Review Ė Plus Conditions for Receiving The Holy Spirit
ReviewóPlus Conditions for Receiving The Holy Spirit
J. Wilfred Johnson
Jan. 28th, 1976
Transcribed from C/Ds #23 and #24†
September 16, 2012 thru Sept. 22,2012
Steven Pond and Mary Savoy
Now, last week we were dealing with the Everlasting Covenant and specifically with the provision the Lord made for the salvation of His people through the eternal sacrifice of Christ, which involved the availability of the full abundance of the Holy Spirit. And we noted that the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost is actually the ghost of Christ, the image of Christ, the soul of His eternal life. Which is equal to Christ in a sense. That is, when it says that Christ will come to dwell with us it means that the Holy Spirit is going to come to dwell with us. And I think we gave evidence of that. So when we are speaking about the Holy Spirit or the Holy Ghost we are actually speaking about the divinity of Christ, the divine nature of Christ, His eternal life, which He has made available for us.
Now this thought is probably a little difficult to define detail and I donít think we should attempt to do it. But I think we need to accept what the Bible says and what The Spirit of Prophesy says whether we really understand all the details or not. Christ made it very plain that He had to go away or else the comforter would not come. He said that Himself. And it is impossible for Christ in the human body to be everywhere at once, And only through the agency of the Holy Spirit Ė Holy Ghost can He perform that promise of being with each one of us individually. Prior to His coming to this world this agency of the Godhead was Christís procession. And when Christ created the world it was through the agency of the Holy Ghost that the connections were made, it was the Holy Ghost Ė The Holy Spirit that moved upon the face of the waters at creation.
These little keys are given in the Bible; we find little keys here, there, and everywhere that if we will pick them up weíll get the thought. And pretty soon the thing unfolds and we see it. I suppose there will some questions in some of your minds yet concerning that thought but if you go into your Bibles now and into The Spirit of Prophesy youíre going to come across things that you never understood before, but you understand them now, in the light of what weíve discussed. Iím going to take time to refer to maybe a few of these to show you what I mean.
In I Corinthians 12:11 Ė 13 I think we will find one. Paul says here, 11 ďBut all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit,Ē .... Heís being talking about these different gifts, wisdom, knowledge, and faith, and gifts of healing and prophesying and miracles and discerning of Spirits, and diverse kinds of tongues† and interpretation of tongues, .... ďBut all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit dividing to every man severally as he will.Ē 12 ďFor as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.Ē .... Now, there is something profound in that statement itself. Christ, all inclusive, the head and the body, its all one Christ, Christ in you, Christ in Jesus. Do you see the point? He gave His life to be divided among His saints. .... 13 ďFor by one Spirit are we all baptized intoĒ .... How many bodies? .... ďone body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made toĒ .... What? ....† drink into one Spirit.Ē .... Does that remind you of something?
(A man in the audience) The last supper.
(Wilfred) Yes. This is the New Testament in my blood. And what was His blood?
(A man in the audience) His life.
(Wilfred) His life. And the New Testament was what?
(A man in the audience) The New Covenant.
(Wilfred) The New Covenant. And it made provision for the release of this spirit for the impartation to His people. And it says that the impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of what?
(A man in the audience) The life of Christ.
(Wilfred) The life of Christ. We read that last week. 14 ďFor the body is not one member, but many. 15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body, is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him. 19 And if they were all one member,Ē† .... All the same kind. .... ďwhere were the body? 20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.Ē.... And in other places he tells us that, more specifically that this is the body of Christ. And that the Holy Spirit is the unifying agent, that it is the blood, that it is the life that flows throughout the whole body.
All right. Hereís another thought I picked up from Jeremiah 31:3, 3 He says, ďYea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:Ē .... How long does this love last?
(A man in the audience) Forever.
Wilfred) How long does the Covenant last?
(A man in the audience) Itís everlasting.
(Wilfred) Can you tie that love with the Covenant?
(A man in the audience) His love is life, His life is love.
(Wilfred) Thatís it! We read about it last week. When the Spirit comes what does it bring? Love, The love of God. Thatís the very first one. And we read that the life of Christ is His love. The life of God is His love. So that when you receive the Spirit, you are receiving the life of God. And the Life of God is His love, Love is an emotional force, it is a form of energy. It is power, it will drive people; energize them, so that they can function. And Jesus said that He had come to give us life and to give it to us more abundantly, so when He gives us the added power we can implement decisions and we wonít flunk out. The Spirit is given as a power to keep us from sinning, but it wonít do it without our decision. Our decision is the key that taps into the power; itís the plug that you put into the socket, to tap in. But the Lord isnít going to turn the power on until we are ready to function in the right direction.
I had planned tonight to say a few things about the conditions for receiving the Spirit. But Iíll run through these first. Let me finish this one. 3 ........yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have IĒ .... pushed thee. No. .... ďdrawn thee.Ē .... Thatís the only power God uses, the drawing power of Love. And Heís going to go all out to deliver the totality of His Spirit to us in the outpouring of the latter rain. And when that has been done there is no other resource in Heaven to save a man. Those who are not saved under that influence will not be saved. Heís got nothing else to do it with. Heís been gradually unfolding more and more of the resources that His Father made available to Him to prove to us that there is no love greater than the love of God in the whole universe. And we will receive our greatest joy and happiness in loving Him. Remember that statement? Heís gradually unfolding these resources to us and the final outpouring of the Spirit is His last effort. And we will find out tonight what we should do in order to get it. It hasnít come and it should have come a long time ago, it hasnít come. But it is coming.
And here is another one, Hebrews 13:20, 21, One of you folks brought this to my attention. There are quite a number of them in here. But I thought we would share it with everybody.
Hebrews 13 verse 20, ďNow the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, .... I hope you donít mind me stopping quite often to draw out the points, I donít want you to miss them. Who brought the Lord from the dead?
(Several voices in the audience) God.
(Wilfred) And what does the Bible say?
(Several voices talking at once) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) It says the God of peace. It says that God did it and there are quite a few places in the New Testament where it says that it was God who raised Jesus from the dead.†††††††††††
So here you have one of those contradictions, one of those paradoxes in which you have to use both eyes to look at them, to fuse them to get a more realistic image of the thought.†††
(A woman in the audience) The way it states that God did it explains itself .........
(Wilfred) Ok. ďThat great shepherd of the sheep,Ē .... Whoís that talking about? Jesus. .... ďthrough the blood of the everlasting covenant,Ē .... Now, does that refer to bringing Him again from the dead, or does it refer to what comes next? ďMake you perfect in every good workĒ?
(A woman in the audience) Both.
(Wilfred) Good for you. The Bible is full of this. This multiple meaning, this multiple application. One person will see a thought one way and somebody else will see it another direction and Sister White says, thatís the way the Word is. And no mind can see the whole thing. But we have to be willing to open our mind to accept what is in there. It was through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant that God raised Jesus from the dead and it is also through the blood of the Everlasting Covenant that we will be made .... ďperfect in every good work to do His will working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.Ē
Now, what was this blood of the Everlasting Covenant again?
(A man in the audience) His spirit.
(Wilfred) His Spirit. Can you see that the spirit of life of Christ was the agency that brought Him from the tomb? Where was that Spirit of His life when He was in the tomb?
(A woman in the audience) With the Father.
(Wilfred) With the Father. Whoís was it?
(A man in the audience) Christís
(Wilfred) His, it was Christís. Was it within Himself?
(Many voices in the audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) Here we are touching on a mystery now that we will have to be cautious with.
There were not two Christs, there was only one. But the divine nature of Christ did not die. She says, it cannot die. But the human nature of Christ died. And in His humanity He was totally unconscious, and He had relinquished His former life so the life that exists in the Holy Ghost is the ghost of the life of Christ, so to speak, is the ghost of Christ. Christ Jesus is not conscious in Heaven when He is in the tomb. Do you understand? He is asleep. So Jesus in the tomb cannot make a decision to decide that He is coming out of the tomb. Thatís obvious.†
(A woman in the audience) The angels.................
(Wilfred) Your Father calls. You see? But the arraignment had been made in the Everlasting Covenant in the terms. Christ had set down the terms, and the Father was the administrator who carried out His wishes. And it was the life that was within His self that the Father had given Him that He had returned to the Father that had brought Him forth from the tomb. Now do you see it?
(A woman in the Audience) Well, does our everlasting life go back to the Father?
(Wilfred) We do not have everlasting life in ourselves.
(Same woman in the Audience) But wonít we get it?
(Wilfred) Yes. But it will be Christís that we get, not ours.
(Same woman in the Audience) Well, did that actually stay with Him or did He give it up. What He had when He was honored, did that actually go back?...........
(Wilfred) Remember what He said...........
(Same woman in the Audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) Yes. Thatís right. And another thing He said at the cross, My God, My God, why have thou forsaken me? He was left in His humanity to die the death of a sinner. Well, again I say we are dealing with something we cannot get all the details on. But we can state the facts as given in the Bible and The Spirit of Prophesy. And from there on we better not speculate because we might get into trouble.
(Same woman in the Audience) One more question, The eternal life that He was given from his Father as He came of age and got older and older, did that go back to His Father as He was dying on the cross? Or was that still inside of Him.
(Wilfred) I thought we just answered that, didnít we?
(Same woman in the Audience) Well, I guess I didnít get it.
(Wilfred) Into His Father hands He commended His Spirit.
(Same woman in the Audience) So, He did get it back.
(Wilfred) Yes, but this can apply to His physical spirit, too. His human life. Where it said He gave up the ghost in the Bible. Itís a lower case letter itís not capitalized. But He relinquished the totality of His eternal life before He ever came to this world.
