Put God First in Trust !
"Jesus did not commit Himself unto them . . .
for He knew what was in man."
Our Lord trusted no man; yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, never in despair about any man, because He put God first in trust; He trusted absolutely in what God's grace could do for any man. If we put our trust in human beings first, we'll end in despairing of everyone; we'll become bitter, because we've insisted on man being what no man ever can be---absolutely right. Let's never trust anything but the grace of God in ourselves or in anyone else. Let's put God's Needs First. "Lo, I come to do Thy will, O God." Hebrews 10:9
A man's obedience is to what he sees to be a need; Our Lord's obedience was to the will of His Father. The cry to-day is---"We must get some work to do; the heathen are dying without God; we must go and tell them of Him." We have to see first of all that God's needs in us personally are being met. "Tarry ye until. . . ." The purpose of this College is to get us rightly related to the needs of God. When God's needs in us have been met, then He'll open the way for us to realize His needs elsewhere.
Let's put God's Trust First. "And whoso receiveth one such little child in my name receiveth Me." Matthew 18:5
God's trust is that He gives us Himself as a babe. God expects our personal life to be a "Bethlehem." Are we allowing our natural life to be slowly transfigured by the indwelling life of the Son of God? God's ultimate purpose is that His Son might be manifested
in our mortal flesh.
What's An Altogether Christian Indeed?
First implied is: One who's full of the love of God. For thus saith his word, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength." Such a love is this, as engrosses the whole heart, as rakes up all the affections, as fills the entire capacity of the soul and employs the utmost extent of all its faculties. He that thus loves the Lord his God, his spirit continually "rejoiceth in God his Savior." His delight's in the Lord, his Lord and his All, to whom "in everything he giveth thanks. All his desire is unto God, and to the remembrance of his name." His heart's ever crying out, "Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And there's none upon earth that I desire beside Thee." Indeed, what can he desire beside God? Not the world, or the things of the world: for he's "crucified to the world, and the world crucified to him." He's crucified to "the desire of the flesh, the desire of the eye, and the pride of life." Yea, he's dead to pride of every kind: for "love's not puffed up" but "he that dwelling in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him," is less than nothing in his own eyes.
The Second thing implied in the being altogether a Christian is, the love of our neighbor. For thus said our Lord in the following words, "Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself" If any man ask, "Who is my neighbor?" we reply, Every man in the world; every child of his who is the Father of the spirits of all flesh. Nor may we in any wise except our enemies or the enemies of God and their own souls. But every Christian loveth these also as himself, yea, "as Christ loved us." he that would more fully understand what manner of love this is, may consider St. Paul's description of it. It's "long-suffering and kind." It "envieth not." It's not rash or hasty in judging. It's "not puffed up;" but maketh him that loves, the least, the servant of all. Love "doth not behave itself unseemly," but becometh "all things to all men." She "seeketh not her own;" but only the good of others, that they may be saved. "Love's not provoked." It casteth out wrath, which he who hath is wanting in love. "It thinketh no evil. It rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth. It covereth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things,
endureth all things."
Well, there we have it, folks...What an Altogether Christian Indeed Is! ^smile^
The Life That Lives
"Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be
endued with power from on high."
The disciples had to tarry until the day of Pentecost...not for their own preparation only; they had to wait until the Lord was glorified historically. As soon as He was glorified, what happened? "Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, He hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear." The parenthesis in John 7:39 ("For the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified") does not apply to us; the Holy Ghost has been given, the Lord is glorified; the waiting depends not on God's providence, but on our fitness.
The Holy Spirit's influence and power were at work before Pentecost, but He was not here. Immediately Our Lord was glorified in Ascension, the Holy Spirit came into this world, and He has been here ever since. We have to receive the revelation that He's here. The reception of the Holy Spirit is the maintained attitude of a believer. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive quickening life from the ascended Lord.
It is not the baptism of the Holy Ghost which changes men, but the power of the ascended Christ coming into men's lives by the Holy Ghost that changes them. We too often divorce what the New Testament never divorces. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is not an experience apart from Jesus Christ: it's the evidence of the ascended Christ.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost doesn't make us think of Time or Eternity, it's one amazing glorious NOW. "This is life eternal that they might know Thee." Let's begin to know Him now, and finish...never.