“Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” (Reference: Acts 2:38-39 )
And you thought we were done with baptism . . . I did too! But as had been said over and over, first is confession and forgiveness, then the external sign of baptism, and then the coming of the Spirit. It has been this way since Peter first preached after the coming of the Spirit to him. This is something Anabaptists/Mennonites from times know. When the Spirit comes, the mouth gives testament to it. And even when the mouth does not preach, the actions of one’s body and heart communicate the nature of the soul and human spirit.
Did you know, beloved, there are Mennonites on every continent of the world? As you have probably guessed already, not all Christians are Anabaptists/Mennonites. But all Anabaptist/Mennonites are Christians. And the gift of the Holy Spirit is for all Christians, what ever their denomination/religious affiliation might be. And if I may be so bold, the Holy Spirit is not just for Christians. Yes, we may claim, or try to claim, monopoly of the Spirit; but as we move through the days I am hoping their will be more verses that show the diversity of the Holy Spirit. But for now, embrace the Spirit, and invite God’s Presence into your life. Selah!