Life Of Jesus - The Pentecost
( Originally Published 1913 )
JESUS has finished his work on earth and gone back to heaven. We have now, in bringing this history to a close, to consider how the work was carried on, after he was gone.
After the ascension of Christ there was a pause. For some days everything stood still in connection with the great cause for which Jesus had lived and died. This pause continued until the day of Pentecost. Then the Holy Ghost was sent down from heaven. He took up the work where Jesus had left it, and has been engaged in carrying it on from that day to this. Nothing could be done till he came. No sermons were preached. No lessons were taught. No souls were converted till the Holy Ghost came. This shows us how important his presence and help are in all the work which the church of Christ has to do for the glory of God and for the salvation of men. Take an illustration.
Here is a locomotive, standing on a railway, with a train of cars attached to it. The engine is new and beautiful. Every wheel and crank and pin is in its proper place. It is complete; it is perfect. The boiler is full of water. The tender, attached to the locomotive, is full of fuel. The passengers are all waiting; but yet the engine stands still. Nothing moves. What is the matter? Simply this: there is no steam in the boiler. And what is wanting to make the steam? Why a fire in the furnace. Can nothing take the place of this ? Nothing in the world. This is absolutely necessary. Every-thing depends on this. But now see, the fire is kindled. There is steam in the boiler. The wheels begin to move, and away goes the train.
When Jesus went to heaven, the church he left on earth might well be compared to such an engine. He had built it well. Its machinery was all complete; but it stood still. The power was wanting to put it in motion. The Holy Spirit alone could give this power. When he came the fire was kindled : the steam was generated; and the train was started, which was to run around the world, and carry countless numbers of ransomed souls to heaven.
And in speaking about the coming of the Spirit, there are three things for us to notice. These are the time of the Spirit's coming: the manner of the Spirit's coming; and the purpose of the Spirit's coming.
The time of the Spirit's coming is pointed out in the name of the day when he came. It was on the day of Pentecost. This word means the fiftieth: whether it be a day, or a number, or anything else to which it may be applied. The Jews used this word as the name of one of the three great feasts which they were commanded to keep every year. This one was called "the feast of Pentecost," because it was kept on the fiftieth day after the feast of the Passover. It was sometimes called also—"the feast of Weeks." This name was given to it, because the forty-nine days, which came in between these two feasts, just made up seven weeks.
It pleased God to connect with this day of Pentecost the most important event that has ever taken place in the history of the church or of the world since the ascension of Jesus into heaven—and that was—the coming of the Holy Ghost.
And this great event has always been remembered with interest by the Christian church. In the early days of the church, the day kept in memory of the coming of the Holy Ghost was set apart as one of the solemn seasons for baptizing persons who wished to be received into the church. The candidates for baptism on these occasions were clothed in white garments, to denote the purity which should mark those who received baptism properly, by truly repenting of their sins, and having their souls washed in the blood of Christ. And for this reason, the Sunday on which the day of Pentecost was thus celebrated, was called Whit-Sunday, or Whit-Suntide.
In the Episcopal Church in this country, in the Church of England, and in some other branches of the Church of Christ, this Whit-Suntide festival is still kept with great interest. The scriptures read on this day refer to the coming of the Spirit and to the importance of his work; and the sermons preached at this season generally have reference to the same subject. And when we remember how the success of the great work in which the Church of Christ is engaged depends upon the help which the Holy Spirit gives, we see how important it is that we should be constantly re-minded of the necessity of having his presence and power with us in all our efforts to do good to the souls of men. And so, when we think of the time of the Spirit's coming, we may bear in mind that it was on the day of Pentecost, or on the fiftieth day after the death of Christ.
And now, we may go on to speak of-the MANNER of the Spirit's coming.
It was an expected coming. Jesus had told his disciples about the coming of the Spirit and had given them a promise that he should come. He said to them on one occasion : "It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you." St. John xvi : 7.
And then, just before his ascension into heaven, he repeated this promise, commanding them "not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father:" again he said, "ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence;" and again, "ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." Acts i : 4, 5, 8.