(Same woman in the Audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) That was His first death. The death of sleep. When He went unconscious. When He was in Maryís womb His was unconscious, When He was in the cradle there He was conscience, but just very little, you know, as the baby begins to dawn into consciousness. He certainly had none of the powers of His former body. He had no power to make a decision to decide whether He wanted it or not. This was all taken care of in the terms of the covenant that the Father was working out according to the Sons volunteer plan. Do you understand?
(Same woman in the Audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) If He were He could not have died.
(Same woman in the Audience) Before He gave it up was He alive?
(Wilfred) In Heaven?
(Same woman in the Audience) Before He gave it up on the cross.
(Wilfred) That question is a little difficult because you see, He was dual, He was humanity and divinity combined. In His humanity He was mortal, in His divinity He was immortal. Let me put it this way, by a decision of the will He could have used His immortal power to withstand disease and the inroads, she has a statement on that. And He could have used that power in His own behalf against the devil and to overcome sin and temptation. He could have done that by a decision, because it was His, but He did not do it. He used only the strength or power that was delivered to Him by God, without Christ taking it, do you understand?
(A man in the audience) She says, He used only that power which is freely available to us.
(Wilfred) Yes. And she also says that He overcame in the strength given Him from God. She says that.
Now, is there any questions on that or is it still hazy?
(Same woman in the Audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) His divinity. See, you get half your inheritance from your father and half from your mother you know. And I donít understand that combination and Mrs. White says that it is a mystery. Thatís not to say that the Lord canít reveal that mystery. But he hasnít revealed it to me. And I donít understand that, maybe somebody else does. All I know is that here are two natures and we can have those same two natures, I know that too, because she said so. And unless we do have those two natures weíll never overcome sin because the only way we can overcome sin is to partake of the divine nature, She says it in so many words. And itís the same Spirit, the eternal life Spirit of Christ, the very soul of the life of Christ that God will deliver to you and me in response to our prayer and the added intersession of Jesus, she says it. And thatís how we get the anointing of the Holy Ghost and the power to get rid of sin. All the decisions we make in the world to get rid of sin will never do it.† Itís true she says the expulsion of sin is an act of the soul itself. Thatís right, it is because God isnít going to sin. Heís not going to make a decision to sin. We made the decision to sin, the only one to make the decision not to sin is us, but we havenít that power to implement that decision, until we receive it.
(A man in the Audience) This will make it plain, from Desire of Ages, page 466.4, She says, ďThe expulsion of sin is the act of the soul itself. True, we have no power to free ourselves from Satan's control; but when we desire to be set free from sin, and in our great need cry out for a power out of and above ourselves, the powers of the soul are imbued with the divine energy of the Holy Spirit, and they obey the dictates of the will in fulfilling the will of God.Ē
(Wilfred) Perfect. That was exactly what I was trying to say.
(A man in the Audience) You did say that.
(Wilfred) Did I? Good. Now, here is another one, Hebrews 10:19 & 20. I just want to show you two or three of these so youíll get the idea of how the Bible can open up with renewed understanding when you get the key. And this is one of the major keys to understanding the gospel. Hebrews 10 starting at 19, maybe 18, Heís talking here about the New Covenant, did you notice? 16 ďThis is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; 17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin. 19 Having therefore, brethren boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, .... Oh, I donít think I want to get sidetracked on this but. What does it mean to enter into holiest?
(A man in the audience) ...........where he met with His people.
(Wilfred) Where He met with His people. And what happens in that holiest apartment?
(A man in the audience) Thatís where the cleansing took place.
(Wilfred) Thatís where the cleansing took place. Did you get that? Now he says, ďWe can therefore enter boldly to the holiest by what?Ē
(A man in the audience) By the blood of Jesus.
(Wilfred) Do you see the connection? The blood of Jesus is the cleansing stream whereby we are washed.
(A man in the audience) This is what cleanses the sanctuary.
(Wilfred) And what is it?
(A man in the audience) The Holy Spirit.
(Wilfred) The Holy Spirit, the very life of Christ the creative power. And she tells us that it is the same creative power that was used at the creation of this world, which has to recreate the image of God in the soul. So we enter by the blood of Jesus. .... 20 ďBy a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;Ē .... And that is another one. He talks about the flesh and the blood, remember? The way to get into the Holiest is through the veil. And what is the veil? The veil is His flesh. Thatís what it says doesnít it? Do you understand that?
(A man in the audience) We enter that heritage that He laid down before He came to this world.
(A woman in the audience) It could also mean the word which is the Bible.† ***
(Wilfred) Shall I explain something here; I donít think I have done it before. Before Christ laid down His life in the Heavenly sanctuary court prior to coming to this world He delivered to His Old Testament prophets the word of truth. Itís buried in there. The Old Testament contains the content of truth that was in the body of Christ. His brain contained a record of everything that ever happened, nothing escaped Him; all truth was recorded in that body it was ingrained into the computer mechanism of that body, into those cells, whatever they were made of. And it was permanent He had an eternal memory. Do you go along with that? So, He was the record of all truth, wasnít He? Then He could say, I am the truth, couldnít He, in more senses than one. Now, that body was going to be disintegrated, physically. He was no longer going to live in it, right? Heís not in it now, is He?
(A man in the audience) He came to live in a human body forever she said,
(Wilfred) Right. And what is going to replace that body, as the totality of Christ? The bodies of His saints. He is the head they are the members in particular. I just read you part of that.
(A man in the audience) But He retains His human form forever.
(Wilfred) He retains His human form, but in the mystical body, He is the head.
(A man in the audience) Right, in the mystical body.
(Wilfred) In the mystical body. Thatís what I am talking about, see. Now, What I want to point out is that the truth recorded in that body and the powers of that body, the omnipresence, omnipotence and so on, the different powers of that body are to be divided and given to His people. And the word of God that He delivered through the Spirit to the Old Testament prophets contains the ingredients which if they were put into our physical brains, that same spirit that gave life to that body back there can come in to our brains and give life to that truth. I can read you statements to verify that. If you donít have that truth in there to start with the Spirit will have nothing to work on. Itís the Spirit that makes the word of God alive. Not in the book, in the brain. Donít you see that? You can read the book and get the ingredients into the brain but you may not understand what you are reading, not until the Spirit comes to give life to that word. Do you see it? So there is an allegorical pattern of the body of Christ and the fact that it is His word. Now I said the Old Testament because up to that point because that was as far as Christ was able to do it. Because from there on He laid down His life. The last words He ever gave to His prophet are in the last verses of Malachi.
The next thing that happens is the Holy Ghost begins to function, and there is the miraculous birth and there is a human brain and there is a Spirit that comes. But that human brain was versed in the scriptures and the Spirit came and into that brain came back the knowledge of truth that He recorded in the first place. That was recorded in that body in the first place. And He spoke those words of life and His disciples picked them up and the people picked them up and the same Spirit came to those minds of those disciples and they wrote. And then Paul came along, and he wrote, and we have the New Testament.
(A man in the Audience) And the Word became flesh
(Wilfred) And dwelt among us. So now we have the two Testaments, the two Covenants, and we have the self same Spirit that them both to reproduce them in our minds. And no mind is going to have the whole totality of that reproduced in it. The human brain does not have the capacity at the present time to contain that.
(A woman in the audience) Thatís why we see it from a different angle.
(Wilfred) One reason.
(A man in the audience) It takes a hundred and forty four thousand to contain that totality.
(Wilfred) Right. When you take the collective ingredients of the hundred and forty four thousand brains connected with the brain of Christ you have the restoration of the body of Christ. He said, destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up. And that has more than one meaning. Because one day with the Lord is as a thousand years just as the history of this world, it parallels the creation week. Six thousand years and incidentally I have a host of statements at home from the White Estate now on the six thousand years that Sister has pointed out, and Iíll bring them to you when get through with this other material.
(A woman in the audience) Well isnít Christ on the ....... any more then.
(Wilfred) Each day is for and thousand years and in three days he said He would raise it up now as His physical body went in to the tomb and on third day it was raised. So you have the laying down of the body of Christ and on the third day it will be raised, and that is now. The third thousand years, it is in the midst of the week that Messiah was cut off. That gives us the key as to when Jesus or Christ laid down His life in the Heavenly sanctuary. And for several hundred years there are no prophecies until Jesus showed up in Bethlehem.
Well, it all fits, the parallel is there. And it doesnít matter whether you believe it or not. Itís just there, thatís all. Now, you had a question and you had a question.
(A woman in the audience) If Christ gave up those powers which would be the omnipresence and omniscience and the rest of that and those powers will go to the saints, then His doesnít have to powers He had before.
(Wilfred) Thatís right.
(A man in the audience) Didnít He say that He wouldnít drink of this cup.
(Wilfred) At Gethsemane He made the final decision, there was no turning back from here on in; He was going through with the plan.
(A woman in the audience) Your saying then that when we get to Heaven we will be equal with Christ being the body.
