The Life To Know Him

The Life To Know Him

Jerusalem-2

The Life To Know Him

…tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.  LUKE‭ ‬24:49

The disciples had to tarry,‭ ‬staying in Jerusalem until the day of Pentecost,‭ ‬not only for their own preparation but because they had to wait until the Lord was actually glorified.‭ ‬And as soon as He was glorified,‭ ‬what happened‭? “‬Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God,‭ ‬and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit,‭ ‬He poured out this which you now see and hear‭” (‬Acts 2:33‭)‬.‭ ‬The statement in John 7:39‭— “…‬for the Holy Spirit was not yet given,‭ ‬because Jesus was not yet glorified‭”— ‬does not pertain to us.‭ ‬The Holy Spirit has been given‭; ‬the Lord is glorified‭— ‬our waiting is not dependent on the providence of God,‭ ‬but on our own spiritual fitness.

The Holy Spirit’s influence and power were at work before Pentecost,‭ ‬but He was not here.‭ ‬Once our Lord was glorified in His ascension,‭ ‬the Holy Spirit came into the world,‭ ‬and He has been here ever since.‭ ‬We have to receive the revealed truth that He is here.‭ ‬The attitude of receiving and welcoming the Holy Spirit into our lives is to be the continual attitude of a believer.‭ ‬When we receive the Holy Spirit,‭ ‬we receive reviving life from our ascended Lord.

It is not the baptism of the Holy Spirit that changes people,‭ ‬but the power of the ascended Christ coming into their lives through the Holy Spirit.‭ ‬We all too often separate things that the New Testament never separates.‭ ‬The baptism of the Holy Spirit is not an experience apart from Jesus Christ‭— ‬it is the evidence of the ascended Christ.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit does not make you think of time or eternity‭— ‬it is one amazing glorious now.‭ “‬This is eternal life,‭ ‬that they may know You‭…” (‬John‭ ‬17:3‭)‬.‭ ‬Begin to know Him now,‭ ‬and never finish. From My Utmost for His Highest Updated Edition

Bible in One Year: 2‭ ‬Chronicles‭ ‬1-3‭; ‬John‭ ‬10:1-23

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

The Bible is a relation of facts,‭ ‬the truth of which must be tested.‭ ‬Life may go on all right for a while,‭ ‬when suddenly a bereavement comes,‭ ‬or some crisis‭; ‬unrequited love or a new love,‭ ‬a disaster,‭ ‬a business collapse,‭ ‬or a shocking sin,‭ ‬and we turn up our Bibles again and God’s word comes straight home,‭ ‬and we say,‭ “‬Why,‭ ‬I never saw that there before.‭”

from Shade of His Hand,‭ ‬1223‭ ‬L