And, according to these promises, we find that the apostles were waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit and expecting it when the day of Pentecost arrived. They had not been told how long they were to wait. All that had been said about the time of his coming was that it would be "not many days hence." After Jesus left them and went to heaven, they seem to have met together every day, engaging in prayer and praise. No doubt they read the scriptures on these occasions, and talked together about their ascended Lord and the fulfillment of the promise he had left them. Day after day, they had met for this purpose, waiting for the Holy Spirit. But one day passed by after another and the Spirit did not come. Still they felt sure that he would come. They were waiting for his coming: and when at last he came, we may well say of it, that it was an expected coming.
It was a sudden coming. We know how often it happens that something we have been expecting for a long time comes suddenly at last. And it was so with the disciples on this occasion. They had met once more for their daily worship. As they came together, on the day of Pentecost, there was no more sign of the coming of the Spirit on that day than there had been on any of the previous days; but he came at last. We are not told whether it was at the beginning, or the middle, or the close of their meeting, that he came. The Holy Spirit did not send a messenger before him, to tell of his coming, as kings and great men in the East were in the habit of doing. No trumpet was sounded. No signal was given. But, all at once, the promise of the Father was fulfilled; the expectation of the disciples was met—the Holy Ghost came down from heaven. But it was a sudden coming. Acts is 2.
In the next place it was-a startling coming. The sound connected with it made it such for one thing. We read that "there came a sound as of a rushing, mighty wind." We are not told. that there was a wind on this occasion; but only that the sound which attended the coming of the Spirit was like that of a mighty wind. The Spirit might have come to the disciples on this occasion as "the still, small voice" of God came to the prophet Elijah, on Mount Horeb. But it was not so. On the contrary, he chose that his coming should be attended with a loud noise. We read that "it," that is the sound, "filled all the house where they were sitting." We are not told what this sounding noise was for. It may have been to arouse the attention of the disciples and make them fully awake to the important event that was then taking place. And, no doubt, another reason why this rushing sound attended the Spirit's coming was to indicate to them what great power would attend the Spirit in the work he was to carry on in the church and in the world. The wind, when it goes rushing on, in the form of a tempest, is one of the most powerful agents that we know of. It can lash the ocean into foam and fury. It can dash to pieces the noblest works of men, whether on the land, or on the sea. It can tear up the giant oak by its roots and lay it prostrate on the ground. And the sound of that "rushing, mighty wind" with which the Spirit came was intended, it may be, to make the disciples feel how great was the power he was able to give them in the important work they had to do. "The sound, as of a rushing, mighty wind," seemed to tell of this.
But again, we are always startled by that which is unusual. And there were several things about this coming of the Holy Spirit which were unusual, and so calculated to startle the waiting disciples. There was, for instance, the direction of this sound. It came "down from heaven." The winds, with whose sound we are familiar, never act in this direction.
From whatever point of the compass they come, they always blow around, or over the earth. A wind blowing "down from heaven," directly towards the earth, *as was the case with that sound which the disciples heard, was something unusual, and so calculated to startle them.
Another unusual thing about this sound was, that it was a sound like that of a wind, but yet without any wind at all. They heard that sound. It reminded them of the wind. But there was no motion there, such as the wind produces when it blows. Nothing stirred in that upper chamber. A feather would not have been moved. So far as motion was concerned—all was calm, and still there. And yet there was that mighty sound. How startling this must have been !
And then, what accompanied this sound was startling, as well as the sound itself. There were those "cloven tongues, like as of fire." Little long pieces of flame were seen in the air of that chamber. There were about a hundred and twenty persons present there. And a hundred and twenty of these fiery tongues were seen. How strange it must have been to look on such a number of these marvellous appearances, and to see one of them come down and rest on the head of each person present! But, the Holy Spirit was come; and these things must have made it a startling coming.
And then it was—an abiding coming. When the Holy Spirit came down upon the Church of Christ, on the day of Pentecost, he did not come to remain for a little while, and then go back to heaven. No! but he came to stay. When Jesus spoke to the disciples about the coming of the Holy Ghost, he used these words : "And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever." St. John xiv: 16.
