πŸ‘‘ You Can’t Get By With This

One of Pastor CR Stam’s favorite jokes went something like this:

Teacher: β€œJohnny, what’s the difference between a pronoun and a preposition?”

Johnny: β€œYeah, that’s what I say,Β what’s the difference!”

Despite Johnny’s indifference, we know there is a great deal of difference between pronouns and prepositions! These parts of speech are important, especially when it comes to Bible study. For instance, Pastor Stam once wrote:

β€œNot once does Paul in his epistles teach that members of the Body of Christ are baptized with or in the Spirit.”

In response to this, we sometimes get letters asking about this verse:

β€œFor by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body…” (I Cor.Β 12:13).

But a close look will reveal an important difference in the preposition used in each case. The Apostle Paul taught that believers today are baptized β€œby” the Spirit, but Pastor Stam doesn’t say we’reΒ notΒ baptized by the Spirit, he says we are not baptized β€œwith” the Spirit. No contradiction here!

Speaking of Christ, John the Baptist predicted:

β€œHe shall baptize youΒ withΒ the Holy Ghost” (Matt.Β 3:11).

This prophecy was fulfilled at Pentecost, where β€œthey were all filledΒ withΒ the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues” (Acts 2:4). It is important to notice that Christ is the Baptizer here, and that He baptized peopleΒ withΒ the Spirit. This is often confused with I CorinthiansΒ 12:13, but in this passageΒ the SpiritΒ is the Baptizer, baptizing people into the Body. That’s quite different than what happened at Pentecost, where the Lord was the Baptizer, baptizing peopleΒ withΒ the Spirit, enabling them to speak in tongues.

This explains why believers today are not able to speak in languages they never studied, as they did at Pentecost, for we do not have their baptism. But if we do not have their baptism, we must also conclude that at Pentecost they did not have our baptism. That is, we are not baptized by Christ with the Spirit, and they were not baptized by the Spirit into the Body of Christ.

We realize this runs contrary to the common teaching that the Church began at Pentecost, where it is said that believers were first baptized into the Body, but we believe the difference in prepositions used in these passages is just one of many evidences that the Body of Christ began later, with the raising up of Paul.

You just can’t get by with mixingΒ withΒ andΒ by! source

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