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THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

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THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST ]
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THE ONE THING NEEDFUL

REV.

ANDREW MURRAY,
WELLINGTON, SOUTH AFRICA

D.D.

AUTHOR OF
"ABIDE

IN

CHRIST"

"LIKS

CHRIST"

ETC. ETC.

"He

that believeth

on Me, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water
"

JAMES NISBET &
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BERBERS STREET,
1908

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REV.

J.

P.

LILLEY, M.A., D.D.
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PREFACE
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HE

Dutch Eeformed Church
the ten

of

South Africa
been in

has, during the past forty years,

the habit of observing

days between
revival

Ascension and Whitsunday as days of prayer.

The custom had

its

origin

during the
the

that passed over this country between

1860 and

1862

in the

suggestion

of

minister of a

parish which at that time had received special
blessing.

The observance has
gives for
of

in

many
in

cases

been
tunity

accompanied with
it

blessing.

The oppor
the
teaches con

training
s

Christians

knowledge
to

what God
to

Word

cerning the Spirit, to the practice and the faith

which

it

calls,

and

special efforts in
of

prayer and fellowship behalf of the careless, has
value.

often been

the greatest

Each year

subjects for meditation

and discourse have been

published.
It

was when
in

I

was about

to

proceed

to

England

1895

that I was led to write and

vi

PREFACE
little

publish a

book with the
I never into

title,

The Full

Pentecostal Blessing.
of

had any thoughts
about that

translating

it

English, as

time

there

had

on the

subject.

A

been various books published request has lately corne to
it

me from

Holland urging that

should appear

in English too, specially for the sake of

some

English friends with

whom

those in Holland had

been

in

close

intercourse.

Though

I

was in

doubt about the need, I gladly gave my consent. In all our study I venture just one remark.
of the

work

of the blessed
life

Spirit,

and in

all

our

pursuit of a
find

in

His
Christ

fulness,
s

we

shall ever in

the

sum

of
"

teaching

those

wonderful words

:

He

that believeth on Me, as

the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." It is as we are con
victed of the defectiveness of our faith in Christ,

and what

He

has promised to do in saving and
sin,

keeping us from
believing in

and as we understand that
a yielding up of the
will,

Him means
life

whole heart and

and
that
all

to let

Him

rule

and

live

within

us,

count upon receiving

we can confidently that we need of the
presence.
It
is

Holy

Spirit s

power and
us
all

as

Christ becomes to

that

God has made

Him Him

to be, that the

Holy Spirit can flow from and do His blessed work of leading us

PREFACE
back to know

vn
to believe in

Him

better

and

Him

more completely.

My
and

attention

by a brother to
to

has lately again been directed the Epistle to the Hebrews,
it

the

way

speaks

of

Christ

in

His

heavenly glory and power as the object of our In my book, The Holiest of All, I faith.

have tried to point out (see chaps. Ixv. Ixx., and elsewhere) how the Holy Spirit reveals the

way
have

into the Holiest as opened

by the blood
in

of

Christ,

and

invites
there.

us

by
It of
is

faith

Christ to
yield our
to

our

life

as

we

hearts to the

leading

the

Spirit

know
is

Christ and look at

Him, and believe

in

what

revealed, that the Spirit can take possession of

given to reveal Christ, and every revelation of Christ fully accepted gives the Spirit room to dwell and work within us.
us.

The

Spirit

is

This

is

the sure
"

way

be

fulfilled

:

He

which the promise will that belie veth on Me, rivers of
in
him."

living water shall flow out of

May God

lead us to this simple and full faith in Christ, our great High Priest and King in the heavens,

and

so into a life in the fulness of the Spirit.

ANDREW MUKKAY.
WELLINGTON,
6th

November 1907.

CONTENTS
THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
I.

:

HOW

IT IS

TO BE TAUGHT
IT IS
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PAGE

II.

HOW GLORIOUS

.

.

III.

HOW

IT

WAS BESTOWED FROM HEAVEN
IS

35

IV.

HOW

LITTLE IT

ENJOYED
IS

.

.

.49
.

V.

HOW THE
HOW
IT IS IT IT IT

BLESSING

HINDERED

.

64

-

VI.

OBTAINED BY US
.
.

.

-

VII.

HOW HOW HOW

MAY BE KEPT

.

.77 .92
.107
.

VIII.
-

MAY BE INCREASED
COMES TO
IT IS

.

.

IX.

ITS

FULL MANIFESTATION

121

X.

HOW FULLY
HOW
IT IS

ASSURED TO US BY GOD
.

.

137

/

XI.

TO BE FOUND BY ALL

.152
IT

XII.

HOW EVERYTHING MUST BE GIVEN UP FOR

16G

INTRODUCTION
message which
is

this

little

book
It
is

brings
to the

simple but most solemn.

effect

that

the

one thing

needful

for

the

Church, and the thing which, above

all others,

men ought everywhere
be
filled

to seek for with one heart,
is

accord and with their whole

to

with the Spirit of God.
to

In order

secure attention to this message
of

and attract the hearts
blessing of which
it

my

readers

to

the

speaks, I have laid particular

emphasis

on

certain

main

points.

These

I

briefly state here.
1.

It is the will of

God that every one

of

His children should live entirely and unceas
ingly under the control of the Holy Spirit.
2.

Without being
or

filled

with the

Spirit,

it

is

utterly impossible that an individual

Christian

a

church

can

ever

live

or

work

as
i

God

desires,

2

INTRODUCTION
3.

Everywhere and
proofs,
in

in everything

we

see

the

the

life

and experience of
is

Christians,

that this blessing

but
!

little
is

enjoyed in the
little
4.

Church,

and, alas

but

sought

for.
is

This blessing
to

prepared for us and
it.

God waits
expect
5.

bestow

Our

faith

may

it

with the greatest confidence.

The great hindrance in the way is that the self-life, and the world, which it uses for
its

own
6.

service

and

pleasure,

usurp the

place that Christ ought to occupy.

We
we

cannot be

filled

with the Spirit

until

are prepared to yield ourselves to

be led by the Lord Jesus to forsake and sacri
fice I

everything for this pearl of great price.
feel

very

deeply
little

the

imperfection

that

attaches to this

volume.

Yet

I

am

not
it

without the hope that the Lord will
a blessing to
feeble
state

make
such

His

people.

We
the

have

a

conception of

the unspiritual and sinful
in

which

prevails
to

Church,

that,

unless

we take time

devote

our heart and

our thoughts to the real facts of the case, the promise of

God can make no deep impression

INTRODUCTION
upon
us.

3

I

hope

that

the

attempt

I

have

made

to exhibit

the subject in various aspects

will help to

prepare the
is

way

for the

conviction

that this blessing

in

truth

the

one

thing

needful, and that

to get possession of this
to

one

thing we ought
else

bid
I

farewell

to

everything
Christian

we hold

dear.

frankly invite
the

disciples into
to

whose hands
carefully

book
once.

may

fall

peruse
the

it

more than
of
it

Owing
and
time

to

prevailing
of

lack

the
takes

presence
a

operation

the

Spirit,

long

ere these spiritual truths

concerning the need,
reality of the Spirit s

and the

fulness,

and the

It is power can obtain entire mastery over us. only by the exercise of self-sacrifice and persist

ing in keeping our minds occupied with these
thoughts, that

we can

ever obtain what might

otherwise come to us at once.

On

reviewing what
to

I

have written, I
is

am

inclined

think

that

there

one point on

which I ought to have spoken more definitely. I refer to the place which persevering prayer

must occupy
This
little

in connection with

this blessing.

book was not exclusively written for

prayer at the season of Pentecost.

Every day

4

INTRODUCTION
a
Pentecostal

ought to be

season

in

the

Church of
can remain

Christ.
in

For just as

little as

a

man

sound health without the fresh

air of heaven,

can Christians or the Church live

according to the will of
ing.

God without
and

this

bless

The book

is

designed to point to what must
;

prevail throughout all the year

it

seems to

me now

that,

perhaps under the impression that
is

in the season of Pentecost prayer for the blessing

practically unanimous, I have not strongly

enough

exhorted

my

readers to ceaseless calling upon

God

in the confidence that

He

will answer.

Let

me

advert again to this point in a few sentences.

When we
operation

read the Book of the Acts,

we

see

that the filling with the Spirit and His mighty

was

always

obtained

by

prayer.

Recall, for example,
It

what took place

at Antioch.

in fasting

was when the Christians there were engaged and prayer that God regarded them

as prepared to receive the revelation that they

must separate Barnabas and Saul only after they had once more
prayed that these two
the

;

and

it

was and
by
felt

fasted

men went

forth, sent

Holy

1

Spirit.
1

These servants of God
Acts
xiii. 2, 3.

INTRODUCTION
that

5

the

boon

they needed

must come only

To obtain the blessing we so much need, from heaven and out of the hands

from

above.

of the living

God

Himself,

we

in like

manner,

even with

fasting,

must

liberate ourselves as far
of

as possible from the

demands

the earthly

life,
;

even in that which otherwise appears quite lawful

and no
to

less

must we betake ourselves wholly
prayer.

God

in

Let

us

therefore

never

become weary or

dispirited,

but in union with

God s own

elect,

who

call

upon

night, entreat

Him and

even
the

Him day and weary Him by our
Holy
Spirit

incessant

entreaties

that

may

again assume His rightful place
full

and exercise

dominion in ourselves and the Church as
:

a whole

yea, more, that

He may

again have His
all,

true place in the Church, be held in honour by

and

in everything reveal the glory of our

Lord

Jesus.

To the soul that

in sincerity prays accord

ing to His Word,

God

s

answer will surely come.
fitted

There

is

nothing so

to search
It

and

to

cleanse the heart

as true

prayer.

teaches
:

one to put to himself such questions as these

Do
pray

I

really
?

desire

what above

everything

I

for

Am

I willing to cast out

everything

6

INTRODUCTION
make room
?

to

for

what God

is

prepared to give
prayer

me
of

Is the prayer of
life ?

my

lips really the

my

Do

I really continue in intercourse

with God, waiting
until

upon Him,

in

quiet trust,

He

gives

me

this great, heavenly, super

natural

gift,

His

own
life

Spirit,

to be niy spirit,
?

the spirit of
let

my
"

every hour

us

pray always and not

faint,"

set

ting ourselves before

God with

supplications and

strong crying as His priests and the representa
tives of

His Church.
will hear us.

We

may reckon upon

it

that

He
"

In

my

distress I called

upon the Lord,
:

And cried unto my God He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry before Him came into His ears. He delivered me from my strong enemy, He brought me forth also into a large place."
Brother, you
that
often

1

know

that the

Lord

is

a

God
be

hideth Himself.
is
it.
"

He

desires to

trusted.

He
Yet,

oftentimes very near to us without

our knowing
time.

He is
though

a

God who knows His own
tarry,

He

will surely come.
1

He He

wait for Him.
"

will not tarry
2

z

Ps. xviii. 6, 17, 19 (K.V.).

Hab.

ii.

3.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

it

is

to

fce

taught

And
Holy

it

came

certain disciples
Spirit

Paul came to Ephesus and found and he said unto them, Did ye receive the when ye believed ? ACTS xix. 1-2.
to pass that
:
"

TT
is

was about twenty years
of the

after the outpouring

Holy

Spirit that the incident
this

which

referred

to in the beginning of place.

chapter

of

the Acts took

In the course of his
Ephesus, and found in

journey Paul came
the Christian

to

church

there

some

disciples

in

whom

he

observed that there

was

something

lacking in their belief
ingly he put to
receive

or experience.
"

Accord Did ye
"

them the question the Holy Spirit when ye
7

:

believed

?

Their reply was that they had not yet heard

8

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
the

of

Holy

Spirit.

They had been baptized
the

by

disciples

of

John

Baptist

with

the

baptism of repentance with a view to faith in
Jesus as

One who was
of

to

come

;

but with the
of

great event
or

the

outpouring
of
it

the

Spirit

the significance

they were

still

un

acquainted.

country into

They came from a region of the which the full Pentecostal preach

ing of the exalted Saviour had not yet penetrated.

Accordingly, Paul took them at once under his
care,

made them conversant with

the full gospel

of the glorified Lord,

who had

received the Spirit

from the Father and had sent

Him down

to this

world, that every one of His believing disciples

might

also

receive

Him.
to
it,

Hearing

this

glad

tidings and consenting

they were baptized

into the

name

of this Saviour,

who

baptizes with
for

the

Holy

Spirit.

Thereupon Paul prayed

them

and

laid his

hands upon them, and they received
;

the Holy Spirit
that
this

and then, in token
transaction

of
a

the fact

whole

was

heavenly

reality,

they obtained a share in the Pentecostal

miracle,

and spake

"

with other
it

tongues."

In these chapters
to the

is

my

desire

to

bring

children of

God

the message that there

HOW
is

IT IS

TO BE TAUGHT
life.

9

a twofold Christian

The one
something
just

is

that
the

in

which

we
of

experience
the

of

operations
did

Holy

Spirit,

as

many
yet
as the
r

under the old covenant, but

do not

receive

Him

as

the

Pentecostal

Spirit,

personal indwelling Guest, concerning

whom w e
is

know
in

that

He

has come to abide permanently

the heart.

On
to
is

the other hand, there
in

a

more abundant
just referred

life,

which

the

indwelling

known and
when

the full joy and

power

of

redemption are facts of personal ex
It will be

perience.
to

only

Christians

come

understand fully the distinction betwixt these
conditions,

two
of

and
very

discern

that
the

the
will

second
of

these

is

in

deed

God
ex

concerning them, and therefore a
perience
for

possible

each believer
of

;

when with shame
confess
still

and confusion
sinful

face

they shall

the

and inconsistent elements that
:

mark

their life

that

we

shall dare to

hope that the

Christian
to
its

community

will once
It

more be restored
is

Pentecostal power.

with our eye

fixed

on this distinction that we desire to ponder

the lessons presented to us in the record of this
incident at Ephesus.

10

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

I

For a healthful Christian
that

life, it is

indispensable

we should

be

fully conscious that
to

we have

re

ceived the

Holy Spirit

dwell in us.

Had

it

been otherwise, Paul would never have
"

put the
Spirit

question

:

Did ye receive the Holy
"

when ye

believed

?

These disciples were

recognised as believers.

This position, however,

was not enough for them. The disciples who walked with the Lord Jesus on earth were also
true believers, yet
rest satisfied until

He commanded them
in heaven.

not to

they had received the Holy

Spirit

from Himself

Paul too had

seen the Lord in His heavenly glory and was by
that vision led
to

conversion

;

yet even in his
to

case the spiritual
in

work he required

have done

him was not thereby completed. had to go to him and lay his hands
that he might
receive

Ananias
iipou

him
Only
All

the

Holy

Spirit.

then could he become a witness for Christ.

these facts teach us that there are two ways in

which the Holy Spirit works

in us.

The

first is

the preparatory operation in which

He simply

acts

on us but does not yet take up His abode within

HOW
us,

IT IS TO

BE TAUGHT

11

though leading us to conversion and faith and
all

ever urging us to

that

is

good and holy.

The

second

is

the higher and more advanced phase of

His working when we receive
gift,

Him

as

an abiding

an indwelling Person, concerning whom we know that He assumes responsibility for our
as

whole inner being, working in
to do.

it

both to will and
life.

This

is

the ideal of the full Christian

II

There are disciples of Christ who know

little

or

nothing of this conscious indwelling of the Holy
Spirit.

It

is of

the utmost importance to understand
fast

and hold

this statement.

The more
its

fully

we come under
better shall

the conviction of

truth, the

we understand the
and be at

condition of the
last

Church

in our times

enabled to

discover where

we

ourselves really stand.

The condition
to

I refer to

becomes very plain

us

when we
Philip

consider

Samaria.
there
;

the evangelist

what took place at had preached
and there

many had been

led to believe in Jesus
;

and were baptized into His name

was great joy

in that city.

When

the apostles

12

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

heard this news, they sent down Peter and John,

who, when they came to Samaria, prayed that
these
1

new

converts
gift

Spirit.

This

might receive the Holy was thus something quite
of the Spirit that led

different

from the working

them

to conversion It

and

faith

and joy
:

in Jesus as a

was something higher for now from heaven, and by the glorified Lord Himself, the Holy
Saviour.
Spirit

was imparted

in

power with His abiding
and
fill

indwelling, to consecrate
If this

their hearts.

new experience had not been bestowed,
still

the Samaritan disciples would

indeed have

been Christians, but they would have remained
weak, defective, and sickly
our
that
;

and thus

it is

that in
life

own days

there

is still

many

a Christian

knows nothing of this bestownient of the Holy Amidst much that is good and amiable, Spirit.

with even

much

earnestness and zeal, the

life

of

such Christians

is still

hampered by weakness and
it

stumbling and disappointment, simply because

has never been brought into vitalising contact with

power from on high, because such souls have not
received the

to be possessed,

Holy Spirit as the Pentecostal gift, and kept, and filled by Him.
1

Acts

viii.

16, 17.

HOW

IT IS

TO BE TAUGHT

13

III
It is the great ivork of the gospel ministry to

lead believers to the

Holy

Spirit.

Was it not the great aim of the Lord Jesus, after He had educated and trained His disciples for
three years by His intercourse with them, to lead

them up

to the point of waiting for the promise of

the Father and receiving the Holy Spirit sent

down from heaven
of Peter

?

Was

not this the chief object

on the day of Pentecost, when, after
in
their

summoning those who were pricked
ness of sins, he assured

hearts to repent and be baptized for the forgive

them that they should
? l

then receive the
also that

Holy

Spirit

Was

it

not this

Paul aimed at when in his Epistles he
if

asked his fellow- Christians
>

they did not

know

that they were each one
Spirit,"
"

"

a temple of the Holy

them that they had to be 2 Yes the supreme filled with the Holy Spirit ?
or reminded
"

:

need of the Christian
Spirit,

life

is
it,

to receive the

Holy

and when we have

to be conscious of

the fact and live in
gelical
1

harmony with it. An evan minister must not merely preach about
ii.

Acts

38.

2

1

Cor. vi. 19

;

Eph.

v. 18.

14

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

the Holy Spirit from time to time or even often
times,

but also direct

all

his

efforts

towards

teaching his congregation that there can be no
true worship save through the

indwelling and

unceasing operation of the Holy Spirit.

IV
To lead
believers
to

the

Holy

Spirit, the great

lack in their life must be pointed out to them.

This was manifestly the intention
"

in Paul s

question

:

Did ye receive the Holy
"

Spirit

when
are

ye

believed
will

?

Just

as

only those

that

thirsty

drink

water

with

eagerness

and

only those that are sick will desire a physician,
so
it

is

only

when

believers are prepared

to

acknowledge the defective and sinful character
of

their spiritual condition, that the preaching

of

the full blessing of

Pentecost will

find

an

entrance into their hearts.

So long as Christians
life

imagine that the only thing lacking in their
is

more

earnestness, or
if

more importunity,

or

more

strength, and that

they only obtain these benefits
all

they themselves will become
be, the
little

they ought to

preaching of a
It
is

full salvation will

be of
is

avail.

only

when

the discovery

HOW
made
that

IT IS

TO BE TAUGHT
not
standing in
Spirit, that

15

they are

a right

attitude towards the

Holy

they have

only His preparatory operations, but do not yet

know and honour Him
the

in

His indwelling, that

way

to

something higher will ever be open

or even be desired.

For this

discovery,

it

is

indispensable that the question should be put to
each,
as

man by man,
be
"

as pointedly

and as personally

may

:

Did ye
"

receive the

Holy

Spirit

when

ye believed
shape
of

?

When
is

the answer shall take the
!

a deeply felt and utterly sincere Alas

the time of revival

not far

off.

V
Believers

must

receive help

to

appropriate this

Messing in faith.

In the

Acts

of

the Apostles

we read

often

about laying on of hands and prayer.

Even a
to the

man

like

Paul

whose conversion was due

direct interposition of the Lord,
fore so effectual

and was there

had

to receive the Spirit through

laying on of hands and prayer on the part of

Ananias. 1

This implies

that

there

must be

amongst ministers of the
1

gospel and believers
17

Acts

ix.

16

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
them
Those

generally a power of the Spirit which makes the channel of faith and courage to others.

who

are

blessing

weak must be helped to appropriate the But those who have for themselves.
this blessing, as well as those

and bring
to

who

desire
their

have

it,

must

realise

and acknowledge

absolute dependence on the Lord and expect all

from Him.

The

gift of

the Spirit

is

imparted only by God

Himself.

comes

Every fresh bestowment of the Spirit from above. There must be frequent

personal dealing with God.
Spirit

The minister

of

the

whom God

is

to

use for communicating

the blessing, as well as the believer
receive
it,

who

is

to

must meet with God

in

immediate and

closest intercourse.

Every good

gift

comes from
\vill

above

:

it is

faith

in this truth that

give us

courage to expect with confidence and gladness
that

the

full

Pentecostal

blessing
life

may
is

con

fidently be looked for,

and that a

under the
within

continual

leading of

the Holy Spirit

our reach.

HOW

IT IS

TO BE TAUGHT

17

VI
The proclamation and
appropriation of
this
to the

blessing will restore the Christian

community

primary

Pentecostal power.
"

On
other

the day of Pentecost the speaking
"

with

tongues

and the prophesying was the

result of being filled with the Spirit.

Here
very

at

Ephesus,
miracle
is

twenty

years

later,

the

same

again witnessed, as the visible token
of

and pledge
Spirit.

the other glorious gifts

of

the

We may
filled

reckon upon
Spirit

it

that where the
possibility

reception of the
of

Holy
with

and the
are

being

Him

proclaimed

and

appropriated, the blessed

life

of the
all

Pentecostal
its

community
power.

will

be restored in

pristine

In our days there

is

an increasing acknow

ledgment
the Lord.
the

of the lack of

power
all
is

in the

Church

of

In spite of

the multiplication of
neither the power of

means

of grace, there

the divine salvation in believers, nor the power
for

conversion in preaching, nor the power in

the conflict of the Church with worldliness and
unbelief and unrighteousness
that, according to

18

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

God s Word, we are bound to look for. The Would that complaint is made with justice.
the expression of
it

became

so strong that the

children of God, driven by a keen sense of need,

might be led to cast themselves upon the great
truth

which

the
it

Word
only

of

God

teaches

namely, that

is

when

faith in

the full

Pentecostal blessing and the full enjoyment of
it

are found in the Christian
of
it

Church that the
and

members

shall again find their strength
first

be able to do their

works.

VII
The most urgent need of the Church
is

that of

men who
blessing.

shall be able

to

bear testimony to this

Whether
of

it

be of teachers like Peter and Paul,

deacons like Philip, or of ordinary believers

like
first

Ananias who
need.
It

came

to

Paul, this

is

our

furnishes

abundant
of

reason

why

teachers

and members
call

congregations
in

should

unitedly

upon God, that alike

preaching and pastoral intercourse there

more manifest
Christ

proof

that

those

may be who preach
John the

Jesus

may

preach

Him

as

HOW

IT IS

TO BE TAUGHT

19

Baptist did, as the

One who

baptizes with the

Holy

Spirit.

It is only the minister that stands

forth as a personal witness

and

living proof of

the ministry of the Spirit whose word will have
full

entrance into the hearts of the people and

exercise full

sway over them. The first disciples obtained the baptism on their knees on their
;

knees they obtained

it

for

others.
full
:

It will

be

on our knees also that the
be

blessing
this

will

won

to-day.

On

our knees

let

be the

attitude in which

we await

the full blessing of
life.

our God, alike in our individual and collective

Have ye
believed?

received the

Holy

Spirit

since

ye

Let every reader submit himself to

this heart-searching question.

To be

filled

with

the Holy ment of the Pentecostal
Spirit of

God, to

have the
is

full

enjoy

blessing,

the will of
life

God concerning us.
work before the Lord

Let us judge our

and our

in the light of this question,
to

and return the answer
afraid,

God.

do not be

my

brother, to confess before your

Lord

what

is still

lacking in you.

