The Bible Evidence
of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
There is much controversy today as regards
the genuineness of this Pentecostal work, but there is nothing
so convincing as the fact that over fifteen years ago a
revival on Holy Ghost lines began and has never ceased.
You will find that in every clime throughout the world God
has poured out His Spirit in a remarkable way in a line
parallel with the glorious revival that inaugurated the
church of the first century. People, who could not understand
what God was doing when He kept them concentrated in prayer,
wondered as these days were being brought about by the Holy
Ghost, and found themselves in exactly the same place and
entering into an identical experience as the Apostles on
the day of Pentecost.
Our Lord Jesus said to His disciples, “Behold,
I send the promise of My Father upon you: but tarry ye in
the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from
on high” (Luke 24:49). God promised through the prophet
Joel, “I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh...
Upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will
I pour out My Spirit.” As there is a widespread misconception
concerning this receiving of the Holy Spirit, I believe
the Lord would have us examine the Scriptures on this subject.
You know, beloved, it had to be something
on the line of solid facts to move me. I was as certain
as possible that I had received the Holy Ghost, and was
absolutely rigid in this conviction. When this Pentecostal
outpouring began in England I went to Sunderland and met
with the people who had assembled for the purpose of receiving
the Holy Ghost. I was continually in those meetings causing
disturbances until the people wished I had never come. They
said that I was disturbing the whole conditions. But I was
hungry and thirsty for God, and had gone to Sunderland because
I heard that God was pouring out His Spirit in a new way.
I heard that God had now visited His people, had manifested
His power and that people were speaking in tongues as on
the day of Pentecost.
When I got to this place I said, “I
cannot understand this meeting. I have left a meeting in
Bradford all on fire for God. The fire fell last night and
we were all laid out under the power of God. I have come
here for tongues, and I don’t hear them-I don’t
“Oh!” they said, “when
you get baptized with the Holy Ghost you will speak in tongues.”
“Oh, is that it?” said I, “when the presence
of God came upon me, my tongue was loosened, and really
I felt as I went in the open air to preach that I had a
new tongue.” “Ah no,” they said, “that
is not it.” “What is it, then?” I asked.
They said, “When you get baptized in the Holy Ghost-”
“I am baptized,” I interjected, “and there
is no one here who can persuade me that I am not baptized.”
So I was up against them arid they were up against me.
I remember a man getting up and saying,
“You know, brothers and sisters, I was here three
weeks and then the Lord baptized me with the Holy Ghost
and I began to speak with other tongues.” I said,
“Let us hear it. That’s what I’m here
for.” But he would not talk in tongues. I was doing
what others are doing today, confusing the 12th of I Corinthians
with the 2nd of Acts. These two chapters deal with different
things, one with the gifts of the Spirit, and the other
with the Baptism of the Spirit with the accompanying sign.
I did not understand this and so I said to the man, “Let’s
hear you speak in tongues.” But he could not. He had
not received the “gift” of tongues, but the
As the days passed I became more and more
hungry. I had opposed the meetings so much, but the Lord
was gracious, and I shall ever remember that last day-the
day I was to leave. God was with me so much that last night.
They were to have a meeting and I went, but I could not
rest. I went to the Vicarage, and there in the library I
said to Mrs. Boddy, “I cannot rest any longer, I must
have these tongues.” She replied, “Brother Wigglesworth,
it is not the tongues you need but the Baptism. If you will
allow God to baptize you, the other will be all right.”
“My dear sister, I know I am baptized,” I said.
“You know that I have to leave here at 4 o’clock.
Please lay hands on me that I may receive the tongues.”
She rose up and laid her hands on me and
the fire fell. I said, “The fire’s falling.”
Then came a persistent knock at the door, and she had to
go out. That was the best thing that could have happened,
for I was ALONE WITH GOD. Then He gave me a revelation.
Oh, it was wonderful! He showed me an empty cross and Jesus
glorified. I do thank God that the cross is empty, that
Christ is no more on the cross. It was there that He bore
the curse, for it is written, “Cursed is everyone
that hangeth on a tree.” He became sin for us that
we might be made the righteousness of God in Him, and now,
there He is in the glory. Then I saw that God had purified
me. It seemed that God gave me a new vision, and I saw a
perfect being within me with mouth open, saying, “Clean
l Clean! Clean!” When I began to repeat it I found
myself speaking in other tongues. The joy was so great that
when I came to utter it my tongue failed, and I began to
worship God in other tongues as the Spirit gave me utterance.
It was all as beautiful and peaceful as
when Jesus said, “Peace, be still!” and the
tranquillity of that moment and the joy surpassed anything
I had ever known up to that moment. But, Hallelujah l these
days have grown with greater, mightier, more wonderful divine
manifestations and power. That was but the beginning. There
is no end to this kind of beginning. You will never get
an end to the Holy Ghost till you are landed in the glory-till
you are right in the presence of God forever. And even then
w e shall ever be conscious of His presence.
