15 “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. 16 Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with] the Holy Spirit.’ 17 So if God gave them the same gift he gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God’s way?” 18 When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, even to Gentiles God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
If people make baptism a mere spectacle, devoid of the grace of the Spirit, they are greatly mistaken.
We must not be confused by this. Our minds are drawn to what is like themselves-mortal and worldly. But we must learn to seek salvation in Christ and look only to the power of the Spirit.
We must also remember that Christ includes under “the Spirit” not only the gift of tongues but the whole grace of our renewing. But these gifts are a good demonstration of Christ’s power, and so this sentence may well be applied to them.