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【翻译】必胜的信心(4)保罗的五旬节  

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作者:史密斯.威格尔斯沃思(Smith Wigglesworth   翻译:和爱稣(heheaiyesu   出版时间:1938    

英文书名:FAITH THAT PREVAILS     原文链接:http://www.evangelo.org/biblioteca/Faith_That_Prevails.pdf


   

第四章 保罗的五旬节

读经:使徒行传9:1-22

【翻译】必胜的信心(第4章)保罗的五旬节 - heheaiyesu_和爱稣 - heheaiyesu(和爱稣)的博客

 扫罗可能是早期基督教历史上最有能力的迫害者。我们在经上曾读到:他残害教会,进各人的家,拉着男女下在监里,现在我们发现他仍然向主的门徒口吐威吓凶杀的话,他去大马士革的目的正是为了毁灭教会。神会怎样对待这样一个人呢?我们人会以严酷的审判来对待他,但神却以怜悯对待他。哦,神的爱是多么的奇妙!祂深爱大马士革的圣徒们,为了保存他们,祂拯救了这位本来是准备赶散和毁坏教会的男人。我们的神喜悦成为怜悯的神,他的恩典每天既赐给罪人也赐给圣徒,祂的怜悯属于所有人。我们都应当意识到,我们每天能够存活只是因为神的恩典。

我越来越认识到正是通过神的恩典,我才能每天存活,我们正是认识到神的美善之时才会被引向悔改。此时的保罗带着大祭司给他的文书,正在加紧赶往大马士革。他倒在地上,天上发光四处照着他,这光甚至比太阳还亮。当他倒在地上,不能说话的时候,他听到一个声音对他说:“扫罗,扫罗!你为什么逼迫我?”他回答说:“主啊,你是谁?”主也回答说:“我就是你所逼迫的耶稣。”扫罗喊叫着:“主啊,我当做什么?”同行的人站在那里,说不出话来——他们无法说话——但他们把扫罗带到了大马士革。

一些人认为只有那些传道人才会明白主的旨意,但主在大马士革有一位门徒,一位隐藏起来的门徒。就在他住的地方,神向他说话。他的耳朵打开了,他听到了从天上而来的声音,哦,这声音比地上能听到任何声音都不可思议。主在异象中正是显现在这个人面前。主告诉他让他往直街去,去访问扫罗。主还告诉他说扫罗在异象中看见一个名叫亚拿尼亚的人,进来按手在他身上,叫他能看见。亚拿尼亚抗议道:“主啊,我听见许多人说,这人怎样在耶路撒冷多多苦害你的圣徒,并且他在这里有从祭司长得来的权柄,捆绑一切求告你名的人。”但主让亚拿尼亚确信扫罗是祂拣选的器皿,于是亚拿尼亚不再争辩,而是接受了这充满怜悯的工作。

主告诉亚拿尼亚注意扫罗,“看哪,他正祷告。”悔改的祷告总是在天上得到垂听。主永远不会忽视忧伤痛悔的心。对于扫罗来说,给他的异象很快就要成真了,就是亚拿尼亚进来为祷告让他可以看见的异象。

有一天我正在贝尔法斯特浏览别人给我的信件,有一个人过来对我说:“你要去看望病人吗?”然后他就指给我一间房子,让我去那里,并告诉我那里有一位生病的女人。我就去了那所房子,看到一位非常无助的女人,勉强支撑在床上。我知道从人类的角度而言已经没什么可以做的了。她的呼吸又短又尖利,好像每一次呼吸都会是她最后一次一样。我呼求主说:“主啊,告诉我该怎么做。”主对我说:“读《以赛亚书》53章。”我打开圣经照做了。读到第五节的时候,忽然间这位女士叫起来:“我得医治了!我得医治了!”我对她突然的惊叫感到很惊讶,就问她发生了什么事。她说:“两个星期以前我正在清扫房子,感到心脏衰竭地非常厉害。两个医生来看我,但他们都说毫无希望了。但是昨天晚上主给了我一个异象。在异象中,我看到你走进我的卧室,你开始祷告,我还看见你打开了《以赛亚书》53章。当你读到第五节的时候,‘因他受的鞭伤,我们得医治。’我看到自己奇妙地得了医治。那是一个异象,不过现在它成为真实了。”

我感谢神,那个异象并没有停在异象里。在末后的日子里,我们可以期待圣灵会给我们异象。神不愿一人沉沦,祂会使用各种方式来拯救罪人。哦,这福音里有着怎样的爱!

