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The Ministry of the Spirit.

The Ministry of the Spirit.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY VARLEY


ROMANS VIII. 14.

FOR AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE

THE SONS OF GOD.
BY HENRY VARLEY


ROMANS VIII. 14.

FOR AS MANY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE

THE SONS OF GOD.

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THE MIISTRY OF THE SPIRIT. BY HERY VARLEY ROMAS VIII. 14. FOR AS MAY AS ARE LED BY THE SPIRIT OF GOD, THEY ARE THE SOS OF GOD. PERHAPS it would be helpful to you, brethren, if I were to speak to you upon the ministry of the Spirit. Let us turn to the sixteenth chapter of the Gospel of John, fifth, sixth and seventh verses. " But now I go My way to Him that sent Me ; and. none of you asketh Me, Whither goest Thou ? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. everthe- less I tell you the truth ; It is expedient for you that I go away : for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you." I intend to emphasize the personal pronouns that follow, and for the simple reason, that in our day there are a great many who think of the Spirit as an influence. ow, I beg of you, banish such a thought from your minds. I never (87) 88 THE MIISTRY OF THE SPIRIT. like to speak about the influences of the Spirit of God. It is an unscriptural term. Of course, I know what it means, but there is nothing in the Spirit less than this, the power. As though Jesus had foreseen the danger that is suggested by this
 
thought, observe how He emphasizes what comes after. ** And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me ; Of righteousness, because I go to My Father, and ye see Me no more ; Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth : for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He.speak : and He will show you things to come. He shall glorify Me : for He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you." I thank Jesus for this splendid specimen of tau- tology, to rebuke the skepticism of the day, that would talk about the Spirit of God as an influence. "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God," saith Paul. Who ever talks about grieving an influence ? What nonsense ! We speak of grieving a friend ; we talk of grieving some loved one — grieve an influence indeed ! What rubbish ! Brethren, I speak solemn words to you about this. The Spirit of God is a person equally with Christ. May I ask you now to turn over to the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles. [Having read that chapter down to the thirty-third verse inclusive, the speaker went on to say :] It was necessary that I should read thus far, contrary to my desire, in order to point out to THE MIISTRY OF THE SPIRIT. 89 you, that while the Spirit of God has ever been in the Church, was with the Church in its earliest days, as it is written, " In the beginning * * * the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters"  — in the book of Genesis; seen in increasing
 
brightness as we hear the Psalmist say: "Take not Thy Holy Spirit from me;" wonderfully clear in the testimony of Ezekiel, when he said, " Come from the four winds, O breath ! and breathe upon these slain, that they may live ; " ever carrying on with increasing power the great work of gathering together, from AbeFs time until now, the great family of the living God. It remained, however, for the Lord Jesus Christ to come, and it remained for Him to be exalted before we became possessed of the Comforter — the fullness. However blessed the Holy Ghost may have been known in individual experience in the times that are past, never let us lose sight of this great truth spoken by Christ, prophetic of His glory in the seventh chapter of John. " He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his [inmost being or] belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake He of the Spirit, which they that believe on Him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" But now He is glorified — exalted to the Father's right hand. " He hath shed forth this that ye now see and hear." Oh ! with what divinest intention did Jesus tell His disciples to tarry at Jerusalem until they were endued with power from on high ! The Saviour s 90 THE MIISTRY OF THE SPIRIT. ministry on earth being finished, His place is as a forerunner at the right hand of God, waiting to introduce those who come as the great harvest fi-om earth, and it remained for the Spirit of God to perpetuate the work of Jesus. And I desire to express a thought which I feel will carry your

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