It was not for the help and comfort of the apostles and early Christians only that the Holy Spirit came. No ; but it was for the help and comfort of all the people of Christ, down to the end of the world. The coming of the Spirit, which took place on the day of Pentecost was intended to be an abiding coming. He has never left the church from that day. But he may be present, without putting forth his power and making his presence felt. What we need to pray for is not that the Holy Spirit may come into our churches; for he is there; but that he. may make his power and presence felt. What we want above all things, in our hearts, in our homes, in our Sunday Schools, and in our churches, is to feel the power and presence of that Spirit, who came on the day of Pentecost, and whose coming was to be an abiding coming.
And so, when we would show the manner of the Spirit's coming to the early church, we may say that it was an expected coming-a sudden coming-a startling coming—and an abiding coming.
And now, the only other thing to notice, is —The—Purpose—of the Spirit's coming.
And if we wish to understand clearly the meaning of this part of the subject, there are these two things for us to consider; viz., what the Holy Spirit is; and what the Holy Spirit does.
And in order to understand satisfactorily what the Holy Spirit is—we must find out what the scriptures call him ; and how the scriptures speak of him. Here are some of the titles given to the Holy Spirit in the scriptures, or the names by which he is called.
The great names, Jehovah, Lord, and God are all given to the Spirit. He is called—the Most High—the Holy Spirit-the Holy Ghost—the Free Spirit-the Good Spirit—the Spirit of Life —the Spirit of Truth-the Spirit of Grace-the Spirit of Adoption-the Spirit of Wisdom—the Spirit of Counsel-the Spirit of Might—the Spirit of Knowledge—the Spirit of the fear of the Lord—the Spirit of Promise—the Eternal Spirit—the Power of the Highest—the Comforter—the Guide-the Teacher.
And the giving of such names as these to the Holy Spirit proves two things about him, one is that he is a real person; and the other is that he is God. He is a divine person, equal to God the Father and to God the Son.
And this is proved, not only by the names given to him, but also by the way in which the scriptures speak of him. Let us look at one or two illustrations of the way in which they do this. When the prophet Isaiah is speaking of Christ, the Messiah, he represents him, as sayling of himself—"And now, the Lord God and his Spirit hath sent me." Is. xlviii : 16. Here we see the three persons of the Holy Trinity—God the Father—God the Son—and God the Holy Spirit are spoken of as all working together. God the Son is sent, and God the Father and God the Spirit are the ones who send him.
We see them uniting together again, in the same way, on the occasion of our Saviour's baptism. Thus we read, "And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water, and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him; And lo, a voice from heaven saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." St. Matt. iii: 16, 17. Here we see the three Persons of the blessed Trinity acting together. God the Son has taken our nature upon him, and is baptized, as a man, in the river Jordan. God the Spirit comes down from heaven in the form of a dove, and rests upon him; while God the Father speaks from heaven, in a voice that was heard by those who were attending that baptism. This proves to us that there are three Persons, in the One God whom we worship ; and that the Holy Spirit, who came down upon the church on the day of Pentecost, is the third Person in this Trinity. He is a divine Person, equal to the Father and the Son. It is impossible to explain, satisfactorily, what took place at the baptism of our Saviour in any other way. And in this way, we get a clear view of the first thing, important for us to know, in order to understand the meaning of the Spirit's coming. We see now what the Holy Spirit is. He is a divine Person—united with the Father and the Son in the great work of our salvation, and equal to them both.
And then there is another thing that we must understand clearly, if we would know the purpose of the Spirit's coming on the day of Pentecost-and that is—what the Spirit does. This refers to the work which the Holy Spirit has to do in the Church of Christ. It takes in both what he had to do in the church when he first came and also what he has to do now. The work which the Spirit has to do for the souls of men is the same now that it was then. There were, indeed, works of wonder, great miracles, to be performed in the early church which are not done now.
But, apart from this, there is no difference. The work of the Holy Spirit has always been the same. How important his work was to the church at first, we see in the fact that nothing was done till the Spirit came. After Jesus had ascended to heaven there was, as we have already said, a long pause before anything else was done. This pause lasted for ten days. Jesus had left a great work for his disciples to carry on in the world; but during those days nobody moved a step or lifted a finger towards doing that work. Everything stood still. And the reason for this long pause was that nothing could be properly done in carrying on this work till the Spirit came. The disciples had been distinctly told to wait for his coming. They waited till the day of Pentecost. Then, this Spirit came. Then the work began-the work of saving souls from death. The work has never ceased. It has been going on to the present day; and it will continue to go on till Jesus comes again.
