Baptism With And Filling Of The Holy Spirit -- By: Gregg R. Allison

Journal: Southern Baptist Journal of Theology
Volume: SBJT 16:4 (Winter 2012)
Article: Baptism With And Filling Of The Holy Spirit
Author: Gregg R. Allison

Baptism With And Filling Of The Holy Spirit

Gregg R. Allison

Gregg R. Allison is Professor of Christian Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Allison served many years as a staff member of Campus Crusade, where he worked in campus ministry and as a missionary to Italy and Switzerland. He also serves as the Secretary of the Evangelical Theological Society and the book review editor for theological, historical, and philosophical studies for the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. Dr. Allison is the author of several books, including most recently Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Zondervan, 2011) and Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church (Crossway, 2012).

As the other contributions to this journal underscore, the ministry of the Holy Spirit during this intra-advent period is multifold; indeed, the expansive work of the Holy Spirit is characteristic of the new covenant.1 Among unbelievers the Spirit works powerfully to convict of sin (especially unbelief), (self) righteousness, and (false) judgment (John 16:8-11), and to bring them from spiritual death to spiritual life through his regenerating action (John 3:1-8; Titus 3:5). The Holy Spirit seals these new believers, being the guarantee of God’s continuing work in their lives (Eph 1:13-14) and providing assurance that they belong to Christ forever (Rom 8:16). As Christians struggle in prayer, the Spirit helps them through his intercessory ministry (Rom 8:26-27) and, as they read Scripture, the Spirit illumines them to grasp properly its meaning and significance (1 Cor 2:10-3:4). His sanctifying work is an ongoing process of transformation into greater conformity to the image of Jesus Christ (2 Cor 3:18), which is noticeable in Christ-like characteristics, the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). The Spirit empowers church members for evangelism (Acts 1:8), endows them with spiritual gifts for growth (1 Cor 12-14), equips them to desire and carry out the will of God while resisting the enticements of their sinful nature (Gal 5:16-17), and much, much more (e.g., You must have a subscription and be logged in to read the entire article.
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