Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s Laying The Foundation Series (Part 6) titled “Immersion In The Spirit” which was recorded in New Zealand, December 1994.
Notable quote from this study:
“You see, the message of the gospel is supernatural. It’s not a record of natural events, it’s something totally supernatural. Jesus died, He was buried, and rose again and ascended into heaven. That’s supernatural. If you’re going to testify to a supernatural event, you need supernatural power.”
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Derek Prince – Bible teacher
Romans 15:13: Now, may the God of hope fill us with all joy and peace in believing that we may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Now, tonight I’m going to go on with the series I’ve been following. This morning I spoke about immersion in water or baptism in water. This evening I’m going to go on to immersion in the Holy Spirit. I pointed out that the word baptize that we use in the English Bible is not an English word, it’s a transliteration of a Greek word. And the meaning of the Greek word is absolutely beyond question. It means to immerse. So I’m using the word immersion.
This morning I spoke about immersion in water, this evening I’m going to talk about immersion in the Holy Spirit. You see, there are two ways of being immersed. There’s the swimming pool way where you go down into the water, go under the water and come up out of the water. That’s water baptism.
But then there’s the Niagara Falls way. I remember the first time I stood and watched Niagara Falls, I said to myself, ‘You couldn’t be under that fall one second without being totally drenched.’ That’s the baptism in the Holy Spirit. Every place that it’s described, it indicates in one way or another the Holy Spirit came down over them from above.
So, we’re talking about two immersions. Immersion in water: you go down into it, you go under it, you come up out of it. Immersion in the Holy Spirit: you just go under it and it comes down over you. But in either case you’re totally immersed. Not just partially immersed; not sprinkled, but totally immersed.
WHO BAPTIZES IN THE HOLY SPIRIT?
Now it’s very interesting that the introduction to each of the four Gospels specifically states that Jesus Christ will baptize in the Holy Spirit. I think far too little attention has been given to this.
I want to read the four passages in each of the gospels.
Matthew 3:11: John the Baptist says: I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. But He who is coming after me — [that’s the Messiah] — is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry, He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
And then in Mark 1:8, we get the introduction there. John the Baptist is speaking, he says: I indeed baptized you with water, but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.
And then in Luke 3:16, the version that’s given in Luke’s gospel. John the Baptist says: John answered, saying to them, ‘I indeed baptize you with water, but One mightier than I is coming, whose sandal strap I am not worthy to loose. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire’.
And then in John’s Gospel Chapter 1: 33. This is part of the official introduction of Jesus by His forerunner, John the Baptist. And in every one of the introductions, in every one of the four Gospels, it’s specifically stated that Jesus will baptize His people with the Holy Spirit.
Now in John’s Gospel, the introduction is a little fuller. Beginning at chapter 1, verse 29. John 1:29: The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said: ‘Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!
And then he went on to say in John 1:33, I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit –– [the Holy Spirit] — descending and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit. And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.’
So John there says three things. This is the Lamb of God. This is the Son of God. And this is He who baptizes in the Holy Spirit.
We are all so wonderfully familiar with the statement that Jesus is the Lamb of God. But it’s only stated in one Gospel, whereas in all four Gospels, it’s specifically stated that Jesus is the baptizer in the Holy Spirit. In other words, it’s one of the most important things that we need to know about Him. It’s wonderful to know Him as Savior, to know Him as Lamb of God. But, that’s not the end. It’s also very, very important that we come to know Him individually and personally as the baptizer in the Holy Spirit.
Now after His earthly ministry was completed, after His resurrection, in Acts 1:4-5, Jesus repeats this promise. It’s really hard to overemphasize how frequently this promise is given in the Gospels.
In Acts 1:4–5 it says of Jesus: Being assembled together with them — [His disciples] — He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father ‘which’ He said, ‘You have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit, not many days from now.’
So Jesus was careful to repeat the promise with which John the Baptist had introduced Him, that He would be the baptizer in the Holy Spirit.
THREE SUCCESSIVE PHASES OF BAPTISM IN THE SPIRIT
Now, almost all commentators on the Bible agree that the fulfillment of this promise of Jesus is recorded in Acts 2:1–4, the Day of Pentecost.
So I want to read what the Bible says there, and then briefly consider exactly what is implied. Acts 2, beginning at verse 1.
Acts 2:1-4: “Now when the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing, mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues — [or other languages] — as the Spirit gave them utterance — [or as the Spirit gave them to speak].