(Wilfred) No. We are the body He is the head. In Him dwellest all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. But we will have a portion of that blood that He had in His original body, that eternal life Spirit. Thatís the only way we can get eternal life we will have a portion of that. Thatís what He did; He gave each of them a part, didnít He? When He broke the body He gave each of them a part. They didnít each take the whole thing. But He is the head; He has been reinstated with the unanimous approval of everyone. And not until He is married to the body, which takes place before the close of probation, is the unit restored and completed. But then there will be the mystical union between Christ and His saints, it will be restored just as same as your brain has a connection with your toe. And if you want to wiggle that toe, you make a decision and the toe wiggles. So, this is important now, I hope you get this now, and donít get it twisted. So, when the head makes a decision that He would like to have something done, He is not going to dictate to the toe, thatís the one difference. Itís not a dictation itís a council. He becomes the councilor, thatís what the Bible says. No force. But if He wants the toe to wiggle in this big mystical body, and of course that could mean anything, not just the wiggling of the toe in the physical sense. You understand what Iím getting at. But He wants who ever is the toe in that body He wants him to do some particular thing for Him. He has that inter connection by the Spirit, the still small voice of the Spirit that will connect with the mind of that toe and it will be a request in the mind of that person that will not come as a request, it will come as an instinctive desire, that I would like to do this. And he will follow the dictates of his own will and in doing it heís fulfilling the will of Christ. Now, thatís not my words, those are the words of our prophet. She didnít talk about the toe; itís that second part Iím talking about. His ruler-ship will be an internal thing, the Kingdom of God is within you and in following your own dictates the your mind will be so united with the mind of Christ that following your own will you are following the will of Christ.
(A man in the audience) May I read it brother?
(Wilfred) Ok, read it thatís good.
(A man in the audience) And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and our aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. Desire of Ages page 668.3.
(Wilfred) Can you think of any better form of government than that? Today we want to do the things that are not in harmony with Godís will and we have to discipline ourselves to do His will constantly. Iím I right? Why is that? Because our hearts are not in tune with his. We have not yet got into the union with the head. He has not yet cleansed the sanctuary, the temple, His body from sin. But thatís the work of the Heavenly sanctuary. And while thatís going on there is a parallel work going on here on earth. There is to be a cleansing of the soul temple here, and it will be done by the agency of the Holy Spirit, He is going to condemn sin in the flesh not only as He did it back there, it says He condemned sin in the flesh, didnít it? Heís going to come and condemn sin in the flesh of every member of His body.† By His blood He is going to cleanse the soul temple from sin. So, our temple will be a pure and holy temple for the indwelling of the Spirit and an habitation for God through the eternal Spirit, it says. And that Spirit will be the connecting link between us and the Head. Like the nerves of the body, and it will also be like the blood stream, bringing the life, the nutrients for the spiritual body. Got the picture? Well, itís not my picture; itís the picture thatís in here. If you want to read it, just read your Bible, itís all in there and you will see it.
(A man in the audience) Was the Holy Spirit functional before Christís death?
†(Same man in the audience) And if it was His eternal Spirit He could divorce himself of that Spirit gradually at birth but He couldnít do it while He was still here?
(Wilfred) Oh yes.
(Same man in the audience) Because He said, unless I go away the Spirit cannot come
(Wilfred) To you.
(Same man in the audience) But it was in Him?
(Wilfred) But only that which God gave Him, only that which God will also give us. But prior to His coming here, that was His life in Himself that God had given Him, it was His possession. It would never be taken away from Him. It was His own.
(A man in the audience) And He voluntarily laid........
(Wilfred) He voluntarily laid it down. Yes. She makes that very plain. And when Christ was at creation there, you never hear about the Spirit as a separate Godhead, do you? Can you find any place in the Old Testament where you have a separate spirit? It is the Spirit of Christ, the Spirit of God, which is the Spirit of Christ. And through that Spirit Christ performed all these functions. When He laid down that Spirit he went to sleep, because it was His Spirit of life. And when you breathe into the nostrils the breath of life, man is made in His image donít forget, when you breathe into his nostrils the breath of life he becomes a living soul. But the Spirit that was in the body of Christ, as Sister White says, His Spirit is in His word, which is the symbol of the body of Christ. The Spirit that was in the body of Christ was the eternal Spirit of God, the life in Himself, the self-generating life, and He relinquished that. But He was given a measure of that during His earthly ministry. He could have by His own decision tapped into the whole thing.
(A man in the audience) And deserted the human race.
(Wilfred) And deserted the human race. And gone back, He could have done that. But He emptied Himself. Thatís the very words she uses. He emptied Himself. And He accepted what God gave Him. Of himself He could do nothing. For our sakes He did that so that we would have an example to see that it could be done. And as we have faith in that plan God can fulfill it our lives. And if you donít believe it you can and I am sad to say that there are people in our Church today who donít believe it. They donít believe that God can perfect them, until He changes their bodies at the second coming.
(A man in the audience) But the Bible and The Spirit of Prophesy are plain that we must have our characters perfected prior to the close of probation because then we have to live in the sight of a holy God without an intercessor.
(Wilfred) Thatís right. Now we understand of course that the body will not be changed until the second coming. We understand that. So, if you mean by perfection, the total perfection of the body then that is correct. God could do it, but He isnít going to do it. Why isnít He going to do it? Because He wants to demonstrate that the devil is wrong. He wants to prove that in the most degenerate body of the human cycle as we have it today, in that very body it is possible for a human being through connection to the divine nature to live without sin. And with all the temptations that the devil can throw at him, it can be done. Ok Ted.
(A man in the audience) She said, ďThe conditions of eternal life, under grace, are just what they were in Eden--perfect righteousness, harmony with God, perfect conformity to the principles of His law. .... ďThis standard is not one to which we cannot attain.Ē† Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing page 76
(Wilfred) Right. That is right. There are quite a few statements saying the same thing.
(A woman in the audience) Well, was he saying that the Holy Spirit didnít come to the disciples in its fullness? Was His Spirit with Him and on the earth when He was living but not in its fullness?††
(Wilfred) For some reason the Father could not bestow the fullness of the Spirit on the Saints until Jesus had gone through with His ratification of the Covenant. Thatís right.
(Same woman in the audience) I think I understand that too. But then what power was it that the disciples cast out the devils?
(Wilfred) That was the Holy Spirit.
(A man in the audience) It wasnít the full outpouring.
(Wilfred) It wasnít the full outpouring, No.
(A woman in the audience) I was thinking that we had to have the Holy Spirit in order to even understand what He was even............
(Wilfred) Thatís true, they do. The Spirit comes by measure. But in the latter rain itís going to come without measure.
(A man in the audience) Brother Johnson, it appears to me that the ministry of holy angels has everything to do with the delivering of the Holy Spirit to us upon earth. Because we know that it was by the power of the Holy Spirit that these miracles were wrought. Yet in another place it says in Desire of Ages (DA 143.1}, All the miracles of Christ were wrought by the agency of the angels. And if you will study in the indexes under the ministry of angels, and then if you will study under the Holy Spirit youíll see that the work seems to be parallel in almost every aspect.
(Wilfred) Thanks for bringing that in John, I had thought to bring it in. But the thought had passed my mind that I shouldnít because it may complicate it. But Iím glad you brought it. Thatís an indication that I should have brought too. So, let me just point this out. The miracles of Christ and the disciples were performed by the power of God through the agency of the angels.
(A man in the audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) The power of God is through the Spirit; the Holy Spirit is the agency that operates all the functions. Whatever He hears, He does or says. He is the administrative agent. He is the part of the Godhead that can reach ...........
(A man in the audience) Is He an agent for the Father and the Son? Or, is He just an agent for the Son? And wasnít it through the power of the Son which life within himself, because of this power He was able to cast out and it was the imparting of this power to His disciples that gave them in turn power. Or did this power while He was here on earth, of course this is getting picky and maybe this is the spot we mustnít venture but itís just curiosity and maybe we will not be satisfied. Was it power ordained from above or was within Christ and then imparted to His disciples. And if the Holy Spirit was taken away from Him which He gave up of Himself, prior to His birth because as you have indicated, there is no thought there in the embryo then at birth, life started to function and as you indicated the holy Spirit is given in part was that impartation then given to Christ as a babe and developed because of his receptiveness and might there just be this suggestion that this might in part be the function of the angel to determine because they are the ones who keep the records. As to the receptiveness of our hearts to the impulses, the principles of Heaven and the more we be receptive the more we are following the more we desire to follow then the more power can be turned on.
(Wilfred) Ok. Now, you brought up several points there and I was trying to keep them straight. We have covered that. I think you were absent. But Iím going to just repeat it. It may not be on the tape because some things we have discussed that didnít get on the tapes. We ran out. So, let me answer it. Unless everybody is satisfied? Ok. We can only say, or a least I can only say with a clear conscience what I find in here. And beyond that Iíll tell you this is my idea. But Iím telling you whatís in here now. If the angels, if the miracles of Christ were preformed by the power of God through the agency of the angels it is very obvious to me that Christ made the decision, God responded through the agency of the Holy Spirit through the angel.
Now, we think about the woman who touched the hem of His garment and He felt virtue go out of Him. All right? Now there is a case where the power came through the angel to Jesus to the patient. And I have documentation for that in my files from the physical world on how the devil does it, and the devil is an angel. He can impart power to a human being and that human being can impart that power to someone else and heal them. And you can feel it and you can measure it with instruments.
Now your third point. Well before I leave that one. He emptied himself and depended on the power given Him from God. And the angels are sent forth as ministers to minister to those who will be heirs of salvation. He placed Himself in the same position as we are in. That there was no power that He used that we cannot have. And He says, Greater things than these shall ye do. Remember that? Now, it wonít be us that does them it will be the power of God through the agency of the angels that does them. Now, beyond that maybe we should discuss it afterwards or privately so I donít get completely off my track here tonight. I didnít intend to take all this time on these. But thatís all right. I mean itís good. I think that we are getting something. And you may want to think about that brother. And I can point out the statements to you so that you can mull them over. And in the final analysis Iím not so sure that it does make an awful lot of difference, just what the details of the technique are.
(A man in the audience) The only way the Spirit can be transmitted to the human is via the angel; theyíre ministering Spirits that has to be the way it has to come......
(Wilfred) I donít think so. We were talking about the power that heals at that point werenít we?
(Same man in the audience) The Spirit lighted on Christ when He was baptized, right?