Now there are four things that must be done for every soul that is to be saved through Jesus Christ. And none but the Holy Spirit can do these things.
The first thing that the Holy Spirit has to do for every soul is to-CONVERT—it.
He began this work at once when he came. He set the apostles to preaching Jesus Christ, and the result of the first day's preaching was-that three thousand souls were converted.
The conversion of the soul refers to the great change which takes place when a person be-comes a Christian. The word conversion is only one of several words applied to this subject in the Scriptures. Sometimes it is called being quickened, or made alive ; and at other times it is called being " born again." This was the way in which our Saviour spoke of the great change we are now considering, in his interesting conversation with Nicodemus. And he spoke of the Holy Spirit as the One who is to work out this change in every case when he said—"Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God." St. John iii : 5. To be "born of the Spirit," is the same as to be converted, or to have the heart changed, and to be made a new creature in Christ Jesus. Good people differ much in their opinions about what our Saviour means by "water" here. Some think it means the truth of God's word, which is spoken of as the means employed in the conversion of souls; while others think that the word "water" here refers to baptism ; but we cannot stop to argue the point now.
Some souls are converted, or born again, before they are old enough to understand the truth that God has taught us in his holy word. We have two cases of this kind mentioned in the Bible. One is the prophet Jeremiah, chap. i : 5, and the other John the Baptist, St. Luke i : 15. When it says of one of these that he was sanctified;" and of the other that he was "filled with the Holy Ghost" from the time he was born, it means that the great change, of which we are now speaking, was made in them both, by the Holy Spirit, at that early time. And so it may be now with children, even while they are very young, especially if they have Christian parents to pray for them. But, if they are not converted, or born again, till they grow up to be boys and girls, or men and women, then the word or truth of God is that which the Holy Spirit makes use of in causing them to be converted, or born again. Here is an illustration of one, out of many ways, in which the Spirit does this :
" How a Christmas Card Saved a Soul." There was a merchant in one of our large cities who had failed in business. He had lost everything that he had. He was not a Christian, and did not know where to go for comfort. His troubles and disappointments made him gloomy and sad. He saw no way in which he could get out of his troubles; and after thinking over them a long time, he finally made up his mind to go to the river and drown himself. He was not married, and had no family of his own; but there were a number of children in the house where he lived.
This happened on a Christmas day. The children had just come home from their Sunday-school festival. In passing through the entry, one of them dropped a beautifully illuminated card, with a text of scripture on it. As the poor man was going out on his sad errand, his eye rested on this card, lying on the entry floor. He stooped down and picked it up, and read on it these sweet words—" Casting all your care on him, for he careth for you." I. Peter v : 7. Reading these words had a strange effect upon him. Instead of going out to drown himself, he went back to his room, got his Bible, found the passage there, and meditated on it. He thought of the great sin he had just been going to commit in taking away his own life. Then he thought of all his other sins. This filled him with great distress. The burden of his sins soon grew to be heavier than the burden of his losses and cares. He kneeled to pray. With many tears and cries he asked for the pardon of his sins and for grace to make him a Christian. His prayer was heard. His sins were pardoned. His burdens were lifted off. He became a Christian. He was converted by God's blessing on that text of scripture. And it might truly be said of him that he was " born of water and of the Spirit."
One part of the work which the Holy Spirit has to do for men is to convert them. And this is a fair illustration of one of the ways in which he does it.
But another part of the Spirit's work is to—TEACH—men, as well as to convert them.
When Jesus was speaking to the disciples of the Spirit whom he promised to send, he said, "He shall teach you all things." St.-John xiv : 26. But, when our Lord spoke of the Spirit teaching us "all things," he did not mean those things which we can find out ourselves by diligence in study. We do not need the help of the Holy Spirit to teach us spelling, or reading, or history, or geography. He meant "all things" about himself and the work he has done for our salvation. Sin has closed the eyes of our souls. It has made us blind to spiritual things. One part of the Spirit's work is to open our eyes so that we may see. David was seeking the Spirit's help in this matter when he offered the prayer, "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law." We may be very learned in the things that are taught in our schools and colleges. We may know a great deal about different languages; about botany, and chemistry, and mathematics, and astronomy, and other studies of that kind. But all this will not help us to understand the things taught in the Bible about Christ, and the way to heaven. The knowledge of other things is some-times a hindrance, rather than a help, in trying to understand the Bible. In learning what is here taught, none but the Spirit of God can help us.
