By James D. G. Dunn
In Baptism within the Holy Spirit James Dunn argues that water baptism is just one aspect within the New testomony trend of conversion and initiation. The reward of the Spirit, he believes, is the vital aspect. For the writers of the recent testomony purely those that had got the Holy Spirit might be known as Christians. For them, the reception of the Spirit was once a really sure and infrequently very dramatic event - the decisive and climactic event in conversion-initiation - to which Christians have been often recalled while reminded in their Christian religion and experience.James Dunn uncovers where of the reward of the Holy Spirit within the overall advanced occasion of changing into a Christian.
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Pirit. Each stands as the embodiment and motivating principle of 1ts respective covenant. With the law the old covenant stood or fell; so it is with the Spirit in the new. 'This is certainly Paul's ~nderstanding of the situation (II Cor. 3, 6-8), but Paul is simply drawing out the logical corollary to Pentecost - the fulfilment of the promise of the Father. It is very probable therefore that Luke also saw the Spirit as the essence and embodiment of the new cov-enant, as that which most distinguished it from the old.
II Cor. 19. II 'No one seems to have said, "Perhaps these believers have received the Spirit quietly and unconsciously" (Harper, Power 26). 57 2. Like the first, this suggestion cannot stand before Luke's unequivocal statements: the Spirit had not yet fallen on them = not one had received the gift of the Holy Spirit. " H. v But when we compare Luke's language here with his description of the Spirit's coming elsewhere (see pp. 7off. lO This coming of the Spirit is described in various ways and may manifest itself in various ways, but it is essentially one and the same coming.
The conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch was an advance of no little significance, yet absolutely nothing is made of it in terms of continuity with Jerusalem. And why did the Spirit await apostolic 'confirmation' 10 the case of the Samaritans when he did not do so with Cornelius? Again, Antioch was at least as significant a centre of expansion as Samaria, and, as the springboard for the most important expansion of all (paul's missions), even more important than Ephesus, yet Luke does not so much as mention the Spirit in connection with Antioc~ (except in his description of Barnabas).