亚拿尼亚就去了直街,按手在这位以前的亵渎者和迫害者身上,对他说:“兄弟扫罗,在你来的路上向你显现的主,就是耶稣,打发我来,叫你能看见,又被圣灵充满。”主并没有忘记扫罗的身体状况而是治愈了他。但这里有一样事情超过医治,那就是被圣灵充满。哦,在我看来,当我们忽视了圣灵的洗,福音就是抢夺了神的荣耀。得救是奇妙的,成为新造的人,出生入死,拥有在神里面得重生的圣灵见证,这些都是难以言传地宝贵。但是,尽管我们已经拥有了沸腾的救赎之井,我们还是需要去到一个地方,在那里从我们要流出活水的江河来。

神拣选了扫罗。他是个什么样的人?他是个亵渎神的人,是一个逼迫基督徒的人。这就是恩典。我们的神是仁慈的,他喜欢向那些最卑鄙和最糟糕的人显示他的怜悯。在我居住的镇子上就有这样一位引人注目的角色,他被称为我们镇里最坏的人。他是那么地恶劣,言谈又是如此地可怕,甚至是那些被视为很邪恶的男人也忍受不了他。在英格兰那些执行死刑的被称为刽子手,这个人就被任命做这样的事。后来他告诉我,他相信当他对那些犯谋杀罪的人执行死刑的时候,他们身上的恶魔力量就会来到他身上,他因而会被魔鬼军团所附着。他的生活是如此悲惨,以至于他定意结束自己的生命。他来到火车站买了一张票。英国的火车与美国的火车有着很大的不同。在每节车厢中有许多的小隔间,如果任何人想自杀,他可以很容易地打开自己那个隔间的车厢门,跳出火车。当火车行驶在隧道中,并有一列火车从相反方向驶来的时候,这个人决意跳出火车,让对面的列车碾过自己,他认为这样可以迅速地结束自己的生命。

那天晚上恰好有位年轻人在车站,他前一个晚上刚刚得救。他就像着了火一样热切地想让别人得救,并且决心在他生命的每一天里都要让别人得救。他看到了这位垂头丧气的刽子手,开始向他说起灵魂得救的事情。然后这位年轻人带着他来到我们的布道团,在这里他获得了极大的确信自己是个罪人。在两个半小时的时间里,他差不多一直在流着汗认罪,你能看到一股蒸汽从他身上升起来。最后,他满有恩惠地得救了。

我说,“主啊,告诉我接下来该怎么做。”主说:“不要离开他,与他一起回家。”于是我去了他家。当他看到妻子的时候,他说:“神拯救了我。”于是妻子也被折服,也满有恩惠地得救了。我告诉你,这个家从此不同了,连他们家的猫也能知道这种不同。

这所房子里还住着两个儿子,其中一个对他母亲说:“妈妈,家里怎么了?跟以前不一样了,家里是如此地安宁,怎么回事儿?”母亲告诉他,“你父亲得救了。”这个儿子也被同样地被打动了。

我带着这个男人接受了很多特殊的服侍,神的大能在他身上持续了好多天。他开始做见证,并且当他在恩典中成长的时候,渴望去传扬福音。他成了一个传道人,成百成百的人因着他的事工而明白了主耶稣基督得救的道理。神的恩典对那些最为卑鄙的人都足够用,祂能接纳最为邪恶的人,将他们转变成祂恩典的纪念碑。对于大数的扫罗,正在他对主的门徒口吐威吓凶杀的话的时候,神做了这样的事。祂也对贝瑞这个刽子手做了同样的事。祂还会因着我们的呼求,对成百上千的人做同样的事。

你会注意到当亚拿尼亚走进屋子的时候,他叫这位福音的曾经敌人为“兄弟扫罗”。主耶稣派遣亚拿尼亚来到这里,是为了按手在这位刚刚得救的弟兄身上,好让他恢复视力并被圣灵充满。你会说:“但是圣经没有说他说方言啊。”我们知道保罗说过方言,他说方言比所有的哥林多信徒都多。在早期教会,由于他们非常接近第一次五旬节圣灵降临的时间,如果信徒接受了洗礼,不是按照五旬节的模式接受,就永远不会满足。当彼得叙述发生在凯撒利亚哥尼流家的事情的时候,他这样说:“我一开讲,圣灵便降在他们身上,正像当初降在我们身上一样。” 后来,他又一次说到这件事说:“知道人心的 神也为他们作了见证,赐圣灵给他们,正如给我们一样;又藉着信洁净了他们的心,并不分他们、我们。”我们从发生在哥尼流家里的事情知道,当圣灵降临的时候,“他们听见他们说方言,称赞 神为大。”许多人认为神对待早期信徒与现在的我们并不相同,但他们的观点并没有圣经经文的支持。任何人收到圣灵这个礼物的时候,他的经验应当与五旬节那天所发生的并无不同。我不能相信,当扫罗被圣灵充满的时候,主给他的体验与不久以前给彼得的体验会有什么差别。

