This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I began the project on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed it on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. I still do that every once in a while.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Baptism With the Holy Spirit

QUESTION: Does the baptism with the Holy Spirit entirely sanctify?

ANSWER: It does, if the believer is fu1filling the conditions by consecration and an all-surrendering faith. The Spirit may fill one who is not in this attitude and inspire in him a transient fullness of joy, which Fletcher likens to a spring freshet. At the same time the careless and. impenitent in the same assembly may powerfully convicted, and converted, if they receive Christ. Thus the manifold offices of the Paraclete may realized as predicted in John 16:8-11. The phrases, "baptism of the Spirit, and fullness of the Spirit," do not specifically designate entire sanctification, or perfect love.

Steele's Answers pp. 155, 156.

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