Friday, June 27, 2014
Gathering in Christ
Then they laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit’s influence and power were at work before Pentecost, but He was not there. Immediately [when] our Lord was glorified after His Ascension [not His resurrection from the grave], the Holy Spirit came into this world, and [our earthen vessels were cleansed by His Sacrifice to becomes temples of the Holy Spirit]. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we receive quickening life from the ascended Lord.
It s 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. The baptism of the Holy Ghost is not an experience apart from Jesus Christ; it is the evidence of the ascended Christ.
Excerpts from Oswald Chambers
Daily Devotional Bible, Reading 178 (6/27)
From My Utmost for His Highest
This photograph is by Jo Chaney.