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To a class of persons, found in all our Churches,
who hunger and thirst after righteousness and
who sigh after greater fruitfulness in the Lord's
service, this volume is affectionately dedicated.


Ventura, California, January 1. 1893.




PREFACE. ...'... 5



I. Paracletos Defined. . . .17

ir. The Work of the Holy Spirit under the Mo-
saic Dispensation. . , .22

III. His Work under that of Messiah. . 23

IV. The Pentecostal Baptism, an Object Lesson. 29

V. The Promised Baptism, not limited to Apos-

tolic Times ..... 34

VI. The Personal Blessings it Imparts. . 52

VII. The Help it gives in Christian Work. . 77

VIII. Conditions of its Bestowal. . . 87

IX. Counterfeits and How Detected. . . 105

X. How Retained and How Lost. . . Ill

XI. The Attitude the Various Organizations

Take With Reference to It. . 116

XII. Testimonies of Eminent Christians. . 146

XIII. The Personality and Divinity of the Holy

Spirit. ..... 155

XIV. Final Words With Earnest Seekers. . 170
A PR.VYER. 182

It is said that "All works of fiction are founded
upon facts." We believe this is true, especially of
those which possess real merit. Their most valuable
thoughts, cluster around experiences and observations
of the writers which produced profound impressions,
and prompted the production of their books. Nor is
this true of works of fiction alone; more than half
the books in our libraries had a similar ori-
gin. Could we but know the Genesis, and follow step
by step to the final Kevelation, how much additional
interest it would add to the reading and to the profit
of the book ! Possibly, the reader of the following
pages will ask for the motive which has induced the
writer in his advanced age to weary himself with the
writing of a book on this topic, with its attendant ex-
pense, criticism and care. It may be as well here as
elsewhei e in the book to give the reasons.

1. A -promise made to the Lord many years ago
when in deep spiritual trouble, that if the Lord
would deliver him, would take his feet from the
mirey clay, set them on a rock, and establish his go-
ings. If he would deliver him from the power of
besetting sins and put the song of permanent victory


in his mouth, then he would testify to others, the power
and grace of the Great Deliverer, and do his utmost to
induce them to apply to him for similar relief.

2. The study of the Scriptures has convinced him,
that there is a power of the Holy Spirit held in re-
serve for Christians, far beyond that usually bestowed in
conversion, and indispensible to victory over sin and
to their highest usefulness. And that for this "I will
be inquired by the House of Israel to do it for them
saith the Lord."

3. Gratitude to God for the delightful experiences
of the past fifty years, and the path growing brighter
and brighter toward the perfect day, prompts to this
final offering of a grateful heart. May the Glorious

Giver accept it, small though it be, like a pair of tur-
tle doves or two young pigeons.

4. Another reason for the writing of this book, is
the desire to call back the Church of God, from its de-
pendence upon its colleges, its seminaries, its eloquent
ministers, its learned Doctors, its Sabbath Schools,
Missionary Societies, and what not; to dependence on
the Holy Spirit, as the power to be sought first, midst, and
last, and without which all other agencies are but brok-
en reeds ! The writer believes there has been a fearful
departure in these latter days from this primal and


most important fact of the Christian system. In the
biographical sketches of the late Kev. Chae. Spurgeon
while the writers have dwelt upon his sterling com-
mon sense, his mother wit, his natural talent for public
speaking, his eloquence, his marvelous voice, and his
skill as an organizer and leader of men, &c., they lave
scarcely alluded to the power of the Holy Ghost, which
rested on him, as on Peter, when he pieached in the
Pentecostal revival ! Alas ! Alas ! that the power
which wrought all his works in him, as he himself was
so prompt to confess, shou d have been left out, ig-
nored, forgotten ! Did he not, if told of this in Heav-
en, ask to be allowed to rush back to earth, and pro-
test in the name of the Lord, against a praise so sac-
rilegious and so misplaced? In Peter and Paul's daj*,
they would have said- "He being full of the Holy
Ghost so spake, that great numbers both of men and
of women turned to the Lord." "For he was a good
manand/wZ/o/' the H)ly Ghost and much people were
added unto the Lord."

