May 27 The Life That Lives
“Tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be
endued with power from on high.” Luke 24:49
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 is 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 is the
evidence of the ascended Christ.
The baptism of the Holy Ghost does not make you think of Time or
Eternity, it is one amazing glorious NOW. “This is life eternal that they might
know Thee.” Begin to know Him now, and finish never.