E. R. (Eugene Russell) Hendrix.

The personality of the Holy Spirit online

. (page 8 of 11)
Online LibraryE. R. (Eugene Russell) HendrixThe personality of the Holy Spirit → online text (page 8 of 11)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook

The Executive of the Godhead. 141

the strength of his mighty arm which is only
displayed for the sons of God? "Eye hath
not seen, ear hath not heard, nor has it entered
into the heart of man to conceive the things that
God hath prepared for them that love him. But
God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit."
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good
gifts unto your children, how much more shall
your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to
them that ask him ?"

What though the Spirit of God be invisible,
is not also the ether invisible, that vehicle through
which the Spirit sends energy into all the world ?
And yet, though invisible, the ether surrounds
and touches every particle of matter, ready to
convey the subtle energy wherever there is the
required affinity between substances. So the
Holy Spirit who fashioned the human heart is
not far from every one of us — nay, touches and
embraces every spirit, that through this vehicle
of divine energy, as through the human body
of Jesus as the vehicle of divinity, we might
know the things that are freely given us of God.
"Which things also we speak, not in words that
man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit
teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spir-

142 The Holy Spirit

itual. Now the natural man receiveth not tlie
things of the Spirit of God : for they are fool-
ishness unto him, because they are spiritually
discerned." No more can scientific things, the
substances and laws and forces of nature, be in-
terpreted only to scientific men, men ready to
receive these disclosures because prepared for
them as the result of previous study, than can
spiritual things be interpreted only to spiritual
men. We have found the germs of the greatest
statements of science revealed as the operations
of the Spirit of God, embodied in the very struc-
ture and ongoing of the universe, and yet wait-
ing thousands of years for man to realize that
God was seeking to reveal them unto us by his
Spirit, even in the written word. How much
earlier might man gain the mastery of the great
principles by which the world is governed, were
he more mindful of the things of the Spirit !
Men have ever held down and held back the
truth in unrighteousness, or as the result of that
unrighteousness that dulled the ear and dimmed
the eye, until the whole head became sick and
the whole heart faint, and we have "gone out
of our way" despite the Word that was given
us as a lamp unto our feet and a light unto

The Executive of the Godlwad. 143

our path. If the Ught that is in thee be dark-
ness, how great is that darkness! Only when
the eye is single, whether in the world of science
or of revelation, can the whole body be full of
light. Except ye become as little children, ye
can in no wise enter into the kingdom of God,
whether in nature or in revelation. He that
hath ears to hear let him hear what the Spirit
saith alike to the individual and to the churches.
As many as are filled or led by the Spirit of God
the same are the sons of God.

The scientist has long despaired, by any chem- nje comes
ical or artificial process, of producing life. His
repeated efforts have compelled him to admit
that life comes alone from life. There is no
crossing the mysterious boundary between the
inanimate and the animate. Who then can and
does produce life alike in its lowest and highest
forms? Revelation answers what would other-
wise be an unsolved and unsolvable problem.
"In Him was life." The first Adam was a liv-
ing soul, the Second Adam, who was the Lord
from heaven, was the life-giving Spirit. The
Word was in the beginning with God and was
God, through the mediation of the Holy Spirit,
the executive of the Godhead, is the giver of

alone Jrom

Animate a7id
tiianimate na
titre contrib-
ute to the
700rship of

144 The Holy Spirit

life, lie, without whose notice not even a spar-
row falls to the ground, set its tiny lieart to
beating as the little eggs in the mother's nest
found wings and beak and breast and began to
flutter and fly away. He hears the young ra-
vens when they cry.

