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E.J Waggoner-Power of Christ

E.J Waggoner-Power of Christ

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Christ desires to GIVE POWER TO THE BELIEVING SOUL, here this study shows how it can be YOURS.
Christ desires to GIVE POWER TO THE BELIEVING SOUL, here this study shows how it can be YOURS.

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THE POWER OF CHRIST
 
E. J. Waggoner01 One of the most intensely interesting occasions forthe disciples of the Master was when He, their Saviour andLord, "was taken up and a cloud received Him out of theirsight." He had given "many infallible proofs" of Hisresurrection, "being seen of them forty days, and speakingof the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." Acts 1:3.Before His death He had instructed them concerning Hisreturn to the Father. That knowledge had brought grief andsadness to their troubled hearts. But He did not leave themwithout hope: "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe inGod, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are manymansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go toprepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place foryou, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; thatwhere I am, there ye may be also."02 Absorbed with the idea of the immediateestablishment of His kingdom, they were poorly preparedto grasp all the truth He tried to set before them. Theythought that the right was His to reign as king; they desiredthat He should be king, and they were ready to give Himthe homage of loving hearts. But a little later we see theirKing a helpless victim on Calvary's cross, and their hopesdying within them. But now the scene has changed. Thebands of death have been broken, and He that was dead isalive again, and is once more with them. They hear Hisown sweet voice; they listen to the gracious words that fallfrom His lips; and by His resurrection they were begotten"again unto a lively hope." 1 Peter 1:3. He bade them gointo all the world and preach the gospel to every creature,but how little did they comprehend the meaning of all that!"Lord, wilt thou at this time," said they, "restore again thekingdom to Israel?" Acts 1:6. "Ye shall receive power,"
 
said He, "after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you, andye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in allJudea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of theearth."03 In this commission He entrusted to them, andthrough them to us, a mighty work to be accomplished—awork beyond the power of man to perform. He bade themgo; the command was imperative; but, thanks be to Hisdear name, before the command was the promise of powerto perform it. "Ye shall receive power" and then you can"be witnesses unto Me." Acts 1:8. St. Matthew presents thesame thought and in precisely the same order. "Jesus cameand spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me inheaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach allnations,...and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the endof the world." Why were they to go? Because He hadcommanded it. How were they to fulfill this high and holycommission, and do this work which was beyond man'spower to perform? The answer is found in this, that He hadpromised to be with them till the end, and He who made thepromise possessed all power, and had said, "Ye shallreceive power" and "ye shall be witnesses unto Me." "Andwhen He had spoken these things, while they beheld, Hewas taken up; and a cloud received Him out of their sight."04 Shortly before this He bade them tarry "in the cityof Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from on high."But now what a spectacle is this! He, their great Leader inwhom they trusted, is "taken up" and a cloud received"Him out of their sight," and they—they so poor and weak and erring—are left to carry on the mightiest work evercommitted to mortals. I do not wonder that those disciplestarried in Jerusalem, and prayed till the day of Pentecostcame; for just in proportion as they felt that the commandto do the work was imperative, so must they have realizedthat Divine power would be a necessity. And when inresponse to their prayers and their faith, that power cameand they rehearsed before the people the recent scenes of Calvary, and presented in its simplicity the Gospel of 

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