In Matthew 3:16-17 we read the account of Jesus being baptized in water. The Holy Spirit descended upon Him from heaven in the form of a dove, and a voice from heaven saying; “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” This happened only once in the history of mankind.
However, in the NT there were three ways in which normal people received the Holy Spirit, which we will analyse in some detail: (1) The baptism of the Holy Spirit—in which supernatural gifts were imparted fulfilling Joel’s prophecy in 2:28-32, as well as the prophecy Jesus made in John 14:26, 15:26, 16:7-13 and in Acts 1:4-5. (2) The Holy Spirit was given by the laying on of the apostle’s hands accompanied by the supernatural gifts. (See those nine gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11). (3) Finally there was water baptism for the forgiveness of sins, in which the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit was given, but without supernatural gifts. See Acts 2:37-39. Let’s discuss this in more detail.