Power For Service

By Jonathan Goforth

   The purpose of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ every day from the crowning to the coming. Our Lord did not permit His chosen followers to witness a word in His name until endued with power from on high. It is true that before Pentecost they were "born again" and had the witness of the Spirit. But they were not the Lord’s co-workers until filled with the Spirit.

    And this divine empowering is for us as for them. Scripture conveys no other meaning to me than that the Lord Jesus planned that the Holy Spirit should be with us today the same as at Pentecost. Nothing can clothe with victorious might but the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and no one can receive such a baptism without knowing it. John the Baptist said, "...He that cometh after me is mightier than I...He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire" (Matthew 3:11).