(Same man in the audience) That wasnít an angel.
(Same man in the audience) It came down in the form of a dove,
(Same man in the audience) See? The Spirit therefore must be a.... I donít mean to be inquisitive, curious, or anything, Iím just trying to think this thing through. If it can be transmitted in the form of a dove, was it transmitted by an angel or can it be sent directly from the Father? If he so elects, of course I donít know if this is a very important point but itís something I canít put my finger on.
(Wilfred) Ok. Now. I donít know whether the dove was associated with an angel or was it associated directly with the manifestation of the outpouring of the Spirit by the Father. I donít know that.
(Same man in the audience) Doesnít say that the Heavens opened and the Spirit....
(Wilfred) And the voice of the Father was heard. And there again, maybe it was spoken through someone else. We really donít know. At least I donít know. But the fact is that Jesus did not accept any power for Himself that cannot come to us the same way. We can say that much.
(Same man in the audience) Right, If we conform to this point, see this is again if we conform totally as Christ conformed then there is no reason why the power switch canít be turned all the way, like a thermostat, like these rheostats, like these lights here, we can throw them on full, there is were I kind of see the function of the angel, He can determine by our daily acts and motives and they can read our minds and say they can not. And if it is in our hearts to do right then they can turn up the thermostat. This is the way I think about.
(Wilfred) Well I donít think there is ant harm in thinking of it that way. I donít really know the mechanics of it completely. But, I have read a lot of reports on things that are going on that the devil is doing. And I certainly got a lot of ideas on how this thing functions and he is an angel and he is functioning as an angel. And if he can do it, the good angels can do the same type of thing. And when I read statements in The Spirit of Prophesy and in the Bible the thing just clicks as far as Iím concerned. I can see how it can be done.
(Same man in the audience) I was just wondering whether it could be short-circuiting and directly from the Father if He so elects.
(Wilfred) I would say yes. Very definitely, But you made a statement at the end there that I think is significant , ďIf He so electsĒ. Now what does the Father do? He did nothing accept through His Son, right?
(Same man in the audience) But you see, He poured out His Spirit in the form of a dove to His Son........
(Wilfred) Now, Iím going a little beyond that now. Iím going right to creation.
(Same man in the audience) All right.
(Wilfred) How does the Father function?
(Another man in the audience) Through the Son.
(Wilfred) Everything was done through the Son. Nothing was created accept through the Son. Thatís His normal way of functioning. Now, when the Son gave up His life, when He gave that up and it was to be delivered to us. It would seem to me that from here on in Heís going to do it through His created beings. At least they are going to share in it. Now, when Christ was on earth He was the first example of this new body He was the head, the first born of ever creature, the first begotten from the dead. He was the first one that became union of divinity and humanity.
(A man in the audience) The only one at that point.
(Wilfred) At that point, Yes. The only one. Now itís my own personal opinion, and Iím giving my opinion, Iím very suspicious that everything that God did was through the angels. These are the ministering spirits though whom He functions to work out the plan of salvation in His people. Iím suspicious of that.
What about revelation of truth? Does the Spirit first reveal it to your guardian angel and he relays it? For instance, when Gabriel came to Daniel, who was it that delivered the truth to him? It was the angel. And John the revelator, and Sister White, But now, suppose they donít come in an actual person. You donít see them but you get the inspiration of the Spirit. Would you say that that direct from the spirit? Or would you say there might be an angel involved? I cannot point my finger to any direct proof at the moment. I donít have a conclusion on it and I havenít really worried about it.
(Another man in the audience) It comes through the Spirit, but just ....
(Wilfred) Whether it comes directly or through, thatís the point. But I donít know whether it matters that much, at least it hasnít become an issue with me yet.
(A man in the audience) It says, ďThe revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John.Ē So here it seems that God gave it to His Son in Heaven who signified it to the angel who took it to John. Thereís the four, the Father, the Son, the angel, the human agent. And John was a prophet who showed it to us. And that self same Spirit then comes to us to help us understand it.
(Wilfred) Right. But does He come directly or through an angel?
(A man in the audience) I think through an angel.
(A woman in the audience) What about the angel descending on the latter?
(Wilfred) Oh, good for you. You know she says that in the closing up of this work there is going to be constant communication between Heaven and earth through the angels. She also says that the angel carry your prayer to Jesus, your prayer does not go to Him directly, it goes through the angel.
(A man in the audience) That picture is in Revelation were the angel with the censer.
(Wilfred) Thatís right.†
(A man in the audience) It does say, that even our most earnest prayers coming through the corrupt channel of humanity could not ascend before the Father if not purified by the blood of Christ.
(Wilfred) Which is again?
(A man in the audience) The Holy Spirit.
(Wilfred) The Holy Spirit. Ted, you had a question?
(Wilfred) But there again, the Fathers direct presence is though the agency of the Hoy Spirit.
Ok! Letís move on. Hereís one in Revelation 12:11 I think it is. Well, I better read it. I donít have a quote on and I donít want to make a mistake. 11 ďAnd they overcame himĒ .... That is the serpent, the devil. .... ďby the blood of the Lamb,Ē† .... Do you understand that now? ....† ďand by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.Ē .... Well, I just wanted to show the application there. Here you can read this text now. They over came him by the blood of the lamb. I never understood that text.
(The end of C/D #23 and the beginning of C/D #24)
Well, I just wanted to show the application there. Here you can read this text now. They over came him by the blood of the lamb and I never understood that text. How do you overcome by the blood of the lamb? Tell me. I have never heard anybody explain it to me. In any manner that made sense to me.
(A man in the audience) It says His life is the Holy Spirit.
Wilfred) Well, that explains it. That makes sense to me.
(A woman in the audience) What does ďby the word of their testimonyĒ mean?
(Wilfred) What do you think it means?
(Several voices in the audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) The word of their testimony would be the revelation that they gained through the influence of the Spirit of the word. So the word their testimony is going to be just like I was going to illustrating here that when they read the word they have the understanding. That is, they can explain that they overcame by the blood of the lamb, which means they overcame by the power of the Spirit. Now, I think there is another slant to, ďthe word of their testimony. Do you remember what Brother Vendon dug out of Steps to Christ? What were the steps?
(A man in the audience) Study, pray, and witnessing.
(Wilfred) Study, pray, and witnessing. Now, there is something about sharing, witnessing, that cuts the grooves a little deeper here, and gives you a more positive ability to implement your decision. There may be that slant to it too. Yes?
(A man in the audience) Well, thereís a great deal in The Spirit of Prophesy about testimony meanings and us telling what God has done for us. Hereís one statement in Desire of Ages 340. It say, ďIf we have been following Jesus step by step, we shall have something right to the point to tell concerning the way in which He has led us. We can tell how we have tested His promise, and found the promise true. We can bear witness to what we have known of the grace of Christ. This is the witness for which our Lord calls, and for want of which the world is perishing.Ē .... She says the whole world is perishing because this word of the testimony of Christians is lacking. And Brother, could I just bring a text on this very point you were just bringing up about the blood of the Lamb?
(A man in the audience) Itís in Revelation 1:5, and it talks about Jesus. It says,††††† ďAnd from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth.Ē .... And this is what I wanted us to notice. ....† ďUnto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,Ē
(Wilfred) Yes, Washed in the blood of the Lamb.
(A man in the audience) So, it is the Holy Spirit that cleanses us from our sins.
(Wilfred) Thatís right. It has to be, because it says that it is the Spirit that does the transforming. Now, I could read you other statements, we went over this in the last series last year. But it is the two things, The Word and the Spirit, remember that? It is by the Word that we are transformed and it is by the Spirit we are transformed. But the two are together, because the Word without the Spirit is dead. So, eventually the life giving power that does the job is the Spirit, but it does it though the Word, we are sanctified by the truth, thy Word is truth. Remember that? So, we mustnít get too narrow, we must leave our minds open to take the whole thing in.
(A man in the audience) Thatís where the study part comes in.
(Wilfred) Thatís where the study part comes in. Yes. Well, Iíll be through with these in just a minute here.
ďThe Church on earth composed of those who are faithful and loyal to God is the true tabernacle wherein the Redeemer is the minister.Ē .... John read that to us I think a week or two ago. ďGod and not man pitched this tabernacle on a high elevated platform. This tabernacle is Christís body.Ē .... Does that identify it? .... ďAnd from north, south, east, and west He gathers those who shall help to compose it. A holy tabernacle is built up of those who receive Christ as their personal Savior. Christ is the minister of the true tabernacle, the High Priest of all who believe in Him as a personal Savior.Ē That was printed in The Signs of the Times Feb. 24th 1900. And reprinted in volume 7 of the Bible Commentary, page 931. Then if we are the tabernacle, the true temple that is to be cleansed of sin. Donít you see where the parallel work comes in? Whatís He doing now? He cleansing the sanctuary from sin, Heís in the holy of holies.
(A man in the audience) The holiest of all.
(Wilfred) The holiest of all. All right, and Heís administering what? The blood. What does it mean to administer the blood?
(A man in the audience) To send the Holy Spirit.
(Wilfred) To send the Holy Spirit. What for? To give the power to implement the decision to cease from sin and cause the creative change in the patterns that are in there that need to get out so you will now love to do the law of God instead of pushing yourself to do it.
(A man in the audience) Something just came to my mind. I need to ask you a question.
(Same man in the audience) Going back to the sanctuary services of the Jewish tabernacle where they took blood and put it on the horns of the alter and the blood of the lamb, these are all the symbol of the work of the Holy Spirit then.
(Wilfred) That is right!
(Same man in the audience) And if we go back and study the Jewish economy we will understand more of Godís work for us.
