Being baptized with the Holy Spirit only happened twice6 in the New Testament, both of these occurrences3,4 marking “firsts” – the first conversion of Jews3, and then of Gentiles4. It was the miraculous ushering in of the kingdom of God for “the Jew first and also the Greek” (Romans 1:16).
The baptism with the Holy Spirit was foretold by John the Baptist1 and promised by Jesus2 when, “not many days” later on the day of Pentecost2, 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 Gentiles4. It was a miraculous spectacle just like on the day of Pentecost5,6. In fact, it was a necessary display to convince Peter, his traveling companions5 and the Christian Jews back in Jerusalem6 of God’s acceptance of Gentiles into the kingdom4,5,6.
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 example, Holy Spirit baptism is not the same as water baptism4, nor is it the same as the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. As a result, other passages7 are sometimes promoted as speaking about this special Holy Spirit baptism but they are forced interpretations often taken out of context.