Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s Laying The Foundation Series (Part 5) titled “The Doctrine Of Baptisms” which was recorded in New Zealand, December 1994.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
Well, most of you will not be surprised that we’re going to begin by a proclamation. And furthermore, we’re going to let you share in the proclamation, in due course. This one is taken from 1 Corinthians 6:11, which starts with but such were some of you. And such were some of you refers to a horrible list of all sorts of terrible sins that those people had been guilty of.
But thank God there’s a but. I thank God for the buts in the Bible. And then it says, “But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Well, Ruth and I believe in making it personal, so we’re going to leave out such were some of you, and we’re going to start with the, but and we’re going to make it our personal testimony.
But we are washed, but we are sanctified, but we are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
So now we’ll give you the privilege of sharing with us. That’s not a difficult one to remember it starts but we. Are you ready?
But we are washed, but we are sanctified, but we are justified, in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
Amen. God bless you.
Now we’re continuing with the study of the six foundation doctrines that are listed in Hebrews chapter 6 verses 1 and 2. We have dealt with the first two, repentance toward God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
And now we’re going to move on to the third one, which is the Doctrine Of Baptisms. I’ll just read those words briefly to be sure that we’re founded on the actual Word of God.
Hebrews 6:1-2: Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles — I prefer to say basic truths of Christ — Let us go on to perfection completion, maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God.
And then the third one which we’re going to deal with this morning: the doctrine of baptisms. For doctrine you could say teaching about. And notice that the word baptism is plural, baptisms. There’s more than one baptism. In actual fact there are three different baptisms mentioned in the New Testament, and we will in due course be studying each of them.
THE CORRECT MEANING OF THE WORD ‘BAPTISM’
I need to say a little first of all… Well, let me just mention briefly the three particular baptisms. Number one, John’s baptism, the baptism of John the Baptist. Number two, Christian baptism which is not the same. And number three, the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Those are three distinct baptisms all of which play an important part in the New Testament.
Now I need to say something about the meaning of the word baptize. It’s not really an English word, it’s a Greek word written in English letters. What they say technically, transliteration. The word baptize is taken directly from a Greek word, baptizo, and just not translated but written over in English letters.
As to why that happened, there are various possibilities. It may just be church tradition, or it could be that the translators of the King James didn’t want to offend the Anglican Church by coming out with the right meaning of the word. I don’t know and I’m not asserting any particular view.
But if you go back to Greek, there is absolutely no question about the correct meaning of the word, it means to immerse. And, you can immerse in two ways and both of them are relevant to the New Testament. You can immerse by putting something down into the water, so that it is fully covered, or you can immerse something by pouring water over it. But whichever way you do it, it’s total. It’s not partial.
Baptism really is a transition. Every kind of baptism spoken of in the New Testament really represents a transition. You move out of one thing into another. And the whole of you moves, not just part of you. For that reason I believe it’s important to emphasize that baptism is total immersion. It’s not just a little part of you that’s affected, it’s all of you that is affected by this process of baptism.
Now the word is used with two or three different prepositions. And so we need to just explain that. It’s used with the preposition in, and it’s used with the preposition into. Or sometimes just to.
The preposition in refers to the element in which you are immersed. It may be water or it may be the Holy Spirit. The into describes the end product or result of being immersed. What do you pass into as a result of the transition of baptism?
For instance, John the Baptist’s baptism was in water, into repentance or forgiveness of sins. So there’s an in and an into.
The baptism in the Holy Spirit, which we will not be speaking about just yet, is in the Spirit and it’s into the body of Jesus Christ. We’ll come to that later.
But when you’re considering baptism, you need to ask these two questions: What is it in? And what is it into?
WHAT WAS THE MINISTRY OF JOHN THE BAPTIST?
Now let’s look at John’s baptism, the baptism of John the Baptist, who got his name from the fact that he was the baptizer. This is referred to in Mark 1:2-5: As it is written in the Prophets, “Behold I send My messenger before Your face who will prepare Your way before You. ‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, Make His paths straight.
That was the ministry specifically of John the Baptist. He was to go before the Messiah and prepare His way. And his message basically was very simple, it could be summed up in one word, repent.