(Wilfred) Do you realize what she says? She says, that there are many things in that old Jewish economy that are not yet understood, but the gospel is the key that unlocks the mystery. And what is the gospel? The gospel is ďChrist in you, the hope of glory.Ē And what is ďChrist in you, the hope of glory?Ē
(Same man in the audience) The Holy Spirit.
(Wilfred) The Holy Spirit. What is the gospel? The gospel is, He will forgive us our sins and give us power to live without sin. How does that come? By the Holy Spirit. Do you see the key? The sacrifice of Christ. She also says that we will understand the incarnation of Christ and He sacrifice and His mediatorial work far better than we do. I could read you that. We havenít understood that. Do you see? But now the work is to be completed. And the Bible says that God will do nothing except He does what?
(Several voices in the audience) But he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
(Wilfred) Ok. So we are gaining a little more insight into it. Right? So, do you see that Joel chapter two is being fulfilled, right here? Do you see that? Weíve preached it, weíve said itís going to happen, itís got to happen, and itís happening in other places.
(A woman in the audience) Who is administering the Holy Spirit God or Jesus?
(A woman in the audience) I always thought the God was the administrator of the will.
(Wilfred) Thatís right. Jesus is the intercessor. Itís in the hands of the Father.
(A woman in the audience) Then how could Jesus be the intercessor?
(Wilfred) Well, why not?
(A man in the audience) It says that the Father gave all the treasures of Heaven into the hands of Christ.
(Another man in the audience) Thatís when He in, He wouldnít accept the worship of Mary, He said, detain me not because I have not yet ascended to the Father. And when He got up there all the angels of God and He waved them back until He went in. And it says He was guided by a light and He desire was, not only for Himself but would the Father accept the sacrifice in behalf of everybody and there is the complete ratification. And at that time the Father gave it all into His hands.
(Wilfred) Right. Well, He does it by intersession, He prays the Father. Thatís what He said. I will pray the Father and He will give you another comforter, even the Holy Ghost. See? The Father is hesitant to administer the Holy Ghost until the Son is willing to accept the consequences, because He is responsible, He has pledged Himself to be my surety forever. And itís for Him to decide when the Holy Spirit is to be given to me. When He sees that I am ready. I have fulfilled the conditions and He is willing to take a chance on me at that point, He says, Father, sent it to Wilf Johnson. In that sense He is administering it. Isnít He?
You want me to repeat that?
(A man in the audience) No, I think I got.
(Wilfred) Itís on the tape.
And here it says in Hebrews 10:14 ďFor by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.Ē And I wonít comment on that. But it is a tremendous statement. Then in the next verse it says, that the Holy Ghost is a witness to us regarding the New Covenant. I donít think that is exactly the quote but its in there.
And here is another one, Patriarchs and Prophets page 372. ďThe same law that was engraved upon the tables of stone is written by the Holy Spirit upon the tables of the heart.Ē .... What law was written on the tables of stone? The ten commandment law. What law is written in the tables of the heart? The law of self-denying love. She says that itís the same law. The ten commandments would not have to be given if they had remained in contact with the Lord as they were supposed to do, she says. The real law is the law of self-renouncing love. The ten commandments are how it is spelled out to people who have fallen quite a ways down the road and they need some guidance. But you see, the ten commandment law under conditions of sinfulness in a sinful environment some times have to be broken, and I say that advisedly. You do not keep the ten commandment law 100%. The thing that determines whether you are keeping the spiritual law or not is the motivation. If you are doing something of faith knowing it is the right thing to do according to the law of love. You are keeping the law, even though you may be transgressing a literal commandment. Want me to prove that? Iíve done it before. The devil is right when he says the Lord did not keep His own commandments. His commandments says thou shall not kill, and He told the people to go on in there and kill. His people, go on in there and kill. So, He did not keep His own commandment. Do you see my point? But He kept His own law,
The ten commandment law was a temporary expedient under those circumstances. Do you know where those ten commandments are going to be in heaven? They are going to be in the ark and they are going to be closed, face-to-face, and lid going to be shut. What does that represent?
(A man in the audience) The mercy seat.
(Wilfred) In the heart, in the heart. You wonít kill; you wonít have to kill. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain; there wonít be any sin there. But you canít help killing in this world. You canít even walk down the sidewalk without stepping on a spider or an ant, can you? But I must add this, all things are lawful to me says Paul, but all things are not expedient. Whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Be very careful that you donít use liberty to indulge in license. See? If you donít have a clear conscience, beware. Paul said, in all things he strives to have a clear conscience before God and before man. Have I got the thought across?
Listen, I donít want to lose your attention here, I want to get these things across to you. This may be my last chance to do this particular part of it. Again in Hebrews 7:25 it says that Jesus .... ever lives to make intercession for us. He ever lives to make intercession for us. I repeat, He ever lives to make intercession for us. Now what is this about His intercessory work closing at the close of probation?
(A man in the audience) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) Good for you. Thatís right, He lays down His robes.......
(Another man in the audience) Because His people are sealed in their foreheads.
(Wilfred) His people are sealed and He doesnít need to do it. Heís now going to let them prove that He doesnít need to let them do it. And if He didnít put the robes down He could be accused of still standing between. Right? So, He sets them down. But He is always going to be our high priest, forever. We never need fear that if we should ever fall into sin weíre going to get the ax. That has been changed. Jesus died once for the sins of the world, and has committed Himself for eternity under the terms of the everlasting covenant, to forever stand good for those He accepts. You will never be cast out of the family of God from here on in. If there is anybody who is going to suffer for renewed transgression itís going to be Jesus. And there will be the deterring factor, the deterring factor; which will guarantee that sin will never again arise is our adoration for your savior, the love of Jesus. The love of Christ in your heart will constrain you throughout eternity never to sin again. If ever you are tempted, you will never do it, you canít do it, because you know the character of Christ, and you know what it does to Him. See that there is no compulsion now, do you see that? And do you see the position He placed Himself in? Think of what He had to decide there in Gethsemane. Can you see that? Thatís want He decided right there, that He would forever accept the sins of His people. And if the Father refused to honor the terms of the Everlasting Covenant and give you the Holy Spirit you could never get out of sin. And He had to trust His Father that He would do it. He faced eternal death on that cross, do you get that now? So far as he was concerned, if it hadnít been for His faith in His father He was a goner, eternal suffering that was His lot. That is what the devil threatens people with today, eternal suffering, thatís the kind of God you got, he says. You better come in or else. Your going to hell fire forever and you are going to sizzle. The devil knows what he is talking about but he misplaces it. He knows what kind of a God weíve got. And we know it. Why donít we respond? Whatís the matter with us?
(A woman in the audience) I donít quite understand, I can see His physical suffering on the cross but I donít understand, we talk about Him being crucified afresh and suffering now for things that we do wrong, just how is He suffering?
(Wilfred) Would you believe it if we read it to you?
(Same woman in the audience) Oh, I believe He is, I just want to know how He is suffering.
(Wilfred) Again you are asking for details.
(Several voices speaking at once) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) All right, Linda, Iíll repeat it, Iíve said it more than once in the past but I realize that Iím saying thousands of different things and we canít expect a 100% to stick. Iíve taught long enough to know that. So, Iíll repeat again. Within a short time. I was going to get to that tonight but Iím not now, because I havenít got the time.
The Sword of the Lord is going to come out and come upon His people and they are going to enter a period of sharing the suffering of Christ in a way that they have never shared it before. So that they are going to get a personal experience of what He went through. They will know first hand the kind of suffering and until you get that kind experience there is no way I can describe it. But the cross, she says, is a revelation to our dull senses, and mine are dull too, notice I said too. Iím sorry Linda. To our dull senses of the pain that entered the heart of God at the inception of sin. In other words, what was the cross for? Was that the be all end all for Christís suffering? Oh, it represented something more then that. It was a terrible thing to face, it was, It was a terrible thing to face. But it represents something that has been taking place since sin began. And she goes on to say, and it doesnít end there, it continues on, until we quite sinning. You see, He has bound Himself to His people. He doesnít suffer directly for the sins of the world anymore, He suffered once for the sins of the world on the cross, but He suffers directly for the sins of all those who accept Him as their personal savior. He then takes them into His family, they become His child and everything they do wrong, hits Him. Just like it does a parent, and you understand that. And until we get rid of that Heís going to continue to suffer and you are going to find out exactly what kind of suffering that is when this great and dreadful day of the Lord bursts upon you. Which it is going to do very soon. Thatís the reason Iím here, to tell you that itís coming, all the signs are there. To show you the message of preparation which I have been doing my best to give you. And after that thatís all I can do. Itís up to you. And when it comes you will either swim or sink, and thatís up to you. If you make the necessary preparation, as we have been warned, and warned, and warn to do, you will survive. If you donít you will go down with Isaiah 57:1 and 2, I think it is. Or, you will be completely lost, depending on whether you give up the Lord or not. And that again is your decision.
Well, John has a statement here in Education page 263, and I wonít read it again, Iíll read the last part. ďEvery departure from the right, every deed of cruelty, every failure of humanity to reach His ideal, brings grief to Him.Ē ....† Thatís one form of suffering and grief.
Now, I think thatís all Iím going to do on these and that sure took a lot longer than I expected. But thatís all right. What we donít get done tonight we will get done next time.
Now there are two avenues I could move into or and you may want to just leave them all to next week and use the rest of the time for discussion. What have we left here, about thirty-five minutes for the two hour session. Would you want to just discuss or would you want me to go in and give you the conditions for receiving the Spirit? I donít think Iíll tackle The Sword of the Lord tonight it will be a little too long. Iíll do whatever you want.†
(A man in the audience) Brother Johnson maybe we could explore that a little more, maybe we can get it even a little clearer, I think this is a point that maybe we could spend a little time..........
