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want to be obedient to the Word, that everything may be done decently and
in order and without confusion. Amen.
W.J.S.
12. “RECEIVE YE THE HOLY GHOST.”
(AF, January 1907, 2)
1.— The first step in seeking the baptism with the Holy Ghost is to have a
clear knowledge of the new birth in our souls, which is the first work of grace
and brings everlasting life to our souls. “Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God.” Every one of us that repents of our sins and turns
to the Lord Jesus with faith in Him, receives forgiveness of sins. Justification
and regeneration are simultaneous. The pardoned sinner becomes a child of
God in justification.
2.— The next step for us is to have a clear knowledge, by the Holy Spirit,
of the second work of grace wrought in our hearts by the power of the Blood
and the Holy Ghost. Heb. 10.14, 15, “For by one oVering, He hath perfected
forever them that are sanctified, where of the Holy Ghost also is a witness to
us.’ The Scripture also teaches (Heb. 2.11), “For both He that sanctifieth and
they who are sanctified are all of one; for which cause He is not ashamed to
call them brethren.” So we have Christ crowned and enthroned in our hearts,
the tree of life.” We have the brooks and streams of salvation flowing in our
souls, but praise God, we can have the rivers. For the Lord Jesus says, “He
that believeth on me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his innermost being
shall flow rivers of living water. This spake He of the Spirit, for the Holy
Ghost was not yet given.” But, praise our God, He is now given and being
poured out upon all flesh. All races, nations, and tongues are receiving the
baptism with the Holy Ghost and fire, according to the prophecy of Joel.
3.— When we have a clear knowledge of justification and sanctification,
through the precious Blood of Jesus Christ in our hearts, then we can be a
recipient of the baptism with the Holy Ghost. Many people today are sanc-
tified, cleansed from all sin, and perfectly consecrated to God, but they have
never obeyed the Lord according to Acts. I. 4, 5, 8 and Luke 24. 39, for their
real personal Pentecost, the enduement of power for service and work and
for sealing unto the day of redemption. The baptism with the Holy Ghost is
a free gift without repentance, upon the sanctified, cleansed vessel. II Cor. 1.
21–22, “Now He which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed
us, is God, who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in
our hearts.” Praise our God for the sealing of the Holy Spirit unto the day
of redemption.
Dearly beloved, the only people that will meet our Lord and Savior Je-
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