DOCUMENTARY HISTORY OF WILLIAM J. SEYMOUR 189
everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the Word with
signs following. Praise His dear name, for He is just the same today.
The first thing in order to receive this precious and wonderful baptism
wit [sic] the Holy Spirit, we want to have a clear knowledge of justification
by faith according to the Bible. Rom. 5:1, “Therefore being justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” faith that all our
actual sins may be washed away. Actual sin means committed sin.
And then the second step is to have a real knowledge of sanctification,
which frees us from original sin—the sin that we were born with, which we
inherited from our father Adam. We were not responsible for that sin until we
received light, for we could not repent of a sin that we did not commit. When
we came to the Lord as a sinner, we repented to God of our actual sins, and
God for Christ’s sake pardoned us and washed our sin and pollution away,
and planted eternal life in our souls. Afterwards we saw in the Word of God,
“This is the will of God, even your sanctification.” I Thess. 4:3, also John
17:15–19. We consecrated ourselves to God, and the Lord Jesus sanctified our
souls and made us every whit clean.
Then after we were clearly sanctified, we prayed to God for the baptism
with the Holy Spirit. So He sent the Holy Spirit to our hearts and filled us
with His blessed Spirit, and He gave us the Bible evidence, according to the
2nd chapter of Acts verses 1 to 4, speaking with other tongues as the Spirit
gives utterance.
Praise our God, He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Receive
Him just now and He will fill you. Amen. Don’t get discouraged but pray
until you are filled, for the Lord says, “Men ought always to pray and not
to faint.” Don’t stop because you do not receive the baptism with the Holy
Ghost at the first, but continue until you are filled. The Lord Jesus told His
disciples to tarry until they were endued with power from on high. Many
people today are willing to tarry just so long, and then they give up and fail
to receive their personal Pentecost that would measure with the Bible. The
Lord Jesus says, “Ye shall be filled.” He says that to the person that hungers
and thirsts after righteousness, and He says they are blessed. So if there is a
hunger and thirst in our souls for righteousness, we are blest of Him. Praise
His dear name!
Yours in Christ, W.J.S.
19. TESTIMONY AND PRAISE TO GOD
(AF, June– September 1907, 4)
“O, I feel the coming of our Lord and Savios [sic] Jesus Christ drawing nigh.
Hallelujah! Glory to His name! I am so glad that the Lord is holding the
winds until the angel has sealed all of the saints of the living God in their
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