Do

not keep back,

although

you do not as yet
is

fully

understand

what the blessing

or

how

it

comes.

The early

20

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
did

disciples

not

know

that,

yet

they called

upon their Lord and waited for it with prayer and supplications. Let but your heart be filled
with
desire

a

deep conviction
for

of

what you
a

lack,

a
to

what God

offers,
it,

willingness

sacrifice

everything for
the

and you
of

may

rest

assured that

marvel

Jerusalem and of
will once again

Samaria, of Ciesarea

and Ephesus,
shall,

be repeated.
the Spirit.

We
Amen.

may, we

bo

filled

with

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
II

l&ofo glorious
"

it

is

They were

all filled

with the Holy

Spirit."

ACTS

ii.

4.

1ITHENEVER we
Holy
precisely
is,

speak of being

filled

with the
it

Spirit,

and desire

to

know what

our thoughts always turn back to
Pentecost.
glorious

the clay of

There we see as in a
the
blessing
is

mirror

how

that

is

brought from heaven by the Holy Spirit and
with which

He
one

can
fact

fill

the hearts of men.

There

is

which

makes

the

great

event of the day of Pentecost doubly instructive
this,

namely, that we have learned to

know very
filled

intimately the

men who were then
21

with

the Spirit, by their intercourse for three years

22

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
the

with

Lord

Jesus.

Their

infirmities
all

and
stand

defects,

their

sins

and

perversities,

open to our view.
cost

But the blessing

of

Pente

They wrought a complete transformation. became entirely new men, so that one might say Old things have passed of them with truth
"

:

away

:

behold,

all

is

become

new."

Close

study of them and their example helps us in

more than one way.
and
us
sinful

It

shows us

to

what weak
It teaches

men

the Spirit will come.
for
is

how they were prepared
and
this

the

blessing.

It teaches us also

the

principal

thing
is
is

that

how mighty and complete the revolution is brought to pass when the Holy Spirit
It
lets
is

received in His fulness.

us see
if

how
press

glorious the grace that awaits us

we

on to the

full blessing of Pentecost.

I

The ever-abiding presence and indwelling of

the

Lord

Jesus.
first

In this we have the
of the

and principal blessing
our

Pentecostal

life.

In the course of

Lord

s

intercourse with

His

disciples

on earth

He

spared no pains to teach and train them, to

HOW GLORIOUS
renew and
sanctify

IT IS

23

them.

In

most

respects,

however, they remained just

The reason was that up to ever still nothing more than
Christ

what they were. this point He was
an
external

who

stood

outside

of

them and from

without sought to work upon them by His word

and His personal

influence.

With

the advent

of Pentecost this condition

In

the

Holy

Spirit

He

was entirely changed. came down as the
to

inward,

indwelling

Christ,

become in the

very innermost recesses of their being the life
of

their

life.

This

is
:

what He Himself had
"I

promised in the words
orphans / come know that I am
:

will not leave

you

unto you.
in

In that day ye shall

My

Father, and ye in Me,
all

and

I in

l
you."

This was the source of

the

other blessings that

came with Pentecost.

Jesus

Christ, the Crucified, the Glorified, the Lord from

heaven, came in spiritual power, by the Spirit,
to

impart to them that ever-abiding presence of

their

Lord that

had been
in a

promised to them

;

and that indeed

way

that was at once most
:

intimate, all-powerful, and wholly divine

by the
life.

indwelling which makes
1

Him

in truth their

John

xiv. 18, 20.

24

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
they had had in the
flesh, living

Him whom
them on
in

with

earth, they

now

received by the Spirit

His heavenly glory within them.

Instead of

an outward Jesus near them, they now obtained
the inward Jesus within them.

II

From

this first
:

the second
as the
life

the

and principal blessing sprang Spirit of Jesus came into them power of
sanctification.

and

the

Here
feature

I shall allude at

the outset to only one

in

this

change.

We

know how

often

the Lord had to

rebuke them for their pride
to humility.
last

and exhort them
avail.
life,

It

was

all of

no

Even on the
the
strife

night of His earthly

at

table

of

the

Holy Supper,
as to

there

was a

amongst them

which

of

them

should be the greatest. 1
of
it

The outward teaching
was not

the outward Christ, whatever other influences

may have

exercised,

sufficient

to
;

redeem them from the power
this could be achieved

of indwelling sin

only by the indwelling

Christ.

Only when Jesus descended into them
Spirit did they
1

by the Holy

undergo a complete

Luke

xxii. 24.

HOW GLORIOUS
change.

IT IS
in

25

They received

Him
to

His heavenly

humility and subjection

the Father, and in

His

self-sacrifice for others, as their life.
all

Hence

was changed. From that moment onwards they were animated by the spirit of the
forth

meek and lowly

Jesus.

This, in very truth, is still the only
real sanctifi cation, to a life that actually
sin.

way

to a

overcomes

It is just

because so

many

preachers and

so

many

Christians

keep their minds occupied

only with the external Christ on the Cross or
in

heaven, and wait

for

the

blessing

of

His

teaching and His working without understanding
that the blessing of Pentecost brings
us, to

Him

into

work Himself

all

in us, that they
Christ

make

so little progress in sanctification.
self is of

Him
:

God made unto
other

us sanctification

and

that in no

way than by our
existing in

living

and

being moved and
lives

Him, because

He

and abides

in our heart

and works

all there.

Ill

An
God
is

overflowing of the

heart with the love of

also a part of the blessing of Pentecost.

Next

to pride, lack of love

or,

as

we may put

26
it

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
in

one word, lovelessness
so

was the
to

sin

for

which the Lord had
disciples.

often

rebuke His

These two sins have in truth one
:

and the same root
for self-pleasing.

the self-seeking

/,

the desire

The new commandment that
the

He

whereby all men should know that they were His disciples, was How gloriously was it love to one another.
gave
them, token
manifested on the
Spirit of the

day

of

Pentecost

that

the

Lord shed abroad His love in the

hearts

of

His own.
as

The multitude

of

them
:

that believe were

one heart, one soul

all
;

things they possessed were held in

common

no

one said that anything

of

that which

he had

was

his own.

life of

The kingdom of heaven with its love had come down to them. The spirit,
filled

the disposition, the wonderful love of Jesus,

them, because

He

Himself had come into them.

How

closely the

and the indwelling

mighty working of the Spirit of the Lord Jesus are bound
from the prayer

up with a
of

life

in love appears
of

Paul in behalf
that

the Ephesians, in which he

asks

they might
the Spirit, in

be

strengthened

with

power by

order that Christ might

dwell in their hearts.

Then he forthwith makes

27
this

addition

"

:

that

ye,

being

rooted

and

grounded in

love,

may

be strong to apprehend
l

the love which passeth

knowledge."

The
of

filling

with the Spirit and the indwelling
bring of themselves a
life

Christ

that has

its root, its

joy, its power, its evidence in love,

because the in

dwelling Christ Himself
the love of

is

Love.

how would

God

fill

the Church and convince the

world that she has received a heavenly element
into her
life, if

the

filling

with the Spirit and the

indwelling of Christ in the heart were recognised
as the blessing

which the Father has promised us

!

IV
The coming of
fear into courage
the Spirit

changed weakness and

and power.
fear rising in his heart
;

We
at the

all

know how, from
of

word

a woman, Peter denied his Lord

and how that same night all the disciples fled and forsook Him. Their hearts were really attached to

Him, and they were sincerely willing they had promised and go to die with

to

do what
;

Him

but

when

it

came

to the crisis, they

had neither courage
"

nor power.

They had
1

to say
iii.

:

To

will is present

Eph.

16-19.

28

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
how
to perform I find
not."

with me, but

After

the blessing of the Spirit of Pentecost, there was

no more question
performing.

of

merely willing apart from
dwelling
in

By
of

Christ

us

God
With

works both the willing and the

doing.

what confidence
of Pentecost dare

spirit did Peter on the day

to preach the Crucified

One

to

thousands of hostile Jews.

With what

boldness

was he
people,

able, in opposition

to the leaders of the

to

than

men."

must obey God rather say l With what courage and joy were
"

:

We

Stephen and Paul and so many others enabled to
encounter threatening and suffering and death
they did this even triumphantly.
the Spirit of Christ, the Victor,
It
:

was because

yea, the Christ

Himself, who had been

glorified,

dwelt within

them.

It is the joy of the blessing of Pentecost

that gives courage and power to speak for Jesus,

because by

it

the whole heart

is filled

with Him.

V
The
of
blessing of Pentecost

makes

the whole

Word

God new.

How

distinctly do
1

we
Acts

see this fact in the case
v. 29.

HOW GLORIOUS
of the disciples.

IT IS

29

As with

all

the Jews of that

age, their ideas of the
of

Messiah and the kingdom

God were

utterly external
of

and

carnal.

All

the instruction

Lord Jesus throughout three long years could not detach their minds
the

They were utterly unable to com prehend the doctrine of a suffering and dying
from them.
Messiah or the hope of His invisible spiritual
dominion.

Even

after

His

resurrection

He
spirit

had

to

rebuke them for their unbelieving
in

and their backwardness
Scriptures.

understanding
of

the

With
an entire
their

the

coming

the day of
place.

Pentecost

change

took

The
up

whole

of

ancient

Scriptures

opened

before them.

The

light of the o

Holv J
the

Spirit in IT

them illumined the Word.
of

In

preaching

Peter and Stephen, in the addresses of Paul

and James, we see how a divine light had shone upon the word of the Old Testament. They saw
everything through the Spirit of this Jesus

who

had made His abode within them.
So
will
it

be also with
it
is

ourselves.

It is

as

necessary as
the

helpful that

we should study
upon
them, and

Scriptures

and

meditate
alike

keep the word of

God

in head

and heart

30

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
Let
is

and daily walk.

us,

however,

constantly
are
filled

remember that

it

only

when we
rightly

with the Spirit that

we can

and

fully

experience the spiritual power and truth of the

Word.

He

"

is

the Spirit of

truth."

He

alone

guides into

all

truth

when He

dwells in us.

VI
It is the blessing of Pentecost that gives
to

power

Uess others.
to
is

The divine power of the exalted Jesus grant repentance and the forgiveness of sins
exercised by

Him
of

through His servants
to

whom
to

He

sends

forth

proclaim
gospel

these

blessings.

The minister
preach

the

who

desires

repentance

and

forgiveness

through

Jesus with success in winning souls, must do
the

work

in

the power of the Spirit
chief reason

of

this

Jesus.

The

why
is

so

much

preaching

of conversion

and pardon

fruitless lies in the

fact that these

elements of truth are presented

only as a doctrine, and that preachers endeavour
to secure a

way
of

to the hearts

of

their audience

in the

power

merely human earnestness, and

reasoning, and eloquence.

But

little

blessing

is

HOW GLORIOUS
won by
it

IT IS

31

these means.

It is the

man

that

makes

his

chief desire to be filled with the Spirit

of

God, and then by faith in the indwelling of

Christ

comes

to

be assured that the glorified
will
this

Lord will speak and work in him, who
obtain blessing.
blessing will not
It
is

true,

indeed,

that

always be given in the very
in

same measure
but
it

or

the

very same

manner,

will always certainly

come

:

just because

the preacher permits the Lord to work in and

through him.
daily
life of

Alike in preaching and in the

a servant of Christ, the full blessing

of Pentecost is the sure

ing to others.
"

"

He

becoming a bless that believeth on Me," said

way

of

Jesus,
water."
1

out of his belly shall flow rivers of living
This he said of the Holy Spirit.
the Spirit will overflow

A heart
Spirit.

filled

with

with the

VII
It is the blessing of Pentecost that will

make
~be.

the

Church of Christ what God would have her

We
of

have spoken of what the Spirit will do

in individual believers.

We
vii. 38.

have also to think

what the blessing
1

will be

when

the Church

John

32

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
whole shall apprehend her calling to be
with the
Spirit,

as a
filled
life

and then

to

exhibit the

and the power
Lord
to

yea,

and the very presence

of her

the world.
this

We

must not only
every one for

seek

and receive

blessing,

himself, but we must also remember that the
full

manifestation of what the blessing itself

is,

cannot be given until the whole body of Christ
be
the
filled

with

"

it.

If

one
l
it."

member
If

suffer,

all

members

suffer
of

with

many members
Church
will

of the

Church
this

Christ are content to remain

without
suffer.

blessing,

the

whole

Even

in individual disciples the blessing
its

cannot come to
it is

full

manifestation.

Hence

of the

utmost importance that we should
"

not only think of what the being
"

filled

with the

Spirit

means

for

ourselves, but also consider

what

it

will do for the Church, especially in our
for all the world.

own neighbourhood, and by her
To
of the

this end, let us

simply recall the morning

day

of Pentecost.

At

that juncture the
consisted

Christian
of

Church

in

Jerusalem

only
of

one hundred and twenty

disciples,

most

them poor unlearned fishermen,
1

publicans, and

1

Cor.

xii. 26.

HOW GLORIOUS
humble women, an
1

IT IS

33

insignificant

and despised

gathering.

Yet

it

kingdom and extended and they did
:

that the

of

was just by these believers God had to be proclaimed
it.

By

them, and

those

who were added
of

to

them, the power of
of heart

Jewish prejudice and

pagan hardness
of

was overcome, and the Church
glorious

Christ
result

won
was
first

triumphs.

This

grand

achieved
Christian

simply and only because

the

church
of

was
it

filled

with

the

Spirit.

The members
their
filled

gave themselves wholly to
themselves
to

Lord.

They allowed

be

and consecrated, governed and used only

by Him.

They yielded themselves

to

Him

as

instruments of His power.

He

dwelt in them

and wrought in them all His wondrous deeds. It is to this same experience that the Church
of

Christ
is

in

our age

must be brought back.

This

the only thing that will help her in the

conflict

with mere civilisation or paganism, with sin

or the world.

She must be

filled

with the

Spirit.

Beloved fellow-Christians, this summons comes
to
"

you.

One thing
1

is

needful."

Alike

for

Acts

i.

15,

3

34

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

yourselves and the whole Church of the Lord,
this
is

the

one
filled

thing

that

is

needful

:

we

have to be

with the

Spirit.

Pray do not

imagine that you
stand
those
it

all

must comprehend or under For before you seek and find it.
upon

that wait

Him God

will

do even

that which has not yet entered into their heart
to conceive.
if

If you would taste the happiness, would know by personal experience the you

unutterable blessedness, of having Jesus in the
heart, of having in

and humility,

of

you His Spirit of holiness love and self-sacrifice, of courage

and power, as naturally and continuously as you
have your own
spirit

Word
if

of

God

in

you would have the you as light and power, and be
;

if

enabled to carry

it

about as a blessing for others

;

you would

fain see the
in

Church
first

of Christ stand

forth

arrayed

her

splendour

then
is evil,

separate yourselves from everything that
cast
it

utterly out of your heart, and fix your

desire

on

this

one thing

:

to be filled with the

Spirit of God.

your rightful
it fast

Beckon upon receiving this as heritage. Appropriate it and hold
It

by

faith.

shall certainly be given

to

you.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
in
it

foas fjestofortJ from P?eabert

"If

ye love Me, ye will keep

My commandments. And

I

will pray the Father,
forter,

you another Com that He may be with you for ever, even the Spirit of
shall give

and He

truth."

JOHN

xiv. 15, 16.

A
-*"*-

TREE

lives

always according to the nature

sprang. Every and governed by living being always guided the nature which it received at its birth. Thus
is

of the seed

from which

it

the Church of Christ received the promise and

the law of her existence and her growth in that

which

was bestowed upon
her

her
birth.

in

the

Holy
is

Spirit on the day of

This

the

reason

why

it

is

of

such importance for us to
35

turn back often to the day of Pentecost and not

36
to

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
rest

receive,

we thoroughly understand, and and experience what God did for His
until

people
blessing

on

that

day.

When we

see

how

the

was then

for the first

time given from

heaven, and what the disposition of heart was
that fitted the disciples for receiving the Spirit,

then
to be
ing.

we know
The

for all

coming time what remains

done by ourselves to enjoy the same bless
first

disciples

serve

us as examples

and forerunners on the way
Spirit.

to the fulness of the

What, then, was there

in

them which enabled

them

become the recipients of these heavenly gifts and made them fit objects of the unspeak able grace that in them first of all the Three-One
to

God came
answer to

to take

up His abode

?

The

right

this question will help us not a little
filled

on the way to be

with the Holy

Spirit.
?

What

do we find in these

first disciples

I

In the

first

place, there
to the

is

the fact that they
Jesus.

were deeply attached

Lord

The Son

of

God came
life

into the world in order

to unite the divine

which

He

had with the

HOW

IT

WAS BESTOWED FROM HEAVEN
life

37

Father with the
that the
life life

of

man, and thus

to secure

of

God should

penetrate into the

had completed the work in His own person by His obedience, and death, and resurrection, He was exalted to
of

the creature.

When He

the throne
spiritual

of

God on high

in

order that in

power, and not

only apart from the

limitations of earthly life but in the might of the

all-penetrating sovereign
disciples

presence of

God, His

and His Church might participate in
life.

His own very
"

We

read

that

the

Holy

Spirit

was not
1

yet,"

because Jesus was not yet
glorification

glorified.

It

was only after His
Spirit, as

that the

Holy

the Spirit of Godhead

united with manhood, the Spirit of the complete
indwelling of

God

in

man, could be given.

It is

the Spirit of the glorified Jesus that the disciples
received on the day of Pentecost, the Spirit of the

Head, penetrating
It is evident
of

all

the

members

of
if

His body.
the fulness

without proof that,

the Spirit thus dwells in Jesus, a personal

relationship to

Him
this
1

is

the

first

condition for the
It

reception of the full gift of the Comforter.

was

to

attain

end
John

that

the

Lord Jesus

vii. 39.

38

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
all

throughout

His three years

work on earth

kept the disciples in such close converse with

He desired to attach them to Himself. He wanted them to feel themselves truly one with Him. He wanted them to identify them
Himself.
selves with

Him,

as

far

as

this

was

possible.

By knowledge and

by love and obedience, they became inwardly knit to Him. This was the preparation for participating in the
intercourse,
Spirit of

His

glorification.
is

The lesson that
extremely
significance.

here taught us
it is

is

indeed

simple, but

one
a

of

profound
Christians

There are

not

few

who
in

believe in the Lord
service,

and are very zealous
desire
to

His

who

eagerly

become
in
if

holy,

and who yet do
It

not

succeed
as

their

endeavour.

seems

oftentimes

they

could not understand the promise of the Spirit.

The thought
reason
religion

of

being

filled

with

the

Spirit

exercises but little
is

influence

upon them.
lacking
in

The
their

obvious.

There

is

that personal relationship to the Lord
that

Jesus,

inward

attachment

to

Him, that
as the best

perfectly natural reference to

Him

and nearest Friend, as the beloved Lord, which

HOW
was so

IT

WAS BESTOWED FROM HEAVEN
of

39

characteristic
is is

the

disciples.

This,
It
is

however,

absolutely

indispensable.

a

heart that

entirely occupied

with the Lord

Jesus, and depends only upon Him, that can

alone hope for the fulness of the Spirit.

II

They had
"

left

all

for Jesus.
This

Nothing
tains

for

nothing."

proverb con
that
costs

a deep truth.

A

thing

me

It may nevertheless cost me much. may bring me under an obligation to the giver, and so cost me more than it is worth. I may

nothing

have

so

much
it

trouble
I

in

appropriating

it

and

keeping

that

may pay much more
"

for it
it.

than the price which should be asked for
"

Nothing

for nothing

:

the

maxim

holds good

also in the life of the

kingdom
of

of heaven.

The

parables

of

the

Pearl
field

great price and the

Treasure hid in a

teach us that, in order
the kingdom within us,

to obtain possession

of

we must

sell

all

that

we

have.

This

is

the

very renunciation that Jesus literally demanded
of
is

the disciples

who had

to follow

Him.

This

the requirement

He

so

often repeated in His

40

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
"

preaching

:

He

that forsaketh not all that he

hath cannot be
betwixt
conflict

My
we

l

disciple."

The two worlds
in

which
with

stand

are

such

direct

one

another, and
live exercises
it
is

the

world

in

which we by nature

such a mighty

influence over us, that
us,

often necessary for
sacrifice, to

even by external and visible
it.

with

draw from

It

was thus that Jesus trained
for that

His disciples to long

which

is

heavenly.

Only thus could

He

prepare them to desire and

receive the heavenly gift with an undivided heart.

The Lord has
as to

left

us no outward directions

how much

of the

world we are to abandon

or in

what manner.
us
that

But by His whole Word
without
sacrifice,

He
a

teaches
deliberate
of

without

separation from
it,

the

world

and

forsaking
progress

we

shall

never
of

make much
this

in

grace.

The

spirit

world

has penetrated so deeply into us not
observe
it.

that

we do
for

We

share
for

in

its

desire

comfort

and enjoyment,

self-pleasing

and

self-exaltation, without

our
it

knowing how im
for us to be filled

possible these things

make

with the

Spirit.

Let us learn from the early
1

Luke

xiv. 33.

41 disciples that to be filled

from the heavenly world

with the Spirit that dwells there, we must be
entirely separate

from the children

of this

world

or from worldly Christians.

We

must be ready

and eager

to live as

entirely different men,

who

literally represent

heaven upon earth, because we
of heaven.

have received the Spirit of the King
Ill

They had despaired utterly of themselves and
all

that

is

of man.

Man
devil

has two great enemies by

whom
he has

the
to

tempts him and with

whom
This

contend.
other
fish
is

The one
the
is

is

the world

without, the
last,

self-life within.

the sel

Ego,

much more dangerous and
It
is

stronger

than the
to

first.

quite possible for a

man

have made much progress in forsaking the
self-life

world while the
within him.

retains full dominion
fact

You

see

this

illustrated

in

the case of the disciples.
truth
"

Peter could say with
left
all

:

Lo

!

we have

and followed

Thee."

with

its

Yet how manifestly did the selfish Ego, self-pleasing and its self-confidence, still
sway over him.

retain its full

42

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
As
the Lord at their
first

calling led

them up

to the point of forsaking their

outward posses

sions

He

and following Him, so shortly afterwards began to teach them that a disciple must
lose his

deny himself and

own

life if

he would
hate not

be worthy of receiving His.

He must
was love

only father and mother, where this

was necessary,
for this self-

but even his
life,

own

life.

It

more than

all

love for father and mother,

that hindered the Lord Jesus

from doing His
cost

work
to be

in the heart.

It

was

to

them more

redeemed from the
of

selfish

Ego within them
around
of sinful

than to get quit

the world
life

them.

The

self-life

is

the natural
it

man.

He

can be liberated from
that
is,

death

by

first

by nothing save by dying to it and then

living in the strength of the

new

life

that comes

from God.

The forsaking

of the

world began at the outset
It

of the three years discipleship. of that period, at the Cross

was

at the

end

of Jesus, that

dying

to the self-life first took place.

When
of

they saw

Him
and
based

die,

they learned to despair

themselves

of

everything on which they had hitherto
their

hope.

Whether they thought

of

HOW
their

IT

WAS BESTOWED FROM HEAVEN

43

Lord and the redemption which they had

expected, or whether they thought of themselves

and

their shameful unfaithfulness towards

Him,

everything
Little

tended

to

fill

them with
it

despair.
this

did

they know

that

was just

despair which was
their hard hearts
life

to prove the breaking

up

of

the mortification of the selfin

and

of

confidence

themselves

which

would enable them

to receive something entirely
life

new

namely, a divine

through the Spirit of
depths of

the glorified Jesus in the innermost
their souls.

that

we understood

better

that

there

is

nothing which so hampers us as secret reliance

on

something
us,

in

ourselves

or

in

the

Church
!

around

which we imagine can help us
is

On
and
of

the other hand, there

nothing that brings so

much
of
all

blessing as entire despair of ourselves

that

is

upon the

earth, in

the

way

teaching us to turn our hearts only and wholly
to

heaven and to partake of the heavenly

gift

which comes thence.

