So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
— John 20:21,22, NKJV
Christ had an infinite variety of subjects from which to choose in his teaching, but the one upon which he dwelt most largely was the endowment of his Holy Spirit. What great things he predicted for the church because of this endowment! Yet what subject is less dwelt upon today?
Unless this Spirit is accepted and cherished as the representative of Christ, whose work it is to renew and sanctify the entire being, the momentous truths that have been entrusted to human beings will lose their power on the mind. It is not enough for us to have a knowledge of the truth. We are to walk and work in love, conforming our will to the will of God.
When the Holy Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost, it was like a rushing, mighty wind... So will it be given to us when our hearts are prepared to receive it.
Let every church member kneel before God, and pray earnestly for the impartation of the Spirit. Cry, “Lord, increase my faith. Make me to understand thy word; for the entrance of thy word giveth light. Refresh me by thy presence. Fill my heart with thy Spirit that I may love my brethren as Christ loves me.”
We are to seek most earnestly to be of one mind, of one purpose. The baptism of the Holy Spirit, and nothing less can bring us to this place. Let us by self-renunciation prepare our hearts to receive the Holy Spirit that a great work may be done for us, so that we can say, not, “See what I am doing,” but, “Behold the goodness and love of God!”
Thus divine relationship is renewed between God and man. “I will be to them a God,” he says, “and they shall be to me a people.”
When this work is done for church members, the church will be a living, working church.
— The Review and Herald, June 10, 1902
As I behold Your goodness and great love, O Lord, I kneel down before You asking earnestly for the impartation of the Spirit to renew and sanctify my entire being. I open my heart to You and renounce self. Lord, increase my faith. Make me to understand Your word; for the entrance of Your word gives light. Refresh me by Your presence. Fill my heart with Your Spirit that I may love my brethren as Christ loves me.