5. A final cause for the presentation to the Chris-
tian public of this great matter, has been the belief
of the writer that he was prompted thereto by the
Holy Spirit. The vast importance of the subject mat-
ter will be conceded bv all. But who is sufficient to


set it forth ? In the writing of the following pages,
the writer has often been oppressed with a sense of
his incompetency. And not once or twice only, has
paused in the work, and looking to the right hand and
the left, has cried out ! for some other, more compe-
tent to set forth this great matter before the Churches!
But a gentle voice as often whispered encouragingly in
his ears, the words once spoken to Moses, "Who made
man's mouth ? Or who rnaketh the dumb or deaf ? Or
the seeing and the blind ? Have not I the Lord ? Now
therefore go and I will be with thy mouth and teach
thee what thou shalt say !"

Christian reader ! A great future lies before you !
An angel cannot measure it, or see its end ! How can
you lay its strong foundations, or place its corner
stones, except you call on the Holy Ghost for help and
receive him in fullest measure ? Much he has done for
you ! Who can tell how much ? Much he is doing
still and is yet to do to carry out in your case, his
plans of love ! And David said, "What shall I render
unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me ? " Can
you do less than say with him, "I will take the Cup of
Salvation and call on the name of the Lord ?"

It is a well recognized Christian doctrine and one
accepted by all evangelical Churches, that the conver-
sion of sinners is brought about mainly, through the
persuasive influence of the Holy Spirit. Earnest
workers in the Gospel field, confronted everywhere with
evidences of the deep depravity of our race, and con-
scious of its power within, would give up all effort in
despair, did they not confidently anticipate help from on
high. And while every human persuasive is brought
out and vigorously applied, the chief reliance is on
the aid expected from the Holy Spirit. Jesus said
"When he the Spirit of truth is come, he shall convince
the world of sin, of righteousness and of Judgment."
And an Apostle said, "No man can say that Jesus is
the Christ but by the Holy Ghost." The Hebrew
prophets foresaw the nations of the earth turning to
God, only after "The Spirit was poured out from on
high." So established is this doctrine in our Churches,
that were one of its ablest preachers to declare his be-
lief in his personal power to convert a soul without
the help referred to, they would be shocked at his pre-
sumption and turn from him as a man grossly con-


ceited, and ignorant of the hold sin has upon the hu-
man heart! Hence it is, that in all revivals of religion
where sinners in numbers turn to the Lord, the
Churches are much on their knees, looking upward and
praying for the descent of the Holy Spirit. If it be
asked, whence this arrangement in the Divine plan of
a special and personal work of the Spirit in man's conver-
sion? one answer may be; that the conversion of a
sinner, is a work special and extraordinary! It stands
by itself ! No other in our world is like it or ever will
be! It means a restored fellowship, joyous, satisfying
and eternal, between God and his alienated and wan-
dering child! To the convert it means heart cleansingj
and holiness perfected, unending felicity and a growth
and wealth of being, inexpressible and illimitable !
Unto other finite beings, the companions of that future
life, it means a contribution to their blessed estate, ever
increasing in volume and value ! In a matter so im-
portant, God must feel an interest larger than that of
all finite beings, and fit it is that he should have a spe-
cial hand in bringing about that wondrous change! How
could such a being as God is, stand aside and treat it
as a matter of merely ordinary import ? The Parable
of the Prodigal Son suggests what it is fit a loving


father should do in such a case. Other reasons sug-
gest themselves, but it is not germain to the purpose
of this book to state them here.

But the measure of Divine influence employed in
the conversion of sinners and indispensible thereto, is
not that to which the writer desires to call the reader's
attention. It is rather to a much larger measure and
one usually bestowed subsequent to conversion and sup-
plementary to it. A measure specially promised to
God's people under Messiah's reign as the great power
by which the nations are to be converted, Satan's king-
dom overthrown, and the millennium brought in !

Such a gift, the writer has no doubt, has been pro-
vided for God's people, has been set before them in the
Bible, and is now lovingly and earnestly urged upon their
acceptance; nevertheless, like many other heavenly gifts,
actually bestowed, only, when earnestly sought
sought in faith, in full hearted consecration and im-
portiiDate prayer. Conditions not arbitrary, but indis-
pensible to a proper appreciation of the gift and its
retention. "This kind cometh not, but by prayer."