44

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

IV
and held fast the promise of the Spirit given by the Lord Jesus. We know how, in His farewell address on the
They
received
last

night of His sojourn on earth, Jesus

com
His

forted

His

disciples

in

their

sorrow over

departure with one great promise

namely, the
This

mission of the Holy Spirit from heaven.

was

to be better than
It
of

His own bodily presence
to

among them.
fruit

would be

them the

full

and power
yea,

His redemption.

The divine
was

Life
to

He

Himself, with the Father

make abode within them.

The unheard-of

wonder, the mystery of the ages, was to be their
portion.

They were

to

know

that they were in

Him
the

and

He
of

in

them.

At His

ascension from

Mount

Olives, this
of the

promise of the Spirit

was the subject
to them. It
little
is

last

words

He

addressed

evident that the disciples had

still

but

idea of

what

this

promise

signified.

But

however defective their understanding
they held
it

of it was,

fast

;

or

rather, the promise held
let

them

fast

and would not

them

go.

They

HOW
all

IT

WAS BESTOWED FROM HEAVEN
:

45

had only one thought

something has been
;

promised to us by our Lord
share
in
for

it

will give us a
;

His heavenly power and glory
certain
itself

we

know

that

it

is

coming.

Of what

the thing
of it

was, or of what their experience

was

to be, they could give for

no account.

It

was enough
of

them that they had the word

the

Lord.

He would make
just the
of

it

a

blessed

reality within them.

Now
as
to

it

is

same
now.

disposition that

we

have so much need

To us

also,

even

them, has the word of the Lord come

concerning the Spirit
the throne in
"

who

is

to

descend from
glorified
life.

the power of

His

He

that believeth in Me, out of his heart shall
water."

flow rivers of living

For us also

it is

the one thing needful to hold fast that word
set

;

to
it
;

our whole desire upon the fulfilment of

to lay aside all else, until

we

inherit the promise.
of Jesus concerning

The word from the mouth

the reception of the Spirit in such measure that

we

endued with power from on high must animate and fill us with strong desire, with
shall be

firm and joyful assurance.

46

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

V
They waited upon the Father until the perform ance of the promise came and tliey were filled with
the Spirit.

in
"

The ten days of waiting were which they were continually
"

for
in

them days
the Temple
"

and continuing praising and blessing God It is not instant in prayer and supplication."
enough
for us to

endeavour to strengthen desire
confidence.

and

to hold
is

fast our

The

principal

thing

to

set ourselves in close

contact

with
;

God.

and abiding The blessing must come
give
it

from God

God Himself must

to us

;

we

are to receive the gift directly from
is

Him.
of

What
divine
is

promised us

is

a wonderful work

Omnipotence and Love.

What we

desire

the

personal occupancy and indwelling of God the Holy Spirit. God Himself must bestow this
personally

upon

us.

A

man

gives

another a

piece of bread or a piece of money.
it

He

gives

away from himself and has nothing further
it.

to do with

It

is

not thus with
:

God

s gift of

the
is

Holy

Spirit.

No

the Spirit

is

God.

God

in

the Spirit

who comes

to us, even as

He

HOW

IT

WAS BESTOWED FROM HEAVEN
The
of
gift

47

was in the Son.

of

the Spirit
:

is

the
the

most personal act
gift
it

the
us.

Godhead

it

is

of

Himself unto
the

We

have to receive
contact

in

very closest personal

with

God.

The

clearer the insight

we

obtain into this

principle,
little

the

more deeply
to

shall

we

feel

how

we can do

grasp the blessing by our

own
all

desiring, or endeavouring, or believing.

No

:

our desiring,

and

striving,

and believing can

only issue in a

more complete acknowledgment that we ourselves can do nought to win the
It
is

boon.

the
;

Goodness
is

of

God

alone

that

must give work it in
silent
it

it

it

His Omnipotence that must
disposition

us.

Our

must be one

of

assurance that the Father desires to give
;

to us

that

He

will not
is

keep us waiting one
necessary
;

moment

longer

than

absolutely

and that there
persists

shall not be a single soul

which

waiting in the pathway of selfand dependence that shall not be abnegation
in
filled

with the glory of God.
tree continues always to

Every

root out of

which

it

first

grow from the The day of sprang.
of

Pentecost

was the planting

the

Christian

48

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

Church, and the Holy Spirit became the power
of its life.

Let us turn back to that experience.
our power
still.

There

is

We
of
self

learn from the

disciples

what

is

really necessary.

Attachment

to Jesus, the

abandonment

everything in the

world for Him, despair of

and

of all

help

from man, holding on to the word

of promise,

and then waiting on God,
this is the sure

"

the living

God

"

way

of living in the joy

and the

power

of the

Holy

Spirit.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
IV
little
it

is

enjogetr

and my preaching were not in persuasive "My speech words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of
:

men, but in the power of

God."

1

COR.

ii.

4, 5.

~T)AUL

speaks here of two kinds of preaching
of faith.

and two kinds
spirit of the

According to the
the

preacher will be the faith of

congregation.
is

When
in of

the preaching

of

the Cross

given only
the
of

the words of

human wisdom,
is

then

faith

the hearers will be in the

wisdom

men.

When

the

preaching

in

demonstration of

the Spirit and of power, the

faith of the Christian people will also be in the

power

of

God, at once firm and strong.

Preach -

4

50

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

ing in the demonstration of the Spirit will bring the double blessing of power in the word and

power
word.

in the faith of
If

those

that

receive that

we

desire to
Spirit,

know

the measure of the
consider

working

of

the

we must

the
it.

preaching and the faith that springs

from

In this way alone can we see whether the
blessing of Pentecost
is

full

truly manifested in the

Church

of Christ.

There are very few who are prepared to say

Everywhere among God we hear complaints of weakness and sin. Amongst those who do not
is

that this

really the case.
of

the

children

so

complain, there
is

is

reason to fear that their
to

silence

to be ascribed

the

prevalence of
It
is

ignorance

or

self-satisfaction.

of

the

utmost importance that we should
our
thoughts
full
is

concentrate

upon

this

fact,

until

we come

under the

conviction that the condition of

the Church

marked by impotence, and that
life

nothing can restore her but the return to a
in the full

enjoyment

of the blessing of Pentecost.
feel

The more deeply we
speedily shall
It will help to

our deficiency, the more

we

desire

and obtain

restoration.

awaken longing

for this blessing,

HOW
and
to

LITTLE IT
out
the

IS
to

ENJOYED
obtain
it, if

51

find

way

we

earnestly consider

how
far

little it is

enjoyed in the
is

Church and how

the Church

from being
to

what her Lord has willingness and power

make

her.
I

Think, for example, what
there is

little

power over sin

amongst
Spirit of

the children of God.

The

Pentecost

is

the Holy Spirit,

the Spirit of

God s

holiness.

When He came
carnal

down upon
was
effected

the disciples, what a transformation
in

them.

Their

thoughts

were changed into spiritual insight, their pride
into

humility, their selfishness into love, their

fear of

man

into courage

and

fidelity.

Sin was

cast out

by the inflowing

of the life of

Jesus and

of heaven.

The
people

life
is

which the Lord has prepared
a
life

for

His

of

victory.

It is not

indeed

victory to such an extent as that there shall be

no temptation to
tion

evil

;

nor yet that the inclina
sinfulness,
shall
is

towards

sin,

inward

be
to

utterly rooted out of the

flesh.

But there

be victory of such a kind that the indwelling

power

of

the Spirit

who

fills

us, the

presence of

52

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

the indwelling Saviour, shall keep sin in sub
jection, as

the light subdues the darkness.

Yet, to what a small extent do
for victory over sin in the

we

see

power

Church

of Christ.

On

the contrary,
Christians, do

how
we

often, even amongst earnest

see

much

untruthfulness and

lack of honour, pride and self-esteem, selfishness

and lack

of

love.

How

little

are the traces of

the image of Jesus
love,

obedience, and humility, and
to the will of

and entire surrender

God

seen even
is

that

among the people of God. The truth we have become so accustomed to the
of

confession

sin

and unfaithfulness,
it

of

dis

obedience and backsliding, that

is

no longer

regarded as a matter for shame.
confession before each other,

We

make

the

and then

after the

prayer rest comforted and content.
let us rather

brethren,
it
!

feel

humbled and mourn over

It is because so little of the full blessing of the
Spirit is enjoyed or sought for that the children
of

God

still

commit

so

much

sin,

and have
every
sin,

therefore so

much

to

confess.

Let

whether

in

ourselves

or

others,
is

serve

as

a

summons
Spirit of

to notice

how much
us.

lacking of the

God amongst

Let every instance

HOW
of failure in

LITTLE IT

IS

ENJOYED

53

the fear of the Lord, in love, and
entire

holiness,

and

surrender

to

the will of

God, only urge us the more unceasingly to call

upon God to bring His Spirit once more to dominion over the whole Church of Christ.
II

full

Think,
the world.

too,

how

little

there is of separation

from

When the Lord Jesus promised Whom the world cannot He said
"

the Comforter,
receive."

:

The
the

spirit

of

this world,

which

is

devotion to

visible, is

in irreconcilable

antagonism with the

Spirit

of

Jesus in heaven, where

God and His
rejected the
it

will are everything.

The world has
to

Lord

Jesus

;

and,

whatever extent

may
was

now usurp
heart
is

the

Christian

name, the world at
foe.

still

the same untamable

It

for this reason that Jesus said of

His

disciples,

and as indicating one

of of

their chief distinctive

marks

"

:

They are not
world."
"

the world, even as I
This, too,
is

am

not of the
said

l

the reason

why Paul
spirit of

:

We
John

have

received,

not
is

the
of

this world, but
1

the Spirit which

xvii. 16.

54

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
l

God."

The two
Spirit of

spirits,

the spirit of the world

and the

God, are engaged in a life-and-

death conflict with one another.

Hence
His

it is

that
to

God has always

called

upon
the

people

separate

themselves

from

world, and to live as pilgrims whose treasure and

whose heart are in heaven.
is

But

is

this

what

amongst Christians ? Who shall When they have attained to dare to say so ? a measure of unblamableness in walk and
really seen

assurance of

heaven, most

Christians

consider

that they are at liberty to enjoy the world as
fully as others.

There

is

little

to

be seen of

true

heavenly-mindeduess in conversation

and

walk, in disposition and endeavour.

Is not this
is

the case just because the fulness of the Spirit
so little enjoyed

and sought

for
;

light can drive out darkness

? Nothing but and nothing but

the Spirit of heaven can expel the spirit of the
world.
to

Where
filled

a

man

does not surrender himself

be

with the Spirit of

Jesus and

the

Spirit of heaven, there can be no other issue than
that, Christian

though he
of
1

may

be,

he must come
of

under

the

power

the
ii.

spirit
12.

the world.

1

Cor.

HOW
whole Church

LITTLE IT

IS

ENJOYED
rises

55

listen to the piercing cry that
of Christ
"

from the

:

Who

shall rescue us

from the power
let

of this spirit of the
"

world ?

"

And

your answer be
God.
I

:

Nothing, no one, save the
filled

Spirit of

must be
Ill

with the

Spirit."

Think how

little

there is of steadfastness

and

growth in faith,

There

is

nothing

of

which
for

ministers,

and

especially those
of souls,

who

labour

the

salvation

have to complain more than that there
for a time are
full

are so

many who
fall

of

zeal

and then

away.

We
have
that

see,

not only

among

the young or in times of awakening, but even

among many
a

that

for years

maintained
they
enter
to
of

good

confession,

whenever

and are put the proof by prosperity or any special form
into another circle of influence,

temptation, they forthwith

cease

to

persevere.
?

Whence

does this

unhappy

result arise

From
is

nothing but the fact that the preaching

more
in

with the wisdom of persuasive words than
demonstration
of

the
also

Spirit

and
in

of

power.

Hence

their

faith

stands

the wisdom

56

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
of

and work
God.

man

rather than in the power of

So long as such people have the benefit

of earnest

and instructive preaching, they con
stand
;

tinue

to

whenever they
It
is

lose

it,

they

begin to backslide.

because the current
the

preaching

is

so little in

demonstration of
little

the Spirit that souls are brought so
contact with the
reason, far too
in the

into

living

God.

For

the

same

much
God.

of the current

faith is not
of

power

of

Even

the

Word

God

which ought always only to be a guide pointing towards God Himself becomes all too frequently
a veil with the study of which the soul becomes
occupied, and
is

thus kept back from meeting

with

God.
of

means
of a

Word, and preaching, and grace become a hindrance in place
The
if

help

they are not in demonstration of
All external

the Spirit.

means

of

grace

are
It is

things that inevitably change

and

fade.

the Spirit alone that works a faith which stands
in the

power

of

God, and so remains strong and

unwavering.

Whence comes
who do
of

it

that

there
?

are

so

many

not continue to stand
to
this

Let the answer
deeply into

God

question penetrate

HOW
our
hearts.

LITTLE IT
There
of
is

IS

ENJOYED
lack
of

57

a

grave

the sad

demonstration

the

Spirit.

Let

every

discovery of congregations, or of smaller circles,
or of individuals that do not remain steadfast,
or

that

do

not

grow

in

grace,

serve

as

a

summons

to us to

acknowledge
is

that
is

the

full

blessing of Pentecost

lost.

This

what we
Let
all
:

long for and
that
"

must have from God.

is

within us begin to thirst and cry out
the four winds,

Come from

thou Spirit of

God, and breathe upon these
they

dead

souls,

that

may

live."

IV
Think how
amongst
the
little

there is of

power for

service

unconverted.

What an immense
in

host of workers

there

is

Christian
is

countries.

How

varied

and

un

ceasing

the preaching of the Word.

Sunday-

school teachers are to be
of

thousands.

How

numbered by hundreds great is the number of

Christian

parents

that

make
of

their

children

acquainted with the
fain also bring

Word
to the
is

God and would

them

Lord as a Saviour.

Yet how widespread

the acknowledgment of

58

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
little

the

fruit

that springs from all this work.

How many
are

there are

who, notwithstanding

all

they hear, and in spite of the

fact that they

by no means
of

indifferent, are yet

never laid

hold

with
choice

power
of

and helped

to

make

a

definite

salvation.
to

How many

also

there are

who from youth

old age are con

versant with the
seized
find
it

Word

of

God but

are never

by

it

in the depths of their heart.

They
to

good,

and

pleasing,

and instructive
never
felt

attend church, but

they
as a

have

the

power
and a

of the
fire.

Word

hammer, and a sword,
so little

The reason why they are

disturbed
is

is

that the preaching they listen to
Spirit

so little in demonstration of the

and

of power.

Alas

!

there

is

evidence enough that
full

there

is

but too great lack of the

blessing

of Pentecost.

Does

the

blame
to

for

this

issue
?

attach
belief

to
is

preachers or
that
it

congregations

My

belongs to both together.
the

The preachers

are the offspring of

Christian community.

By

the children
is

we
on

are enabled to see whether
not.
life

the mother

healthy or
the

Preachers
is

are
their

very dependent

that

in

HOW
congregations.
satisfaction

LITTLE IT

IS

ENJOYED
congregation
acceptable

59
finds

When
the
of

a

in

merely
a

and

instructive

preaching

encourages
path,
its

him
he

to

young minister, it go forward on the same
rather

whilst
or

should

be

helped
to

by
seek

elder

more advanced
demonstration

believers
of

earnestly

the

the

Spirit.

When
tion,

a minister does not lead his congrega
either
in
to

public worship

or

in

private

prayer, really
Spirit
of

expect

everything from
is

the

God, then

he

tempted, both for

himself and his people, to put confidence in the

wisdom

of

man and
lay
it

the work of man.
heart,
that,

that

we

could

to

in

the

midst

of all our lamentation over

increasing worldliindifference,
is

ness of

spirit

and widespread
all

the
of

great cause of

impenitence
!

the lack

the full blessing of Pentecost

This alone gives

power from on high which can break down and quicken again the hard hearts of men.

60

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

V
Think how
sacrifice
little

preparedness there

is

for

self-

in behalf of the extension of the Idngdom

of God.

When

the

Lord

Jesus

at

His
as a

ascension

promised the Holy

Spirit, it
"

was

power

in

us to work for Him.

Ye

shall receive power,

when

the

Holy
l

Spirit is

come upon you, and ye

shall be

My

witnesses unto the uttermost parts of

the

earth."

The aim

of the pentecostal blessing

from the King in heaven was simply

to

complete

the equipment of His servants for His

work

as

King upon the
for

earth.

No

sooner did the Spirit

descend upon them than they began to witness

Him.

The

Spirit filled

them with the

desire

and the impulse, with the courage and the power,
to brave all hostility

and danger,
if

to endure all

suffering

and persecution,

only they could suc
as a Saviour.

ceed in making Jesus
Spirit
Spirit
of

known

The

was that true missionary which seeks to win the whole world for
Pentecost

Jesus Christ.
It is often said in our
1

days that the missionary
i.

Acts

8.

61

spirit is so

much on
how

the increase.
little

Yet when we
is

reflect carefully

effort

expended on

the

missionary

enterprise

in

comparison with
interests,

what we bestow on our own
see
at

we
is

shall
still still

once

how

feebly this question
"

kindled in our hearts
sacrifice

:

What more
offered
for

can I

for Jesus
offer

?

He

Himself for me.

I

will

myself

wholly

Him

and His
Lord

work."

It

has been well
gifts

said

that the

measures
give,

our

not according to what

we

but according to what

we

retain.

He who
is

stands beside the treasury and observes what
cast into
it

still

finds

many who, like
But, alas
!

the widow,

cast in all their living.

how many

are there
five

who with

their five shillings or their

pounds have given only what they could never miss and what costs them little or no
sacrifice.

How

far different

would
began

it

be

if

the
in.

full

blessing

of

Pentecost
of

to

flow

How
to

would the hearts
of

men burn with

love

Jesus, and out

very joy be impelled to

give everything that

He might

be known as a

Saviour

all

around, and that

all

might know

His

love.

Brother,

contemplate

the

condition

of

the

62

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
earth, of
of

Church on
around you,
there
is

the Christian
heart,

community

your own

not grave reason for
:

and then say if The full the cry
"

:

blessing of Pentecost

how

little

is

it

known."

Ponder

the

present

lack

of

sanctification,
of

of

separation

from

the

world,

steadfastness

amongst professing

Christians,
of
let

of

conversions
for

amongst the unsaved, and
the kingdom of

self-sacrifice

God,
soul

and
the

the sad reality
that

deepen

in
is

your

conviction

the

Church
evil,

at present

suffering from one great

and that

this is her lack of the blessing

of

Pentecost.

There can be no healing of her
fall,

breaches, no restoration from her

no renew

ing of her power, except by this one remedy

namely, her being

filled

with the Spirit of God.

Let us then never cease to speak, think, mourn,

and pray over
"

this trouble until this

"

one thing

needful

becomes the one thing that occupies

our

hearts.

The

restoration

is

not
:

easy.

It

will perhaps not

come

all

at once

it

may

not

come

speedily.

The

disciples of Jesus required
for

every day with Jesus
prepare them
discouraged
if

three long years to

for

it.

Let us not

be unduly
for

the transformation

we long

HOW

LITTLE IT

IS

ENJOYED
Let us

63

does not take place immediately.
the need and lay
instant in prayer.
it

feel

to heart.

Let us continue
faith.

Let us stand fast in
is

The

blessing of

Pentecost

the birthright of

the Church, the pledge of our inheritance, some thing
that

belongs

to

us here

on the earth.
Cleaving to

Faith can never be put to shame.

Jesus with
vain.

purpose

of

heart can never be in

The hour

will surely

come when,
of

if

we

believe perseveringly in

Him, out

our hearts

too will flow rivers of living water.

Amen.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

t!je

iSlcssittg is fjmtimli

Then said Jesus unto His disciples If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whosoever would save his life shall lose
:

it

.

and whosoever

shall lose his life for

My

sake shall find

it."

MATT.

xvi. 24, 25.

FT!

HERE
of

are

many who

seek the full blessing

Pentecost long and earnestly and yet
it.

do not find

Often the question

is

put as to

what may be the cause of this failure. To this inquiry more than one answer may be given. Sometimes the solution of the problem points
in the direction of one or another sin
still

which

is

permitted.

Woiidliness, lovelessness, lack
04

of

humility, ignorance of the secret of walking

HOW THE
in

BLESSING
faith

IS

HINDERED

65

the

way

of

these,

and indeed many
mentioned with
people

more

causes,

may

also be often

justice.

There

are,

however,

many
to
still

who

think that they have

come

the Lord with

what

of

these sources of failure

remains in

them, and have sincerely confessed them and put them away, and yet complain that the blessing
does not come.

For

all

such

it

is

particularly
still

necessary to point out that there remains

one great hindrance
all

namely, the root from which
This

other hindrances have their beginning.
is

root

nothing
life of

else

than our individual

self,

the

hidden

Self with its varied forms of self-

seeking,

self-pleasing,

self-confidence,

and

self-

satisfaction.

to

The more earnestly anyone strives obtain the blessing and would fain know what

prevents him, the more certainly will he be led
to

the discovery that

it

is

here the great evil
:

lies.

He

himself

is

his worst foe
;

he must be
to

liberated from himself
clings
life of

the

self-life

which he

must be

utterly lost.
fill

Only then can the

God
is

entirely

him.

That

what

is

taught us in the words of the
Peter had uttered such a

Lord Jesus to Peter.

glorious confession of his Lord, that Jesus said
5

GG

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
him
"

to

:

Blessed art them, Simon Bar-Jonah

:

for flesh thee, but

and blood hath

not
is

revealed
in

it

unto

My

Father which

heaven."

But

when the Lord began
Satan to say
"

to speak of

His death by

crucifixion, the self-same Peter
:

was seduced by
:

Be

it

far

from Thee, Lord
1

this

shall never be unto

Thee."

Thereupon the Lord

said to

him that not only must He Himself lay down His life, but that this same sacrifice was
to

be made

by every

disciple.

Every

disciple

must deny himself and take up
that

his cross in order

he himself
it.

may

be crucified and

put

to
life

death on
will

He

that would fain save his
is

lose

it;

and he that

prepared to lose
it.

his life for Christ s sake will find

You

see, then,

what the Lord here teaches and

requires.
to

Peter had learned through the Father
Christ as the Son of God, but he did

know

not yet

know Him

as the

Crucified One.

Of

the absolute necessity of the Cross, and death on

the Cross, he as yet

knew

nothing.

It

may

be so

with the Christian.
as his Saviour
yea, fully
; ;

He knows

the Lord Jesus

he desires to know

Him

better,

but he does not yet understand that
1

Mutt. xvi. 17, 22,

HOW THE BLESSING
for this

IS

HINDERED

67

end

it

is

necessary that he must have a
the death of the
;

deeper discernment of
as a death

Cross

which he himself must die

that he

must actually deny, and hate, and lose his life his whole life and being in the world ere he
can receive the
full
life
is

of

God.
difficult.

This requirement

hard and

And
own

why

is

this

so

?

Why
to

should a Christian be

called
feeling,

upon
and

always
will,
life

deny himself,
?

his

and pleasure
that
life

Why
sacrifice

must he

part with his

to

maintain which
?

a

man

is

prepared to

make any
and
It

Why
?

should

a
is

man

hate

lose
is

his

life

The
life

answer
is

very simple.

because that
of

so

completely under the power
that
it

sin

end and

death

has

to

be

utterly

denied

sacrificed.

The

self-life

must be wholly taken
the
life

away

to

make room

for
full,

of

God.
life

He
of

that would have the

the overflowing
lose his
?

God, must utterly deny and

own

life.

You

see

it

now, do you not

There

is

only
full

one great stumbling-block in the way of the
blessing of Pentecost.
It
lies

in the fact that

two diverse things cannot at one and the same Your own time occupy the very same place.

68

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
and the
life of

life

God cannot
life

fill

the heart at

the same time.
of the life of

Your

hinders the entrance

God.

When
will
fill

your own
you.

life is

cast

out, the life of

God

So long as

/

myself

am

still

something, Jesus Himself can

not be everything.

My

life

must be expelled
in.

