Preface to The Holy Spirit or Power from on High followed by the Table of Contents with links by chapter
“Human Love is human; “love in the Spirit” is the love of God within us. It is the love of the Holy Ghost Himself, filling and flowing in our Hearts.” A.B. Simpson
Three baptisms is more than the norm, but that is my genetics. As an infant, I was baptized in the Presbyterian church. My elementary years were spent in a Baptist church where I was baptized by immersion after confessing Christ. From 8th grade through grad school, I attended churches in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, where I was baptized as a young adult. At that time I felt the need to turn from self and live for Christ in a public manner. Each baptism has had its own purpose. As I have tried to walk with God, or rather tried to be led by God, these are all touch points, marking stones in my journey.
These acts of repentance, cleansing, and identification with Christ have all had importance in my life. At the same time, what is, was, and will always be the most important part of my walk and usefulness to Christ is a personal relationship with Christ through the His Spirit:
||9 but just as it is written,“THINGS WHICH EYE HAS NOT SEEN AND EAR HAS NOT HEARD, AND which HAVE NOT ENTERED THE HEART OF MAN, ALL THAT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.” 10 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God.11 For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may know the things freely given to us by God, 13 which things we also speak, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, combining spiritual thoughts with spiritual words.|
Our interaction with Christ and His Spirit is spiritually perceived reality. You know the interaction/abiding is happening. In this interaction is life. It is by the power of this interaction that we can have hope to live a life which magnifies, celebrates, exalts, and lifts up Christ, who said, “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to Myself.”,
If you consider yourself a Christian, and you are not aware of an interaction in your spirit with the Spirit of God, I suggest you have yet to receive the Spirit, or, possibly, if you have accepted Jesus it is the desires of the flesh, the desires of the eyes, and the pride of life which absorbs your attention.
Sanctification is the process of becoming conformed into the image of Christ, not just into a good image, but the image of Christ. There is a huge difference between our fallen natures and God’s perfection. The more we become conformed into the image of God, the easier it is to see the gap between our being and God’s Holiness. We might be encouraged by seeing a friends or a spouse walking in God’s love. At the same time, God might be showing them what is needed to set aside for next plateau, and it might seem a long way off. It is usually hard to offer God what He requests. It was hard for Abraham, but God always has ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.‘ Jer 29:11
If we have accepted Christ as our Savior, we are called to be transformed:
- conformed to the image of His Son Rom 8:29
- Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Rom 12:2
- being conformed to Him in His death, Phil 3:10
- do not conform to the passions of your former ignorance… But just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, I Peter 1:14-15
- are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. II Cor 3:18
- What counts is a new creation. Gal 6:15
- to be renewed in the spirit of your minds; Eph 4:23
- and to put on the new self, created to be like God in truerighteousness and holiness. Eph 4:24
Sanctification occurs in our lives both gradually and instantaneous. All sanctification purifies, increases faith, and transforms bits of what we call ourselves into what God wants in us.
Sanctification is intricately related to yielding. yielding our will to God’s desires is the key to living in God.
Since Jesus ascended to the Father He has sent the Spirit to those offering themselves to Him: “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send you from the Father — the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father — He will testify about Me.” John 15:26 When women and men of God have received the promise of Christ, The Holy Spirit of Truth, it has, at times been overwhelming. Many people who have written about God working powerfully in their lives, have discussed a time when God sealed, empowered, or sent them, at a time other than coming to salvation. This spiritual quickening has been referred to in many ways over time:
- The Promise of the Father
- Filling of the Spirit
- The Gift of the Spirit
- Receiving the Spirit
- Rivers of Living Water
- Sealed with the Spirit
- Pouring Forth of the Spirit
- Baptism of the Spirit
What matters is not what we call the event, but that God empowers us with His Spirit in order to accomplish what He has prepared for us. When we step into the sun we know it, even if our eyes are closed. When the Spirit of God rests on us, it can be as a mild sustaining warmth or an intense burst of energy.
In my early 20s, I became keenly aware that I was living for my own gratification. Most of the time we are focused on our own wants/needs to the exclusion of anything else. God inserts Himself into our understanding, giving us knowledge that we are called to live for Him by the power His Spirit provides. I became keenly aware that my life was unattractive in the comparison with the life God wanted to live in me.
8 He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?
At that moment I did not know if my life would ever be satisfying to myself. Actually, I didn’t think my life would be satisfying or happy, but I knew I needed to give myself to God. I simply said, ‘ God I do not know if I will be happy again, but I know I will be happy in heaven, so take me and do as you want.” This was after I had accepted Christ into my life. As I was about to learn, it is in yielding that God responds. It is in desire for God that God makes His presence richly known.
We have to wait, sometimes minutes, sometimes months, and sometimes years. For me, it was months, not many, but a few. I was yielding, offering myself, but I had no idea there was anything to wait for, I was simply saying, “I am yours, let me serve You as You see fit.” Over then next few months God sealed me to Himself, and my life, which I had abandoned as mundane and dreary, became more than satisfying, rich, and fruitful.
About that time I ran across a few books by A. B. Simpson (1843-1919). The Holy Spirit v2 looks at the work of the Spirit as seen in the books of the New Testament. This resonated with what God had been showing me in my regular study. I looked into the life of this man A B Simpson. I found that in 1882 he had started The Missionary Training Institute with just two subjects, Bible and geography. That training center was to become Nyack College, which became my next destination.
David Reese 10-30-2016
The Holy Spirit v2 by A. B. Simpson.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 – The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Lord Jesus Christ
- Chapter 2 – The Baptism with the Holy Ghost
- Chapter 3 – The Wise and Foolish Virgins; or, The Holy Spirit and the Coming of the Lord
- Chapter 4 – The Parable of the Pounds; or, Power for Service
- Chapter 5 – The Holy Ghost in the Gospel of John
- Chapter 6 – The Comforter
- Chapter 7 – Waiting for The Spirit
- Chapter 8 – Power from On High
- Chapter 9 – Filled with the Spirit
- Chapter 10 – The Holy Spirit in the Epistle to the Romans
- Chapter 11 – The Holy Spirit in the First Epistle to the Corinthians
- Chapter 12 – The Holy Spirit in the Body of Christ
- Chapter 13 – The Holy Spirit in Second Corinthians
- Chapter 14 – The Holy Spirit in Galatians
- Chapter 15 – All the Blessings of the Spirit, or the Holy Ghost in Ephesians
- Chapter 16 – The Holy Spirit in Philippians
- Chapter 17 – The Spirit of Love
- Chapter 18 – The Holy Spirit in Thessalonians
- Chapter 19 – The Holy Spirit in the Epistles of Paul to Timothy
- Chapter 20 – Regeneration and Renewal
- Chapter 21 – The Holy Spirit in the Epistle to the Hebrews
- Chapter 22 – God’s Jealous Love
- Chapter 23 – The Holy Spirit in the Epistles of Peter
- Chapter 24 – The Holy Spirit in the First Epistle of John
- Chapter 25 – The Holy Spirit in Jude
- Chapter 26 – The Sevenfold Holy Ghost
- Chapter 27 – The Spirit’s Last Message to the Churches
- Chapter 28 – The Holy Spirit’s Last Message
Thanks is given to http://www.worthychristianlibrary.com/ab-simpson/chapter-28-the-holy-spirits-last-message/ where I found this text