The ten day's prayer meeting, held by the Apostles in
that upper room in Jerusalem, while they waited for
the promised baptism of the spirit, fairly represents to


the writer's mind, the conditions on which, during the
centuries following, the great gift was to be ordinarily
bestowed. And it is his settled belief, that if the ex-
ample there set by the Apostles had been followed in
its spirit by their successors, long since this world would
have been converted to God. And even now, were *our
Churches to seek this blessing as the Apostles sought
it were they occasionally to set apart special and ad-
equate periods for prayer, confession, and seeking the
gift of the Holy Spirit, he believes revivals would fill
the land and the world ! The power to work miracles,
and to speak with tongues, may have been eliminated
from among the gifts originally bestowed. We be-
lieve it has been. But the great essentials are still there
in undiminished measure, and offered on terms equally
liberal and compliable. The chief and essential ele-
ments in this gift are believed to be two. 1st. personal
sanctification, and 2nd, power to impress others wit"h
the truth. A power in both cases super-human the
power of the spirit -taking- up his residence in the
human body and making it his temple, and allying
himself with the soul and aiding it in all its warfare
and its work. Is there such a power in reserve for
God's people? That it has been largely ignored by


our Churches for ages and therefore unemployed and
unsought, is no proof that it does, not exist. What
discoveries the last half of the nineteenth century has
made of great powers latent till now, and for six
thousand years waiting to be discovered and applied
to human use ! All our Churches admit a power of
the Holy Spirit, such as is employed in the conversion
of sinners, omnipresent in the Churches, but largely
latent and undeveloped, because not sought and coop-
erated with as the Gospel requires. Even so is the
Great Helper, present among the Churches, clothed
with powers like those bestowed at Pentecost, and as
ready to impart them now as he was then. This world
is fast filling up with people ! It approaches its end
in its present form. Great promises and prophecies
remain to be fulfilled ! The nations are to be con -
verted ! But they will not be at the present slow
rate of progress. That which will bring it about
will be a world-wide Pentecostal revival. A revival
sought by Christians all over the world much after
the Pentecostal pattern, and received, first in sanc-
tifying power upon themselves, and then in an
out-going power upon the nations. And when that
shall be, then we shall begin to hear the towers fall,


and the nations saying one to another, "Come and let
us go up to the house of the Lord and he will teach
us His ways and we will walk in His paths." In the full
confidence that this great blessing is in store for God's
people awaiting the asking and the seeking ; and
longing to see our "Zion awake and shake herself
from the dust, and put ou her beautiful garments" the
writer, now in his 78th year, and expecting to depart
on the morrow takes his pen to write unto the Church-
es, and especially to his younger brethren in the Min-
istry, his convictions on this subject. May a hand un-
seen guide his pen and preserve from error that which
may be written. No less inspire the reader with long-
ing desires to " Know what is the hope of his calling
and what is the riches of the glory of Christ's inheri-
tance in the Saints, and what is the excelling greatness
of his power to us-ward who believe, acording to the
working of his mighty power !"

HYMN. 15

Lo / I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.

Matt. 28: 20.

"Always with us, Always with us,

Words of cheer and words of love ;
Thus the risen Saviour whispers,
From his dwelling place above.

With us when we toil in sadness,
Sowing much and reaping none;

Telling us that in the future,
Golden harvests shall be won.

With us when the storm is sweeping
O'er our pathway dark and drear;

Waking hope within our bosoms,
Stilling every anxious fear.

With us in the lonely valley,
When we cross the Chilling Stream,

Lighting up the Steps to Glory,
With Salvation's radiant beam."



