This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. I am slowly blogging through Steele's Answers, posting each Q & A in the order in which they appear (whether I personally agree with the answer or not). But, these posts come from several other sources, as well. I often post particularly eloquent passages from Dr. Steele's other writings. Occasionally I post "guest blogs" from other holiness writers.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Regeneration & Baptism with the Holy Spirit

QUESTION: G. Campbell Morgan teaches that "the baptism with the Spirit is always used in the New Testament with reference to regeneration and never with what is often spoken of to-day as the second blessing."  Is this correct?

ANSWER: It is not, because it necessarily implies that the apostles were not regenerated till Pentecost. Who can think that Christ is addressing persons strangers to the new birth when he said to the eleven apostles, "Ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence"? No one can read the high-priestly prayer of Christ in John 17th, in which his apostles are described as "Not of the world, even as I am not of this world," without believing that they had been regenerated? Then again the condition on which the Paraclete was to be received was this: "If ye love me, ye will keep my commandments, and I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Comforter." This implies spiritual life already inspired at the first blessing preparatory to the second. It is surprising that a writer so strong and inspiring as Mr. Morgan, educated as a follower of Wesley, should fall into an error which implies that Jesus commissioned unregenerate men to preach his Gospel.

— From Steele's Answers pp. 36, 37.