long ere they had filled God s guest-chamber by a multitude gathered from the highways and hedges of theworld. Wanting the Spirit, even the apostles were inclined to persecute; and, wanting the Spirit, the self-styled successors of the apostles have persecuted in allsubsequent times.The Spirit is like the air. The Lord breathed on hisdisciples, and said, " Receive ye the Holy Ghost." Wecould not live our present natural life without air. Thesun in the heavens would not warm us if the atmospherewere not wrapped round the globe. The air is near,and the sun is distant. It is the sun s heat that sustainsJife; but the sun s heat could not be communicated toplants and animals without the intervention of the atmosphere. The earth is as completely dependent onair for its supply of water as for its supply of heat. Theair obtains a supply from the ocean, and pours it on thedry land. Thus disciples in every age obtain grace fromthe Lord through the ministry of the Spirit.But the specific function which a disciple is fitted,through the ministry of the Spirit, to discharge, is to bea witness unto Christ. Whom Christ saves from theworld, he employs in the world. The captives takenfrom the enemy in this warfare are one by one incorporated into the army of the great King, and sent intothe field to fight against their former master. Conspicuous and instructive, in this aspect, is the experienceof Paul. When the Lord overcame and took captivethat emissary of the Wicked One, the victory was theseed of other victories. The subdued enemy became agood and great soldier of Jesus Christ. The captive,when smitten to the ground, and seized and disarmed,was not sent to prison; was not, except for a very shorttime, sent even to the rear, but ordered to the front,where the battle between Christ s kingdom and the godof this world was raging.