the Baptist (Mt 3:2), of Jesus (Mt 4:17; Lk 4:16-19; of.
4:15-16), and of Peter, Acts 2:38. Peter retains the bap-
tism of repentance unto remission of sins, of John and Jesus,
but instead of the phrase, "The Kingdom of God is at hand,"
we read "Ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." The
immediate interest is in the present. Baptism has become
baptism in the name of Jesus. And the new relation to Jesus
which the believer in the Risen Lord sustains creates in
him the spiritual powers which are active in the new age
and which are characteristic of the Messianic time. By
means of the Holy Spirit, then, men become partakers of the
Messianic goods, the chief of which is fellowship with God
and Christ. It is no accident that the description of the
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