pentecostal doctrine does not do justice to the Pentecostal experience in this respect. There was a narrowing process from Pentecostal experience (what the Pentecostals experienced when they were baptized in the Spirit) to Pentecostal witness (how they testified to this experience) to Pentecostal doctrine (how it became schematized in teaching) to Pentecostal statement of faith (in which teaching was made official by particular Pentecostal denominations). Pentecostal statements or definitions of faith concerning baptism in the Spirit are almost always restricted to the following points: a. it is an endument of power for ministry and service;2 b. Jesus is the baptizer; c. it is evidenced (either necessarily or typically) by the sign of speaking in other tongues. Of these, the fist alone is intended to answer the question "What is baptism in the Spirit?" However, the customary reply in terms of enduement for power is answering in terms
Pneuma – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1985
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