大约31年前,有人来对我说:“威格尔斯沃思,你知道在桑德兰发生了什么吗?人们受了圣灵的洗,就像五旬节门徒们所接受的一样。”我说:“我要去看看。”于是我立即搭上火车去了桑德兰。我来到聚会上,说:“我想听听这些方言。”有人告诉我:“当你受了圣灵的洗,你就会说方言。”我说:“我已经受了圣灵的洗。”有一个人说:“弟兄,当我受了圣灵的洗我说起了方言。”我说:“让我听听。”但他说不出来,因为只有圣灵给他话语的时候他才能说,我的好奇心没有得到满足。

我看到这些人是非常认真的,因而我变得很渴慕。我很想看到这种圣灵新的显现,于是我不停地问问题,以至于搞砸了很多聚会。有一个人对我说:“我是一个传教士,我来这里是为了寻求圣灵的洗。我在等候主,但你却用你的问题搞乱了每件事情。”我开始与他争辩起来,最后我们步行回家的时候,他走在路的一边,我走在另一边。

这天晚上有一个等候主的聚会,我打算去参加。在参加前我换了衣服,结果把房门钥匙留在我换掉的衣服里了。当我们午夜从聚会回来的时候,我发现自己没有带钥匙,那位传教士弟兄对我说:“看来你得跟我住在一起了。”但你认为我们会上床睡觉吗?哦,没有,我们整晚都在祷告。我们接受了一些来自天上的开启。吃早餐的铃声响了,但对我来说这声音似乎不存在一样。整整四天除了神自己,我什么也不想要。如果你只知道被三位一体神的第三位格充满那无法言说,奇妙无比的祝福的话,你就会撇开一切事情来等待这种充满。

就在我打算离开桑德兰的时候,复兴正发生在这个圣公会的教区里。我去了牧师的家向牧师道别。我对牧师的妻子,博迪姊妹说:“我要走了,但我还是没有领受方言的恩赐。”她说:“你需要的不是方言,而是灵洗。”我说:“我已经受了灵洗,姊妹,但在我离开之前,你愿意按手在我身上吗?”她按手在我身上,然后就不得不逃离了房间。圣灵的火降临了,那真是与神独处的一段美妙时间。我看到了奇妙的异象,我深切地意识到了基督宝血的洁净,我喊道:“洁净!洁净!洁净!”这种意识让我被喜乐充满。我看到了空的十字架,我看到基督被高举在父神的右边。就在我颂扬、歌颂、赞美基督的时候,圣灵给了我祂的话语,我说起了方言。我知道现在我才真正领受了圣灵的洗。

我在回家前发了一封电报回家,因此当我到家的时候,我的一个儿子说:“爸爸,我听说你说了方言,让我们听听。”我不能说方言,虽然在领受灵洗的时候我被神的灵感动说起了方言,但我并没有领受方言的恩赐,因此我一句方言也说不出来。我再也没有说方言,直到九个月以后,那时我在为某人祷告,就在那时圣灵给了我说方言的持续恩赐。哦,这是多么大的不同啊。我一到家,我妻子就对我说:“那么你认为自己是受了圣灵的洗了。为什么,我和你一样,都受了圣灵的洗啊。”二十年来她总是与我一起坐在讲台上,但那天晚上她说:“今晚你自己去吧。”我说:“好的。”晚上我一登上讲台,主就给了我《以赛亚书》六十一章的头几节经文:“主耶和华的灵在我身上,因为耶和华用膏膏我,叫我传好信息给谦卑的人,差遣我医好伤心的人,报告被掳的得释放,被囚的出监牢。”我妻子则回到大厅里最远处的座位上,她对自己说“我要好好观察一下。”那晚我传道的主题是主对我的赐予,我叙述了主为我做了什么。我告诉大家我准备在我的一生中这样拥有神,而且我会高高兴兴地死一千次,也不愿放弃来到我身上的奇妙充满。我妻子感到非常不安,一种感动以新的方式临到她,她说:“现在讲道的不是我的史密斯。主啊,你一定为他做了什么。”我一讲完,我们布道团的秘书就站起来说:“弟兄,我也想要你所得到的。”然后他试着坐下,但是错过了椅子而倒在地上。包括我的妻子在内,有十四个人也很快倒在了地上。我们不知道该怎么办,但圣灵掌控了形势,圣灵的火降临了。复兴开始了,群众蜂拥而来。我们触摸到了主生命和力量的宝库。但这只不是潮水一样涌来祝福的开始而已。从那以后,主带我去到很多不同的国家,我见证了许多次神的圣灵蒙福的倾泻。