(Wilfred) The sufferings of Christ?
(Same man in the audience) Yes, and how we wound Him again by our daily misconducts.
(Wilfred) I donít think I can explain it any further than I have already done. Until I go through The Sword of the Lord. This stuff all ties in you know, like the rungs of a spider web. After I have gone through that then I think I could explain it a little better.
(A woman in the audience) What we have to do is get the word into our mind and then the Lord will work with us to understand these things through patience.
(Wilfred) Yes. When the Holy Spirit begins to start flowing out and gushing out, you will be seeing things you have seen before and the things will take on a new meaning for you and you will become settled into the truth so that nothing can move you. But you wonít get the Spirit unless you fulfill the conditions. Do you want those? I thought you would.
Well, Iím starting with Gospel Workers page 284. There is a whole chapter here, if you have the book I recommend that you read the whole chapter.
(For your convenience we have included the entire
chapter starting on page 37)
I will just make some extracts from it. Near the bottom of the page she says this, ďChrist promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church and the promise belongs as much to us as to the first disciples. But like every other promise, it is given on conditions. There are many who profess to believe and claim the Lord's promises; they talk about Christ and the Holy Spirit; yet they receive no benefit,Ē .... Listen. .... ďbecause they do not surrender their souls to the guidance and control of divine agencies.Ē So, Whatís the first condition?
(A man in the audience) Surrender.
(Wilfred) Surrender their souls to what?
(A man in the audience) Control.
(Wilfred) The guidance and control of divine agencies.
We cannot use the Holy Spirit; the Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit, God works in His people "to will and to do of His good pleasure." But many will not submit to be led. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given.Ē .... All right, letís get that one now. Only to those who wait humbly upon God. You donít command God, you wait humbly for His timing. ďWho watch for His guidanceĒ .... You keep an eye out. Watch for His guidance and grace. Grace means forgiveness, favor. Only for those who watch for this is the Spirit given. .... ďThis promised blessing, claimed by faith,Ē .... All right, you have to claim it. And by faith you have to believe He will fulfill it. Claimed by faith. .... ďbrings all other blessings in its train.Ē .... When the Spirit comesĒ .... What do you get? All the other blessings. Thatís right. .... ĒIt is given according to the riches of the grace of Christ, and He is ready to supply every soul according to the capacity to receive.Ē .... So who sets the limits?
(Several voices speaking at once) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) The soul does. She goes on to say, ďThe impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ.Ē
(A man in the audience) Reference?
(Wilfred) This is Gospel Workers page 284 and 285. ďThose only who are thus taught of God, those only who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ life is manifested, can stand as true representatives of the Saviour.Ē.... And what is it that we have to do in this final generation? We have to stand as true representatives of the Savior. But we canít do it unless we fulfill this. .... ďThose only who are thus taught of God, those only who possess the inward working of the Spirit and in whoís life the Christís life is manifested can stand as true representatives of the Savior.Ē
286 ďChrist promised that the Holy Spirit should abide with thoseĒ .... Ok, get this now. .... ďwho wrestle for victory over sin.Ē .... What do they do?
†(A man in the audience) Wrestle.
(Wilfred) Do you know what wrestling means? Itís setting right back and taking it easy and saying, ďOk, Lord you do it.Ē Is that right? Well, Iíve heard that expressed and there is a certain amount of truth to it. But we mustnít get one sided, weíve got to take both sides of the question. There is a wrestling for victory over sin involved. And, unless we do that, we donít get the Holy Spirit. Did you get that point? Now Iíve told you this before, and here Iím reading to you the verification of it. And why? ....ďto demonstrate the power of divine might by endowing the human agent with supernatural strengthĒ .... So what happens when the Spirit comes on top of the wrestling? You are endowed with supernatural strength. .... ďand instructing the ignorant in the mysteries of the kingdom of God.Ē .... What else does he do? He instructs the ignorant in the mysteries of the Kingdom of God. .... ďOf what avail would it be to us that the only begotten Son of God humbled Himself, endured the temptations of the wily foe, and died, the just for the unjust, if the Spirit had not been given as a constant, working, regenerating agent, to make effectual in each individual case what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer?Ē .... And she says that in another place too. That it is the Spirit that comes to make effectual what Christ has wrought out in His sacrifice. And there is more than one thing He wrought, you see. Iím going to have to skip some of this. ďToday this Spirit is constantly at work, seeking to draw the attention of men to the great sacrifice made upon the cross of Calvary, to unfold to the world the love of God to man, and to open to the convicted soul the promises of the Scriptures.Ē .... Well thatís the Spiritís job. .... ďIt is the Spirit that causes to shine into darkened minds the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness; that makes men's hearts burn within them with an awakened realization of the truths of eternity;Ē .... Have you had that experience? Where Sun of Righteousness come in with His bright beams and makes your heart burn with an awakened realization of the truths of eternity. .... ďthat presents before the mind the great standard of righteousness, and convinces of sin; that inspires faith in Him who alone can save from sin; that works to transform character by withdrawing the affections of men from those things which are temporal and perishable, and fixing them upon the eternal inheritance.Ē .... What is the job of the Spirit there? To transform a character, to withdraw our affections, that is our likes, our loves, from those things which are temporal and perishable, In other words, the things of the world. and fixing them upon the eternal inheritance. Now if we havenít had that experience itís because we havenít received the outpouring of the Spirit in sufficient measure. .... ďThe Spirit recreates, refines, and sanctifies human beings, fitting them to become members of the royal family, children of the heavenly King.Ē .... Now, we become members of the royal family and children of the heavenly king even before we are fitted but the Spirit comes to make us fit.
She says in another place, that the imputed righteousness gives us our title to Heaven and the imparted righteousness, which is what we have been talking about, gives us our fitness for heaven. And here it ties in again. .... ďWhen one is fully emptied of self, when every false god is cast out of the soul, the vacuum is filled by the inflowing of the Spirit of Christ.Ē .... Ok, there is another condition. We have to empty ourselves, get rid of every false god out of the Soul. Then the vacuum is filled by the inflowing of the Spirit of Christ. .... ďSuch a one has the faith that purifies the soul from defilement. He is conformed to the Spirit, and he minds the things of the Spirit. He has no confidence in self. Christ is all and in all. He receives with meekness the truth that is constantly being unfolded, and gives the Lord all the glory, saying, "God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit." .... Do you see the attitude? .... ďThe Spirit that reveals also works in him the fruits of righteousness. Christ is in him,Ē .... There again we have the identification of Christ with the Spirit. Donít we? He says, the Spirit that reveals also works in him the fruits of righteous. Then the very next sentence says, Christ is in him. ....† "a well of water springing up into everlasting life." .... So again she identifies the Spirit and Christ. .... ďHe is a branch of the True Vine,Ē .... Talking about the person. .... ďand bears rich clusters of fruit to the glory of God. What is the character of the fruit borne? -- The fruit of the Spirit is "love," not hatred; "joy," not discontent and mourning; "peace," not irritation, anxiety, and manufactured trials.† .... You know we have the ability to manufactured trials, and agility as a matter of fact. .... ďIt is "long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." The love of Christ is the force and power of every message for God that ever fell from human lips. Day after day is passing into eternity, bringing us nearer to the close of probation. As never before we must pray for the Holy SpiritĒ .... Whatís the next condition? Pray. .... ďto be more abundantly bestowed upon us, .... That recognizes that it is already bestowed, doesnít it? But it is the more abundant outpouring we need. .... ďand we must look for its sanctifying influenceĒ ....We must look for this. .... Ďto come upon the workers, that those for whom they labor may know that they have been with Jesus and have learned of Him. Those who are under the influence of the Spirit of God will not be fanatical,Ē .... Watch that. It happens so often that when someone gets a new experience and gets to see new things he goes completely overbroad and becomes fanatical. They will not be fanatical ďbut calm and steadfast, free from extravagance in thought, word, or deed.Ē .... Thatís an important statement. .... ďAmid the confusion of delusive doctrines, the Spirit of God will be a guide and a shield to those who have not resisted the evidences of truth,Ē ....† But donít you know, those who resist the evidences of truth, even thought the evidence is there they still resist, then what does this imply? That the Spirit will not be a guide and shield to those who have not resisted the evidences of truth He will be a guide and a shield. .... ďsilencing every other voice except that which comes from Him who is the truth.í .... In other words, the soul is protected against the delusions that come from the devil. All the false voices and the false spirits, He is protected from that by the Spirit.
ďWe are living in the last days, when error of a most deceptive character is accepted and believed, while truth is discarded.Ē .... ďWell, you know that donít you? People believe anything now days. .... The Lord will hold both ministers and people responsible for the light shining upon them. He calls upon us to work diligently in gathering up the jewels of truth,Ē .... How are these jewels of truth going to be gathered? By working diligently. And what are we to do with them? She goes on to say, .... ďand placing them in the framework of the gospel.Ē .... Now thatís what we have been doing I hope youíve noticed. That the things we talk about have all come to have a relationship from salvation from sin. They all have zeroed in on that.