;

then the Spirit of Jesus will flow
seeker of the full blessing of
this principle

Let every

Pentecost accept

and hold

it

fast.

The subject

is

of such importance
it still

that I should like to

make

clearer

which these words

by pointing out the chief lessons of the Lord Jesus teach us.

I

Our

life,

our individual

self,

is

entirely

and

completely under the

power of

sin.

When God

created the angels and man,

He

gave them a separate

personality, a power over

themselves, with the intention that they should
of their
life,

own

free will present
self,
fill

and

offer

up that
and

that individual
in

to

Him,

in

order that
life

He
ness

turn might

them with His

His glory.
of

This was to be the highest blessed
It

the creature.
life

was

to

be

a
of

vessel

filled

with the

and the perfection

God.

HOW THE BLESSING
The whole Fall
alike
of

IS

HINDERED
and
of

69
inert

angels

consisted of nothing but the perversion of their
life,

their will, their personality,

away from God,

in order to please themselves.

This self-exaltation

was the pride that changed the angels into demons and cast them out of heaven into hell.
This pride was
the
infernal

poison

that

the

serpent breathed into the ear and the heart of

Eve.
find
life,

Man
delight
his

turned himself away from
in

God

to

himself

and

the

world.

His

whole individuality, was perverted and
the
control of
It

withdrawn from

God

that

he

might seek and serve himself.
that

was no wonder
you must
life

Jesus said
that

"

:

You must
ere

hate,
full

utterly lose
Spirit
details,

life,

the

of

the

of

God can be

yours.

To the minutest you must deny
of

always and
;

in everything,
life

that self -life
possibly
let
fill

otherwise the

God cannot
after
his

you.

He

that will

come

Me,

him deny himself, and take up and follow ME." l

cross,

A

deep conviction of the entire corruption of
itself

our nature, manifesting

in

the fact that

even the Christian
1

still

pleases himself in
.\vi. 2-i.

many

Matt.

70

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
an experience that
It
is
still

things, is

lacking in

many

people.

appears to them both strange
in nothing
is

and harsh, when we say that
Christian
self-denial
free
is

the
that
in

to

follow his

own

feeling,

a requirement that
life

must prevail

every sphere of

and without any exceptions.
"

The Lord has never withdrawn His words

:

He

that forsaketh not all that he hath cannot be
disciple, cannot walk with Me, cannot be
.is

My
1
I."

II

Our own

life

must

be

utterly cast aside to

make

full room for the

life

of God.
conversion

At the time
Christian

of

his
little

the

young
of

has

but

understanding

this

requirement.
life

He
was

receives the seed of the

new

into his heart while the natural
It
still

life is still

strong.

thus with Peter when the
the

Lord addressed
been quoted.
defective
to
his
die,

to

him

words

that
!

have

He was

a disciple, but, alas

how

and incomplete.

When

his

Lord was
denied

instead of

denying himself, he
grievous
despair of
xiv. 33.

Lord.
at
last

But
to

that that
1

failure

brought

him

himself which

Luke

HOW THE

BLESSING

IS

HINDERED

71

caused him to go out and weep bitterly, and so

prepared him for losing entirely his
for being

own

life

and

wholly

filled

with the
is

life of

Jesus.

This, accordingly,

the point to which

we

must

all

in

the

long-run come.

So

long as
for

a Christian imagines that in some things

example,

in

his

eating

and

drinking,

in

the

spending of his time or money, in his think
ing and speaking about others
right and the
liberty to follow his

he has

still

the

own
life,

wishes, to

please himself, to maintain his

own

he cannot

possibly attain to the full blessing of Pentecost.

My

brethren,

it

is

an unspeakably holy and
a
It

glorious

thing that

man

can be

filled

with

demands inevitably that the present occupant and governor of the heart, our individual self, shall himself be cast out, and
the Spirit of God.
that everything within
it,

everything wholly and

entirely, shall be surrendered into the

hands

of

the
that
of

new

Inhabitant, the Spirit of God.

Would
come
the

we could understand
filled

that the joy and power
Spirit
will
of

being

with

the

themselves

when once we comply with
namely, that

first

and principal condition
shall be

He

alone

acknowledged as our Life and our Leader.

72

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

III
It is once for all impossible for the Christian to

bring about this great transformation in himself.

At no

stage of our spiritual career are the
of

power and the deceitfulness
self

our individual
in the

and the

self-life

more manifest than
full blessing of

attempt to grasp the

Pentecost.
this

Many

people

endeavour

to

appropriate

blessing,

and that by a great variety

of efforts.

They do not succeed, and they are not able
to

discover the reason why.

They

forget that
:

Self-will

can

never

cast

out

Self-will
itself.

that

Self
is

can

never

really
is

mortify

Happy
point of

the

man who

brought up

to the

acknowledging his helplessness and impotence.

He

will here specially

need to deny himself, and

so cease to expect anything from his

own

life

and strength, but

will rather lay himself

down
alike

in the presence of the

Lord as one who

is

impotent and dead, that he
the blessing from Him.
It

may

really receive

was not Peter that prepared himself
day
of

for

the

Pentecost
blessing

or

brought
;

down
it

the
his

Pentecostal

from heaven

was

HOW THE
Lord that did

BLESSING
this

IS

HINDERED

73

all

for him.

His part was
to his

to despair of himself

and yield himself
in
it

Lord

to

accomplish

him what
is

He had
part,
call,

promised.
liever,

Hence

also

your

be
to

while yielding obedience to this

deny

yourself,

and
the

to lose

your own
sink

life,

and

in

presence

of

Lord

to

down

in

your

nothingness and impotence.
to set

Accustom yourself
in

your heart before
patience,
is

Him

deep humility,
submission.

and

silent

and

childlike

The humility that
the patience

prepared to
for

be nothing,

that will wait

Him

and His

time, the submission that will yield itself wholly

that

He may
your

do what seemeth

Him

good,

is all

that you can do to
lose
life.

show that you are ready

to

Jesus

summons you
first

to follow

Him.
will,

Eemember how He
and when

sacrificed
life

His
into

He had
the
till

laid

down His

the

hands

of

Father, and went down into

the grave, waited
life.

God

raised

Him

again to

Be you
life

your

in

manner ready to lay down weakness, and be assured that God
in like
in

will raise it

up again

the Spirit.

power with the fulness of Have done with the strength of mere
;

personal efforts

abandon the dominion

of

your

74

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
of apprehension.
"

own power

Not by might,
Lord."

nor by power, but by

My

Spirit, saith the

l

V

IV
It
is

the

surrender of faith

to

Jesus in His

self-humiliation

and death

that opens the

way

to

the full blessing of Pentecost.

You
and
did
?

of course say at once

"

:

Who

is sufficient

for these

things

?

Who

can

sacrifice

everything

die

and lay down

his life utterly as Jesus
is so.
impossible."

To man such a surrender
reply
all
is

My
God

that

it

is

indeed

But

"

with

things
follow

are

possible."

You cannot

literally

Jesus, and

like

Him

go

down

into death

and the grave.

That ever remains
will

beyond your power.
self

Never
to

our individual

yield itself
grave.

up

death or rest quietly in
the

the

But

hear

glad

tidings.

In

Christ

you have died
of

and
of

have been buried.

The power
of

His dying,

His willing surrender
of the

His

spirit into the

hands

Father, of

His
In

silent

resting in
in
this
it
1

the grave, works in you.
little

faith

working, however
in faith in this
Zech.
iv. G.

you
in

may understand

working

HOW THE
you
of

BLESSING

IS

HINDERED
of

75

the spirit and the power
life

the deatli

and the

of the

Lord Jesus, give up yourself
life.

willingly to lose

your

For

this end, begin
first

to

regard the denying of
of

yourself as the

and most necessary work
I

every day.

Accept the message
in

bring you.

The great hindrance
Pentecost
ness,
is

the

way
that

of the life of

the

self-life.

Believe in the sinfulof
life
:

the

detestableness,
its

not

on

account of
it

gross external sins, but because

sets

itself

in

the place

of

God
more

;

seeks,

and
God.

pleases,

and

honours

itself

than

Exercise yourself in what Jesus lays upon you,

and hate your own and as the foe
of

life

as your

own worst

foe

God.

Begin

to see

what the

full blessing is that

Jesus has prepared for you

and which
His own

He
life,

bestowed at Pentecost

namely,

His own indwelling
or
too

;

and count
to

nothing too

precious

costly

give as

an exchange for this pearl

of great

price.

Brother,

are

you

really

in

earnest

about

having the
filled

full blessing of

Pentecost and being
?

with the Spirit of God
to

Is

it

your great

desire

be

made

to

know what

hinders you

76

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
it
?

from obtaining

Take the word

of our
it

Lord

and keep
with
it

it

in

your heart.

Take
able
to

and go

to Himself.

He

is

make you
it.

understand, and consider, and experience
is

It

He who

baptizes with the
in

Holy

Spirit.

Let
be

everything
sacrificed
to

you that belongs Him, and be counted

to as

self
loss,

and

cast

away

to

give place to Himself.
Spirit,

He who
His

by His death obtained the
Peter for Pentecost
suffering,

who prepared
His
Jesus.

in

the

fellowship of
in

has
trust

your

guidance

hands.

Trust,

Him, your
the
Spirit,

own
beyond

He
or

baptizes

with
:

doubt
;

question

deny
life

yourself,

and follow
His.

your own

and

find

Let

Him lose Him impart

Himself
for
of

in the place

you have hitherto retained
there will flow rivers

yourself.

From Him
Amen.

living water.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
VI
it

is otitauut)

fog

its

"

Be not drunken with wine, wherein
Spirit."

is riot,

but be

filled

with the

EPH.

v. 18.

fTlHE command
just as
to

to be

filled

with the Spirit

is

peremptory as the prohibition not

be drunken with wine.
liberty to

As

truly as

we

are

not at

be guilty of the vice are
to the
calls

we

bound not
junction.
live

to be disobedient

positive in

The same God who

upon, us to

in sobriety urges us with

equal earnestness

to

be

filled

with the Spirit.
to a

His command

is

tantamount

promise

:

a sure pledge

that
see
fact,

He

Himself will give what

He would

fain
this

us possess.

With

full

confidence in
77

78

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
us in all simplicity ask for the

let

way

iu

which
God,
I

in this respect

we should
be

live in the will of

as those
desire
for

who would

filled

with the

Spirit.

now

to suggest

to

those

who

really long

blessing some directions whereby they may obtain what is prepared for them.
this

I

The full

blessing of Pentecost

is

the inheritance

of all the children of God.

This
ciate.

is

the

first

principle
of

we have

to

enun

There are

many

God s

children

who do

not fully believe
of Pentecost

this. They imagine that the day was only the birthday feast of the Church, and that it was thus a time of blessing

and

of

power which was not destined
reflect

to endure.
to be filled

They do not
with the

on the command
result
is

Spirit.

The

that

they never
blessing.

with earnestness seek to receive the

full

They take their ease and remain content with
the

weak and
day

defective

life in

which the Church

of the Is

exists.

not this
it

the
us.

case with you,

my

reader

?

Far be

from

In order to carry on her

work

in

the world, the Church requires the full

HOW
blessing.

IT IS

OBTAINED BY US

79

To please your Lord and to live a of holiness, and joy, and power, you too life To manifest His presence, and have need of it.
indwelling,

and glory in you, Jesus
that

counts

it

necessary
Spirit.

you should be

filled

with the

Believe firmly that the full blessing of
is

Pentecost

a sacred reality.

A

child of

God
con
fully

may and must have it. Take time to template it and to suffer yourself to be
possessed by the thought of
ficance
its

glorious signi

and power.
is

A

firm confidence that the
is

blessing

actually within our reach
it

the

first

step towards obtaining
in the pursuit.

and a powerful impulse

II

/

do not as yet have this
is

blessing.
it.

This

the second step towards
the

You may
should
I

perhaps
necessary
tell

put
to

question
this

why
why

it

be
will
it

cherish

conviction.
I

you

briefly

the reasons

consider

of importance.

The

first

is

that there

are

many
is

Christians

who think
Spirit,

that

they already
all

have the Holy
to be
to

and that
in

they require

more
obey

faithful

the endeavour to

know and

80

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
They think that they are already stand God s grace, and that they only need to
life

Him.
ing in

make

a better use of the

they possess.
that
is

They

imagine that they have
continued growth.

all

necessary for
it
is

On

the contrary,

rny

deep conviction that such souls are in a sickly
state

and that they have need
and
effective

of

a healing as
blind
earth.

divine

as that

which the
Lord on

and lame

received

from

the

Accordingly, just

as the first
is

condition of nay
I

recovery from disease

the knowledge that

am
the

sick, so it is absolutely

necessary for them to

discover and acknowledge that they do not live
life

of

Pentecost, that they do not walk in

the fulness and the joy of the Spirit, that they

do not possess the
pensable for them
everything.

full
if

blessing which

is

indis

they are to please

God

in

Once

this first conviction

is

made thoroughly
to

clear to them, they will be

prepared for another
they
their

consideration

namely,
the

that

ought

acknowledge

guiltiness of

condition.

They ought
with the

to see

that

if

they have not
to
"

yet
filled

rendered obedience to the
Spirit,"

command
is

be

this

defect

to be ascribed

to

HOW
sluggishness,

IT IS

OBTAINED BY US
and

81

and

self-satisfaction,

unbelief.

They should

be induced

to

acknowledge with

shame that they have despised what God had
prepared for them.

When

once the confession
is

that they have not yet received the full blessing

deeply rooted in them, there will spring from
stronger impulse to attain to
it.

it

a

Take, then, this
"No:

thought and
is

let it

work

in

you with power:

it

true that I do not as yet have the full

blessing."

Ill

The thought that
is
:

will

come next

in succession

This blessing
I

is

for me.
those

have spoken

of

who suppose
was only
are

that the

full

blessing of Pentecost

for the first

Christian

community.

There

others
it

who
was

are willing enough to acknowledge that

intended also for the Church of later times but
still

think that

all

are not entitled to expect the
leaders of
leisure

it.

Eminent

believers,

the Church,

and such as have much
opportunity
attainments,
receiving
to

and abundant
with
such
of

occupy
well

their

minds

may

cherish

the
is

hope

this

blessing,

but

it

not to

be

expected by ordinary members of the churches.

82

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
one of these might quite reasonably say
unfavourable
circumstances,
lack
it
:

Any
"

My

my

unfortu

nate disposition,
similar difficulties,
realise this ideal.

my

of

real

ability,

and
to

make
God

impossible for

me

will not expect this at

my
by
of

hands
soul,

:

He

has not destined

me
to

to obtain

it."

do not permit yourself
shallow
views.

be deceived

such
a

All

the
least,

members
must be
be
the

body,

even to
the

the

very
as

healthy
healthy.
Spirit,
is

before

body

a

whole can
fulness
of

The

indwelling,

the

nothing but
Christ.

the

entire

healthfulness
that,

of

the body of

Be assured

even

though you are actually the most insignificant

member

of

it,

the blessing

is

for you.

In your
full.

own

little

measure you can at least be

In

this respect the

Father makes no exceptions.

A

great distinction doubtless
gifts,

prevails in point of
;

and

calling,

and circumstances

but there

can be no distinction in the love of the Father and

His desire to see every one of His children in

full

health and in the full enjoyment of the Spirit of
adoption.

Learn, then, to express and to repeat
"

over again the conviction

:

This blessing

is for

me.
fill

My

Father desires to have

me

that

He may

HOW
me
with His

IT IS
Spirit.

OBTAINED BY US
The blessing
lies

83

before

me, to be taken with

my

full consent.

I will

no
as
:

longer despise by unbelief what falls to

me

my birthright.
This blessing
is

With my whole
for me.
"

heart I will say

IV
/ cannot grasp this blessing in my own power. Whenever a Christian begins to strive for this
blessing, to

he generally makes a variety of
after

efforts

reach

the

faith,

and
which

obedience,
are

and
con

humility, and
ditions
of

submission
it.

the

obtaining
is

Then, when he does
to

not

succeed, he
if

tempted

blame himself,

and
he

he does not become utterly discouraged,
himself
to
still

rouses

stronger effort and
struggling
is

greater

zeal.
its

All

this
its

not
use,

without
however,

value and
other
It

use.

It

has

its

in

ways
the

than

are

commonly
us to
;

anticipated.

does
is

very work that the
the

law does

that
of

to

say, it brings

knowledge
us
to

our

entire
of

impotence
in

it

leads

that

despair

ourselves

which we

become willing to give to God the place that This lesson is entirely indisbelongs to Him.

84

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
"

pensable.

I

can neither bestow this blessing
it.

on myself nor take

It

is

God

alone that

must work

it

in

me."

The
gift,

blessing

of Pentecost

is

a supernatural
in

a
life

wonderful
of of

act

of

God
is

the

soul.

The

God God

in every soul

just
life

as truly

a work

as

when
Christ.

that

was

first

manifested in Jesus

A
full

Christian
life

can
the

do

as

little

to

bring
in

the
his

of

Spirit

to

fruition
to

soul

as

the

Virgin
child. 1

Mary
God.
ing
is

did

conceive her

supernatural
it

Like her, he can only receive

as the gift of

The impartation
as

of

this

heavenly bless
of

entirely
of

an

act

God

as

the

resurrection

Christ from the dead was

His

divine work.
entirely to

As

Christ Jesus had wholly and
death, and lay aside

go down unto
life

utterly the

He

had, in

order to receive

a

new
all

life

from God, so must the believer abandon
of

power and hope

his

own

to receive

this

full blessing as

a free gift of divine Omnipotence.
of

This
this

acknowledgment

our

utter
is

impotence,
indispens
blessing.

descent into true self-despair,
if

able

we would enjoy
1

this
i.

supreme

Luke

38.

HOW

IT IS

OBTAINED BY US

85

V
/ must have
this

blessing

at

any

cost.

To get possession of the pearl of great price, the merchant man had to sell all that he had. The
at
full blessing

of

Pentecost

is

to be obtained

no smaller
sell
all,

price.

He

that would
all
:

have
to
its

it

must

must forsake

sin

its

smallest item, the love of the world in

most

innocent

forms,

self-will

in

its

simplest
of

and
our

most natural expressions, every faculty
nature,

every moment

of our

life,

every pleasure

that
of

feeds

our self-complacency, every exercise
soul,

our

body,

and

spirit

all

must be

surrendered to the power of the Spirit of God.

In

nothing

can
force

independent

control
:

or

in

dependent

have

a

place

everything

everything, I
of

the
it

must be under the leading say Cost One must indeed say Spirit.
"

:

what

may,

I

am
the

determined
vessel

to

have
is

this

blessing."

Only

that
filled

utterly

empty

of everything

can be

and overflow

with this living water.

We
gulf

know

that

there
will

is

oftentimes
the
deed.

a great

betwixt

the

and

Even

86

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
willing, the

when God has wrought the
does not

doing
it

always come

at

once.

But

will

come wherever a man surrenders himself
the
will

to

which God has wrought, and openly
consent in the
is

expresses his

presence

of

God.

This, accordingly,

what must be done by the
that he
selling
;

soul

who

intends to be sincerely ready to part
feels

with everything, even though he
has no power
price
is

to

accomplish
paid

it.

The
the

not

always
the

at

moment

nevertheless,

purchaser

may
is

become

the

possessor as soon as the sale
security
brother,
is

concluded and

given

for

the

payment.
"

my
:

this

very day speak the word
I will

Cost

what
is

it

may,

have

this

blessing."

Jesus

surety that you will have power to abandon

everything.

Express

your

decision

in

the

presence
verance.

of

God with
it

confidence

and

perse

Repeat
"

before your

own

conscience
pearl of
to

and say
great

:

I
:

am
I

a

purchaser of
offered

the

price

have

everything
I
it.

obtain
said
to

the full blessing

of Pentecost.

have

God

that I must, I will have
I

By
it."

this decision I abide.

must,

I will

have

HOW

IT IS

OBTAINED BY US

87

VI
In faith that God
bestows this blessing
accepts

my

surrender and
it

upon me, I appropriate

for

myself.

There

is

a
of

great

difference

betwixt
faith

the
the

appropriation

a

blessing
it.

by

and

actual experience of

It is because Christians

do not understand this that they often become
discouraged,

when they do not
Whenever

at once experi
is

ence the feeling and the enjoyment of what

promised them.
offer
all,

in response to the

of

Christ you have said that you forsake
it

and count

but loss for the full blessing

of

Pentecost, then from that

moment you have
and that
Spirit.

to believe

that

He

receives your offer

He
Yet

bestows upon you the fulness of the
it

may
trace

easily be that you cannot at that

crisis

any
It
its
is

marked
as
if

change
everything

in in

your

experience.

you

remained in
is

old condition.

Now, however,
in
faith.

just

the

very

time

to

persevere
if

Learn by faith to be as sure as
it

you had seen

written in

heaven
of

that

God has accepted

your surrender

everything as a certain and

88

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
In this faith look upon
is

completed transaction.
yourself as a

man who
that

known
God

to

God

as one

that has sold everything to obtain this heavenly
treasure.

Believe

has
of

in

heaven
Spirit.

bestowed upon you the fulness

the

In this faith regard yourself as on the way to

know

the

full

blessing

also

in will

feeling

and
this

experience.
blessing to

Believe

that

God

order

break forth and be revealed in you.
let

In this faith

your

life

be a

life

of joyful

thanksgiving and expectation.

God

will not dis

appoint you.

VII

Now I count upon God and
reveal truly within

wait upon

Him
He

to

me

the blessing

which

has

bestowed upon me.

Faith must lead

me

to

the actual inheritance

of the promise, to the

experience and enjoyment

of

it.

Do

not rest content with a belief that
experience.

does not lead to
faith in the
full

Rest in God by

assurance that

He

can
is

make
truly

Himself known to you in a manner that
divine.

At times

the whole process

may

appear

to

you

too great and too wonderful, and really

HOW
impossible.

IT IS

OBTAINED BY US
afraid.

89

Be not

The more

clearly

you discern the

amazing

elements in the fact

that you on your part have said to the Eternal

Holy God that He on His part may have you to make you full of His Holy Spirit here on earth,
the more shall you feel what a miracle of the

grace of

God

it

must

be.

There
of,

may
God

be in you

things you are not aware

which hinder the
is

breaking forth of the blessing.
putting them aside.
the
fire of

bent on

Let them be consumed in Let them, be

strong burning desire.

annihilated in the

flame

of

God s countenance

and His

love.

Let your expectation be fixed

upon the Lord your God.

He who
life

in a frail

woman
Jesus,

revealed the

divine

in the Infant
to

He
of

that

raised

up the dead Jesus
can

the

life

glory,

He

He
so

will,

indeed

just

as

miraculously

bring

this

heavenly

blessing

to fruition in

you,

that

be

filled

with

the

Holy

Spirit

you may and that you
experi

may know,
Spirit.

not

by reasoning but by

ence, that you have actually received the

Holy

Beloved brother, thou who readest

all

this,

90

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
summons
I

give answer, I entreat thee, to the

bring thee.

God
the

promises,

God
and

desires to

make
fain

you

full

of

Holy

Spirit.

He would
life

have your

whole

nature
Spirit.
if

under
if

the

power

of the

Holy

He
you

asks

you on
to

your part are willing,

really desire

have

it.

Pray

let

there be in your answer no
all

uncertain sound, but let
cry out
this
"

that

is

within you

:

Yea, Lord, with
of

all

my

heart."

Let
chief

promise

your
life,

God become

the

element in your

the most precious, the chief,

the only thing you seek.

Do

not be content to

think and pray over
into a transaction
will

it,

but this very day enter

and a compact with God that

admit

of

no doubt concerning the choice

you have made.

When
firmly to

once you have made this choice, cleave

what

is

the chief element in

it

namely,

the faith that expects this blessing as a miracle

The more earnestly you exercise that faith, the more will it teach you that your heart must be entirely emptied of
of divine

Omnipotence.

everything and set free from every
filled

fetter, to

be

with the

Spirit,

to

be

occupied by the
yourself
in

indwelling

Christ.

