Derek Prince - The Holy Spirit Is Your Down Payment
Now I want to say a little bit about the way the apostle Paul describes this. In 2 Corinthians 1:22 he says, 2 Corinthians 1:22 We’ll read verse 21 as well. Now he who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us, is God, who has also sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a deposit. So Paul says two things. The Holy Spirit is a seal and it’s a deposit. In Ephesians 1:14 he uses similar language. Ephesians 1:14 He says, verse 13, In whom also [that’s Jesus], having believed you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchase possession. And in the margin it says for guarantee, down payment.
So, the Holy Spirit, the baptism, which is visible, which is audible, which is not merely something that happens inside you and cannot be seen by others, it’s something that can be seen and heard. Paul says it’s two things. It’s a seal and a down payment. First of all, it’s a seal. You already belong to Jesus but this publicly identifies you as belonging to Him. He sets His public seal upon you. I don’t know whether any of you can remember the days when we used to send registered mail and you had to seal it with hot wax. Can you remember those days? And then you had to put an imprint on it. That’s exactly what the Holy Spirit is. It’s a seal, it’s hot wax. And then Jesus puts His imprint on it and it sets you apart. And you know registered mail is treated in a special way. It’s much more carefully looked after. And when you’ve been baptized in the Holy Spirit you’re registered mail, you get special attention from heaven’s post office.
Now the second word is a down payment or a deposit. And this—it happens that I’m very interested in languages, this happens to be very interesting. Because in Hebrew, the word is arbon. No arabon. In Arabic it’s arbone In Swahili it’s arabooni. In other words, the same word goes all the way through. And I used to speak Arabic when I lived in Jerusalem Years ago with my first wife and I always remember a scene in 1947, we just moved into a new house in Jerusalem and we needed to buy material for the curtains. So we went to the Old City and we found a man who was selling curtain material and we saw what we wanted and these figures are not exact, they’re just to give you an idea. We needed twenty yards and the price, let’s say, was five dollars a yard. The total price was one hundred dollars.
We said to the man, Now listen, we don’t have all the money with us but we’ll give you one fifth, twenty dollars, as a down payment. Do you know what he called that in Arabic? Arbon. And we said, Now, when we’ve given you the down payment you’ve got to remember two things. It belongs to us, you’ve got to set it apart for us, you can’t sell it to anybody else because it’s for us. Second, our down payment is our guarantee that we’ll come back with the rest of the money and take the material. And that’s what the baptism in the Holy Spirit is. Jesus puts a down payment on you and sets you apart for Himself. After that you’re not for sale to any other customer. Secondly, it’s His guarantee I’m coming back to take you. And when I come back I’ll come back with the rest of the payment and then you’ll be mine forever. It’s such a brilliant, vivid picture of what the baptism in the Holy Spirit is.