Christís Object Lessons page 133, I wanted to just take tie out to read that, with reference to the gospel there. ďThe significance of the Jewish economy is not yet fully comprehended.Ē .... Isnít that what we talked about a few minutes ago? ....ďTruths vast and profound are shadowed forth in its rites and symbols.Ē .... What kind of truths? Vast and profound. .... ďThe gospel is the key that unlocks its mysteries. .... In other words, the Jewish economy cannot be understood unless it is understood in relation to the gospel, the plan of salvation. .... ďThrough a knowledge of the plan of redemption, its truths are opened to the understanding.Ē† .... Now get this. .... ĒFar more than we do, it is our privilege to understand these wonderful themes. We are to comprehend the deep things of God. Angels desire to look into the truths that are revealed to the people who with contrite hearts are searching the word of God, and praying for greater lengths and breadths and depths and heights of the knowledge which He alone can give. .... She goes on to say, .... ďAs we near the close of this world's history, the prophecies relating to the last days especially demand our study.Ē .... And that is what weíve been studying about, hopefully. .... ďThe last book of the New Testament scriptures is full of truth that we need to understand.Ē .... And weíve studied about that in our Sabbath school lesson not to long ago. .... ďThere is nothing lost of that which comes from God. When we are endowed with the Spirit and we take hold of faith by faith in infinite power nothing will be lost. The Savior of the world sends His messages to the soul that darkness of error may be dispelled. The work of the Spirit is immeasurably great, it is from this source that power and efficiency come to the worker for God.Ē
All right. Iíll be through here in just a minute I hope. Let me read now some statements directly from some of the other writings that are very specific. Hereís one from Early Writings page 71, ďI saw that many were neglecting the preparation so needful and were looking to the time of "refreshing" and the "latter rain" to fit them to stand in the day of the Lord and to live in His sight.Ē .... Does that apply to you right now? Is that what your looking for? Looking for the latter rain to fit you to stand in the day of the Lord? Listen to what she says, .... ďOh, how many I saw in the time of trouble without a shelter! They had neglected the needful preparation; therefore they could not receive the refreshing that all must have to fit them to live in the sight of a holy God.Ē .... ďI saw that none could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment,Ē .... Is it sinking in? .... ďI saw that none could share the "refreshing" unless they obtain the victory over every besetment, over pride, selfishness, love of the world, and over every wrong word and action.Ē .... Wow, Are you looking for the latter rain? Can you see why it hasnít come? .... ďWe should, therefore, be drawing nearer and nearer to the Lord and be earnestly seeking that preparation necessary to enable us to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord. Let all remember that God is holy and that none but holy beings can ever dwell in His presence. Donít get discouraged yet, cheer up.
First Testimonies for the Church page 619, ďI was shown that if God's people make no efforts on their part, but wait for the refreshing to come upon them and remove their wrongs and correct their errors; if they depend upon that to cleanse them from filthiness of the flesh and spirit, and fit them to engage in the loud cry of the third angel, they will be found wanting. The refreshing or power of God comes only on those who have prepared themselves for it by doing the work which God bids them, namely, cleansing themselvesĒ .... Cleansing who? Themselves. Whoís doing it? They are. .... ďfrom all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.Ē .... Perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Only those people are going to share in the refreshing, she says.
One more here from 5 Testimonies for the Church, page 214, ďNot one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them.Ē .... Iíd better say wow, again. ďNot one of us will ever receive the seal of God while our characters have one spot or stain upon them.Ē .... Well, you say ok, but the Spirit is going to help us straighten out.† Let me read on. .... ďIt is left with us to remedy the defects in our characters,Ē .... To whom is it left? To us to remedy the defects in our characters. .... ďto cleanse the soul temple of every defilement.Ē .... I thought it was Christ who was going to cleanse the soul temple, didnít you? And we said we canít do it. Now weíre stuck, arenít we? Weíre up a dead end street. Listen, Iím going to read some more now. To cleanse the soul temple of every defilement. .... ďThen the latter rain will fall upon us as the early rain fell upon the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.Ē .... Then and not until then. Now, have we got a job to do?
(A man in the audience) Yes.
(Wilfred) It looks like we have a job to do. But I want to read some other statements now because I donít wan to leave you like that or youíll go home with a handkerchief in one hand and tears in the other.
Desire of Ages, page 97, ďNo man can of himself cast out the evil throng that have taken possession of the heart. Only Christ can cleanse the soul temple. But He will not force an entrance. He comes not into the heart as to the temple of old; but He says, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:Ē .... Remember where that comes from?
(A man in the audience) Revelation.
(Wilfred) And the message is to whom?
(A man in the audience) To Laodicea.
(Wilfred) To us.
"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock:Ē .... Ēif any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him." .... Now, what is He going to do when He comes in? Cleanse the temple. Can you reconcile those statements?
I want to read another one. Christís Object lessons page 94, This is the old edition, ďIn all who will submit themselves to the Holy Spirit a new principle of life is to be implanted; the lost image of God is to be restored in humanity.Ē
ďBut man cannot transform himself by the exercise of his will. He possesses no power by which this change can be effected.Ē .... ďThe renewing energy must come from God. The change can be made only by the Holy Spirit. All who would be saved, high or low, rich or poor must submit to the working of this power. As the leaven, when mingled with the meal, works from within outward, so it is by the renewing of the heart that the grace of God works to transform the life. No mere external change is sufficient to bring us into harmony with God. There are many, who try to reform by correcting this or that bad habit, and they hope in this way to become Christians, but they are beginning in the wrong place. Our first work is with the heartĒ
The heart must be converted and sanctified. The man who attempts to keep the commandments of God from a sense of obligation merely--because he is required to do so--will never enter into the joy of obedience. He does not obey. When the requirements of God are accounted a burden because they cut across human inclination, we may know that the life is not a Christian life. True obedience is the outworking of a principle within. It springs from the love of righteousness, the love of the law of God. The essence of all righteousness is loyalty to our Redeemer. This will lead us to do right because it is right--because right doing is pleasing to God.Ē .... Now, there youíve got it.
Iíve got to cleanse my own soul temple from every defilement, and I canít do it before I get the Holy Spirit in the latter rain, and I canít do it. Can you reconcile those two statements?
(A man in the audience) I can reach a decision that thatís what I want.
(Wilfred) Thatís right. And you can go beyond that.
(Another man in the audience) I can move in that direction as far as I am able.
(Wilfred) Thatís right. That is your part in cleansing the soul temple. And it is possible, under the influence of the former rain to obey every commandment of God. And that is as far as you can cleanse your soul temple. You cannot transform the heart, I read it to you, you cannot transform the heart any more than a leopard can change his spots. So, the farthest you can go is the keep Godís commandments, even though they go against your grain, even though there is resistance, you have to buck it, youíve got wrestle to overcome, didnít I read that tonight? Thatís your part. And youíve got to over come those sins to qualify for the latter rain. Because the Lord is not going to transform that heart and give you the power that Adam had and that Lucifer had until He knows that you are not going to abuse it like they did. And youíve got to prove to the universe that He is justified in giving it to you, and you prove it by your obedience. I can read it from the Bible. in Acts, ďThe Holy Spirit is given to those that obey Him.Ē Thatís what Peter said.
(A woman in the audience) If I am struggling to overcome something and I just canít do it and I try, and I try, and I try. Am I not trying hard enough or do I not have the power?
(Wilfred) You donít have the power.
(A woman in the audience) Then itís not my fault.
(Wilfred) In a sense, thatís right. But are you fulfilling all the other conditions for the reception of the spirit? That we read tonight.
(A woman in the audience) If I want to overcome that sin more than anything and I strive day after day, after day, after day, and I just fall down .............
(Wilfred) Ok. Then you go to god and you say, Lord, youíve seen what I have been trying to do. And you like Jacob did, and you may not agree with me on this point but I believe that the time of Jacobís trouble starts before probation closes, his trouble was he wanted the assurance of forgiveness of sins and the power to get rid of his guilt so he could face his brother who was to come to kill him. And we can get into that same predicament canít we?
(A man in the audience) Yes.
(Wilfred) And what did he do? He wrestled with God. He pleaded with God. He would let Him go until He blessed him. Try it.
(A man in the audience) He had to forsake all known sins this is ............
(Wilfred) But she is talking about the one she is trying to forsake and canít.
I had two ice cream popsicles today, one right after the other, they were in the fridge there, and I saw them, they looked good.†
(A man in the audience) Doesnít God let us struggle on a little bit to recognize our weakness?
(Wilfred) Why sure! And when we are good and sure that we canít do it we turn to Him. And if He doesnít give it to us right away we think, what kind of a God is He anyway? Why doesnít He fulfill His promises? And we get a little animosity sometimes. Donít we?
(A woman in the audience) When He is sure He can trust us Heíll give it us.
(Wilfred) Yes. Heís, again, trying to develop the right characteristics in us through this experience of struggling with sin. Thatís what He trying to do. We have got to develop total surrender, patience, humility, and I read these things here tonight.
(A woman in the audience) Define ďSurrenderĒ.
(Wilfred) Define ďSurrenderí? Ok. For the tenth time. But you may not have been with me when I said it ten times.
Surrender, is doing Godís will instead of your own. When God says, donít eat two popsicles, in a row, I havenít found where He says that but He says something that gives me the idea that maybe thatís what He meant. When He says, donít eat two popsicles in a row, when you donít need them. There might be a time when that will be necessary. Now I can feature a time when that might be a litigable thing to do. But when He says that and that is what I want to do, I want to eat two popsicles in a row, and God says donít eat to popsicles in a row, surrender means donít eat two popsicles in a row.
(A woman in the audience) But that requires power.
(Wilfred) Will power. And she says, you donít yet appreciate the power of your will. Do you know that there is power in your will to obey every one of Godís commandments? I know that because she says that any commandment contains within itself the power to do it.
(A woman in the audience) So we are going to have the power all the time to do it.
(Wilfred) Thatís right. That applies not only to you Sister, but applies to everyone of us,
(A man in the audience) Can you give us the quotation on that?
(Wilfred) What quotation was that?
(A man in the audience) She says every commandment has the power needed ........
(Wilfred) Iíll have to look it up.
