too lacked supernatural power till the day of Pentecost (Acts 1:8). The Baptism in the Holy Ghost in the teaching of the Scriptures, and of the Pentecostal Movement, pointed, not to holiness but to miraculous power. Our Lord had said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto My Father", and then will send to them the same Holy Spirit who came and empowered Him at Jordan (John 14:16).
Sanctification is the work of the Spirit on the soul through the word of Truth (John 17:17-19). The evidence of this is the devoted life of the Believer. But the Baptism in the Holy Ghost was to impart supernatural power to the spirit, and the initial evidence of this was the ability to speak in an unknown language. Here was the proof that there were now two persons living in one body, the one speaking as before his own language, the other using the same tongue to speak a new language known to Himself.
Here, as Paul pointed out to the Ephesians (Eph. 1:13-14), was the seal upon the Sons of God of the new birth and its accompanying inheritance, though they still had to live for a moment in the old body of their humiliation. It is a clear sign that God, The Holy Ghost, has entered His Temple and is speaking from it (1 Cor. 6:19). It is not the sign, the speaking in an unknown tongue, that is the important thing about the Baptism in The Spirit. It is the amazing, almost incredible, fact of which it is the sign, that God is now in residence