your attention, and which we may most directly take toourselves. For certainly when the Saviour tells the apostlesthey are to wait till they are endued with power from onhigh, and then to be His witnesses ; we cannot appropriateto ourselves what belonged specially and peculiarly to thegift at Pentecost, to which Christ here unquestionablyalludes. And indeed that power from on high was not,after all, the Spirit of God, whom Jesus had already breathedinto the apostles in the first days after His resurrection, — whom He had even earlier spoken of them as possessing,when, on their acknowledging Him as the Christ, He saidthat flesh and blood had not revealed it to them, but theFather in heaven ; for when the Father reveals anything.He does it b}^ the Holy Spirit, as it is said in another place.o man can say that Jesus is Lord but by the Holy Spirit.ow if we further reflect how, since then, many have becomeHis witnesses who had no share in the extraordinary giftof Pentecost, as we ourselves are, each in his own way ; howcan this call to be His witnesses but remind us of thatglorious promise, without which no one would be capableof fulfilling this commission — the promise which the Saviourlinked with this very commission, saying. Go, and teachall nations, and then adding. And I am with you all thedays, even to the end of the world. And the words of those who came to the apostles after the Lord was takenaway, — to what could they refer but to the promise which,during the recent days, the Lord had often expressed invarious forms, that the Son of man would return in all theglory of the Father, a Lord and King, a Judge of all living.If, then, we desire to reflect together on the promises of thedeparting Saviour, it is just those two on which we shouldfix our attention : first, that He will be with us even to theend of the days ; and second, that He will come again to judgment. But, my friends, let us deal in the same waywith these two promises ; with the one as with the other !426 THE PARTIG PROMISES OF THE SAVIOUR.