神给逼迫者扫罗的恩典也是给你的,那同样的他所接受的圣灵充满也是给你的。如果你尚未拥有门徒们在五旬节那天所受的洗那样的体验,就不要停歇,不要满足。然后你就会过上一种新的生活,你会不断地蒙受越来越多的来自神的灵的祝福。


  

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CHAPTER 4 PAUL’S PENTECOST

Read Acts 9:1-22.

Saul was probably the greatest persecutor that the early Christians had. We read that he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women, committed them to prison. At this time we find him breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord. He was on his way to Damascus for the purpose of destroying the church there. How did God deal with such a one? We should have dealt with him in judgment. God dealt with him in mercy. Oh, the wondrous love of God! He loved the saints at Damascus and the way He preserved them was through the salvation of the man who purposed to scatter and destroy them. Our God delights to be merciful and His grace is vouchsafed daily to both sinner and saint. He shows mercy to all. If we would but realize it, we are only alive

More and more I see that it is through the grace of God that I am preserved every day. It is when we realize the goodness of God that we are brought to repentance. Here was Saul, with letters from the high priest, hastening to Damascus. He was struck down and there came to his vision a light, a light that was brighter than the sun. As he fell speechless to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou Me?” He answered, “Who art thou, Lord?” And the answer came back, “I am Jesus whom thou persecutest.” And he cried, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?” And the men that were with him lost their speech— they were speechless—but they led him to Damascus.

There are some people who have an idea that it is only preachers who can know the will of God. But the Lord has a disciple in Damascus, a man behind the scenes, who lived in a place where God could talk to him. His ears were open. He was one who listened in to the things from heaven. Oh, this is so much more marvelous than anything you can hear on earth. It was to this man that the Lord appeared in a vision. He told him to go down to the street called Straight and inquire for Saul. And He told him that Saul had seen in a vision a man named Ananias coming in and putting his hand on him that he might receive his sight. Ananias protested, “Lord, I have heard by many of this man, how much evil he hath done to Thy saints in Jerusalem: and here he hath authority from the chief priests to bind all that call on Thy name.” But the Lord assured Ananias that Saul was a chosen vessel, and Ananias, nothing doubting, went on his errand of mercy.

The Lord had told Ananias concerning Saul, “Behold, he prayeth.” Repentant prayer is always heard in heaven. The Lord never despises a broken and contrite heart. And to Saul was given this vision that was soon to be a reality, the vision of Ananias coming to pray for him that he might receive his sight.

As I was looking through my letters one day while in the city of Belfast, a man came up to me and said, “Are you visiting the sick?” He pointed me to go to a certain house and told me to go to it and there I would see a very sick woman. I went to the house and I saw a very helpless woman propped up in bed. I knew that humanly speaking she was beyond all help. She was breathing with short, sharp breaths as if every breath would be her last. I cried to the Lord and said, “Lord, tell me what to do.” The Lord said to me, “Read the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah.” I opened my Bible and did as I was told. I read down to the fifth verse of this chapter, when all of a sudden the woman shouted, “I am healed! I am healed!” I was amazed at this sudden exclamation and asked her to tell me what had happened. She said, “Two weeks ago I was cleaning house and I strained my heart very badly. Two physicians have been to see me, but they both told me there was no help. But last night the Lord gave me a vision. I saw you come right into my bedroom. I saw you praying. I saw you open your Bible at the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah. When you got down to the fifth verse and read the words, ‘With His stripes we are healed,’ I saw myself wonderfully healed. That was a vision, now it is a fact.”

