By James D. G. Dunn
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1 5 . 4 The appeal to John's Gospel raises a basic methodological issue: Are w e to approacb the N T material as systematic theologians or as biblical theologians and exegetes? The common error into which too many of the former fall, is to treat the N T (and even the Bible) as a homogeneous whole, from any part of which texts can be drawn on a chosen subject and fitted into a framework and System which is often basically extra-biblical, though it may be constructed from the thought of a single biblical author like Paul.
Kai evdvs dvaßaivwv . . etSev . . TO iTvevfia . , . KaTaßalvov . . The two words which link the descent of the Spirit to the baptism most closely are evOvs and dvaßaivwv. g. Mark 1 . 38 dvaßalvoiv does not describe the emergence above the surface of the water which follows the com plete Immersion; it describes rather the climbing out of the river on to the bank after the rite has been completed. 51). Matthew and Mark are therefore not really so dÜFerent from Luke. Matthew indeed seems to set the events in sequence - baptized, left the water, experienced the Spirit.
K . Lowther Clatke, Confirmation or tbe Laying on of Hands ( 1 9 2 6 ) 1 5 , 1 9 ; Dix, Laying on of Hands 1 5 ; also Tbeology 30. PART TWO IV T H E M I R A C L E OF P E N T E C O S T P E N T E C O S T is a word which lies close to the heart of every Pentecostal. N o t only does it give him his 'brand' name, but it also provides him with his distincüve (and sometimes most precious) doctrine, it aifords to him the key to a füll Christian life and wit ness, it speaks to him of his most treasured experiences of Christ, and it enables him to express his deepest devotion and praise.