Contemplate

HOW
faith as a

IT IS

OBTAINED BY US

91

man

betwixt

whom and God
take
it

a firm

compact has been
the full blessing. that
it

made

that you must receive
for granted

You may

will surely come.

Amen.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
VII
it

mau

be kept

praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in Now unto Him who is able to guard you from stumbling, to the only God our Saviour, be glory
"But

ye,

the love of God.

.

.

.

for evermore.

Amen."

JCDE

21, 24.

/"^AN

one

who
it

has the full blessing of Pentecost
?

lose

again

Yes

:

undoubtedly.

God

does not bestow this boon with such constraint
that a

man

retains

it

whether he
is

will or not.

No

:

this

blessing also

intrusted to
;

him

as a

talent

which must be used

and only by use
success.

does

it

become secure and win

Just as

the Lord Jesus after

He was

baptized with the

Holy

Spirit

had

to
to

be perfected by obedience
92

and submission

the leading of the Spirit, so

HOW
the Christian

IT

MAY BE KEPT

93

who has

received the blessing of
it

Pentecost has to see to

that he guards safely

the deposit that has been intrusted to him.

When we

inquire

how we

can

keep

it,

Scripture points us to the fact that our keeping
of it consists in our intrusting it to the

Lord

to be

kept by Him.
side
"

Paul places these two ideas along
:

one another in his second letter to Timothy
is

He

able to keep

my

"

deposit

(K.V. margin)

;

"

That good
guard

thing which was

committed unto
Spirit

thee,

through
1
us."

the

Holy

which
"

dwelleth in

Jude

also, after saying,
God,"

Keep
2

yourselves in the love of
"

adds the doxology:
glory."

Unto Him that

is

able to keep us be

The main

secret of success in the preservation of
is

the blessing

the exercise of a

humble depend

ence on the Lord who keeps us and on the Spirit

by

whom we

ourselves are kept in close fellow
It
fell
is

ship with Him.

with this blessing as with
the wilderness:
It
it
is

the manria that

in

must
with

be renewed from heaven every day.
the

new heavenly
:

life

as with the life

we

live

on

earth

the fresh air that
in every
2 Tim.
i.

sustains

it

must be

drawn
1

moment from without and from
2

12, 14.

Jude

21, 24.

94

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
Let us see

above.

how

this ever-abiding,

unin

terrupted keeping takes place.

I
Jesus,
wlio gave

us the

blessing,

will

keep

it

for

us.
is

Jesus

the Keeper of Israel.
this
is

This

is

His
only
it.

name and

His work.

God

not

created the world but also keeps and upholds

Jesus

is

not

content with
:

merely giving the
also maintain
is it

blessing of Pentecost

He

will

every moment.

The Holy
is

Spirit

not a power
is

that in any sense
intrusted to us, and

subordinate to us, that
that

we must

use

;

He

is

a

power that

is

over and above us, that possesses
us,

and energises

power by which Jesus in heaven will carry forward His work from moment to moment. Our right place and our
a

proper attitude

must always be

that

of

the

deepest dependence, a sinking

down
Our

in our

own

nothingness and impotence.
is

chief concern
us.

to let Jesus do

His work within
soul

So long as the

does

not
it

discern this

truth there will always be in
of

a certain dread

receiving

the

full

blessing.

Such

a

one

HOW

IT

MAY BE KEPT
"

95

will be inclined to

say

:

I

shall not be able to
I

continue in that holy
to dwell

life.

shall not be able
plane."

always on such a lofty

But

these

thoughts only show what a feeble grasp
the
great
reality.

such a one has of

When

Jesus conies by the Spirit to dwell in nay heart

and

to live in me,

He

will actually

work out

the maintenance of the blessing and regard

my

whole inner

life

as His special care.

He who
can never
is

believes this truth sees that the life in the joy
of

the blessing of Pentecost, while

it

be relieved of the necessity of watchfulness,
life

a

that

is

freed from anxiety and ought to be

characterised by continued gladness.

The Lord

has come into His holy temple.
abide

There

He

will

and

work out

everything.

He

desires

only this

one thing

namely, that the soul shall
as its faithful Shepherd,

know and honour Him
its

Almighty Keeper.

Jesus,

who

gives the bless
it

ing of Pentecost, will certainly keep

in us.

II Jesus will keep the
faith.
blessiiig,

as

He

gave

it,

by

The law that

prevails at every stage in the

96

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
kingdom
your
of of

progress of the

God

"

is

:

Be

it

unto

you according
the
first

to

faith."

The

faith that in

reception

the

Lord

Jesus was as

small as a grain of mustard-seed must, in the
course of the Christian
life,

enlarged that

it

shall see

become always so more and receive and
is
"

enjoy more of the fulness that

in the Lord.
live,

Paul wrote to the Galatians
longer
I,

:

I
:

yet no
life
l
faith."

but Christ liveth in

me

and that

which

I

now

live in

the flesh I live in

His faith was as broad and boundless and unceas
ing as were the needs of his
life

and work.

In

everything and at

all times,

without ceasing, he

trusted in Jesus to

do

all.

His faith was as
energy that
of

wide and abundant as the

flows
is

from Jesus

for the

enrichment

His people

He had given up his mighty and glorious. whole life to Jesus he himself lived no longer.
:

By

a continuous and unrestricted faith he gave

to Jesus the liberty of energising his life

without

ceasing and without limitation.

The fulness

of the

Spirit

is

not a gift that

is

bestowed once for
life.

all as
so.
1

a part of the heavenly
It is rather a constantly
ii.

No

:

it is

not

Gal.

20.

HOW

IT

MAY BE KEPT

97

flowing stream of the river of the water of
that issues from beneath the throne of
of the

life

God and
most

Lamb.

It

is

an uninterrupted communica
of Jesus, the of It

tion of the life

and the love

personal and intimate association

the Lord
is

with His own upon the earth.
faith
it,

by the
to

which discerns
to
it

this truth,

and assents

and cleaves

with joy, that Jesus will

certainly do His work of keeping.

Ill
Jesus
keeps
this

blessing

in fellowship

with

Himself.

The

single

aim

of

the blessing of Pentecost
a Saviour, so that

is

to reveal Jesus as

He may
and by

exhibit His power to redeem souls in us

us here in the world.

The

Spirit did not
of

come

merely to occupy the place

Jesus, but only

and wholly
Lord more
than when

to

unite

the

disciples

with their

closely,

and deeply, and completely
on earth.

He was
to

The power from
the

on high did not coine as a power which they

were thenceforth

reckon as their own

:

power was inseparably bound up with the Lord
Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
7

Every operation

of

98

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
God
in them.

the power was a direct working of

The intercourse which
Jesus

the

disciples
of of

had with

on

earth,

the

following

Him, the
His
this
will,

reception of

His teaching, the doing

the participation in His suffering
to

all

was

be

still

their

experience,

only

in

greater

measure.

Not
The

otherwise,

accordingly,

is

it

with

us.

Spirit in us will
it

always

glorify Jesus, will

always make

manifest that
is

He

alone

is

to

be

Lord, that all which

glorious

comes only from
in the inner

Him.

Close

communion with God

chamber, faithfulness in searching His
seeking
sacrifice

Word and
Scriptures,

to of

know His

will

in

the

time and business and intercourse
to
all

with

men,

bring
this

us
is

into

touch

with the
for

Saviour

indispensable

the

keeping

of the blessing.

Jesus keeps us through

our intercourse with Him, being occupied with
Himself.

He

that

loves

His fellowship above
experience
of

everything
keeping.

shall

have

the

His

HOW

IT

MAY BE KEPT
IV

99

Jesus
obedience.

keeps

the

blessing

in

the

pathway of
the

When Spirit, He
keep

the

Lord

Jesus

promised

Holy

said three times over that the blessing
"

was for the obedient.

If
:

ye love Me, ye will

My
l

commandments

and

I will

pray the

Father, and
forter."

He

shall

give you
"

another

Com
Spirit
2

Peter

speaks of

the

Holy

whom God
obedient

hath given to them that obey
"

Him."

Of our Lord Himself we read that
unto
death.
Him."

He became
also

Wherefore
Obedience
is

God

highly exalted

what God

cannot but demand.

It

is

the only true relation
It is

and blessedness
that attains

of the creature.
lost

obedience
It is

what was

by the

Fall.

the power
It is

of

obedience Jesus came to restore.
life.

His own

Apart from obedience the

blessing of Pentecost can neither

come nor

abide.
is

There are two kinds one
that
is

of

obedience.
like

There
of

very

defective,

that

the

disciples previously to Pentecost.

They

desired

from the heart
1

to
;

do what the Lord
vv. 21, 23.
2

said,

but

John

xiv. 15, 16

cf.

Acts

v. 32.

100

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
Yet
the

they had not the power.

Lord ac

counted their desire and purpose as obedience.

On
life,

the other hand, there

is

a

more abundant
of the
Spirit,

which comes with the fulness
is

where new power

given for full obedience.
the
to
full
it, is

The

characteristic

of

blessing

of

Pentecost, and the way

keep

a surrender

to obedience in the minutest details. to

To

listen

the voice of Jesus Himself, to the voice of
voice
of

the Spirit, to the the
of

Conscience, this
us.

is

way

in

which Jesus leads
life

The method

making the
is

of Pentecost

within us sure
to love

and strong and receive

to

know Jesus and
in that aspect

Him,

Him
to

which made
namely,
as

Him
the

well-pleasing

the

Father

Obedient One.
life

The whole Jesus becomes the

of the soul.
is

It

the exercise of this obedience that gives

to the soul a

wonderful firmness and confidence

and power

to trust

God and

to expect all

from

Him.
faith,

A
and

strong will is necessary for a strong
it

is

in

obedience that the will

is

strengthened
This
is

to

trust

God
in

to

the

uttermost.

the

only

way

which the Lord can

lead us to ever richer blessing.

HOW

IT

MAY BE KEPT

101

V
Jesus keeps the blessing in fellowship with His
people.

At

the
a

outset

of

His seeking
for

for

the

full

blessing

Christian thinks

the most part
receives the
still
it

only

of

himself.

Even

after

he
is

blessing as a

new

experience, he

rather
safely

disposed to see merely
for himself.

how he can keep
of

But very speedily the
that a flow
of

Spirit will

teach

him
the

member

the body cannot
life

enjoy

healthful

in a state
to

of

separation

from others.
"

He

begins

under
Spirit."

stand that

there

is

one body and one

The unity

of the

body must be

realised to enjoy

the fulness of the Spirit.

This principle teaches us some very important
lessons

about

the

condition

on

which

the

blessing received can be maintained.

All that

you have belongs and

to

others,

and must be em

ployed for their service.
belongs to you,
you.
is

All that they have

in turn indispensable for

The

Spirit of the

body

of the

Lord can
of
it

work
work

effectively only

when

the

members

in unison.

You should

confess to others

102

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
for

what the Lord has done

you,

ask

their

intercession, seek their fellowship,

and help them

with what the Lord has given you.
lay to heart the

You

should

unhappy condition of the en feebled Christian Church in our days, yet not
in

the

spirit

of

judgment or

bitterness,

but

rather in the spirit of humility and prayer, of

gentleness and willingness to serve.

Jesus will

"

meant by the saying that l and by the very intensity love is the greatest of your surrender to the welfare of His Church He will both keep and increase the blessing
teach
is
"

you what

;

in you.

VI
Jesus keeps the blessing

in the service of His

kingdom.

We
came

have said more than once that the Spirit

as the

power

for work.

The very name

of Jesus

Christ involves entire consecration to
utter devotion to the rescue of souls.

God s work,
It

was

for this

end alone that

He
lives
of

lived
in

:

it is

only for this cause that

He
dream

heaven.
the

How

can

anyone
1

ever

having

1 Cor. xiii. 13.

HOW

IT

MAY BE KEPT

103

Spirit of Christ otherwise

than as a Spirit which
the salvation of

aims at the work
souls
?

of

God and

It is

an

impossibility.

Hence from the

outset

we must keep

these two aspects of the

Spirit s operation closely knit together.

What

the Spirit works in us

is

for the

sake of what

He
will

works by

us.

Our seeking
initial
if

for the blessing
of

miscarry,
will

our

possession

the the

blessing

be

lost,

we do not
life

as

dominant feature
to be used

of

our
Spirit

present ourselves

by the

in the doing of

His

work.

The blessing of Pentecost does not always come with equal power and not always at once. God often gives preparatory experiences and
awakenings that must lead to the
full blessing.

Every attempt
ourselves
will

to

keep such gracious
loss.

gifts

for

entail

He

that does

not

follow his
or
in

own

inclination, either in being silent

speaking,

but

presents

himself

to

the

Lord and waits upon
spirit, will

Him
is

with an undivided

experience that work, so far from ex
the sure

hausting or weakening,
the treasure.

way

to

keep

104

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
VII

One thought more.
us.

It

is

as the indwelling

.Lord that Jesus keeps the blessing of Pentecost in

Whenever mention
Keeper,
it is

is

made

of

Jesus as our

oftentimes difficult to believe that

we who

are

upon the earth can

really

know

ourselves to be always, without interruption, in

His hands and under His power. How much clearer and more glorious does the truth become

when the
in us
;

Spirit discovers to us that Christ

is

and

that, not only as a tenant in a house,

or water in a glass, in such a fashion that they

continue quite distinct, but rather as the soul
is

in

the
it,

part of

body animating and moving every and never to be separated from each

other except by a violent death.

Yes

:

it is

thus

that Christ dwells in us, penetrating our whole

nature with His nature.
for

The Holy

Spirit

came

the purpose

of

making

Him
is

thus deeply

present within

us.

As
me,

the sun

high in the

firmament
penetrates

above

my
life,

by his heat bones and marrow and quickens
yet

and

my

whole

so the

Lord Jesus, who

is

exalted

HOW

IT

MAY BE KEPT
my

105

high in heaven, penetrates

whole nature by

His Spirit in such a way, that
thinking,

all

my willing, and
by Him.
longer

and
fact

feeling
is

are

animated

Once

this

fully grasped,

we no

think of an external keeping through a person
outside
of

us

in

heaven,

but

rather

become

convinced that our whole individual

life is itself

quickened and possessed by One who, not in a

human but
occupies and
natural,

in a divine, all-penetrating
fills

manner,
see

the heart.

Then we
it is

how

how

certain,

how

blessed

that the

indwelling Jesus keeps the blessing and always

maintains the fulness of the

Spirit.

Brethren,
is

is

there anyone amongst you

who

longing for this life in the fulness of blessing,
is

and yet

afraid to
is

enter upon
to

it,
?

because he

knows not how he
to

persevere

Pray
this

listen

what

I

say

:

Jesus will
Is

make

blessing

continuous and sure.

there any one of you

who

longs

for

it

and yet
it

cannot
?

understand
listen to

wherein the secret of

lies

Again

me
so

:

the blessing

is

this

that as Jesus Christ

was daily with His

disciples in bodily fashion,

He

will

by His

Spirit every

day and always

106

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
life
;

be your

yea,

live

His

life

in you.

No
on

one can

fully understand

how

things look

the top of

a

mountain until he himself has

been there.

Although you do not understand everything, yet believe that the Lord Jesus has sent His Spirit with no other object in view
than just to receive and keep you in His divine
power.

Trust

Him

for

this.

Let

all

burdens

be laid aside, and give yourself up to receive

from

Him

this full

blessing of Pentecost as a

fountain which

He

Himself will cause to spring
life.

up

in

you unto everlasting

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
VIII

$?ofo
"He

it

mag
Me

fie

incrrasrti
never

that believeth on

shall

thirst."

JOHN

vi.

35.
"He

that believeth on Me, out of
water."

him

shall flow rivers

of living

JOHN

vii.

38.

the
further
is

full

blessing
?

of

Pentecost be

still

increased
still

Can
?

anything
:

that

full

become

fuller

Yes
it

undoubtedly.

It can

become

so full that

always overflows.

This

is

especially the characteristic and law of

the blessing of Pentecost.

The words

of

our blessed Lord Jesus which

have been quoted, point us to a double blessing.
First, Jesus

says that he
:

who

believes in

Him
in

shall never thirst

he shall always have
107

life

himself
his needs.
is

that

is

to

say,

the satisfaction of all
of
:

Then He speaks grander and more glorious

something that

he that belie veth
flow rivers of
It

in

Him, out

of

his heart shall

living water to quench the thirst of others.
is

the distinction betwixt full and overflowing.
vessel

A

may

be

full
it

for others.

When

and yet have nothing over continues full, and yet has must be
in
it is

something

over for others, there

an over-brimming, ever-flowing supply. what our Lord promises to His believing

This

disciples.

At

the

outset, faith

in

Him
never

gives
thirst.

them the
But
faith,

blessing that they shall

as
it

they advance and become stronger in

makes them a fountain
streams flow to others.
only
fills

of

water out of which
Spirit

The

who
us

at first souls

us will overflow out of

to

around
It
is

us.

with the rivers of living water as with

many
water

a fountain on earth.
is

When we

begin to

open them, the stream
is

weak.

The more the
is

used,

and the more deeply the source

opened
flow.

up, the
I

more strongly does the water
like

should

to inquire

how

far

this

principle holds good in the realm of the spiritual

HOW
life

IT

MAY BE INCREASED
what
is

109

and

to discover

necessary to secure

that the

fulness

of

the Spirit
us.

may

constantly

flow more abundantly from

There are several
help us in reaching

simple directions which
this knowledge.

may

Holdfast that which you
See to
blessing
it

have.

that you do not misunderstand the

which

God has

given you.

Be sure
of

that you do not form any

wrong conceptions

what the

full blessing

is.

Do

not imagine that

the animation, and joy, and power of Pentecost

must be
Church
dition,

felt

and seen immediately.
is

No

:

the

at present

in

a dead-and-alive

con

and the restoration often comes slowly.
indeed, one receives the full blessing
:

At

first,

only as a seed

the full

life is

wrapt up

in a little

invisible capsule.
for it
it
;

The quickened

soul has longed

;

he has surrendered himself unreservedly for

he has believed in silence that God has accepted

his consecration

and

fulfilled

His promise.

In

that faith he goes on his way, silent and happy,

saying to himself
of

"

:

the Spirit

is

for

The blessing of the fulness But the actual exme."

110

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
come
as he

periences of the blessing did not
anticipated
;

had

or they did come, but lasted only

for a short time.
to

fear

that his

was that he began surrender was not a reality

The

result

;

that he had been rejoicing in what was only a
transient emotion
;

and that

the real

blessing

was something greater and more powerful than he had yet received. The result is that very speedily
the blessing becomes less instead of larger, and

he moves farther back rather than forward through
discouragement
ment.

on account

of

his

disappoint

The cause
faith.

of

this condition

is

simply lack of

We
in us

are bent on judging

God and His

work
that

by sight and
is

feeling.

We
of

forget
faith.

the whole process
in
its

the work
in

Even

highest

revelations

Christians

that have

made
is

the greatest progress, faith rests
to be seen of the
of
it,

not on what

work

of

God

or

on the experiences
as

but on the work of

God who

spiritual, invisible,

deeply hidden, and incon

ceivable.

To you,

therefore,

my

brother,

desirest in this time of discouragement to return
to

the true
is

life

according to the promise,
if

my

counsel

not to be greatly surprised

it

comes

HOW
to

IT

MAY BE INCREASED
if it

111

you slowly or
If

appears to be involved in

darkness.
yourself to

you know that you have given God with a perfect heart, and if
really

you know that God,
heart, waits
to
fulfil

and with His whole

His promise in you with
rest

divine power, then
face

in

silence

before His

and hold

fast

your integrity.

Although the
in

cold of

winter appears to bury everything
"

death,

say with the prophet Habakkuk

:

Though

the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit

be in the vines, yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in
this,

the

God

of

my

salvation."

1

Do
will

and you
you.
If

shall

know God, and God

know

yourself

before

you are sure that you have set God as an empty, separated,

purified vessel, to

become

full of

His
so

Spirit,

then

continue

still

to

regard yourself
If

and keep

silence before

Him.

you have believed that
fill

God has
vessel

received you to
purified

you as a purified
Christ and by

through

Jesus

your entire surrender to
attitude day
it
"

Him

then abide in this

by day, and you may reckon upon that the blessing will grow and begin to flow.
that believeth shall not be
iii.

He
1

ashamed."

2

Hab.

17.

2

Isa. xxviii.

16

;

1

Pet.

ii.

(J.

112

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

II
Persevere in the entire denial of yourself
the sacrifice of everything.
If

and

I

wish to have a reservoir

of water, the
it,

greater the excavation I

make
it,

for

the wider
is

the space I occupy with

the greater

the

quantity of
is

water I can

collect,
it

and the stronger

the stream that flows from

when the

sluices

are opened.

In your surrender for sanctification,
Spirit,

or for the full blessing of the
said in truth
to sacrifice

you have

and uprightness that you are prepared
all in

and forsake

order to win this
;

pearl of the
secration

kingdom

of

heaven
to God.
full

and

this

con

was acceptable

But you have
import of the
still

not yet fully understood the

words you have used.
to
self

The Lord has
the

much
how
it
is,

teach you
is,

concerning what

individual

how deeply

rooted in your

nature,

utterly corrupt as well as deeply hidden
as the secret source of

and

do.

Be

willing to

many make room

things you both say
for the Spirit

by a constant, daily, and entire denial of the self -life, and you may be sure that He will
always be willing to come and
fill

the

empty

HOW
place.

IT

MAY BE INCREASED

113

You have

forsaken and sacrificed every

thing so far as you

know

;

but keep your mind

open

to the

teaching of the Spirit, and

He

will

lead you farther on, and let you see that only

when the
example

entire

sacrifice of

everything after the
to be the rule in

of Christ

comes again

His Church, shall the

full blessing

again break

forth like an overflowing stream.
It
is

surprising

how sometimes

a very

little

thing
of

may

hinder the continuance in the increase
It

the

blessing.

may, for
friends,

example, be
in
to

a

little

variance betwixt

which they
forgive

show that they are not willing

and

to forbear at once according to the

law

of Christ.
to
is
it

Or

it

may

be

some

unobserved

yielding

undue sensitiveness

or to the ambition

which

not prepared to take the lowest place.

Or

may
as

be the possession or use of earthly property

if it

were our own.

Or

it

may

be some pro

viding for the flesh in the enjoyment of eating

and drinking

without

the

self-denial

which

Christ always expects at our hands

every day.

Or

it

may

be in
in

connection with things that

are lawful and

themselves innocent, which,
us in our profession of

however, do not
8

befit

114

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
For here,
like

being led by the Spirit of God.
the Lord Jesus in His poverty,

we

are bound to
is

show that the heavenly portion we possess
itself
it

sufficient

to

satisfy

all

our desires.

Or

may

be in connection with doubtful things,
to the lust of

in

which we give way too easily
flesh.

the

Christian

brother,

do

you

really

desire

to

enjoy the full measure of the blessing of the
Spirit
?

Then, before

temptation comes, train

yourself to understand the fundamental law of

the imitation of Jesus and of full

discipleship

namely, Forsake

all.

Suffer yourself also to

be strengthened and drawn into the observance
of it

by the sure promise
life."

of

the

"

hundredfold
be
given

in

this

A

full

blessing

will

you,
over.

a measure

shaken

together

and running

Ill
\

Regard yourself as
happy.

living only to

make

others

God

is

Love.

His whole being

is

nothing
be the
creature

but a surrender of Himself in love
life

to

of

the

creature,

to

make

the

HOW
participate
in

IT

MAY BE INCREASED
His
holiness
all

115

and

blessedness.

He
as

blesses
is

and serves
that

that lives.
all

His glory
has at the

God

He
is

puts

that

He
God s

disposal of His creatures.

Jesus Christ

the

Son

of

love,

the

Bearer, the Bringer, the Dispenser of the love.

What
was

God

is

as

invisible

in

heaven,

He

as visible

on earth.

