I’m just curious if the “Baptism of the Spirit,” as done within charismatic circles, has roots in the tradition of the Church. I am supposed to go through a Life in the Spirit seminar within the upcoming weeks. I’m really excited, but at the same time I’m a bit afraid. I’m afraid because the Baptism in the Spirit appears to be only a recent development in the Church.
I guess what I’m also afraid is that I am supposed to already have the Holy Spirit in me, and yet I supposedly need this Baptism in the Spirit to manifest the gifts of the Spirit. I don’t really understand. I was baptized as a child, so why can’t I speak tongues?
I know there is a good book out there called Christian Initiation and Baptism in the Holy Spirit. Has anyone read this book? Does it good evidence for the Baptism of the Spirit from the Church Fathers and early Christian literature? Which Fathers?
I just want to make sure I’m doing something that is completely all right.