Suppose we take a blind man into a large gallery, filled with fine paintings and beautiful statuary. It is a clear day. The sun is shining through the windows, and there is plenty of light there. But that is no help to our blind friend. We point to one after another of the beautiful paintings before us, and describe them to him. But still he cannot see one of them. And then, suppose that we had the power to open the blind man's eyes, so that he could see them all for himself; what a wonderful change that would make to him ! And this is what the Holy Spirit does for us. The Bible is like a great gallery. It is full of beautiful pictures, such as none but God can make. But our eyes are blinded, and we cannot see them. The Spirit's work is to open these blind eyes so that we may see.
And the great end of all the Spirit's teaching is to help us to see Jesus, as our Saviour, and the one in whom we must trust for everything necessary to our salvation. Here is an illustration of what I mean. We may call it:
" Jesus Only." A lady had been trying for some time to be a Christian, but she could find no comfort. The minister of the church which she attended called to see her. Finding that though she went regularly to church, and read her Bible at home, and prayed every day, she yet found no peace; he said to her, "My friend, do you expect to be saved because you are doing these things? "
"Certainly I do," was the answer.
"Well this is your mistake. You are putting these in the place of Jesus. There is no peace, or comfort, or salvation anywhere but in Jesus only. Now let me give you one verse to think about, and act upon. Jesus said—'Come unto me—and I will give you rest.' Have you gone to Jesus only for rest and peace and salvation ? "
She looked amazed. She thought awhile of what had been said to her, and then burst into tears. New light shone in upon her. It was like opening the eyes that had been blind. She saw that it was Jesus, and Jesus only, that she needed. She came to him; that is she trusted or believed in him, and here she found rest and peace and salvation.
When Jesus was speaking to his disciples about the coming of the Holy Spirit, he said-" he shall testify to me." This was what the Spirit did in the case just mentioned. And this is what he is doing all the time. The end of all his teaching is to show us that " Jesus only" can give rest and peace and salvation to poor lost sinners.
Another part of the Spirit's work if to-SANCTIFY—or make holy—all the people of Christ.
He is called—the Holy Spirit—not only be-cause he is holy himself, but because his work is to make his people holy. And this is what we all need to make us fit for heaven. The great law of that blessed world, the law that is written, as it were, over the gate of heaven, is this—"without holiness no man shall see the Lord." And Jesus pointed out the way in which this holiness or sanctification is to be secured when he was praying for his disciples, and said, "Sanctify them through thy truth." The truth here spoken of, means "the truth as it is in Jesus "; or the things that the Bible tells us about him. This truth is the instrument, or means, which the Spirit employs in making us holy. The best definition of holiness is to say that it means being made like Jesus. He is the example, or model, we have set before us, which we must try to imitate. We must ask ourselves what would Jesus think, or feel, or say, or do, if he were in our position ? and then we must try to think, and feel, and speak, and act as much like him as possible. And so you see how important it is for us to know "the truth," or what the Bible teaches us about him, because it is only in this way that we can ever hope to become like him, or to be made holy.
There was a famous artist in Italy many years ago, whose name was Michael Angelo. He was a great painter and a great sculptor. And when he was occupied on any work he always took the greatest pains to finish it as finely as possible. He was once engaged in making the statue of an angel. out of a block of white marble. At last it was nearly done; but still, he lingered over it, trying to improve it in every possible way. He was a firm believer in the old proverb, that "whatever is worth doing, is worth doing well." A person who had been in his studio and had seen him at work upon this statue came back, several days after, and found him busy with it still. "Why," said he, "I don't see that you have done anything since I was here before."
" O, yes, I have," said the great artist." It was too full here, and I have reduced it somewhat. I have brought that muscle out better. I have rounded off this arm. I have improved the lip here; and the chin there, and I have put more expression into the face."
"Well, but these are mere trifles," said the visitor.
"They help to make my work perfect; and perfection is no trifle," was the great man's wise reply.
