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Was the eunuch saved?

Submitted: 12/22/2012
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Question: First, let me preface my question by making it clear that I have spoken in tongues as the spirit of God gave me utterance. My goal here is to gain an understanding on.. 1. Whether or not the eunuch baptized in the book of Acts was saved. Why or why not? 2. Whether or not the disciples in Ephusus can be equated or related to today's believer in Christ that has not yet received the Holy Ghost. Why or why not? 3. Whether or not Apostolics acknowledge a difference between being 'indwelt' by the Holy Spirit and being 'baptized' in the Holy Spirit. Why or why not? Thank you

Answer: 1. We cannot say with certainty that the eunuch was saved. The Bible doesn't give us enough information, and it doesn't specifically state that he was. But we do know one thing for sure: 'the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: The Lord knows those who are His'(2 Timothy 2:12).

2. We would say that a better analogy would be to someone who has not been baptized properly and doesn't even know about the gift of the Holy Spirit. Paul understood that because they had not heard about the Holy Spirit they probably had not been baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. This is why he instructed them in how to be baptized correctly, and when they were, they were filled with the Spirit.

3. We believe that receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38-39) is the same as being baptized with the Spirit (Acts 1:5). We also believe that the Spirit indwells those who receive the gift of the Spirit, although we sometimes make a distinction between those who have only received the Spirit and those who have both received it and yielded to it. There are some who speak in tongues but are not allowing the Spirit to lead them. The difference is described quite starkly in Romans 8:1-14.