|A84 : by Tony Garland |
I myself was born-again in a Charismatic church and spent my first five years discipled in that movement. My views some 16 years later have changed, due to in part to my experiences in the Charismatic movement but also further study of the Scriptures—especially the importance of understanding historical context within which various passages occur. As a result, I would no longer describe myself or my views as “Charismatic.”
The following items on the website may help indicate what my thoughts are regarding the idea that there is a second work, typically considered to be Spirit baptism, beyond salvation:
Regarding John 20:22, it is my belief that Jesus gave the disciples a special endowment of the Spirit at that point in association with His post-resurrection teaching — so their eyes, ears, and spirits would be enabled to receive and understand His teaching prior to His ascension. The Apostle Peter himself makes it abundantly clear that what happened at Pentecost (and thereafter to the Samaritans and Gentiles) was Spirit Baptism which did not occur prior to the Day of Pentecost (Acts 11:15-16; 15:7-8). This is why the Day of Pentecost is widely known as “the birthday of the Church” because prior to that day, the “Body of Christ” did not exist. The Spirit came to initiate this new spiritual organism which ministers in Christ's absence during our age.
I do agree what we can limit the work of the Spirit (by grieving Him or whether we are filled, and how often) but do not believe we can limit the regenerating, baptizing, or sealing ministries He performs. These latter ministries are most definitely not repetitive in nature. In our present historical context, I believe these now occur at the moment of salvation.
This is a large topic with considerable subtleties which is almost impossible to address in a short Question and Answer format. I'd encourage you to check out the links above to get a better idea of my views as an ex-Charismatic.
May God bless you as you seek to understand what the Scriptures teach concerning spiritual gifts.