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17. THE HOLY SPIRIT BISHOP OF THE CHURCH
(AF, June– September 1907, 3)
It is the oYce work of the Holy Spirit to preside over the entire work of God
on earth.—John 10: 3. Jesus was our Bishop while on earth, but now He has
sent the Holy Ghost, Amen, to take His place, not men.— John 14:16; 15: 26;
16: 7–14. Praise His Holy name!
The Holy Ghost is to infuse with divine power, and to invest with heav-
enly authority. No religious assembly is legal without His presence and His
transaction. We should recognize Him as the Teacher of teachers.
The reason why there are so many of God’s people without divine power
today without experimental salvation, wrought out in their hearts by the
Blood, by the power of the blessed Holy Spirit, is because they have not ac-
cepted Him as their Teacher, as their Leader, as their Comforter. Jesus said
in His precious Word that if He went away He would send us another Com-
forter. The need of men and women today in their lives, is a Comforter[.]
Praise our God! We have received this blessed Comforter, and it is heaven in
our souls. We can sing with all our hearts: “What matter where on earth we
dwell On mountain top, or in the dell, In cottage or a mansion fair, Where
Jesus is, ’tis heaven there.”
Bless His holy name! May God help every one of His Blood bought chil-
dren to receive this blessed Comforter. Glory to His name! Hallelujah! Ho-
sannah to his omnipotent name! Oh, He is reigning in my soul! Hallelujah!
I just feel like the song which says:
Oh, spread the tidings round
Wherever man is found,
Wherever human hearts
And human woes abound,
Let every Christian tongue
Proclaim the joyful sound,
The Comforter has come!
Many people today think we need new churches, (that is to say church build-
ings,) stone structures, brick structures, modern improvements, new choirs,
trained singers right from the conservatories, paying from seven to ﬁfteen
hundred dollars a year for singing, ﬁne pews, ﬁne chandeliers, everything
that could attract the human heart to win souls to the meeting house is used
in this twentieth century. We ﬁnd that they have reached the climax, but
all of that has failed to bring divine power and salvation to precious souls.
Sinners have gone to the meeting house, heard a nice, ﬁne, eloquent oration
on Jesus, or on some particular church, or on some noted man. The people
have been made glad to go because they have seen great wealth, they have