Most significant is it that when John had his
wonderful vision on Patmos of the representa-
tives of redeemed humanity before the throne
there were four living creatures which seemed
to join with reverence, humility, and obedience
as with twain of their wings they covered their
face, and with twain they covered their feet,
and with twain they did fly. They were four
in number as the seasons are four in number,
and the elements are four in number, and there
are four cardinal points of the compass telling
of the four quarters of the earth. These living
creatures represent animated nature, and are the
four which hold primacy in it : man, among cre-
ated beings of the highest rank ; the eagle, among
birds ; the ox, among cattle ; and th.e lion, among
untamed animals. As John saw them they
seemed full of eyes before and behind, as if to
declare that the power of nature is no blind
force, but all over it is the stamp of divine in-

The Executive of the Godhead. 145

telligence as it is employed in the service of
God's providence. Even these animate and in-
animate forces of nature contribute to the intel-
Hgent worship of God, as they rest not day and
night, saying, ''Iloly, holy, holy, Lord God Al-
mighty, which was and is and is to co^me." It is
when spiritual vision beholds the worship of all
creation that the voice of redeemed humanity is
heard : "Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive
glory, honor, and power : for thou hast created
all things, and for thy pleasure they are and
were created." Surely God has not left him-
self without witness, for the invisible things of
him since the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being- perceived through the things that are
made, even his everlasting power and divinity.
It is not pantheism which feels the breath of God
in the wind which bloweth where it listeth and
hears his voice in the music of the spheres; it
is Theism, for Theism finds all these symbols
and evidence of the omnipresent Spirit revealed
in the Holy Scriptures. The Spirit can clothe
himself with the wind and fire at Pentecost no
less than at creation. He hath even founded
the world upon the seas and established it on
the floods. His path, too, is in the sea. Even the


The Holy Spirit

If the Holy
Spirit be im -
maneiit in
nature, hovj
much more
in man.

sea is his ; for be made it and whatsoever pass-
eth through the paths of the sea. Happy the
devout soul who reahzes the Spirit's presence,
now as at the beginning, even upon the great
waste of waters. "If I take the wings of the
morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of
the sea, even there shall thy hand lead me, and
thy right hand shall hold me."

If the Holy Spirit be thus immanent in na-
ture, how much more in man ! It meant much
to tempted and perplexed Elijah to know that
God was nearer than if he were in the whirl-
wind or tempest that caused the mountain to
shake and brake in pieces the rocks about him;
or than in the earthquake that made the very
earth tremble on which he stood ; or in the fire
that lit up the whole mountain with its electri-
cal glories as the tongues of flame were all
about the man of God. After all had passed,
a still small voice was heard like a mother's lul-
laby; for "as one whom his mother comforteth,
so will I comfort you, saith the Lord." Never
did troubled heart more need to know that God
has a still voice for man, a voice wdiose whisper
can be heard by the listening soul. There are
times when clouds and darkness are round about

The Executive of the Godhead. 147

him so that he may not see his face, but thank-
God there is no storm so loud, whether on Gah-
lee or Adriatic, that we cannot hear his voice.
Others heard it not, but above the voice even of
the mob, whether at Ephesus or Jerusalem, Paul
heard that same still small voice that comforted
Elijah at Horeb and Moses on Pisgah, and the
watchers on Hermon and in Cawnpore and Pe-
kin. Never is God so near his servant as when
he seems farthest from his fellow-man. Enoch,
with none other to walk with, walked with God.

The Holy Spirit does more than create, he Theiioiy
re-creates. He not only made man a living soul ^f't'-'iboUi

. . ... creates and

at the begmnmg, he renews man m the image ^^.^rca-es
of God. He not only made man a child of God,
he regenerates him and gives him power to be-
come a son of God once more. For God who
commanded the light to shine out of dark-
ness hath once more said, Let there be light,
and hath shined in our hearts, to give the light
of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face
of Jesus Christ. It is by making Christ his
constant theme that the Ploly Spirit convinces
the world of sin and of righteousness and of
judgment, and thus gives repentance unto life.
Every man belongs to the Holy Spirit by right