He

came,

He

lived,

He

suffered
is,

and died only
to
let
it
is,

to glorify the

Father

that

be seen

how

glorious the
in the
to
it

Father in His love

and

to

show that
purpose
;

Godhead there
bless

is

no

other

than

men and make them happy
is

to

make

manifest that the highest honour and blessed
ness of any being
to give

and

to sacrifice.

The Holy Spirit came as the Spirit of the Father and the Son to make us partakers of
this

divine nature, to shed abroad the love of
in our

God
an

hearts, to

secure the indwelling of
in

the Son and

His love
Christ

our hearts to
verily be
"

such

extent that
us,

may

formed

within
shall

and that our whole

inner

man

"

bear the impress of
likeness.

His disposition and

His

Hence,

when any

soul

seeks

and

receives

116

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

the fulness of the Spirit, and desires to have
it

increased,

is

it

not

perfectly

evident that

he can enjoy
he
is

this

blessing

only according as
life

prepared to give himself to a
of

in

the

service

love
self

?

The
and

Spirit

comes

to

expel

the
of

life

of

self-seeking.

The fulness
willingness
of

the

Spirit

presupposes
to

a

to

consecrate ourselves

the
of

blessing

others
in

and as

the

servants

all,

and

that

a

constantly increasing and

unreserved measure.
life

The
If

Spirit
will

is

the outflowing of the

of

God.
will

we

but yield ourselves to Him,
of

He

become

rivers

living

water,

flowing

from

the depths of our heart.
Christian
brother,
if

you
to

will

have
a

the

blessing increased, begin
is

live as

man who
that

left

here on earth only in

order
you.

the
all

love

of

God may work by
of

Love
is

around you with the love

God which

in

Love the children of you through the Spirit. God cordially, even the weakest and most
perverse.

Exercise

every possible way.

and exhibit your Love the unsaved.

love

in

Present

yourself to the Spirit to love
love constrain you to

Him.

Then

will

speak, to work, to give,

HOW
and
to

IT
If

MAY BE INCREASED
there
is

117

pray.
if

no

open

door

for

working, or
it,

the door of

you have not the strength for prayer is always open, and power

can be obtained at the mercy -seat.
the whole world
is

Embrace
Christ,

in your

love

;

for

who

in

your heart, belongs also
is

to

the heathen.

The

Spirit

the power of Christ for redeeming

them.
live

Like

God and Jesus and

the

Spirit,

wholly to bless others.

Then the

blessing

shall stream forth

and become overflowing.

IV
Let Jesus Christ for your faith
~be

everything.
"

You know what

the Scripture says

:

It

was

the good pleasure of the Father that IN

HIM

should

all

the fulness dwell, that in
"

all

things
:

HE
"

might have the pre-eminence

All the promises of

and again God are IN HIM Yea and
;

l

IN

HIM Amen,
the

to

the

glory of
of
"

God by
of

2
us."

When
water,"

Lord spoke

rivers

living

He
:

connected the promise with faith
"

in
of

Himself
his

He

that
flow
"

believeth
rivers."
"

in
If

ME, out

heart

shall

understood that word
1

believeth
2

we only rightly, we
i.

Col.

i.

19.

2 Cor.

20.

118

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

should require no other answer than this to the
question as
creased.
to

how

the

blessing

may

be in

Faith

is

primarily a
is

seeing

by the

Spirit

that Jesus

nothing but a flowing fountain

of the divine love,

and that the

Spirit

Himself

always flows
life

from

Him
it

as

the

Bearer of the

that this love brings and that always streams

forth in love.

Then

is

an embracing

of

the
it

promise, an appropriation of the blessing as
is

provided in Christ, a resting in the certainty
it,

of

and a thanking

of

God
is

for

what He

is

yet

to

do.

Thereafter, faith

a keeping open of

the soul, so that Christ can come in with the
blessing

and

take
faith

possession

and
most

fill

all.

Accordingly,

becomes

the

fervent
in

and unbroken communion betwixt the soul
which
Himself,
of the

Christ

obtains

His
silent,

place

and

Christ
blessing

who by
is

the

effectual

Spirit

enthroned in the heart.

Christian brother, pray, learn the lesson that,
if

you

believe,

you

shall

see

the glory of God.

Let every doubt, every weakness, every tempta
tion find

you

trusting, rejoicing in

Jesus,
all

and
in

reckoning

upon

Hirn

always

to

work

HOW
you.

IT

MAY BE INCREASED
that
there
are

119

You know
a

two ways and

in

which
against
off

believer

can
is

encounter

strive
it

sin.

One

to

endeavour to ward

with

all

his might, seeking his strength in
in

the

Word and
we
to

prayer.

In this form
of

of the

conflict

use the

power
the

the

will.

The
of

other

is

turn at
to

very moment
Jesus
in
:

the

temptation
exercise
of

the

Lord

the
"

silent

faith

and

say to
art
"

Him
is

Lord,
1

I

have no strength.
is

THOU
faith.

my Keeper."
This

This

the method of

the victory
2
faith."

that overcometh

the world, even your
"

Yes

:

this
it

is is

indeed
the
"

the

one thing
in

needful,"

because

only

way

which Jesus,
Needful,"

who

The One Thing maintain the work of His Spirit
is

in Himself

can
is

in

us.

It

by the exercise of faith without ceasing that the
blessing will flow without ceasing.

Christ must be all to us every
is of

moment.
life

It

no avail to
that
life

me
is

that I have

on earth

unless

renewed every moment by

my

inbreathing of fresh air.

Even

so

must God

actually renew, and uphold, and strengthen the
divine
1

life

in

me

every moment.
2

He
1

does this
v. 4.

Ps. cxxi. 5.

John

120
for

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
me
in

my

union with
of

Christ.
life

Christ
of

is

simply

the fulness
of

God, the
for

God,

the love

God prepared
itself

us

and com
is

municating

to

us.

The
life

Spirit

simply

the fulness of Christ, the

of

Christ, the self-

communicating love

of

Christ, surrounding

us

as the air surrounds the body.
let

us believe that us in

we

are in Christ,

who

surrounds
to

His heavenly power, longing
of

make
!

the rivers

His Spirit flow forth by
filled

us

Let us endeavour to obtain a heart
assurance
that

with the joyful

the Almighty

Lord

will fulfil

His word with power, and that
is

our only choice

to see

Him,

to rejoice in

Him,

and

sacrifice all for
"

Him.

Then

shall

His word

become true
of

:

He

that believeth in
of

Me, out
water."

his heart

shall flow rivers

living

Amen.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
IX
it

comes

to

its

full

i&amfstation

"I

bow my knees unto the Father 1. That He would grant you
man;
2.

"

that ye

may

be strength-

ened with power through His Spirit in the inward

That Christ may dwell in your hearts through
faith
;

3.

That

ye,

strong to

being rooted and grounded in love, may be know the love of Christ which passeth
;

4.

knowledge That ye may be filled unto God. EPH. iii. 14-19.

all

the fulness of

TT7E

have remarked several times that every
blessing which

God

gives

is

like a seed

with the power of an indissoluble
it.

life

hidden in
filled

Let no one therefore imagine that to be
is
121

with the Spirit

a condition of perfectness which

122

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
more
to be desired.
It

leaves nothing

In no sense

can this be true.

was

after the

Lord Jesus

was
had

filled

with the
to

Spirit at

His baptism
further

He

to go forth

be

still

perfected

by temptations and the learning of obedience. When the disciples were filled with the Spirit
on the day of Pentecost, this

equipment with
to

power from on high was given

them that they
sin in their

might carry out the victory over
lives

own

and

all

around them.

The

Spirit is the
it.

Spirit of truth,

and

He must

guide us into

It

will only

be by slow degrees that
of

He

will

lead us into the eternal purpose

God, into the

knowledge

of Christ, into true

holiness, into full
of the

fellowship with God.
is

The fulness

Spirit

simply the full preparation for living and

work

ing as a child of God.

When we
of view,

consider the matter from this point
see at a glance
is for

we
it

how

entirely indis
to

pensable

every child of

God

aim at

obtaining this blessing.
this is

Then we begin
is

to feel that

the very blessing that

to be pressed on

the acceptance of the

weak and

timid.

We

also

understand

why

it is

that Paul offers this prayer
of all

on which we are now to meditate, in behalf

believers

without
as

distinction.

He

did

not

regard

it

a

spiritual distinction or

special

luxury which was intended only

for those

who
the

were

prominent

or

favoured
:

amongst
for
all

children of God.
distinction,
for

No
all

it

was
at

without

who

their

conversion

Holy Spirit, that he was that by the special, prayed. powerful, and ever-deepening work of the Spirit, God would bring them to what was their true
faith received the

had by

And

his request

destiny
of

namely, to be
This

filled

unto

all
is

the fulness

God.

prayer
of

of

Paul

everywhere
repre

regarded as

one

the

most
of

glorious

sentations that the

Word

God

gives of

what

the

life of

a Christian ought to be.
to learn

Let us then
revelation and

endeavour

what the

full

manifestation of this blessing of the Spirit

may

become.
I

That

the

Father would grant you that ye

may be
the
clear
1

strengthened with power through the Spirit.

That
Spirit

these

Christians

had
in
of

received
Christ the
is

when they
a

believed

from

previous
1

statement
i.

Epistle.

Of. chap.

ver. 14.

But he

sees

that

they

do

not

yet
for

know
them,
their

or have all that the

Spirit can

do

and

that

there

is

a

danger

that,

by

ignorance,

they may make no
his knees

further progress.

Hence he bows

and prays without

ceasing in their behalf that the Father would

strengthen them with might by His Spirit in the
inner

man.
is
is

This powerful strengthening with equivalent
to

the

Spirit

being

filled

with

the Spirit,

indeed this
It
is

same blessing under

another aspect.

the indispensable condition

of a healthful, growing,

and

fruitful

life.

Paul prays that the Father would grant this
boon.
of

God.

He asks for a new, definite operation He entreats that God would do this
to the

according

riches of

His

glory.

It is surely

not any
that

trilling

thing, anything very

common,
that
all

he

thus

craves.

He

desires

God
the

would remember and

bring into play

riches of His grace and, in a fashion

commensurate

with the divine glory of His power, do a heavenly

wonder and as the living God strengthen these believers with might by His Spirit in the inner
man.
Christian, learn at this point that your life

HOW
on

IT

COMES TO

ITS

MANIFESTATION
will,
:

125

every day depends on

God s

on God

s

grace,

God s omnipotence.

Yes

every moment

God must work
you by His

in your inner life

and strengthen

Spirit,

otherwise you cannot live as
live.

He would
God

have you

Just as no creature
exist for a

in the natural world can

moment
life,

if

does not

work

in it to sustain its
is

so

the gift of the Holy Spirit

the pledge
in us

that

God Himself moment
to

is

to

work everything

from

moment.

Learn to know your

entire,

your blessed dependence on God, and the claim

which you have on
to begin in

Him
life in

as your

Heavenly Father

you a

the mighty strengthen
it

ing of the Spirit and to maintain
interruption of a single moment.

without the

Paul
in

tells

these believers

what he prays

for

their behalf, in order that they

may know
for
it

what

they have

need

of

and ask
learn

for

themselves.
this petition.

Do you

also

to

offer

up

Expect everything from God alone.

Bow

your knees, and ask and expect from the

Father that

He would

manifest to you
glory.

yes, in

you
that

the

riches of

His

Ask and expect
is

He would

strengthen you with might by

His

Spirit, that Spirit

who

in fact

already in

126

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
but
only
as

you,

an
Let

unknown, hidden,
this

and
one
soul
:

slumbering
desire,
"God

seed.

become
of

the

the
will

strong
fill

confidence

your

me

with

the the

Spirit:
Spirit

God
with
life

will

strengthen

me

through

His
every
this

Almighty
day
be

energy."

Let your whole

permeated

by

this

prayer and

expectation.

II

That Christ
This
is

may

dwell in your hearts ly faith.
fruit

the

glorious

of

the

divine

strengthening with might in the inner
the
Spirit.
is

man by

The great work
to bring forth

of

the Father in

eternity

the Son.

In

Him

alone

is

the

good pleasure

of

God

realised.

The Father can have no fellowship

with the creature except through the Son.
can have no joy in
beholds His Son in
it
it.

except in so far as

He He
us,

Hence
reveal

it

is

His great

work
and
our

in redemption
so to obtain

to

His Son in

an abode for

Him

in

us, that

life

shall be a visible

expression of the life

of Jesus.

That

is

the aim

He

has in view in strengthen-

HOW

IT

COMES TO ITS MANIFESTATION

127

ing us with might by the Spirit in the inner man.
It is that Christ

may dwell

in our hearts
is

by

faith.

This indwelling of Christ in us
that
of

not like
is
:

a

man who
is

abides in a house, but
it.

nevertheless in no sense identified with

No

His indwelling
that
is

a

possession

of

our

hearts

truly divine, quickening

and penetrating

their inmost being with

His

life.

The Father

strengthens

us

inwardly

with

might by His

Spirit, so that

the Spirit animates our will and
the will
of

brings

it,

like

Jesus, into
result
is

entire

sympathy with His own.

The

that our

heart then, like the heart of Jesus, bows before

Him
only

in

humility and surrender

;

our

life

seeks
thrills

His

honour

;

and our whole soul
Jesus.
fit

with desire and love for
renewal makes the heart
place of the Lord.

This

inward

to be

a dwellingis

By

the Spirit
to
life,

He

revealed

within us and
actually
unity,
in

we come
as
us.

know

that

He

is

us

our

in a deep, divine

One with

Brother,
is

God

longs

to see

Jesus in you.

He

prepared to work mightily in you that Christ may dwell in you. The Spirit has come, and the

Father

is

willing to

work mightily by

Him

that

128

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
may
always abide

the living presence of His Son
in you.

Jesus loves you so dearly and longs so

intensely for

you that

He

cannot rest until
heart.

He
the

makes His abode

in your

This
of

is

supreme blessing that the fulness
brings you.

the Spirit

That Christ
It
is

may
that

dwell in your heart by faith.

by

faith

indwelling of

you receive and know the the Spirit and the operation of the

Father by Him.
invisible

which discerns things as clearly as the sun, you receive and

By

faith,

know

the living Jesus in your heart.

As con

stantly as
yea,

He was

with His disciples on earth

more constantly than with them, because more He will be in you and inwardly and more really
will grant
love.

you

to

enjoy His presence

and His

soul,

pray that

the

Father would

strengthen you with might by the Spirit, would

open your heart

for the fulness of the Spirit,
it.

and
at

enable you trustfully to appropriate
last shall

Then

you know what

it

means

to

have Christ

dwelling in your heart by faith.

HOW

IT

COMES TO ITS MANIFESTATION

129

III

That

ye, Toeing rooted

and grounded in

love,

may

be strong to

know

the love of Christ

which passeth

knowledge.

Here
of of

is

the glorious fruit of the indwelling

Christ in the heart.

By

the Spirit the love

God

is

shed abroad in the heart.

By

Christ

who

dwells in the heart the love wherewith

God

loved

Him

comes into us

;

and we learn that
Son, and
of

just as life in God, between Father,
Spirit, is

only infinite love, so the

life

Christ

in us

is

nothing but love.
love.

Thus we become rooted

and grounded in
soil

We

are implanted in the

of
;

love

:

we

strike our roots into heavenly

love

henceforth

we have our being
it.

in

it

and draw

our strength from
in our spiritual

Love

is

the supreme element

life.

The

Spirit in us

and the

Son

in us bring us nothing but the love of God.
is

Love

the

of living

and the chief among the streams water that are to flow from us.
first

It

is

thus

that
is
ill
1

we come

to

discover
of

the
;

truths

that love

the fulfilling

the law
l
;

that love doeth no

to one s neighbour
xiii. 10.

that

Rom.

9

130

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
its

love seeketh not
its life for

own
2

1
;

that love lays

down

the brethren.
;

Our heart becomes ever

larger

and larger

our friends, our enemies, the
the children of the world,

children of

God and

those

that are worthy to be loved and those
lost,

that are hateful, the ransomed and the

the

world as a whole and every individual creature
in
of

particular

are
find,

all

embraced

in

the

love

God.

We

then, our happiness lies in

the

sacrifice

of

our

own
in
of

honour,

our
of
:

own

advantage

and

comfort,

favour
sacrifice

others.
it is

Love takes no
blessedness
to
is

account
love
its
:

its

it

cannot

do

otherwise

;

actual loving

nature and

its life.

We

are

able so to love, because
Spirit
"

the Father with His
;

Son,

works mightily within us because the who loved me and gave Himself for me,"

dwells in us, and He,
filled

who

is

crucified Love, has

the heart completely with Himself.

We
from

are rooted in love, and in accordance with the

nature of the

root in

God

is

the

fruit

God

love.
be strong
:

That ye may

to

know

the

love

which

passeth knowledge
1

that

is,

to

know
2

love not with
iii.

1 Cor. iiii. 5.

1

John

16,

HOW
the

IT

COMES TO
of

ITS

MANIFESTATION
and

131

knowledge

the

understanding

its

thoughts alone, but in the conscious blessedness
of a heart in

which Jesus dwells

;

to

know

love

as something that cannot be

known

or conceived

by the heart of itself
fully, so far

;

to

be strong to

know

it

as

this

is
fill

possible before God, in

order that

He may

you, an earthen vessel,

with His own love to overflowing.
souls,

pray, listen to the

word

"

:

God

is

Love

"

;

and

He

has provided everything to the
love fully.
It
is

end that you

may know

for

this object that the Spirit is in you,

and that the
:

Father will work mightily in you
this

it

is

with

aim that Christ
let

desires to

have your whole

heart.

us begin to pray, as never before,

that the Father would strengthen us with might

by the

Spirit

;

that the Father would grant unto

us to be
strong to

filled

with the Spirit

;

that ye

may

be

know

the love of Christ.

IV
That ye

may be filled
what
the
a

unto
!

all the fulness

of God.

What an
mystery
unto
!

expression

what an impenetrable
blessedness
!

divine
of

Filled
is

all

fulness

God

:

this

the

132

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
is

experience to which the fulness of the Spirit

intended to bring us, and will bring us.
Filled unto all the fulness of

God

:

who

shall
to

ever unfold the meaning of this expression us
of
?

How
it

shall

what

we ever reach any definite idea God has made provision signifies ?
In Christ Jesus we see
perfected by
all

for our enlightenment.

a

man

full of

God, a

man who was
filled

suffering and

obedience,
:

unto

the

fulness of

God

yea, a

man who

in the solitari

and poverty of an ordinary human life, needs and infirmities, has nevertheless with
ness
all its let

us see

on earth

the

life

enjoyed

by the
filled

inhabitants of heaven, as they are

there
will

unto

all

the fulness of God.

The

and the

honour, the love and the service of

God were
Him.

always

visible in

Him.

God was

all to

When God
it

called
it

the world into existence

was in order that

might reveal Him.

In

it

His wisdom and might and goodness were to dwell and be visibly manifested. We say
nature
is

continually that

full

of

God.

God

can be seen in everything by the believing eye.

The Seraphim sing
His
glory.

:

the whole earth
created

is

full

of

When God

man

after

His

HOW
image,

IT
it

COMES TO
was

ITS

MANIFESTATION

133

in order that

He

Himself might

be seen in
as

man, that

man

should simply serve

a reflection of His likeness.

The image

of

a
to

man

never

serves

any other purpose than

represent the man.

As

the image of

God

man was destined simply God in his own life, to
visible.

to receive the glory of

bear

it

and

make
to

it

God was
:

to be all to
full of

him

;

be

all

in

him

he was to be

God.

By

sin this divine

purpose has been frustrated.

Instead of being full of God,
of himself

man became
to such

full

and the world

;

and
it

an extent

has sin blinded us that
bility

appears an impossi
full

ever

to

become

of

God
see

again.

Alas

!

even
in

many
this

Christians

nothing

desirable
this

fulness.

Yet

it

is

back to

blessing
;

that

Jesus came to redeem and

bring us

and

this is the

end for which God
us

is

prepared to work
Spirit.

mightily within
less

by His

This

is

no

the result for which the dwell in our heart, and

Son

of

God

desires

to

which
all

He

will bring to

accomplishment

:

it

is

that

we may be

filled

unto the fulness of

God.

Yes

;

this is the highest

aim

of the Pentecostal

134

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
To attain
to
this,

blessing.

we can count upon
of

the

Spirit
will

make

sure

our

reaching

it.

He
it.

open the way
will

for us

and guide us in

He
"

work

in

us the deep humility of
"

Jesus,

who always
;

said

:

I

can

of

Myself do
"
"

nothing

"I

do

not

My
of

own

will
l

;

The

words I speak, I speak not
this

Myself."

Amidst

self-emptying
will

and
us

sense

of

dependence
the

He
God

work

in

the

assurance and
is

experience that for the soul which
is

nothing,

surely ALL.

By

our
full

faith

He

will

reveal to us Jesus,
life.

who was

of God, as our

He

will cause

us to be rooted in the love
all,

in

which God gives
all.

and we

shall

take

God
:

as

Thus
nothing,
love,

it

will be with us as with Jesus

man
God s

and

God s
power,

honour,

God

s

will,

God s

everything.
"

Yes

;

the issue will be that
all

we

shall be

filled

unto

the fulness of

God."

Christian, I beg of

you by the love
too high an

of

God

not to say that this
for you, or that
it is

is

experience
;

not for you.

No
:

it is

in

truth the will of
alike of

God concerning you His commandment and of His
1

the will
promise.

John

v. 30, vi. 38, xii. 49, xiv. 10.

HOW
He
will
is

IT

COMES TO

ITS

MANIFESTATION
:

135

bent on fulfilling His promise
it

He

Himself
humility

work
faith

out.

To-day, then, in
"

and

take

this

word,

FILLED

UNTO ALL
and the
it

THE FULNESS OF

GOD,"

as the purpose

watchword
do for you.

of

your
It will

life,

and see what
to

will

become
of

you a mighty

lever to raise
is

you out

the self-seeking which

quite content with
It

only being prepared for
enter
into

blessing.

will

urge you to

and

become firmly rooted
gives

in the love of

God which
in

everything to you, and

thereby

the
It

love which gives everything back to
will convince you, that nothing less

Him.

than Christ

Himself dwelling in your heart
love abiding in you, or actually
of

can.

keep such a
the fulness

make
It

God
fix

a reality within you.

will train

you
on

to

your only hope

of all of

this

blessing

the mighty operation
Spirit.

It will also

God Himself by the move you to go down upon
to

your knees and
of

summon
it

your aid the wealth
itself
it

God s

glory, that

may
This

prepare you
to

for this great

wonder.

will continue

do until your heart
"

is

enabled to

utter

the

response

:

Yes

:

FILLED UNTO ALL THE FULNESS
has prepared for
me."

OF

GOD

is

what

my God

136

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
this glorious prospect before
us,

With
and
"

come
:

let

us join with the apostle in the doxology
that
is

Unto Him

able

to

do

exceeding
or
think,

abundantly above

all

that

we ask

according to the power that worketh in us (the

power
for
less

His might), unto Let ever and ever."
of
]

Him
us
the
it

be the glory

desire

nothing
of

than
if

these

riches

of

glory

God.

To-day,

we have never done

before, let us

make
the

a beginning and appropriate to ourselves
blessing
of

full
is

the

Spirit
"

as

the

power
all

which

sure to lead us to be
God."

filled

unto

the fulness of

When God Almighty," He
potence to
fulfil

said

to

Abraham,

"

I

am God

invited

him

to

trust

His omni
Jesus went
it

His promise.

When

down

into the grave

and

its

impotence,

was

in

the faith that
to the

God

s

omnipotence could
It
is

lift

Him
pur
Let
to

throne of His glory.
to

that same
s

Omnipotence that waits

work out God

pose in them that believe in

Him
all

to
is

do

so.

our hearts say,

"

Unto Him THAT

ABLE

do
or

exceeding abundantly above
think, unto

that

we ask

Him

be the
1

glory."

Amen.

Eph.

iii.