"Paracletos" defined as the Holy-Helper and more than
"The Comforter," ax the word translated in the English

Jesus said in John 16:13, "When he the Spirit of
Truth is come, He shall guide you into all truth" And
the fair inference from this passage is, that the Holy
Spirit in his alliance with the human soul, becomes its
aid in the acquisition of every specie* of useful knowl-
edge." "He will lead you into all truth." Why not? Is
He not interested in the entirety of our welfare? Is
there anything which affects our growth, our useful-
ness, or our happiness, beneath His notice ? Has He
not numbered the hairs on our head ? And has He not
gone below us to feed the sparrows, and deck the flow-
ers of the field? We are expressly told that He inspired
Bezaleel and his fellow-workmen, with skill in con-
structing and decorating the Tabernacle in the Wilder-
ness, and also, that He called and qualified the Judges
of Israel who from time to time were raised up to
guide the Lord's people and deliver them from their
enemies. And did He did not go forth with their
armies and help them overcome their foes*? Nor can


we doubt that when David invented his stringed in-
struments for the Sanctuary Service, the Holy Spirit
as truly aided him then, as when he wrote the Psalms
they were intended to accompany. Nor have we of
this nineteenth century, reason to doubt the influence
of the Holy Spirit, in the wonderful and almost miracu-
lous inventions and discoveries which have been made
since its commencement, and especially during its lat-
ter half. It is as if an unseen hand had touched the
springs of human thought and inspired" them with an
activity unknown before. And that these wonderful
inventions are designed for a purpose, over yonder, bet-
ter >and grander than ever entered the inventor's
thought! Solomon represents the Holy Spirit (so we
think) as saying "I wisdom dwell with prudence and
find out the knowledge of witty inventions, rejoicing
in the habitable parts of the earth ; and my delights are
with the sous of men." And is not this variety in the
Holy Spirit's work in instructing the human soul, that
which is represented in Rev. 12: 6, as "the seven spirits

of God sent forth into all the earth ?"

We are ^not therefore quite satisfied with the render-
ing the translators gave in our English Bible to the
Greek, word. "Paracletos." They translate it "the Com-


forter." But it literally means, one "called upon,"
"kala," to call, and "para," for or upon. Perhaps we
should say "The Called Upon." One who has come
into our world to help needy humanity, and stands
ready, at every human door, to help those who want
his assistance and ask for it. If, for example, we are in
sorrow, and ask for sustaining grace, and He comes
and wipes away the tears; then He is our Comforter.
If in perplexity, and know not what to do or whither
go, and He takes our hand and leads us out, then He is
our Guide. If we are sorely tempted and feel our feet
sliding and call for help, and He comes to the rescue
and delivers us from our strong enemy, then He is our
Deliverer, the Captain of Salvation. If as a student, I
need stimulus and illumination, to acquire the mental
discipline and knowledge I am in pursuit of, and He
comes to my aid, then He is my Teacher. If I feel my
soul is polluted and unfitted for His Holy residence, and
I call on him to come and cast out the unclean thoughts
and desires, which like unclean spirits cling so fondly
there, and he comes and drives them away, then He is
my Sanctifier.

If the book of God is largely sealed to me, and
fails to give comfort as it should, and He comes and


breaks the seals, and makes it luminous, then He is the
Interpreter. In short, the Holy Spirit fills so many
offices, beside that of Comforter, that we prefer the
more general term of Patron or Helper, as more fitly ex-
pressing the work He does for men. And yet a more
literal-rendering still of Paracletos, is, as suggested
above, that of The- Called- Upon. A distinguished
Greek scholar, a learned Professor in a Theological
Seminary, when asked to translate Paracletos in a
single word, replied, "I cannot. It would take a
dozen strong English words to give the full meaning,
so extensive are the aids properly covered by it!"

It is as if in some city, there were some one, so giv-
en to help all who are in any distress, or need of help
of any kind, and so able to help, and so successful in
helping, and so absorbed in the work of helping, that
it seems to constitute the only business of his life.
Great multitudes go to him asking for relief and not
one that is worthy is sent empty away ! Crowds
throng the streets which lead to his house by day, and
many are the applicants who call upon him after the sun
has set and some during the small hours of the coming-
day; Yet unVearied, he is ever ready to hear the plea,
and rise and give the worthy applicant as much as he


