The Enduement of the Spirit

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A. J.  Gordon (1836-1895) was born in New Hampshire to devout Christian parents. At about age fifteen, he was converted; one year later he expressed his desire to prepare for the ministry. In 1856 he attended Brown University, and in 1860 entered Newton Theological Seminary. Upon graduation in 1863, he accepted a pastorate at Jamaica Plain, New Boston. After six successful years there, he accepted a call to pastor Clarendon Street Baptist Church in Boston, which was in a poor spiritual condition. In 1877, evangelist Dwight L. Moody came to Boston. When Moody, as Henry Drummond said, … Continue reading “The Enduement of the Spirit”

I Believe in the Holy Ghost by Maynard James

Maynard James (1902-1988) was born in Bargoed, South Wales. In 1927 he became a student at the well-known Methodist training school, Cliff College, England, where he studied under the renowned Samuel Chadwick and was soon nicknamed “Holiness James.” It was while at Cliff College that James founded the Trekkers, a group of young men who traveled from town to town and village to village preaching the gospel. His span of ministry included church administration, evangelism, pastoring, and publishing. He ministered alongside evangelists Leonard Ravenhill, Duncan Campbell, and Jack Ford for several years. He served for nearly 50 years as the … Continue reading “I Believe in the Holy Ghost by Maynard James”

Christ in You

“Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27 Years ago, the Scottish evangelist Dr. John S. Logan was at a meeting of pastors where Watchman Nee (1903-1972), the saintly Chinese evangelist, was present. Logan gave the following account of the impression Nee left upon that gathering of ministers: “After speaking, Watchman Nee was fielding questions from the crowd, and one pastor asked if he could define holiness. Nee said, ‘It is the Spirit of Christ in me, plus …’ and he began to move around the room placing his hands on each pastor in succession and saying, ‘the Spirit of … Continue reading “Christ in You”

Breath of God

If we are going to be the children of God,” A. W. Tozer (1897-1963) insightfully commented over fifty years ago, “we must have the Spirit of the Father to breathe into our hearts and breathe through us. That is why we must have the Spirit of God. That is why the Church must have the Spirit of Christ.”1 What breath is to our body, the Holy Spirit is to the believer and Christ’s Church. In the Hebrew language, in which the Old Testament was originally written, the word for breath, breathe, wind, and spirit are all from the same root … Continue reading “Breath of God”

Wind of God

And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Acts 2:2 It was a crisp October morning as I sat in the car overlooking beautiful Montagu Bay. My vehicle was provided to my wife Emily and me by our gracious hosts, Sir Durward (the first Olympic gold medal winner from the Bahamas) and Lady Holly Knowles, during my week of ministry among the dear people at the Nassau Ebenezer Methodist Church. As I viewed the wide assortment of commercial and pleasure boats on the bay that … Continue reading “Wind of God”

The Spirit of Orthodoxy

“And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth.” John 14:16-17 Dr. Daniel Steele (1824-1914) served his Lord and the Methodist Church as a pastor, evangelist, college president (two colleges), professor (including Boston University), and as a writer to the church at large. He was the founding president of Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York. Steele served on the committee assigned to create a charter for Syracuse, which was designed to be a Methodist-affiliated school. Upon reading the charter’s first draft, he remarked later, it “would have suited a Muslim … Continue reading “The Spirit of Orthodoxy”

The Spirit of Truth

Introduction The Third Person of the Triune God has been given a variety of titles in the sacred Scriptures. He is called the Holy Spirit, Spirit, Spirit of God, Spirit of Christ, Helper, Spirit of grace, Spirit of glory, and many more names, descriptive of his multifaceted ministries. One name the Lord Jesus used in reference to the Spirit was the “Spirit of truth.” Three times during his Farewell Discourse (John 14 -17), Jesus calls the Holy Spirit by this name. In preparing his disciples for his imminent departure and the promised descent of the Spirit, Jesus announced, “And I … Continue reading “The Spirit of Truth”