20, 21.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

fitllg

it

is

assure*

to

us

fog

ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children : how much more shall your Heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?" LUKE xi. 13.
"If

"ITT

HEN

Jairus

came

to

the

Lord Jesus

to

entreat His help for his dying daughter,

and he learned by the way the sorrowful tidings
that

she

had already
:

died, Jesus
l

said

"

:

Be

not afraid
a
trial

only

believe."

Face

to

face with

in

which

man was

utterly helpless, the

upon him to put his trust in Himself. There was but one thing that suited his case or could help him only believe."
Lord
called
"

:

Many

a

thousand
1

times
Luke
viii.

has
50.

that word

been

137

138

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
of

the strength
as

God s

children,
all

where

so
lost

far

man was
whilst

concerned
to

hope was

and
here
for

success
also,

appeared

be

impossible.

So
search

we
the
of

are on our
full

way
In

to

and

know

Pentecostal

blessing,

we
the

have need

this

word.

view

of

inconceivable preciousness of
of the divine

the blessing, and
it

element in

it,

will
of

indeed

be
that

only the wonder-working

power

God
a

can

make
us.

this

exceeding

grace

reality

within
here

Let us only be silent before

God

;

also
to

we
us
:

shall
"

hear

the

voice

of

Jesus
:

saying

Be not
you."

afraid,

only

believe

God
It

will
is

do

it

for

nothing
this

less

than

this

that

is

the

aim

of

word

of

our Lord concerning the

divine assurance that,

much more

readily than

an earthly father will give his children bread,
will

God

give the

Holy

Spirit to
it
if

them that ask

Him.

We

should regard
of
;

as quite unnatural

on the part
child bread

a father

he did not give his
then, shall

how much more,
Holy

not

God

give the

Spirit, yea, all

the promised

fulness of the Spirit, to those

that

ask

Him.

In the midst of

all

our thinking and speaking,

all

our

praying

and hoping, the fundamental
life

element in our spiritual

must be the firm

confidence that the Father will give His child

His
in

full

heritage.

God

is

spirit

:

He

desires

His eternal love to obtain
;

full

possession of

us

but

He

can do this in

no

other

manner
surely as
fill

than by giving us

His

Spirit.

As

He

is

God, will He,
Spirit.

child of God,

thee

with His Holy

Without that

faith

you

will never succeed in

your

quest of this blessing.

That

faith will give

you the victory over every
"

difficulty.
believe."

Therefore,

be

not

afraid
"

:

only
I

Hear the
if

voice of

Jesus

:

Said

not unto thee that
see the glory of

thou believest thou shalt
"

God

?

Let us listen to these three great lessons.

I

Although you

cannot

comprehend

or

explain

everything by the mere power of your understand
"

ing, still

:

only

believe."

There are many preliminary questions which
arise

at once in

connection with

this

subject,

and which tempt us to resolve that we shall first take in and understand everything about

140

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
we expect
the blessing.

it

before

Two

of these

questions I shall venture to mention now.

The

first is

:

whence must

this blessing
?
"

come,

from WITHIN or from ABOVE

Some
it

earnest

Christians will say at once that

must come
descended

from

WITHIN."

The

Holy
day

Spirit
of

upon the earth on the
was given
the
to
of

Pentecost

and

the

Christian

community.

At

moment

conversion

He

comes into our
longer
to pray

heart.

We

have therefore no
be given to us
:

that
to

He may

we have simply

recognise and use what we already have.
if

It is not as

we had

to

seek to have more
in

of

the

Spirit

:

we have Him
it
is.

the

fulness

of the gift

as

It

is

rather
of
us.

the

Holy

Spirit

who must have more
from WITHIN
the
;

As we

yield ourselves entirely to
fill

Him He
that
of

will entirely

us.

It is
:

the blessing

must come
already

fountain

living

water
to

is

there

the

fountain

has

only

be
of
It

opened
the

and every obstruction cleared out way and the water shall stream forth.

must spring from WITHIN.

On
"

the other hand, there are not a few that

say,

No

;

it

must come from

ABOVE."

When,

HOW FULLY IT IS ASSUEED
on
the
arrival
of

TO US BY GOD
of

141

the day
Spirit,

Pentecost,
did

the
give
ful

Father bestowed the

He

not

Him away
ness
of

beyond His own
Spirit
still

control.

The

the

remains in God.
Himself, to

God
work

bestows nothing apart from

without

or

independently

of

His
the

will.

He
and
the
of

Himself
every
Spirit s

works only

through

Spirit,

new and
power
the

greater

manifestation
directly

comes
of

from
the

ABOVE.
Spirit

day Long came down again from heaven
Csesarea.

after

Pentecost

at Samaria in

and
still
;

In His fulness

He

is

heaven

and

it

is

from God

in

heaven that the fulness
waited
do
for.

of the Spirit is to be ever

Brother

Christian, pray,
of

not

linger

till

by reasonings which of these representations

your own you have
is

decided

the right one.

God can
flood

bless
all

men

in

both ways.

When

the

came

the fountains of the abyss were

broken

up and the sluices of heaven were It came simultaneously from beneath opened. and from above. God is prepared to bless men
in both of these

methods.

He

desires to teach

us to

know and honour
us.

the Spirit
fain
also

who

is

already
us
to

within

He would

bring

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THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

wait upon Himself in a spirit of utter depend
ence,

and

to

beseech

Him

that

He

as

our

Father would give us our daily bread, the new,
the fuller influx of His Spirit.
I entreat

you

not to suffer yourself to be held back by such
a

question

as

this.

God

understands

your
have.

petition.

He knows what you would
God
is

Believe that

prepared to

fill

you with

His

Spirit

;

let that faith

look up to

Him

with

unceasing prayer and confidence.
the blessing.

He

will give

The other question is Does this blessing come gradually or at once ? Will it manifest
:

itself

in

the

shape
grace

of of

a

silent,

unobserved
or
as

increase of

the

the

Spirit
of

a
?

momentary, immediate outpouring
It

His power

must

suffice

for

me
sent

to

say here again that
blessing
still.

God has

already

this

in

both

modes, and will continue to do so

What
must
life

must take place
be a definite

at once
to

is

this

:

there

resolve

place
control

the whole
of

unreservedly under the

the Spirit,

and a conviction
this surrender.
is

of faith that

God has accepted
cases this
to
this,

In the
It

majority of
at last

done at once.

must

come

HOW FULLY IT IS ASSURED TO US BY GOD
perhaps
after

143

a

long
soul

course
shall

of

seeking
itself

and
to

praying, that the

present

God
act,

for this blessing in

one

definite, irrevocable

and

shall believe that the offering is then

sanctified
forth,

and accepted upon the
experience

altar.

Thence

whether the

of

the blessing

comes at once and

with power, or

comes quietly

and gradually, the soul must maintain its act of self -dedication and simply look to God to do
His own work.

Thus

in dealing with all such questions the
"

chief concern
in the

is-

this

"

:

only believe

and

rest

FAITHFULNESS OF
:

GOD.

Hold
us a

fast this

one
that

principle

God has given
fill

promise
It
is

He

will to

us with

His

Spirit.

His work
fact.

make His promise an accomplished Thank God for the promise even as you

would thank
the promise
to you.

Him

for the fulfilment of

it.

In

God has

already pledged Himself

Rejoice in

Him

and

in

His faithfulness.

Be not held back by any
Set

questions whatever.

your

heart

on

what
the

God

will

do,

on

Himself

from

whom

blessing

must come.

The

result will be certain

and

glorious.

144

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

II

Although you

receive but little help
"

from

others,

or even encounter opposition,
It
is

still

:

only

believe"

one of the saddest tokens of

the

un-

spiritual condition of the

are content with things just

Church that so many as they are, and
of

have no desire to know more
for

this seeking

the

reality of

the

Spirit s

power.

They
the

point to the present purity of doctrine, to the
prevailing

earnestness

of

preaching,

to

generous gifts
tenance of
of

which are

made

for

the main

religious

works and the enterprises
the
of

philanthropy,

to

interest

which

is

manifested in the
missions,
to

cause

education

and

of

and they say that we ought rather

give

God
us.

thanks for

around

Such

the good we see would condemn the people

language of Laodicea, and would refuse to say
that

they

were rich
of

and increased
1

in

goods

and had need

nothing,
spirit

some

traces

of

this

and yet there are in what they say.
"

They do not consider the injunction to be
with
the
Spirit."
1

filled

They have
Rev.
iii.

forgotten

the

17.

HOW FULLY
command
"

IT IS

ASSURED TO US BY GOD
Spirit

145

to

prophesy to the
the four
winds,

Come from

and say Breath, and

:

breathe upon the

slain, that

they

may

l
live."

When
do
not

you speak

of

these

things

you

will

receive little encouragement from them.

They They
their

understand
indeed
in

what you

mean.
but
fact

believe

the

Holy

Spirit,

eyes have not

been opened

to

the

that
is

more

of the

Spirit, the

fulness of the Spirit,

the one thing needful for the Church.

There

are

others

who

will

agree with

you

when you speak

of this need,

and yet

will really

give you even less encouragement.

They have

often both thought and prayed over the matter,

but no benefit has accrued from the

effort

:

they

have made no real progress.
to the

Church

of earlier

They bid you look times, and say that it
than
it

was never much

otherwise

is

now.

What you
your

say of the poverty and weakness of
its

the Church in

relations to the world

is

true

:

representation of
:

the

promise of God

is

glorious

all

that you expect from the mighty

working
desirable

of
;

the Spirit
it is
1

it

is

the highest degree

but

not to be obtained.
9.

These

Ezck. xxxvii.

10

146

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

people belong to the generation of the ten spies

who were
glorious,

sent to spy out

Canaan
in
to
of

:

the land
is

is

but

the
are

strong

:

we

too

enemy weak

possession

too

overcome

them.
to

Lack

of

consecration

and
for

willingness
blessing
is

surrender

everything

this

the

root of the unbelief,

and has made them incapable
Caleb

of exercising the courage of
"

when he
it
;

said

:

Lot us go up at once, and possess
1
it."

for

we

are well able to overcome

My
Spirit,

brother,

if

you would be

filled

with the

do not suffer yourself to be held back by
"

such reasonings.
yourself

"

Only believe

and strengthen
God.
:

in the omnipotence of

Do
is

not

say

:

is

God

able

?

Say rather
to raise

God

ABLE.

The God who was able
dead
is is

Christ from the
of

still

mighty in the midst

His people,
with power
to

and

able to reveal His divine

life

in your heart.
to

Hear His voice saying
"

you as

Abraham

:

I

am God Almighty
2
perfect."

:

walk thou

before

My face

and be

Set your heart
said that

without distraction on

what God has

He
is

will do,

and then on the Omnipotence which

prepared to bring the promise to accomplish1

Num.

xiii. 30.

2

Gen.

xvii. 1.

HOW FULLY
ment.

IT IS

ASSURED TO US BY GOD
Father that

147

Pray

to the

He would
to

grant

unto you to be strengthened with might by His
Spirit.

Adore

Him who Him
God

is

able
all

do for us

exceeding abundantly above
think, and give

that

we ask and

the glory.
fill

Let faith in the

Omnipotence

of

your soul and you will
difficult,
it
"

be full of the assurance that, however

however improbable, however impossible
seem,

may
Only

God can

fill

us with His Spirit.

believe."

Ill

Although
unfit for
"

everything

in

you appears entirely
it,

this

Messing and unworthy of

still

:

only

believe."

When
filled

one

prays for this blessing of
Spirit, the
s

being

with the

thought will spring up
life

unbidden, of what one
already been.

as a Christian has

The

believer

thinks

of

all

the

workings

of divine grace in his heart,

and

of the
all

incessant strivings of the Spirit.
his efforts

He

thinks of

entire surrender

and prayers, of his past attempts at and the appropriation of faith.
is

He

then looks upon what he
his unfaithfulness

at the

moment,

upon

and

sin

and helplessness,

148

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
dispirited.
little

and he becomes

In the lapse
been

of

so

many
ness.

years

so

progress has

made.

The past

testifies

only of failure and unfaithful
it
?

What

avails

to
If

think that the future
all

will

be any better

his

praying

and

believing of earlier days have been of so little
avail,

why

should he
is

now

dare to hope that
?

everything

to

be transformed at once
life of
it

He
the

presents to himself the

a

man
and

full of

Holy
life

Spirit,

and alongside

he sets his
it,

own

as he has learned to

know

it

becomes

impossible for

him

to

imagine that he shall ever
full of

be able to live as a

man

the Spirit.

For
no

such a task he
courage to

is

once for

all unfit,

and

feels

make

the attempt.
as these throng

Christian,
in

when such thoughts
is
"

upon you there and that is only
:

but one counsel to follow,
Cast yourself into
gives His children
readily

believe."

the arms of your Father

who

the

Holy

Spirit

much more
bread.

than an

earthly father

gives

Only

believe,

and
self-

count upon THE LOVE OF GOD.
dedication
integrity
is

All your

and

surrender,

all

your faith and
to

not a
or

work by which you have

move God

make Him

willing to bless you.

HOW FULLY
Far from
it.

IT IS

ASSURED TO US BY GOD
God
that

149

It is

desires to bless

you, and that will Himself
you.

God

loves

you as

work everything in a father and sees that,
and happi
of

to be able

to live
child,

in perfect health

ness

as
this

His

you have need
to

nothing
Spirit.

but

one thing

be

full

of

His

Jesus has by His blood opened up the
full

way

to the

enjoyment

of this love.

You must

learn to

enter into this love, to abide in this love, and

by faith to acknowledge that it shines upon you and surrounds you, even as the light of the
sun illumines and animates your body.
to trust this love.
I

Begin
willing
fill

do not say in

its

ness

:

no

in its unspeakable longing to
itself.

you

entirely with

It

is

your Father, whose

love waits to

make you
it

full of

His

Spirit.

He
?

Himself will do

for you.

And what
Simply
this,

does

He

crave

at

your

hands

that you yield yourself to

Him

in

utter unworthiness, nothingness,
to let
to

and impotence,

Him

do this work in you.
of
all

He

is

prepared
work.

take

charge

the

preparatory

You may
Spirit.

be sure that

He

will help

you by His
with

He

will

strengthen

you

might

in

the

inner man, silently and

hiddenly, yet

150

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
less surely, to

none the

abandon everything that

has to be given up and to receive this treasure.

He
He

will help

to rest in
will

you in the faith of appropriation His word and to wait for Him and
;

hold

Himself

responsible

for

all

the

future.

He

will

make

provision that you shall

be able to walk in the fulness of this blessing.

You have perhaps
idea of

already formed a very high
is

what a man must be that

filled

with

the Spirit of God, and you see no chance of your

being able to live in such a fashion.

Or

it

may

be that
idea of

you have not been able to form any it whatever, and are on that account
which
all
is

afraid to strive for a life
to you.

so

unknown

Christian,

abandon
is

such thoughts.

The

Spirit alone,

when He

once in you, will
life is, for

Himself teach you what that

He
of

will

work
the

it

in you.

God
of

will take

upon Himself
full

responsibility

making you

the

Spirit,

not as a treasure which you must carry
as a

and keep, but
keep you.

power which
Soul,

is
"

to

carry and
"

Therefore,

only believe

:

count upon THE LOVE OF YOUE FATHER.

In His promise
of the Spirit the

of

the blessing and the power
to

Lord Jesus always pointed

HOW FULLY IT IS ASSURED
God
the
of

TO US BY GOD
"

151

the Father.
1

He

called

it

the promise of

Father."

He
is

directed us to the faithfulness
2

God

"

:

He

faithful that

promised."
:

He

directed us to the
as

power
on

of

God
to

the Spirit was,

power from
3

high,

come from God

Himself.
it is

He

directed us to the love of

God

:

as a Father that children.

God

is

to give this

boon
this

to

His

Let

every

thought

of

blessing

God.

and every desire for it only lead us to Here is something that HE must do, that
give, that

He must
God

HE,

HE

ALONE, must work.

Let us in silent adoration set our heart upon
:

He

will

do something for

us.

Let

us

joyfully trust in
all

Him

:

He

is

able to do above
will,

praying and thinking.

His love
us
a
full

so

willingly,

bestow
"

upon
"

blessing.

Therefore,
full

only believe
Spirit.

:

God
say

will

make me
:

of

the

And
Be
it

humbly
do
to

Behold

the servant of the Lord.
is

Let

Him

me what
to

good in His
"

sight.

unto

me

according

Thy word*

Faithful
IT."

is

He

that calleth you,

WHO

ALSO WILL DO
1

Luke
Acts

xxiv. 49.
i.

2

IL;b. x. 23.

3

8.

4

Luke

i.

38.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
XI
it

is to

fae

founti fog all

"

And
:

I will

sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall
all

be clean

from

your

filthiness,

and from

all

your

idols,

will I cleanse you.

And

I will

put

My

Spirit within you,

and

cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep judgments, and do them." EZEK. xxxvi. 25, 27.

My

nHHE

full

Pentecostal

blessing

is

for all the

children of God.

As many

as are led

by
1

the Spirit of God, they are the children of God.

God

does not give a half portion to any one of

His children.
art

To every one He says ever with Me, and all that I have
:

"

Son, thou
thine"

is

2

Christ
1

is

not

divided

;

he that receives
"

Him

Rom.

viii. 14.

Luke

xv. 31.

152

HOW
receives
is

IT IS

TO BE FOUND BY ALL
His
fulness.
is

153

Him

in all

Every Christian

destined by God, and

actually called, to be

filled

with the

Spirit.

In the preceding chapters I have had in view
especially

those

who
these

are

to

some extent ac
and
:

quainted

with

things,

have

been

already in search of the

truth

such as have

been

already led

after

conversion to
of sin,

make

a

more complete renunciation

and

to yield

themselves wholly to the Lord.
conceivable that amongst
those

But

it is

quite
this

who read

book there
but
little of

may

be Christians

who have heard

the full Pentecostal blessing, and in
to obtain a

whose hearts the desire has arisen
share
in
it.

There

is,

however, so

much

that

they do not as yet understand, that they are
willing indeed to have pointed out to

them

in

the simplest possible fashion, where they are to
begin,

and what they have

to

do, in

order to

succeed in their desire.

acknowledge
that
it

that

their

life
if

They are prepared to is full of sin, and
they would have to

seems to them as

strive long
full of

and earnestly, ere they can become
I should like

the Spirit.

much

to inspire

them with

fresh courage

and

to direct

them

to

154

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
God who
has said
l
time."
"

the
it

:

I the

Lord

will

hasten

in its

I

should like to take them and

guide them to the place where

God

will bless

them, and to point to them out of His

Word

what the
in

disposition

and the attitude must be
this blessing.

which they can receive
I

First of
confession

all,

there

must

be

a new discovery and

and

casting

away

of sin.

In the message
"

of Ezeldel,

God
"

first

promised

:

I will cleanse

you,"

and then

:

I will

put

My

Spirit within

you."

A
to

vessel into

which any

thing
first

precious

is

be poured
if

must always
is

be cleansed.
full

So,

the Lord

a

new and

blessing, a

new

you must cleansing
it is

to give

also take place.

In your conversion,

true,

there was a confession and putting

away

of sin.

Yet

this

separation

was

but
still

superficial

and

external.

The
:

soul

was

half enveloped in
its

darkness

it

thought more of

heinous sins

and the punishment they might
conversion
sin,
it

entail.

After

did indeed endeavour to overcome
effort
1

but the

did not succeed.
22 (R.V.).

It did not

Isa. Ix.

HOW
know
in

IT IS

TO BE FOUND BY ALL
desires

155

what holiness the Lord
:

His

people to live

it

did not
it

the Lord would have

know how pure and holy be and would make it be.

must come through new The old leaven confession and discovery of sin.
This
cleansing

new

cannot be purged away unless
for

it

be

first

searched

and found.

Do
Sit

not say that you already
that your Christian
in
silent
life

know
is

sufficiently well
of
sin.

full

down

meditation

and with the express purpose
sort

of seeing of

what

your

life

as

a Christian has been.
worldliness,
it.

How

much

pride,

self-seeking,

self-will,

and impurity has been in
receive
possible.

Can such a heart
?

the fulness

of

the Spirit

It

is

im

Look

into your

home

life.

In your

intercourse with wife and children, servants and
friends,

do not hastiness of temper, anxiety about

yourself, bitterness, idle or harsh or

unbecoming
?

words

testify

how

little

you have been cleansed

Look

into the current life of the Church.
religion
is

How

much

there that

is

merely intellectual,

or formal, or pleasing to

men, without that real
real

humiliation

of

spirit,

that

desire

for

the

living God, that

real love for Jesus, that real

subjection to the word, which constitute worship

156

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
and
in truth.

in spirit

Look into your general

course of conduct.

Consider whether the people

amongst

whom you

mingle can testify that they

have observed, by your honourable spirit and from worldlydisinterestedness and freedom
mindedness, that you
are

one who

has

been

cleansed from sin by God.
in the light of

Contemplate

all this

has offered to

what God expects from you and work in you, and take your place

as a guilty, helpless soul that

must be cleansed

before

God can bestow
the

the full blessing upon you.
discovery follows
casting out of

On

back

of

this

the
is

actual putting

away and
is

what

impure.

This
to do.

something that you are simply
these sins,

bound

You must come with

and especially with those that are most strictly your own besetting sins, and acknowledge them
before

God

in

confession,
of

and there and then

make

renunciation

them.

You must
life
is

be
a

brought to the conviction that your
guilty

and shameful

life.

You

are not at liberty

to take comfort

from the consideration that you

are so weak, or that the majority of Christians
live

no higher

life.

It

must become a matter
life
is

of earnest resolve

with you that your

to

HOW
that

IT IS

TO BE FOUND BY ALL
The

157

undergo a complete transformation.
still

sins

cleave to you are to be cast off and

done away with.

Perhaps you

may

say in reply that you find

yourself unable to do

away with them

or cast

them

off.

I tell you that you are quite able to

do this
sins

;

and

in

this
If

way.

You can

give these

up

to God.

there should happen to be

anything in

my

house that I wish to have taken

away, and that I myself
call for
it

am
it

unable to carry, I
for me,
"

men who
"

shall do

and I give
:

over into their hands, saying

:

Look here

take that

away

;

and they do

it.

So I

am

able
of

to say that I

have put away this thing out

my
God

house.

In like manner you can give up to

those sins of yours, against which you feel

yourself utterly impotent.

You can

give

them
and

up

to

Him
all

to be dealt with as

He
is

desires

He

will fulfil

His promise
filthiness."

"

:

I will cleanse

you

from

your

There

nothing so

needful as that there should be a very definite

understanding between you and the Lord, that

you on your part really confess your
bid
it

sin

and
and

everlasting farewell and give

it

up,

that you wait on

Him

until

He

assures you that

158

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
has taken
life,
it,

He
and

or rather has taken your heart

into His

own hands

to

give

you a

complete victory.
II

In

this

way you come
experience of

to

a new

discovery,
is

and
is

reception,

and
to

what Christ

and

prepared
If

do for you.

the

knowledge

of

sin

at

conversion

is

superficial, so also is
faith,

the faith in Jesus.

Our

our reception of Jesus never goes further
sin.

or deeper than our insight into

If

since

your conversion you have learned to know the

inward invincible power

of

sin in you,

you are
Lord

now prepared
of

to receive

from God a discovery

the

inward

invincible

power

of

the

Jesus in your heart, such as you have hitherto

had no idea

of.

If

you really long

for a

com

plete deliverance from sin, so as to be able to
live in obedience

to

God, God will reveal the

Lord Jesus
will

to

you as a complete Saviour.
to

He
flesh

make you

know

that, although the
its

always remains in you, with
evil,

inclination

to

the Lord Jesus will so dwell in your heart
the power of the
flesh

that

shall be

kept in

HOW
subjection

IT IS

TO BE FOUND BY ALL
in

159

by Him,
of

order that you
flesh.

may no

longer do the will
Christ,

the

Through Jesus
all

God

will cleanse

you from

unrighteous

ness, so

that day by day you

God with
is

a pure heart.

may walk before What you really need
prepared to work this

the discovery that

He

is

change in you, and that you
faith, here and now.

may

receive

it

by

Yes

:

this

is

what Jesus Christ
Spirit.

desires

to
to

work

in

you by the Holy
;

He came
has not

put away sin
of
it

not the guilt and
sin
itself.

punishment
only

only,

but

He
has

mastered the power and dominion of the law and
its

curse

over

you,

but

also

completely

broken and taken away the power and dominion
of
sin.

