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Were the Household of Cornelius Baptized in the Holy Spirit? Acts 10. CORNELIUS: THE SUBJECT. A soldier, and a centurion (HEKATON Á RCHES) (10:1). A devout (E Ù SEB È S) man (10:2). A God-fearing ( PHOBOÚMENOUS TÒN THEÒN ) man (10:2). A generous giver of “alms” ( ELEEMOSÚNAS) (10:2).
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Cornelius and his household needed to hear what the gospel preacher had to say (10:22). The angel told him: “Send men to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter; who shall tell the Words whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved” (11:13-14).
The Jewish culture in him persisted: “By no means, Lord,” he said, “for I have not eaten anything common (KOINÒN) or unclean (AKÁTHARTON)”
The voice came to him again a second time saying, “What God has made clean (EKATHÁRISEN, aorist indicative active), do not call unclean (KOÍNOU)” (10:15; 11:9).
This happened three times and the thing was taken up at once to heaven (10:16; 11:10).
The Holy Spirit told Peter, “Go down with these Gentiles, do not be hesitant to accompany them. I myself have sent them”(EGÒ APÉSTALKA AUTOÚS) (10:20; 11:12).
That the gospel that saves everyone who believes now transcends boundaries of cultures and nations and skin colours (10:28, 34, 35).
The Gentiles Heard the Gospel
ACTS 10:47 Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit as well as we?
ACTS 10:48 And he command-edthem to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ…
1) They spoke in tongues, but THAT does NOT prove they had received the Holy Spirit baptism. The twelve Johannine disciples in Ephesus did speak in tongues and prophesied (19:6)but that was after they were baptized in water (19:5), and after Paul laid hands on them (19:6).
Tongue speaking was a gift but never the sign that one had received the “baptismal measure.”
2) They were “filled with the Spirit,” but THAT does NOT prove that they had undergone Holy Spirit baptism. These PEOPLE were said to have been “filled with the Spirit”BUT had not undergone Holy Spirit baptism: The wise-hearted(EXO. 28:3); Bezaleel(EXO. 31:3); John the Baptist(LUK 1:15); Elizabeth (LUK 1:41); Zacharias (LUK 1:67).
The phrase simply means that they were “Spirit-filled”; it does not mean that they were “baptized in the Holy Spirit.”
3) They“received the Holy Spirit” (ELABON TO HAGION PNEUMA) (10:47). The phrase is used of those who had undergone Holy Spirit baptism as well as those who received the Holy Spirit by the laying on of hands: The Samaritan church(8:15); the twelve disciples of John (19:2). Simon too must have received it(8:19)!
It does not necessarily mean the subject in question had been baptized in the Spirit.
4) “And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell on them, even as on us at the beginning” (11:15). τὸ Πνεῦμα ῞Αγιον ἐπέπεσεν ἐπ᾿ αὐτοὺς.
There is nothing in ἐπέπεσεν, “fell,” that could mean baptism. The Holy Spirit too is said to be “poured out” (ÉKCHÉO) (JOEL 2:28).
ÉKCHÉO and EPEPÍPTO do not mean BAPTÍDZO.
5) Acts 11:17 “If then God gave unto them the like gift (DOREÁ) as he did also unto us, when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I, that I could withstand God?”
Verse 16 is Peter’s recital of how God gave the Spirit to them, “by being baptized in the Holy Spirit.” What is the like gift given? It is not baptism in the Spirit; rather it is the Spirit itself. Holy Spirit baptism had never been called “a gift.”
6)There is nothing in the phrase that says the household of Cornelius received the “Holy Spirit baptism” in the same manner as the apostles on Pentecost. To express that thought in grammar, Peter would have said: “Can any man forbid the water, that these should not be baptized, who have received the Holy Spirit IN THE SAME MANNER AS WE DID?”
Finally,Notice here the absence of the rushing of mighty wind and cloven tongues like as of fire, details that are noticeable in the Pentecost Holy Spirit Baptism Event!(Acts 2:1-4)
“Apparently the widely read and generally accepted book, The Mission and Medium of the Holy Spirit, by Foy E. Wallace, Jr., has caused the acceptance on the part of many of the idea that Cornelius was not baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
~ O. C Birdwell http://www.truthmagazine.com/archives/volume17/TM017682.html
GOD’S TEMPLE ON EARTH, THE CHURCH, NOW CONSISTING OF JEWS, HALF-JEWS, AND GENTILES!
Spirit was poured.
Spirit fell on them.
Set into the
What is the purpose of the Holy Spirit falling on the household of Cornelius? It is to show to that God now accepts people who were not His people before by virtue of their acceptance of His will, by their faith in His Son(11:17). “God is no respecter of persons: but in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is acceptable to him”(10:34-35).