ONE SPIRIT, MANY GIFTS.
BY TRACTS FOR THE TIME
1 Cor. xii. 11. " But all these worketh that one and the self-same Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will." On the first Whit-Sunday, that is, about one thousand eight hun- dred years ago, that great wonder of God's mercy began to take place, of which the Apostle in these words, as every where else in his writings, declares the continuance. The twelve Apostles, with the holy and blessed Virgin Mother, and with the other devout women from Galilee, in short, all the followers of our Lord, being " with one accord in one place," in the upper room, no doubt, where they had ever since His Ascension continued to meet in prayer and supplication, " suddenly there came a sound from Heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting ;" it seemed to be on all sides of them at once : " and there appeared unto them cloven tongues, like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them, and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost." One and the same Spirit filled them all, and all began to speak with other languages ; not all alike, but as the Spirit gave them power to speak. Thus was fulfilled for the first time, to the very eye and ear, that of which the Apostle in the text speaks, as a law of God's kingdom to be continued for ever. There were " diver- sities of gifts, but the same Spirit." It was one fire, but separated no ONE SPIRIT, MANY GIFTS. into many tongues : one sound, as of a rushing mighty wind, but different in tone, when they spake, according to each man's voice. One man spake one language, another another, but it was the same Holt Ghost that put words in the mouths of all. And all spake the same thing, — " the wonderful works of God," — His marvellous mercies by Jesus Christ, His Son, made Man, crucified, risen, and glorified, for the salvation of the world. As it was thus in the beginning of the Church, so it continued to be afterwards. The Holy Comforter came down, as Christ had promised, upon one Christian after another, uniting every one to Jesus Christ, and giving every one such gifts as He knew to be best for him : as it is said in a verse a little before the text, " The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man