<410102> Mark 1:2 margin ? ?and it came to pass in those days; that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee; and was baptized of John into the Jordan.?

Secondly, with ejn ( <410105>Mark 1:5, 8; cf . <400311>Matthew 3:11. <430126>John 1:26, 31, 33; cf . <440202>Acts 2:2, 4). In these texts, ejn is to be taken, not instrumentally, but as indicating the element in which the immersion takes place.

<410105> Mark 1:5, 8 ? ?they were baptized of him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins...I baptized you in water; but he shall baptize you in the Holy Spirit? ? here see Meyer?s Com. on <400311>Matthew 3:11 ? ? ejn ? is in accordance with the meaning of bapti>zw (immerse), not to be understood instrumentally, but on the contrary, in the sense of the element in which the immersion takes place.? Those who pray for a ?baptism of the Holy Spirit? pray for such a pouring out of the Spirit as shall fill the place and permit them to be flooded or immersed in his abundant presence and power; see C. E. Smith. Baptism of Fire, 1881:305-311. Plumptre: ?The baptism with the Holy Ghost would imply that the souls thus baptized would be plunged, as it were, in that creative and informing Spirit, which was the source of light and holiness and wisdom.?

A.J.. Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 67 ? ?The upper room became the Spirit?s baptistery. His presence ?filled all the house where they were sitting.? ( <440202>Acts 2:2) Baptism in the Holy Spirit was given once for all on the day of Pentecost, when the Paraclete came in person to make his abode in the church. It does not follow that every believer has received this baptism. God?s gift is one thing; our appropriation of that gift is quite another thing. Our relation to the second and to the third persons of the Godhead is exactly parallel in this respect. ?God so loved the world, that he gave, his only begotten Son? ( <430316>John 3:16). ?But as many as received him, to them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believe on his name? ( <430112>John 1:12). We are required to appropriate the Spirit as sons, in the same way that we are required to appropriate Christ as sinners... ?He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye? ? take ye, actively ? ?the Holy Spirit? ( <432022>John 20:22).?

(c) From circumstances attending the administration of the ordinance ( <410110>Mark 1:10 ? ajnabai>nwn ejk tou~ u[datov ; <430323>John 3:23 ? u[data polla> ; <440838>Acts 8:38, 39 ? kate>bhsan eijv to< u[dwr ... ajne>bhean ejk tou~ u[datov ).

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