I do thank God that visions have not ceased. The Holy Ghost can give visions, and we may expect them in these last days. God willeth not the death of any sinner and He will use all kinds of means for their salvation. Oh, what a gospel of love!

Ananias went down to the house on Straight Street and he laid his hands on the one who had before been a blasphemer and a persecutor and he said to him, “Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost.” The Lord had not forgotten his physical condition and there was healing for him. But there was something beyond this. It was the filling with the Holy Ghost. Oh, it always seems to me that the Gospel is robbed of its divine glory when we overlook this marvelous truth of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. To be saved is wonderful, to be a new creature, to have passed from death unto life, to have the witness of the Spirit that you are born of God, all this is unspeakably precious. But whereas we have the well of salvation bubbling up, we need to go on to a place where from within us shall flow rivers of living water.

God chose Saul. What was he? A blasphemer. A persecutor. That is grace. Our God is gracious and He loves to show His mercy to the vilest and worst of men. There was a notable character in the town in which I lived who was known as the worst man in the town. He was so vile, and his language was so horrible, that even wicked men could not stand it. In England they have what is known as the public hangman who has to perform all the executions. This man held that appointment and he told me later that he believed that when he performed the execution of men who had committed murder, that the demon power that was in them would come upon him and that in consequence he was possessed with a legion of demons. His life was so miserable that he purposed to make an end of life. He went down to a certain depot and purchased a ticket. The English trains are much different from the American. In every coach there are a number of small compartments and it is easy for anyone who wants to commit suicide to open the door of his compartment and throw himself out of the train. This man purposed to throw himself out of the train in a certain tunnel just as the train coming from an opposite direction would be about to dash past and he thought this would be a quick end to his life.

There was a young man at the depot that night who had been saved the night before. He was all on fire to get others saved and purposed in his heart that every day of his life he would get someone saved. He saw this dejected hangman and began to speak to him about his soul. He brought him down to our mission and there he came under a mighty conviction of sin. For two and a half hours he was literally sweating under conviction and you could see a vapor rising up from him. At the end of two and a half hours he was graciously saved.

I said, “Lord, tell me what to do.” The Lord said, “Don’t leave him, go home with him.” I went to his house. When he saw his wife he said, “God has saved me.” The wife broke down and she too was graciously saved. I tell you there was a difference in that home. Even the cat knew the difference.

There were two sons in that house and one of them said to his mother, “Mother, what is up in our house? It was never like this before. It is so peaceful. What is it?” She told him, “Father has been saved.” The other son was struck with the same thing.

I took this man to many special services and the power of God was on him for many days. He would give his testimony and as he grew in grace he desired to preach the gospel. He became an evangelist and hundreds and hundreds were brought to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through his ministry. The grace of God is sufficient for the vilest and He can take the most wicked of men and make them monuments of his grace. He did this with Saul of Tarsus at the very time he was breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord. He did it with Berry the hangman. He will do it for hundreds more in response to our cries.

You will notice that when Ananias came into that house he called the one-time enemy of the gospel “Brother Saul.” The Lord Jesus has sent Ananias to that house to put his hands upon this newly saved brother that he might receive his sight and be filled with the Holy Ghost. You say, “But it does not say that he spoke in tongues.” We know that Paul did speak in tongues; that he spoke in tongues more than all the Corinthians. In those early days they were so near the time of that first Pentecostal outpouring that they would never have been satisfied with anyone receiving the Baptism unless they received it according to the original pattern given on the Day of Pentecost. When Peter was relating what took place in the house of Cornelius at Caesarea he said, “And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.” Later, speaking of this incident, he said, “God, which knoweth the hearts, bear them witness, giving them the Holy Ghost, even as He did unto us; and put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.” And we know from the account of what took place at Cornelius’ household that when the Holy Ghost fell “they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.” Many people think that God does make a difference between us and those at the beginning. But they have no Scripture for this. When anyone receives the gift of the Holy Ghost, there will assuredly be no difference between his experience today and that which was given on the Day of Pentecost. And I cannot believe that, when Saul was filled with the Holy Ghost the Lord made any difference in the experience that He gave him from the experience that He had given to Peter and the rest a short while before.