What had I received? I had received the
Bible evidence. This Bible evidence is wonderful to me.
I knew I had received the very evidence of the Spirit’s
incoming that the Apostles received on the day of Pentecost.
I knew that everything I had had up to that time was in
the nature of an anointing bringing me in line with God
in preparation, but now I knew I had the Biblical Baptism
in the Spirit. It had the backing of the Scriptures. You
are always right when you have the backing of the Scriptures
and you are never right if you have not a foundation for
your testimony in the Word of God.
For many years I have thrown out a challenge
to any person who can prove to me that he has the Baptism
without speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives utterance-to
prove it by the Word that he has been baptized in the Holy
Ghost without the Bible evidence, but so far no one has
accepted the challenge. I only say this because so many
were as I was; they have a rigid idea that they have received
the Baptism without the Bible evidence. The Lord Jesus wants
those who preach the Word to have the Word in evidence.
Don’t be misled by anything else. Have a Bible proof
for all you have, and then you will be in a place where
no man can move you.
I was so full of joy that I wired home
to say that I had received the Holy Ghost. As soon as I
got home, my boy came running up to me and said, “Father,
have you received the Holy Ghost?” I said, “Yes,
my boy.” He said, “Let’s hear you speak
in tongues.” But I could not. Why? I had received
the Baptism in the Spirit with the speaking in tongues as
the Bible evidence according to Acts 2:4, and had not received
the gift of Tongues according to 1 Corinthians 12. I had
received the Giver of all gifts. At some time later when
I was helping some souls to seek and receive the Baptism
of the Spirit, God gave me the gift of Tongues so that I
could speak at any time. I could speak, but will not - no
never! I must allow the Holy Ghost to use the gift. It should
be so, so that we shall have divine utterances only by the
Spirit. I would be very sorry to use a gift, but the Giver
has all power to use the whole nine gifts.
I want to take you to the Scriptures to
prove my position. There are business men here, and they
know that in cases of law, where there are two clear witnesses
they could win a case before any judge in Australia. On
the clear evidence of two witnesses any judge will give
a verdict. What has God given us? Three clear witnesses
on the Baptism in the Holy Spirit-more than are necessary
in law courts.
The first is in Acts 2:4, “They were
all filled with tile Holy Ghost, and began to speak with
other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
Here we have the original pattern. And God gave to Peter
an eternal word that couples this experience with the promise
that went before. “This is that.” And God wants
you to have that nothing less than that. He wants you to
receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit according to this
original Pentecostal pattern.
In Acts 10 we have another witness. Peter
is in the house of Cornelius. Cornelius had had a vision
of a holy angel and had sent for Peter. A person said to
me one day, “You don’t admit that I am filled
and baptized with the Holy Ghost. Why, I was ten days and
ten nights on my back before the Lord and He was flooding
my soul with joy.” I said, “Praise the Lord,
sister, that was only the beginning. The disciples were
tarrying that time, and they were still, and the mighty
power of God fell upon them then and the Bible tells what
happened when the power fell. And that is just what happened
in the house of Cornelius. The Holy Ghost fell on all them
which heard the word. “And they of the circumcision
which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter,
because that on the Gentiles was poured out the gift of
the Holy Ghost.” What convinced these prejudiced Jews
that the Holy Ghost had come? “For they heard them
speak with tongues and magnify God.” There was no
other way for them to know. This evidence could not be contradicted.
It is the Bible evidence.
We have heard two witnesses, and that is
sufficient to satisfy the world. But God goes one better.
Let us look at Acts 19:6, “And when Paul had laid
his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they
spake with tongues and prophesied.” These Ephesians
received the identical Bible evidence as the Apostles at
the beginning and they prophesied in addition. Three times
the Scriptures show us this evidence of the Baptism in the
Spirit. I do not magnify tongues. No, by God’s grace,
I magnify the Giver of tongues. And I magnify above all
Him whom the Holy Ghost has come to reveal to us, the Lord
Jesus Christ. He it is who sends the Holy Spirit and I magnify
Him because He makes no difference between us and those
at the beginning.
But what are tongues for? Look at the 2nd
verse of 1 Cor. 14 and you will see a very blessed truth.
Oh, Hallelujah! Have you been there, beloved? I tell you,
God wants to take you there. “He that speaketh in
an unknown tongue, speaketh not unto men, but unto God:
for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh
mysteries.” It goes on to say, “He that speaketh
in an unknown tongue edifieth himself.”
Enter into the promises of God. It is your
inheritance. You will do more in one year if you are really
filled with the Holy Ghost than you could do in fifty years
apart from Him.