And this shows us exactly what the Spirit's work is in making us holy. It is trying to make us more and more like the model of perfection we have set before us in Jesus. But there is one point of difference between Michael Angelo's work on his marble statue and the Spirit's work upon us. That block of marble was a dead stone. It could do nothing at all. to help the sculptor in his work upon it. But we are living stones, in the hands of the heavenly Artist. We can and must take hold, and help in the great work which the Holy Spirit is carrying on, in trying to make us more holy, or more like Jesus. And as we yield ourselves to the blessed influences of the Spirit, we should be lifting up our hearts to Jesus in the prayer :
"Make us, by transforming grace, Dear Saviour, daily more like thee!"
And then there is one other thing the Holy Spirit has to do in carrying on his great work, and that is to—HELP AND COMFORT—US.
The work we have to do, as the followers of Christ, is what we never can do of ourselves. We need the help of the Holy Spirit here all the time. It is only he who can, in the language of one of our beautiful Collects, help us to "think those things that are good, and then enable us to perform the same." But he can, as another of the Collects says, both "put into our hearts good desires, and give us grace to bring the same to good effect." The Spirit is given for this purpose. And if we seek and secure his help, we shall not only be able to do all that God requires, but we shall find comfort in doing it. The work of the Spirit is to give help and comfort to those who are trying to serve the blessed Saviour. And it is because he does this that he is so often called the Comforter. How many illustrations we find of the way in which the Spirit does this part of his work! But we have only room for one.
" Blind Robert." Robert's mother was a poor widow. She had a large family of children. Robert was the youngest. His mother took in washing. His brothers and sisters all helped to support the family by working in one way or other. But poor blind Robert could not work. The only way in which he could help his mother was by carrying home the clothes for her when the washing and ironing were over. And it was a touching sight to see him with a large basket on his arm, full of clothes, and groping his way slowly and carefully along. But Robert had been taught by the Spirit to know and love the Saviour; and what help and comfort he found in him appears in the following conversation, between him and a gentleman who met him on the road one day.
After talking with him for a while about his mother and family, the gentleman asked him if it did not make him unhappy to think of being blind. For a moment, he looked sad; then he smiled, and said : "Sometimes I think it hard to have to creep about so. I should so like to look at the bright sun that warms me; and the sweet birds that sing for me; and the beautiful flowers that feel so soft as I touch them. But God made me blind, and I know that it is best for me. I am glad that he did not make me deaf and dumb, too. I am glad that he gave me such a good mother. But, above all, I am so glad that he has taught me to know and love the blessed Saviour; for I find it such a help and comfort to think about him."
"And how does the Saviour help you?"
"Oh, sir, I pray to him; and then I seem to hear him say, `I forgive you Robert; I love you, poor, blind boy! I will take away your evil heart and give you a new one!' And then I feel so happy; it seems to me as if I could almost hear the angels singing up in heaven."
"I am glad to hear this, Robert. And do you ever expect to see the angels? "
"Oh, yes, sir ! When I die, my spirit will not be blind. It is only my clay house that has no windows. I can see with my mind now; and that, mother tells me, is the way they see in heaven. I heard mother reading in the Bible the other day, where it tells about heaven, and it said there is `no night there.' But here, it is night to blind people all the time. Oh ! sir, when I feel bad because I can't see, I think of Jesus and heaven, and that helps and comforts me."
This is a beautiful illustration of this part of the work of the Holy Spirit. It shows us how the Spirit helps and comforts us. It is by testifying of Jesus, or by teaching us to know what a precious Saviour he is and what glorious things he does for those who love him.
And now we have considered the three things about the coming of the Holy Spirit, mentioned at the beginning of this chapter. We have spoken of the time of his coming—on the day of Pentecost; the manner of his coming-expected—sudden—startling—and abiding; and we have spoken of the purpose of his coming; this led us to show what the Spirit is—he is a divine Person—one of the three Persons in the blessed Trinity; and what the Spirit does. His work is to convert-to teach-to sanctify, or make holy, -and help and comfort all the people of Christ.
Jesus left the great work to be done for his church, and by his church, in good hands, when he left it with the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray God to give us a larger measure of the Holy Spirit's presence and power in our hearts, and then we shall be holy and useful and happy !