148 The Holy Spirit

of creation, but that man is lost who is lost to
his right uses. The prodigal son was lost to
his father through his lost affection, his lost
companionship, his lost service to which the fa-
ther was entitled. When he came to himself he
came to a new sense of obligation. This is what
the Holy Spirit is ever doing for lost men, re-
minding them whose they are, to whom they
owe love and companionship and service. He
restoreth their souls when all relationships are
confused. He brings men to themselves by
showing them their true relations to their fellow-
men and to God. He does this by causing them
to think. Man alone has this power, and it is
his shame when he does not exercise it. Thus
when the Holy Spirit, speaking through Isaiali,
would arouse a sinful because a thoughtless na-
tion, he cries : "Hear, O heavens, and give ear,
O earth, for the Lord hath spoken : I have nour-
ished and brought up children, and they have
rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his own-
er and the ass his master's crib ; but Israel doth
not know, my people doth not consider." Un-
less the Holy Spirit can set man to thinking
and thus using his higher nature, nothing can
be done to recover him. It is when men un-

The Executive of the Godhead. 149

dcrstand not tlie word that Satan comcth and
snatcheth it away. The Holy Spirit, the great-
est Thinker in the universe, must set man to
thinking-. He who is to teach us all things must
first catch our ear. He who is to guide us into
all truth must first take our hand in his. Man's
intelligence cannot be ignored, it must be hon-
ored and conquered. Only mind can conquer
mind. It is the word of the Lord which must
reach the reason of man. "For the word of God
is living and active, and sharper than any two-
edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing
of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow,
and quick to discern the thoughts and intents
of the heart." It is minds thus conquered that
the Spirit uses in subduing others to the truth.

j\Ian never thinks as when the Spirit of God Tkeiiiumi.
holds him with some great truth. When the ««^'''« "/'''"

Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit convicts a man of sin, a power of
thought is awakened of which the man had nev-
er been conscious. His tears become his meat
day and night, and his moisture is turned into
the drought of summer, and his very bones wax
old as God's hand is heavy upon him. There is
illuminating power in a great crime when a
criminal sees himself in the light of the myriad

150 The Holy Spirit

eyes of the public; but what is that to seeing
oneself as God sees him, a view that the Spirit
of God alone can give? That first illumination
has driven men to suicide, to get out of the
reach of the public eye. The remorse that is
unto death as the man convicted of sin refuses
the gift of repentance unto life leads the awak-
ened soul to cry, "Rocks and mountains, fall
upon me and hide me from the face of Him that
sitteth on the throne !" Conviction of sin means
seeing ourselves as God sees us. It is the Spirit
searching us and knowing us and trying us and
proving us to see if there be any evil way in us
that will not yield to the voice of God. The
Revised Version uses the word "convict" in
speaking of the illuminating work of the Holy
Spirit, as if the human soul were brought to the
bar of its own judgment and after full trial was
pronounced guilty. Such indeed is the case.
Sentence itself is passed upon such a soul, for
he that believeth not is condemned already. The
man sees himself in the light of an awakened
conscience, a reinvigorated memory, as his sin
is ever before him, but most of all in the search-
light of God's unmet claim which demands truth
in the inward parts. Now the Spirit convicts

The Executive of the Godhead. 151

men of their greatest sin because they believe
not on Christ. And they behevc not because
they will not believe. Christ marveled at the
unbelief of men, Christ who knew every ward
in the lock that closed the human heart and what
could best unlock it, and finally declared, "Ye
wull not come unto me that ye might have life."
The rejection of the claims of Jesus is the do-
ing violence to one's own intellectual and moral
being. He that loveth not the Lord Jesus Christ
is anathema, because he loveth not righteousness,
he loveth not truth, he loveth not loveliness it-
self. "He that rejecteth me rejecteth him that
sent me." Not until such an Advocate has pre-
sented the fact and nature of sin, and the con-
victed soul rejected the light that reached the
very depths of his intellectual and spiritual be-
ing does that fatal process of deterioration mani-
fest itself wherein a man crucifies to himself
the Son of God afresh and puts him to an open
shame. "For the land which hath drunk the rain
that Cometh oft upon it, ... if it beareth thorns
and thistles, is rejected and nigh unto a curse;
whose end is to be burned." When the Spirit con-
victs a man of sin he feels the divine hand-grasp
forever, whether he hear or whether he forbear.

God receives.

152 The Holy Spirit

ThfSfirit The Spirit convinces through facts and expe-


1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 11

Online LibraryE. R. (Eugene Russell) HendrixThe personality of the Holy Spirit → online text (page 8 of 11)