He

has

completely rescued you as a
;

new-born soul from beneath the power of sin and He lives in His heavenly authority and
all-pervading presence in order to

work out

this

deliverance in you.
in

In this power

He
is

will live
in you.

you and Himself carry out His work
the

As

indwelling

Christ,

He

bent

on

maintaining and manifesting His redemption in
you.

The

sins

which you have confessed, the

pride and the lovelessness, the worldly-mindedness

160

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
all

and vanity and
power take out
the flesh
of to

uncleanness,
;

He

will

by His

of

your heart

so that, although

may tempt
will.
:

you, the choice and the joy

your heart abide in

Him and

in

His obedience
"

God s

Yes you may indeed become more
through

than

conqueror"

Him that loved you.
will

1

As

the indwelling Christ,

He

overcome

sin in you.
?

What
this,

then

is

required on

our side

Only

a thing that can be done at once, namely,

that

when

the soul sees
this

it
it

to be true that Jesus

will carry out

work,

shall

then open the
into the heart

door before
as Lord
once.
for

Him

and receive

Him

and King.

Yes

:

that can be done at

A

house that has remained closely shut

twenty years can be penetrated by the light
a moment,
if

in

the

doors

and windows are

thrown open.

In like manner, a heart that has

remained enveloped in darkness and impotence
for

twenty years, because

it

knew not

that Jesus

was willing

to take the victory over sin into

His

own

hands,
in a

can

have

its

whole
it

experience

changed
its sinful

moment.

When
of

acknowledges

condition and yields itself to God, and
that

believes

the Son
1

God

is

prepared to

Rom.

viii. 37.

HOW

IT IS

TO BE FOUND BY ALL
of the inner life
it

161

assume the responsibility
purification

and

its

from

sin

;

when

ventures to trust

the Lord that

He
it

will do this

work

at the very
it

moment
done,
into

;

then

may

firmly believe that
all

is

and that Jesus takes

that

is

in

me

His own hands.
is

This

indeed an act of

faith, that

must be

held fast in faith.

When doors

and windows are

thrown open, and the
the darkness,

light streaming in drives out

we

discover at once
is

how much

dust

and impurity there

in the house.

But the
see

light shines just in order that

we may

how

to take

it

away.

When we
is

receive Christ into

the
light

heart

everything

not

yet

perfected

:

and gladness are not seen and experienced
;

at once

but by faith the soul knows that
faithful
will

He
will

who

is

keep His word

and

surely do His work.
this

The

faith that has

up

to

moment only sought and
Lord and His word.
~by

wrestled,
It

now

rests in the

knows that

what was begun
only by faith.
that

faith must be carried forward
"

It

says

:

I abide

in

Jesus

;

I

know

He

abides in

me and
it

that

He

will

manifest Himself unto

me."

As Jesus

cleansed

the lepers with a word, and
ii

was only when

162

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
way
to the priest that they

they were on their

found out they were clean, so

He

cleanses us

by

His Word.

He

that firmly holds that fact in
it.

faith will see the proofs of

Ill

So the

soul

is

prepared

to

receive

the

full

blessing of the Spirit.

The Lord gave
you
;

first

the promise,

/

will cleanse

and then the second promise, / will put My The Holy Spirit cannot come Spirit within yon.
with power or
dwell
in
it,
fill

the
a

heart and continue
special

to

unless

and
it.

complete

cleansing

first

takes place within
in a mortal

The

Spirit

and

sin are

engaged

combat.

The

only reason
the Church

why
is sin,

the Spirit works so feebly in

which

is

all

too little

known

or dreaded or cast out.

Men
to

do not believe in
;

the power

of

Christ

cleanse

and therefore

He

cannot do His work of baptizing with the
It
is

Spirit.

from Christ that the
Spirit

Spirit comes,

and to Christ the

returns

again.

It

is

the heart that gives Christ

liberty to exercise

dominion in
Therefore,

it

that shall inherit the full blessing.
reader,
if

my

you have understood the

HOW

IT IS

TO BE FOUND BY ALL

163

lesson of this chapter,

and have done what has
;

been suggested to you

if

you have believed

in

Jesus as the Lord that cleanses you and dwells
in

you

to

keep you clean, be assured that God

will certainly fulfil

His word
within
let

"

:

I will cleanse

you

and put

My Spirit
:

you."

Cleave to Jesus,
within you
;

who

cleanses you
it

Him be

all

God

will see to

that you are
in

filled

with the

Spirit.

Only keep
First,

view these two truths.

that the gift and the blessing and the

fulness of the Spirit do not always come, as on

the day of Pentecost, with external observation.

God

is

often a

God

that hideth Himself
if

:

do not

be surprised, therefore,
at

your

heart does not
like
of
it

once

feel,

as
after

you
your

should
act

to

feel,

immediately
appropriation.

surrender
if

or

Eest assured that,

you

fully

trust Christ to do everything for you,

He

there
Spirit.

and then begins

to do
that,
if

it

in secret

by His

Count upon

it

you present yourself
by

to

God
filled

as a pure vessel, cleansed

Christ, to be

with the

Spirit,

God
:

will take
"

you

at

your

word and say unto you
Spirit
;

Eeceive ye the Holy
1
faith."

be

it

unto you according to your
1

John xx.

22.

164

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

At that moment bow down before Him, more
and more
silently,

more and more deeply,

in holy

adoration and expectation, in the blessed assur

ance that the unseen God has

now begun
to

to

carry on His work more mightily in you, and
that

He

will

also

manifest

it

you more

gloriously than ever before.

The other thing you must keep in view is the I will purpose for which the Spirit is given.
put

My

Spirit within you,

and
to

/ will

cause you to

walk in

My

statutes

and

keep

My

judgments

and do them.

The

fulness of the Spirit

must be

sought and received and kept with the direct aim that you shall now simply and wholly live to do God s will and work upon the earth, yes

:

only to be able to live like the Lord Jesus, and
to say with
If

Him

"

:

Lo

!

I

come

to do

Thy
Be
in

l
will."

you cherish

this disposition, the fulness of the
full

Spirit

may
and

be positively expected.
yourself
to

of

courage and yield
statutes
to

walk

God s

keep His judgments and do them,
to

and you may trust God

keep His word that
He,
before

He

will cause

you to

keep and do them.

the living God, will work in you.
1

Even

Ps. xl. 7, 8

;

Heb.

x. 7.

HOW

IT IS

TO BE FOUND BY ALL
Spirit
is

165

you are aware how the

in you,

He

will

enable you to experience the full blessing.

My

brother, have

you never yet known the
you perhaps been

fulness of the Spirit, or have
really seeking
it
?

it

for a long while without finding

Here you have
it.

at last the sure

method

of

winning

condition as
of
it,

Acknowledge the sinfulness of your a Christian and make renunciation
all,

by yielding it up to God. Acknowledge that the Lord Jesus is ready and able to cleanse your heart from its sin to con
;

once and for

quer these sins by His entrance into
set

it,

and

to

you

free

at once.

and that His purpose is to do this Take Him now as your Lord, at once
;

and

for

ever.

Then you may be assured that

God

will

put His Spirit within you in a
of

way

and a measure and a power
hitherto had no idea.

which you have
that

Be assured
to

do
in

it.

permit

Him

begin

;

let

He will Him do it

you now.

Amen.

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
XII
fbergtijing
"Then

must

tie

gibnt

tip

for

it

shall the

Son also Himself be subjected to
28.

Him
all

that did subject all things unto Him, that

God may be

in

all."

1

COR. xv.

TTTHEN
are
distinction

we speak

of

entire consecration,

we

frequently asked what
is

the

precise
of

betwixt the ordinary doctrine

sanctification,

and the preaching
to

of

that gracious

work which has begun in recent years. One
given
little
is

prevail in the

Church

answer
lies
is

that

may

be

that the distinction
all.

solely in the

word,

That word

the key of the
of

secret.

The

ordinary

method
is
166

proclaiming
so
far

the necessity of holiness

true

as

it

HOW EVERYTHING MUST
goes
;

BE GIVEN UP
is is

167

but sufficient emphasis
"

not laid on this
it

one point of the
question as to

All."

So

also with the

the reasons not

why

the fulness of

the
little

Spirit

is
"

more widely enjoyed.
"

That

word

All
"

suggests
"

the

explanation.

So long as the

All

of

God, of

sin, of Christ, of

surrender, of the Spirit,

and

of faith, is not fully

understood, the soul cannot enjoy all that
desires to give
it

God

and

be, all

that

God would have
let

be.

In

this

our

last

meditation

us

consider the full Pentecostal blessing from this
standpoint.
of

We

would

fain do this in a spirit

humble
that

waiting

on

God,

and

with

the

prayer
feel

He would make
where
that

us by His Spirit
lies

so deeply
is,

the

evil

and what

the remedy

we

shall be ready to give

up

everything in order to receive nothing less than
everything.

I

THE ALL OF GOD
It
lies

in the very being

and nature

of

God

that

He must
and
to

be

all.

Him

Him

are

From Him and through all things. As God He

168

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
the
life

is

of everything

:

all

life

is

only the

effect

It is

His direct and continuous operation. because all is thus through Him and from
of

Him

that

it

is

also

to

Him.

Everything that

exists serves only as a
of the

means

for the manifestation

goodness and wisdom and power of God.
this,

Sin consists in nothing but

that

man

determined
suffer

to

be

something
;

and

would not

God

tion of

and the redemp Jesus has no other aim than that God
to be everything

should again

become everything

in

our heart
shall

and

life.

At

the end, even the Son

be
all

subjected to the Father, that
in
all.

God may be
this
is

Nothing
is

less

than

what

redemption

to
life

secure.

Christ

Himself has
be nothing,
;

shown
and
to

in

His

what
to

it

means

to

suffer

God

be everything

and as

He
live

once lived upon the earth, so does
in

He

still

the hearts of

His

people.

According
receive
all,

to

the

measure

in

which

they
is

and
the

rejoice in

the truth that

God

will

fulness

of the blessing be able
life.
:

to

find its

way
seek.

into their

The All of God
In

that

is

what we must

His

will,

His honour, His power must

He

HOW EVERYTHING MUST
be everything for
us.
lips,

BE GIVEN UP

169

No moment
no movement
of

of our time, of our heart,
life,

no word

of

our

no satisfying of the needs
should
there be that
is

our physical

not the expression

of

the will,

the glory, the power of
discerns this
after

God.

Only
to
it,

the

man who
desires

and consents
it,

who

and seeks
it,

who

believes

and

appropriates

can

rightly

understand
effect,

what

the fulness of the Spirit must
it is

and why

necessary
if

that

we should
it.

forsake every

thing
not

we
AIL

desire to obtain

God must be
much,
but

merely

something,

not

merely

literally,

II

THE ALL OF SIN

What
separation
his
;

is

sin

?

It

is

the

absence of
is

God

;

from

God.
his

Where man
own
honour,

guided

by

own

will,

his

own
must
only
the

power

where the

will, the honour, the opera

tion of

God

are not manifested, there sin

be at work.
because
creature.
it is

Sin

is

death

and

misery,
to

a turning

away from God

170

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
is

Sin

in

no sense a thing that may exist in
other
things
that
are
good.

man No
:

along with
as

God was once

everything, so
everything.

has sin
It

in

fallen

man

become

now
His
still

dominates and penetrates his whole being, even
as

God should have been allowed
it is

to

do.

nature in every part of

corrupt.

We

have our natural existence in God, and doubtless
with not a few good inclinations in nature and
character,
just as

these

are
of

to

be

found
is

in

the the
of

lower creatures.
spiritual

But

what
of

good in

and heavenly sense
of

the word,

what

is

done out

inward harmony with
of
all

God

or the direction of His Spirit
is

this

there

nothing
All
is

that

has

its

origin

in

His

nature.
of sin.

in sin,

and under the influence

The All of sin

:

some small measure
fact

of

the
at

knowledge

of

this

was necessary even
This,

the time of conversion.

however, was
is

still

very

imperfect.

If

a

Christian
fully

to

make
of

progress
necessity

and
of

become
being

convinced
the

the
his

filled

with
the

Spirit,

eyes must
sin

be opened to
over

extent in which

dominates

everything

within

him.

HOW EVERYTHING MUST
Everything in him
his
is

BE GIVEN UP

171

tainted with sin, his will,

power, his heart

;

and therefore the omni
take in hand the renewal

potence of
of

God must
by

everything

the

Holy

Spirit.
is

Man

is

utterly impotent to that which

good in the
is

highest

sense

:

he can do no more of what
the
Spirit

good than what

actually works
learns
also
to

in

him

at

any moment.

He

see

the All of sin just as distinctly in the world

around him

;

for

the fairest,

the

most

useful,

and the most legitimate possessions or enjoy
ments
are
all

under

the

power

of

sin.

Everything must be sacrificed and given over
to death
of
sin.
:

the All of

God must
again
live

expel the All

God

must

wholly

and

entirely within us,

tinuously

the

and take inwardly and con He place which sin usurped.

that desires this change will rightly understand

and desire the fulness

of the

Spirit,

and as he

believes will certainly receive

it.

172

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

III

THE ALL OF CHRIST
The Son
the
is

the
is

revelation

of

the

Father

:

All of

God
ALL
as

exhibited to our view and

made

accessible

to
of

us

in

the
is

Son.

On

this

account the

Christ
of

just as necessary

and

infinite

that

God.

Christ

is

God
to
of

come upon the earth to undo the All of sin, win back and restore in man the lost All
God.

To

this

end we must know thoroughly

the All of Christ.

The idea which most believing
of

disciples

have

the All of

Christ

is

that

He

alone does

everything in the atonement and the forgiveness
of of
sin.

This

is

indeed the glorious beginning

His

redemptive

work,

but

still

only
all

the

beginning.

God
of
:

has given in
life

Him

that

we

have

need

and

all
life

grace.

Christ

Himself desires to be our
Indweller
heart and
of

and strength, the
animates
that

our
it

heart,

who
it

makes

what
of

ought

to be before to

God.
stand

To know the All

Christ,

and

under

how

intensely

and how completely and

how

really Christ

is

prepared to be everything

in us, is

the secret of true sanctification.

He
its

that discerns the will of

God

in this principle

and

from

the

heart

yields

himself

to

operation

has found the pathway to

the

full

blessing of Pentecost.

The

All

of

Christ,

Acknowledge
:

this

in

humble joyful thanksgiving
thing has been given by

confess that every
in

God

Him.

Eeceive
is all

with firm confidence the fact that Christ

and the promise that
in you.

He

will

work

all,

yes, all,

Consent from the heart that this must

be

so,

and confirm

it

His

feet

and

offering
:

by laying everything at it up to Him. The two

things go together

let

Him

be and do
all.

all

;

let

Him

reign

and rule over
which

Let

there

be

nothing in
It is not

He

does not rule and operate.

impossible for you to accomplish this

change.

Let

Him
fill

be everything
that

;

let

Him

have

everything, in

order

by His Almighty

energy

He may

everything with Himself.

174

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

IV
THE ALL OF SURRENDER
Leave
Lord
s
:

all, sell

all,

forsake all

:

that was the

requirement

when
is

He was
in

here

on

earth

the requirement
of

force

still.

The discernment
all

the

fact

that

Christ

is

leads of itself to the

acknowledgment that
chief hindrance of the

He must
Christian
believe

have
life

all.

The
that,
is

is

because
all,

men do

not

that

Christ
of

they
of

consequently
giving

never
all.

think

the

necessity

Him

Everything must be given
everything
is

to

Him, because
cleanse

under

sin.
it

He
is

cannot

and keep a thing when
to

not so yielded up
possession of
to
it

Him
fill

that
it.

He
All

can take

full

and

must be given up
bring
the
us. all

Him,

because
its

He

alone can

rightful

supremacy within
or

of God to Even what

appears useful
defiled
is

lawful

or

innocent becomes

by the stain of our selfishness

when

it

held fast in our

own

possession

and

for our
it

own enjoyment.

We

must surrender

into

HOW EVERYTHING MUST
can
be sanctified.
:

BE GIVEN UP
:

175

the hands and the power of Christ
it

only there

The All of surrender

it is

because Christians

are so ignorant of the requirement that all their

praying and hearing avail so
Soul,

little.

If

then,

you are

really prepared to turn to;

God

for the fulness of the Spirit to

if

you have turned

Christ to have your heart purified and kept
;

pure

then be assured that

it

is

your blessed

privilege to regard

and deal with everything

everything that you have to strive for or do as given up to Hirn.
the measure of
Christ.

The All

of surrender will be

your experience of

the All of

In a preceding chapter we have seen

that surrender
as a whole
this,
:

may

be carried out at once and

let us

not merely read and think of
it.

but actually do

Yes

:

this very day, let

the All of Christ be the power of a surrender on

our part that shall be immediate, complete, and
everlasting.

THE ALL OF THE
The All
of

SPIEIT

God and

the All of Christ

demand

as a necessary consequence the All of the Spirit.
It is the

work

of the Spirit
us,

to glorify the

Son

as dwelling in

and by

Him
if

to reveal the

Father

;

how can He do

this

He

Himself

is

not All and has not All and does not possess

and penetrate All with His own power
filled
is

?

To be

with the

Spirit, to let the Spirit

have All,

indispensable

to

a

true,

healthful Christian

life.

It is a source of

great

loss

in

the
is

life

of

Christendom to-day that the truth
cerned, that the Three -One

not dis
All.

God must have

Even the
it

professing Christian oftentimes

makes
is

his very first

aim

to find out

what he

and

what he

desires,

him happy.
of

what pleases him and makes Then he brings in God in the

second place to secure this happiness.

The claim

God

is

not the primary or main consideration.

He

does not discern that
in

God must have him

at

His disposal even

the most trivial details of

HOW EVERYTHING MUST
his life to

BE GIVEN UP

177

manifest

His

divine

glory in him.
filling

He
will

is

not aware that this entire
of

with the

and the operation

his highest happiness.

He

God would prove to be does not know that
lived

the very same Christ
earth
as

who once

upon the
of

the

obedient, lowly Servant

God,

entirely surrendered to the will of
is

the Father,

prepared to abide and work in like manner

in his heart

and

life

now.

It is

on this account

that he can never fully comprehend sary
fill

how

neces

it is

that the Spirit must be all and

must

him completely.

my

brother,

if

these thoughts hare had any

influence with you, surfer yourself to be brought

without delay to the acknowledgment that the
Spirit
"

must be

all

in you.

Say from the heart

:

I

am

not at liberty to
:

make

any, even the least,
all."

exception

the Spirit

must have

Then add

to this confession the simple thought that Christ

has come to restore the All of
Spirit
is

God

;

that the

given to reveal the All of Christ within

us, so that

God may
is

again be

all

;

that the love

of

the Father

eagerly longing to secure again
;

His own supreme place with us
heart
will

and then your
sure

be

filled

with

the

confidence

12

178

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST

that the Father actually gives you the fulness
of

the Spirit.

VI
THE ALL OF FAITH
"

All things are possible to him that
things whatsoever

believeth."

"

All

ye

pray and ask

for,

believe that ye have received them,

and ye
of

shall
this
it is

have

them."

1

The preceding
because

sections

chapter have taught us to understand
that faith is
is
all.

why
all.

It
is

is

God

is

It

because

man

nothing, and thus has nothing

good in him except the capacity for receiving
God.

When

he becomes a believer, that which

God
that
is

reveals becomes of itself a heavenly light

illumines
to

him.

He

sees then
;

what God

prepared

be for him

he keeps his soul
to

silent before

God and open
of

God, and gives
all

God

the

opportunity

working

by the

The more unceasingly and undividedly he believes, the more fully can the All of God
Spirit.

and Christ prevail and work in him.
The All of Faith.
1

How
xi.

little is it

understood

Mark

24 (R.V.).

HOW EVERYTHING MUST
in the

BE GIVEN UP

179

Church that the one and only thing I have to do is without ceasing to keep my soul in
its

nothingness and dependence silent and open

before God, that

He may
as

be free to work in
acceptance and
all

me
can

;

that faith

the
s

willing

expectation of

God

working, receives
at

and

achieve

all.

Every glance

my own

impotence or
of

sin,

every glance at the promise
to fulfil
it,

God and His power

must rouse me

to the gladness of faith, to

the willing, cheerful
able to
it.

acknowledgment that
the assurance that

God
will

is

work

all, to*

He

do

Let such a

faith, as

the act of a moment, look

upon Christ even to-day and move you on the one hand to make renunciation of every known
sin,

and on the other

to receive

Him

as

One who

purifies you,

who keeps

you,

who

dwells in your

heart.

that faith might receive the All of

Christ and take

Him

with All that

He

is

!

that your faith might then see that the All of

the Spirit

is
is

your rightful heritage, and that

your hope

sure that the full blessing has been

bestowed upon you by God Himself, and will be
revealed in you
soul,
if
!

the All of God, the All of Christ,

180

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
if

the All of the Spirit be so immeasurable,

the
of

dominion

and

power
if

of

the

terrible

All

sin be so unlimited,
to

the All of your surrender

God and your
real,

decision to live wholly for
let

Him

be also so
will do for

then

your

faith in
"

what God
that be-

you be also unlimited.

He

lieveth in
of living

Me, out

of

his heart

shall flow rivers

water."

My
must
on

reader, the time has
part.

now come when we
place, let

Ere

this takes

me

press

your heart one

thing.

There

is

something

that can be done to-day.
saith
"

As

the Holy Spirit

:

To-day,

if
l

ye will hear His voice, harden
I

not your
shall

heart."

cannot promise that you

immediately overflow with the light and

joy of the

Holy

Spirit.

I

do not promise you

that you shall to-day feel very holy and truly

But what can take place is this to day you may receive Christ as One who purifies Yes you, and baptizes, and fills with the Spirit.
blessed.
:
:

to-day you

may

surrender your whole being to

Him

to be henceforth wholly

under the mastery

of the Spirit.

To-day you

may acknowledge and

appropriate the All of the Spirit as your personal
1

Ps. xcv. 7

;

Heb.

iii.

15.

HOW EVERYTHING MUST
possession.

BE GIVEN UP

181

To-day you

may submit

to the re

quirement of the All of faith and begin to live
only and wholly in the faith of what Christ will

do in you through the
this

Spirit.

This you

may

do

;

you

ought to do.
do
it.

Kneel down at the mercyearlier
is

seat

and

Eead once more the
directions as to

chapter with

its

what Christ

prepared to do, and

surrender yourself this very
filled

hour as an empty vessel to be
Spirit, that

with the

your whole

life

may

be carried out

under the leading
time

of the

Spirit.

In His own

God

will certainly accomplish it in you.
is
is

There

also something, however, that

He

on

His part
to give

prepared

to do.

To-day

He

is

ready

you the assurance that

He

accepts your

surrender and to seal on your heart the conviction
that the fulness of the Spirit belongs to you.

wait upon

Him

to give

you

this to-day

!

My

brother,
of

pray listen

to

my

last

words.
of

The All

God summons
The All

you.

The All

sin

summons
The All

you.
of

of Christ

summons

you.

the surrender that

Jesus requires
the
Spirit,

summons
The All

you.

The All

of

His
you.
let

indispensableness and His glory,
of faith

summons

summons

you.

Come and

182

THE FULL BLESSING OF PENTECOST
God conquer
you.

the love of
glorious

Come and

let

the

salvation

master

you.

Do

not
that

hark
the

away back from the
Triune God, with be your All
;

glorious

tidings
is, is

all

that

He

prepared to
it,

but be silent and listen to

until

your soul becomes constrained to give the answer,
"Even

in

me God
as
all,

shall

be

all."

Take Christ
life

anew to-day

One who has given His
and do you
also yield will
fill

that
life

God may be
for this

your

supreme end.
Spirit.

God

you

also

with His Holy

Amen.

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