It was about thirty-one years ago that a man came to me and said, “Wigglesworth, do you know what is happening in Sunderland? People are being baptized in the Holy Ghost exactly the same way as the disciples were on the Day of Pentecost.” I said, “I would like to go.” I immediately took train and went to Sunderland. I went to the meetings and said, “I want to hear these tongues.” I was told, “When you receive the Baptism in the Holy Ghost, you will speak in tongues.” I said, “I have the Baptism in the Holy Ghost.” One man said, “Brother, when I received the Baptism I spoke in tongues.” I said, “Let’s hear you.” He could not speak in tongues to order, he could only speak as the Spirit gave him utterance and so my curiosity was not satisfied.

I saw these people were very earnest and I became quite hungry. I was anxious to see this new manifestation of the Spirit and I would be questioning all the time and spoiling a lot of the meetings. One man said to me, “I am a missionary and I have come here to seek the Baptism in the Holy Ghost. I am waiting on the Lord, but you have come in and are spoiling everything with your questions.” I began to argue with him and our love became so hot that when we walked home he walked on one side of the road and I on the other.

That night there was to be a tarrying meeting and I purposed to go. I changed my clothes and left my key in the clothes I had taken off. As we came from the meeting in the middle of the night I found I did not have my key upon me and this missionary brother said, “You will have to come and sleep with me.” But do you think we went to bed that night? Oh, no, we spent the night in prayer. We received a precious shower from above. The breakfast bell rang, but that was nothing to me. For four days I wanted nothing but God. If you only knew the unspeakably wonderful blessings of being filled with the Third Person of the Trinity, you would set aside everything else to tarry for this infilling.

I was about to leave Sunderland. This revival was taking place in the vestry of an Episcopal Church. I went to the Vicarage that day to say goodbye and I said to Sister Boddy, the vicar’s wife, “I am going away, but I have not received the tongues yet.” She said, “It isn’t tongues you need, but the Baptism.” I said, “I have the Baptism, Sister, but I would like to have you lay hands on me before I leave.” She laid her hands on me and then had to go out of the room. The fire fell. It was a wonderful time as I was there with God alone. It seemed as though God bathed me in power. I was given a wonderful vision. I was conscious of the cleansing of the precious blood and cried out,  “Clean! Clean! Clean!” I was filled with the joy of the consciousness of the cleansing. I saw the Lord Jesus Christ. I saw the empty cross and I saw Him exalted at the right hand of God the Father. As I was extolling, magnifying, and praising Him I was speaking in tongues as the Spirit of God gave me utterance. I knew now that I had received the real Baptism in the Holy Ghost.

I sent a telegram home and when I got there one of our boys said, “Father, I hear you have been speaking in tongues. Let’s hear you.” I could not speak in tongues. I had been moved to speak in tongues as the Spirit of God gave utterance at the moment I received the Baptism, but I did not receive the gift of tongues and could not speak a word. I never spoke again in tongues until nine months later when I was praying for someone, and it was then that God gave me the permanent gift of speaking in tongues. And so Saul was filled with the Holy Ghost and in the later chapters of the Acts of the Apostles we see the result of this infilling. Oh, what a difference it makes. When I got home my wife said to me, “So you think you have received the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Why, I am as much baptized in the Holy Ghost as you are.” We had sat on the platform together for twenty years but that night she said, “Tonight you will go by yourself.” I said, “All right.” As I went up to the platform that night the Lord gave me the first few verses of the sixty-first chapter of Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek: He hath sent me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” My wife went back to one of the furthermost seats in the hall and she said to herself, “I will watch it.” I preached that night on the subject the Lord had given me and I told what the Lord had done for me. I told the people that I was going to have God in my life and I would gladly suffer a thousand deaths rather than forfeit this wonderful infilling that had come to me. My wife was very restless. She was moved in a new way and said, “That is not my Smith that is preaching. Lord, you have done something for him.” As soon as I had finished, the secretary of the mission got up and said, “Brethren, I want what the leader of our mission has got.” He tried to sit down but missed his seat and fell on the floor. There were soon fourteen of them on the floor, my own wife included. We did not know what to do, but the Holy Ghost got hold of the situation and the fire fell. A revival started and the crowds came. It was only the beginning of the flood-tide of blessing. We had touched the reservoir of the Lord’s life and power. Since that time the Lord has taken me to many different lands and I have witnessed many blessed outpourings of God’s Holy Spirit.

The grace of God that was given to the persecuting Saul is available for you. The same Holy Ghost infilling he received is likewise available. Do not rest satisfied with any lesser experience than the Baptism that the disciples received on the Day of Pentecost, then move on to a life of continuous receiving of more and more of the blessed Spirit of God.


   

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