(A man in the audience) Well, hereís one, a paraphrase, It says, All of his biddings are enabling.
(Wilfred) Thatís right.
(A man in the audience) Really, the problem is lack of faith, we donít have faith that God has given us that power to implement the ...............
(Wilfred) She says it exactly that way. She says we have not laid hold of the power by faith. She says just that. Thatís exactly what she says.
(A man in the audience) Itís a lack of faith that causes us to stumble and fall.
(Wilfred) Tedís got something for us.
(Many voices) Unintelligible
(Wilfred) Yes, Love is the power.
(Ted) Itís been reassuring what youíve been talking about. She says, If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call you come wearing the yoke of Christ,--the yoke of obedience and service,--all your murmurings will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved. Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, page 101.
(A woman in the audience) Thatís why I asked you awhile ago what it was that Christ was doing for me because I know if I can just get a vision of that love Heís got for me that will make me stop sinning. I donít want anything to come between us. I need to know.
(Wilfred) Weíre going to go over that next week. If all goes well, thatís what I plan to do next week. The Sword of the Lord. Which is going to give you a vision of Christ you are going to see His love in a way that youíve seen it before. But youíve got to be prepared to go into that experience or it will knock you for a loop. Youíre going to be baptized with the baptism and youíre going to drink the cup. But when you go through that experience youíre going to find out what He did. And thatís going to open up to you a revelation of His tremendous love. How could He do it? And if He did that for me how could I sin against Him? And Love will start simmering in your heart, and love is the power of the gospel. When you love somebody enough, you will do anything for them, even die for them. Does that make sense?
Well, I think I have said enough for one day. Itís just about two hours. So, Iím ready to quit. If you want to continue to discuss something, find. If you want to go, thatís fine with me. If you want, John, we can dismiss with prayer. Then anybody who wants to leave can leave and if there is anybody who wants to continue discussing something that could be mutually arraigned I suppose.
(The end of this two C/D series on the Review, Plus Conditions for Receiving The Holy Spirit)
The Holy Spirit
By Ellen White
Gospel Workers, 1915 edition
"When He, the Spirit of truth, is come," "He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment." John 16:13,† p. 284, Para. 1, [GW15].
The preaching of the word is of no avail without the presence and aid of the Holy Spirit; for this Spirit is the only effectual teacher of divine truth. Only when the truth is accompanied to the heart by the Spirit, will it quicken the conscience or transform the life. A minister may be able to present the letter of the word of God; he may be familiar with all its commands and promises; but his sowing of the gospel seed will not be successful unless this seed is quickened into life by the dew of heaven. Without the co-operation of the Spirit of God, no amount of education, no advantages, however great, can make one a channel of light. Before one book of the New Testament had been written, before one gospel sermon had been preached after Christ's ascension, the Holy Spirit came upon the praying disciples. Then the testimony of their enemies was, "Ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine." Acts 5:28. p. 284, Para. 2, [GW15].
God's Promises Subject to Conditions--Christ promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to His church and the promise belongs as much to us as to the first disciples. But like every other promise, it is given on conditions. There are many who profess to believe and claim the Lord's promises; they talk about Christ and the Holy Spirit; yet they receive no benefit, because they do not surrender their souls to the guidance and control of divine agencies. p. 284, Para. 3, [GW15].
We cannot use the Holy Spirit; the Spirit is to use us. Through the Spirit, God works in His people "to will and to do of His good pleasure." Phil. 2:13. But many will not submit to be led. They want to manage themselves. This is why they do not receive the heavenly gift. Only to those who wait humbly upon God, who watch for His guidance and grace, is the Spirit given. This promised blessing, claimed by faith, brings all other blessings in its train. It is given according to the riches of the grace of Christ, and He is ready to supply every soul according to the capacity to receive. p. 285, Para. 1, [GW15].
The impartation of the Spirit is the impartation of the life of Christ. Those only who are thus taught of God, those only who possess the inward working of the Spirit, and in whose life the Christ life is manifested, can stand as true representatives of the Saviour. p. 285, Para. 2, [GW15].
The Holy Spirit as an Educator--God takes men as they are, and educates them for His service, if they will yield themselves to Him. The Spirit of God, received into the soul, quickens all its faculties. Under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, the mind that is devoted unreservedly to God, develops harmoniously, and is strengthened to comprehend and fulfil the requirements of God. The weak, vacillating character becomes changed to one of strength and steadfastness. Continual devotion establishes so close a relation between Jesus and His disciples that the Christian becomes like his Master in character. He has clearer,
broader views. His discernment is more penetrative, his judgment better balanced. So quickened is he by the life giving power of the Sun of Righteousness, that he is enabled to bear much fruit to the glory of God. p. 285, Para. 3, [GW15].
Christ promised that the Holy Spirit should abide with those who wrestle for victory over sin, to demonstrate the power of divine might by endowing the human agent with supernatural strength and instructing the ignorant in the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Of what avail would it be to us that the only begotten Son of God humbled Himself, endured the temptations of the wily foe, and died, the just for the unjust, if the Spirit had not been given as a constant, working, regenerating agent, to make effectual in each individual case what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer? p. 286, Para. 1, [GW15].
The Holy Spirit enabled the disciples to exalt the Lord alone, and guided the pens of the sacred historians, that the record of the words and works of Christ might be given to the world. Today this Spirit is constantly at work, seeking to draw the attention of men to the great sacrifice made upon the cross of Calvary, to unfold to the world the love of God to man, and to open to the convicted soul the promises of the Scriptures. p. 286, Para. 2, [GW15].
It is the Spirit that causes to shine into darkened minds the bright beams of the Sun of Righteousness; that makes men's hearts burn within them with an awakened realization of the truths of eternity; that presents before the mind the great standard of righteousness, and convinces of sin; that inspires faith in Him who alone can save from sin; that works to transform character by withdrawing the affections of men from those things which are temporal and perishable, and fixing them upon the eternal inheritance. The Spirit recreates, refines, and sanctifies human beings, fitting them to become members of the royal family,
children of the heavenly King. p. 286, Para. 3, [GW15].
Effect of Receiving the Spirit--When one is fully emptied of self, when every false god is cast out of the soul, the vacuum is filled by the inflowing of the Spirit of Christ. Such a one has the faith that purifies the soul from defilement. He is conformed to the Spirit, and he minds the things of the Spirit. He has no confidence in self. Christ is all and in all. He receives with meekness the truth that is constantly being unfolded, and gives the Lord all the glory, saying, "God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit." "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." 1 Cor. 2:10, 12. p. 287, Para. 1, [GW15].
The Spirit that reveals, also works in him the fruits of righteousness. Christ is in him, "a well of water springing up into everlasting life." John 4:14. He is a branch of the True Vine, and bears rich clusters of fruit to the glory of God. What is the character of the fruit borne?--The fruit of the Spirit is "love," not hatred; "joy," not discontent and mourning; "peace," not irritation, anxiety, and manufactured trials. It is "long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance." Gal. 5:22, 23. p. 287, Para. 2, [GW15].
Those who have this Spirit are earnest workers together with God; the heavenly intelligences co-operate with them, and they go weighted with the spirit of the message that they bear. They speak words of solid sense, and from the treasury of the heart bring forth pure, sacred things, after the example of Christ. p. 288, Para. 1, [GW15].
The message that we have to bear is not one that we need cringe to declare. Its advocates are not to seek to cover it, to conceal its origin and purpose. As those who have made solemn vows to God, and who have been commissioned as the messengers of Christ, as stewards of the mysteries of grace, we are under obligation to declare faithfully the whole counsel of God. p. 288, Para. 2, [GW15].
We are not to make less prominent the special truths that have separated us from the world, and made us what we are; for they are fraught with eternal interests. God has given us light in regard to the things that are now taking place,
and with pen and voice we are to proclaim the truth to the world. But it is the life of Christ in the soul, it is the active principle of love imparted by the Holy Spirit, that alone will make our words fruitful. The love of Christ is the force and power of every message for God that ever fell from human lips. p. 288, Para. 3, [GW15].
Nearing the End--Day after day is passing into eternity, bringing us nearer to the close of probation. As never before we must pray for the Holy Spirit to be more
abundantly bestowed upon us, and we must look for its sanctifying influence to come upon the workers, that those for whom they labor may know that they have been with Jesus and have learned of Him. p. 288, Para. 4, [GW15].
We need spiritual eyesight, that we may see the designs of the enemy, and as faithful watchmen proclaim the danger. We need power from above, that we may understand, as far as the human mind can, the great themes of Christianity and
their far-reaching principles. p. 289, Para. 1, [GW15].
Those who are under the influence of the Spirit of God will not be fanatical, but calm and steadfast, free from extravagance in thought, word, or deed. Amid the confusion of delusive doctrines, the Spirit of God will be a guide and a shield to those who have not resisted the evidences of truth, silencing every other voice but that which comes from Him who is the truth. p. 289, Para. 2, [GW15].
We are living in the last days, when error of a most deceptive character is accepted and believed, while truth is discarded. The Lord will hold both ministers and people responsible for the light shining upon them. He calls upon us to work diligently in gathering up the jewels of truth, and placing them in the framework of the gospel. In all their divine beauty they are to shine forth in the moral darkness of the world. This cannot be accomplished without the aid of the Holy Spirit, but with this aid we can do all things. When we are endowed with the Spirit, we take hold by faith of infinite power. There is nothing lost of that which comes from God. The Saviour of the world sends His messages to the soul, that the darkness of error may be dispelled. The work of the Spirit is immeasurably great. It is from this source that power and efficiency come to the worker for God. p. 289, Para. 3, [GW15].
May you be richly blessed by this book, is our prayer