Salvation & the baptism of the Holy Spirit - Two separate experiences

Last week we concluded by three scriptural witnesses that the Samaritan Christians were saved, born-again. However, the account of their experience continued thus: Apostles Peter and John were sent down to Samaria for the specific purpose of praying for the Samaritan believers to receive the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

Why couldn't Philip have prayed for them just the same, some might ask? We must remember that we each, as believers, have our place in God's plan. We must each find that place and do what God wants us to do. God has specific ministry for each one - He didn't call all of us to minister the same, and He didn't give all of us the same gifts or ministry.

Philip, the Evangelist, had a mighty ministry that led many to the Lord, but it was the Lord's plan to send Peter and John to lay hands on the new Samaritan Christians so they could receive the Holy Spirit. "Then they (Peter and John) laid hands on them (Samaritan Christians), and they RECEIVED THE HOLY SPIRIT."


CONFESSION - Fill me afresh with Your Holy Spirit that I may be bold to proclaim Jesus as Saviour and Lord by my actions and words.


Matt 3:11;         Lk 11:13;           Jn 7:38-39;           Acts 1:5;     Acts 2:4;           Acts 8:14-16;    Acts 8:17-19