shall need. At length he comes to be known as "The-
C ailed- Upon !" Such is the Bible designation, of that
great being, whose work in this world, and especially
among Christians, it will be the object of the follow-
ing chapters to describe. "The- Catted- Upon!" How
suggestive, reader, of what you have done a thousand
times ! Of what millions more have done and are do-
ing still ! Indeed, is there a being on the earth or has
there ever been, whose mind has opened wide enough
to take in the idea of God, but has felt his brooding
sympathy at times, has been taught the better way, and
has been helped by a hand unseen ? "Thou art the
confidence of All the ends of the earth and of them
that are afar off upon the sea." So says the Psalmist'
And such we believe will be the confession of all our
race, when before the throne in the coming judgment,
the nations kneel and confess before God the facts and
experiences of life.

"We need thee every hour,

Stay thou near by ;
Temptations lose their power,
When thou art nigh !"



The Work of the Spirit under the Mosaic Dispensation.

In the brief synopsis of events before the flood, we
read these mournful words: "And it repented the
Lord that he had made man on the earth and it grieved
him at his heart. And the Lord said, My Spirit shall
not always strive tvith man ! And this expression "Strive
with man," implies an earnest and persistent struggle
on the Spirit's part to hold men back from sin and the
threatened doom. A like record is made of his efforts
to save the Israelites on their way to Canaan, when it is
said, "They rebelled and vexed his Holy Spirit." An-
other still and not less strong in the expression,
"How can I give thee up Ephraim ? How shall I deliv-
er thee Israel ? How shall I make thee as Admah ?
How shall I set thee as Zeboim ? Mine heart is
turned within me, my repentings are kindled togeth-
er !" This on the one hand. On the other we read of
his successful work in a multitude of instances. There
were Enoch and Elijah, so sanctified by his power and
so ripened for heaven, that they were not suffered to
see death, but were translated ! Others like Moses,
David and Melchisadek, become types of the coming


Messiah ! All their great teachers, we are told, spoke
as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Indeed, the
list of the Spirit's triumphs in converting and sancti-
fying men, while yet the nations were groping and
feeling their way amid the shadows of the old dispen-
sation, and awaiting the rise of the Sun of Righteous-
ness, is too large to be transcribed here.


The Work of the Holy Spirit under Messiah's reign, and
in wliat respects it differed from that under Moses.
1. In the measure of Divine influence imparted to individ-
uals. The great atonement, by the blood of the Mes-
siah, opened the door for a wider and richer display
of God's mercy and generosity towards sinners.
God's government is vast! Countless are the hosts
which are interested in it! It is evident from the
Scriptures, that beings, other than those of the earth,
looked with wondering eyes on God's treatment of a
world of sinners ! When the angels sinned, at onCe the
law was executed, an(jl they were cast out of heaven !


But when man had sinned, punishment was largely
withheld! The judgment was delayed, and pity and
mercy and love combined to bring him to repentance !
What did it mean ? Was it possible that the Great
Father and Governor was so moved by sympathy for
his children, born in a world where devils roamed and
tempted them, that he would fail to stand by the law
which had hitherto been held so sacred. And when
the mercy seat was planted in the tabernacle, and of-
ferings made thereon, angels are represented as look-
ing down upon it and studying into its meaning ! Paul
interprets the cherubim above the mercy seat as mean-
ing, "which things the angels desire to look into."
But when the Lamb of God condescended to human
incarnation ! to humiliation so low ! and at last poured
out his blood on the Altar of Sacrifice ! then were the
seals of the great mystery broken ! and the Cheru-
bim above the mercy seat flew back to heaven crying,
Amen ! Amen ! God is just and God is gracious !
And his fidelity to his government can be questioned
nevermore ! No, not if millions of repentant prodi-
gals are forgiven and restored ! And now open wider
than ever the windows of heaven and let richer show-
ers than ever fall upon men I If we are asked to


show that larger measures of the Spirit are imparted
to persons since Jesus came than ever before, we refer
to Peter preaching after he had received the holy bap-
tism in which 3,000 were converted in one day, and
that in a city notorious for its prejudice against Christ
and His disciples ! In vain is previous history searched
for a parallel with the power which attended that day's

So too, the Apostle Paul stands head and shoulders

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