First Principles – The Doctrine of Baptisms (2)

20 March 2011


1. Introduction

Heb. 6:1-3 “Let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation …”

(i) Foundations Laid (ii) Permission of God

Note: Western thinking (Greek) - Doctrine is about knowledge or information.

Hebrew thinking - Doctrine is teaching that is lived out experientially.



(i) Baptism into Christ             You are joined to Jesus Christ and to the body

of His people (1 Cor. 12-13).

(ii) Baptism in Water               Your old life is dead, a new life has begun.

(iii) Baptism in Holy Ghost      You enter the supernatural realm of the Holy


(iv) Baptism in Fire                  Your soul life is purified by fiery experiences

that test your faith.


2. The Baptism in the Holy Spirit


(a) The Promise of Baptism in the Holy Spirit

= the entrance into the supernatural realm of the spirit.


(b) The Example of Jesus

(i)   Heaven opened – access into the supernatural realm of the Father       God

(ii) Holy Spirit descended – He was dipped, immersed into the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

(iii) A voice came from heaven – He was affirmed in His relationship and Sonship.

(iv) He was led by the Spirit (Lk4:1)


(c) The Promise of Jesus

- Jesus imparted the person and life of the Holy Spirit into His disciples.

- They became born again, joined to the Spirit of God indwelling them.

(1 Cor. 6:17).

- This was not the baptism in the Holy Spirit.




(i)   Lk 24:49  “Behold, I send the promise of the Father upon you, but tarry in the city

of Jerusalem until you are clothed with power from on high”.

            “Clothed” = NT1746 = Enduo = to sink into a garment, to cover with a

clothing, to put on a garment.

“Power” = NT1411 = Dunamis = supernatural ability.


(ii) Acts 1:4-8 “… wait for the promise of the Father … for John truly baptised with water

but you shall be baptised in the Holy Spirit not many days from now”.


3. What is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit?


(a) The Bible describes this experience several ways:


(i) The invisible presence, and power of the Holy Spirit comes upon a person

                  and surrounds, envelops and clothes them.

(ii) The invisible presence and power of the Holy Spirit arises from within your

      spirit surrounding and sensitising the soul to spontaneous impressions of

      the Holy Spirit.


(b) The Baptism in the Holy Spirit is the entrance to a supernatural realm of life


(c) We need constant daily filling with the Holy Spirit


4. Speaking in Tongues


(a) They speak in Tongues!


(b) What is Speaking in Tongues?

-       Your spirit is praying (1Cor.14:14)

-       The Holy Spirit is giving the language (Acts 2:4)

-       It is a real language with meaning (1 Cor. 14)

-       You are speaking to God (1 Cor. 14:2)

-       It builds, energises, enlarges your spirit (1 Cor. 14:4)

Edify = NT3618 = Oikodameo = to build a house, to construct.

Where is the house built? Within You! Your spirit is enlarged and becomes charged with life.

-       It gives voice to God’s will and purpose (1 Cor.14:2)

-       It enable your soul to become energised with spontaneous communication of the Holy Spirit.


5. How to be Baptised in the Holy Spirit

(i) Desire

(ii) Ask            

(iii) Believe – exercise faith    

            (iv) Receive gratefully                       

(v) Yield your soul and voice to allow Holy Spirit to speak through you.

N.B.: You speak! He gives the Words!