Being “baptized with the Holy Spirit” only happened twice7 as a proper event in the New Testament. Each occurrence4,5 marked “firsts” – the first conversion of Jews4, and then of Gentiles5. It was the miraculous ushering in of the kingdom of God for “the Jew first and also the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
The first occurrence was ten days later on the day of Pentecost4, the apostles would preach the gospel to the Jews in Jerusalem, saving 3,000 souls. The second time we read of the Holy Spirit baptism is at the conversion of the first Gentiles5. It was a miraculous spectacle just like on the day of Pentecost6,7. In fact, it was a necessary display to convince Peter, his traveling companions6, and the Christian Jews back in Jerusalem7 of God’s acceptance of Gentiles into the kingdom5,6,7.
What it means to be baptized with the Holy Spirit can sometimes get mixed with other aspects of God’s promise of the Holy Spirit for all disciples. For example, John the Baptist1 preached that his cousin Jesus would bring a different baptism than what he taught. While this could have referred at least in part to the special anointing in Acts 24 and Acts 105, John was speaking to and about all disciples. When Jesus spoke about it2,3, it was specifically to the appointed apostles. Furthermore, after the Acts 10 instance6, Peter refers back and connects it to what Jesus had said3 (not John). Both of those instances were also for the benefit or in witness to the others present — proving to them that this was God’s will.
John’s profession1 fits much better with the water baptism of the new covenant5 that Jesus did bring for all mankind. A water baptism that would give the promise of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to the individual. As a result, other passages8 are sometimes promoted as speaking about this special Holy Spirit baptism but they are forced interpretations often taken out of context.