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50A. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit (Not merely according to Acts 2:4, but according to John 7:38)

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  speaker icon   1. Pentecostal Fire Is Falling, excerpt   (1:10)
  speaker icon   2. The Baptism of the Holy Spirit   (27:19)
            speaker icon   a. Message   (23:29)
            speaker icon   b. Word of prophecy   (3:50)
  speaker icon   3. Pentecost in My Soul   (2:50)

Selected Verses:

John 7:37-39.  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.  38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.  39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)

Romans 6:4.  Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.


What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?  Why, it’s the coming of the kingdom of God.  It is Christ taking over.  It’s Jesus Christ who said, “I am the beginning and the endbeginning.  And Pentecostal people who have understood that, they realize that now the beginning has been made—the tree has been planted.  Now it’s got to be watered and taken care of, and it must “bring forth fruit in his season.”  And there’s only one way to finish. 

God tells us that we ought not to forsake “the assembling of ourselves together” because the day is approaching when we shall give an account for the things that we have done in our bodies.  And that really means to give an account of what we let God do for us—God in us, God through us, God undertaking, living no more unto myself.  That’s over with.  There was a time when I lived for myself, had my own plans, my own desires, followed my own inclinations, wanted a comfortable life, made my own plans, but now, thank God, according to His eternal purpose, He has taken over.

Selected Quotes:

speaker icon The Bible tells us not only that we need to “let the word of Christ dwell richly among us,” by which we are changed, but we ought to “exhort one another daily while it is called ‘today.’”  We belong together.  We’ve got to grow together into this “stature of the manhood of Christ.”  And then he tells us that we ought to “fear lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.”

speaker icon Oh, it is wonderful when you get the baptism according to Acts 2:4; but it’s wonderful when you get the baptism according to John 7:38!

speaker icon You’ll find some people get the baptism very easily.  They call speaking in tongues “the baptism.”  I think that’s too bad.  One, two, three, they speak with tongues; next day, they play poker again.  I know them—“Ich kenne meine Pappenheimer.”  But when you have to pay the price, and God says, “Wait a minute.  Let’s clean that temple first.  Let’s get the idols out first,” and God declares war on everything that’s worldly and fleshly and devilish, and says, “Come on, get downHumble yourself under the mighty hand of God, and He’ll exalt you in due timeBlessed are the poor in spirit; theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” and you take scripture seriously, and you follow on! 

The Bible says, “Repent.”  That’s number one.  And most people don’t have to repent today to speak with tongues.  That’s why we have such a shallow experience.  That’s why the world and the flesh and the devil have moved into Pentecostal assemblies; everywhere there is the complaint.  But, oh, when you pay the price because you don’t want to speak in tongues, but you want the King—the Kingdom of God—you’re “hungering and thirsting after righteousness,” that’s Pentecost.

speaker iconRivers of living water will flow from within you.”  That’s the baptism in the Holy Ghost.  It wasn’t meant to be a climax when you speak in tongues.  That’s very wonderful.  It was meant to be a beginning. … What is that climax?  “That ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.”  What an experience—to be “filled with all the fullness of God” here on earth!

speaker icon Most people don’t care to be like Jesus sufficiently to get a picture of Jesus.  The New Testament is given to us that we “might know the things that are freely given to us of God,” that like He was in the world, so should we walk.  Like He walked in newness of life “by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.”  And so the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a flow of that mighty river of God.

speaker icon If I ever sought God for the baptism in the Holy Spirit—and God knows I did for weeks and for months—I’m seeking Him more eagerly now, because now the Spirit of God has enlightened me.  He’s become “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him.”  The “eyes of my understanding have been enlightened that I might know what is the hope of this calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe,” “the power which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead.”   “And even as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we also walk in newness of life.” 

But we don’t if the baptism is a climax which we forget, or which we boast of.  Beloved, it’s an open door into a life of fellowship with God Almighty—life in the light, “even as He is in the light.”

speaker icon God “swore by Himself” “they shall not enter into My rest.”  God says, “They have despised the promised land.”  In one place, He said, “They despised Me.”  In another place, He says, “In this you did not believe the Lord.”  What is God’s promise to me?  Why, to take me through to that wonderful “rapture.”  God who hath “wrought us for the selfsame thing” will not be satisfied until we’re “transformed into the image of His Son.”  And that transformation takes place now, as we follow on like Caleb and Joshua.

speaker icon Youfollow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.”  You follow Jesus Christ.  You’ll feel very lonesome many times.  People will be against you.  They won’t understand; they can’t understand.  How can they understand if they don’t walk that way?  It’s impossible.

speaker icon The whole world—and the whole church—is sliding into the pit of hell.  But God has His chosen ones.  And who are they?  The people that choose Him.  That’s what the Holy Spirit has come to do: to unite me to Jesus, to unite Jesus Christ to me.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit is Christ Himself, not an experience, not a gift, but it’s Christ taking over.  “The Spirit of life in Christ Jesus” makes alive this body of mine.


The example of Anna Posta.  “It was so healthy for her to have to make her choice, and to suffer, and to follow Jesus all the way.”    (from 5:07)

German at 8:12:

Ich kenne meine Pappenheimer. — “I know who I’m dealing with.”  It could also be rendered, “I’m on to their tricks,” or “I can read them like a book.”

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Project Notes:

Original tape marked: C/60.  The recording was slowed to 108.00% of its original duration.  (Perhaps the reel to reel tape was recorded at 3.5 ips, and then copied at 3.75 ips—that would count for 107.14% of the pitch correction).  The left channel seems to be a bit clearer and louder, but there is crosstalk there that is not as prevalent on the right channel, so we chose to use the right channel.  Light hiss reduction was then run; DeHummer 8 filter, -24dB at 55.56Hz; and compression.  A number of large pops were manually removed, as well as a number of stutters.  A couple long pauses were shortened.


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