The power of the Holy Spirit

“The power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

Suggested Further Reading: Acts 2:1-21

In a few more years—I know not when, I know not how—the Holy Spirit will be
poured out in a far different style from the present. There are diversities of
operations; and during the last few years it has been the case that the
diversified operations have consisted in very little pouring out of the
Spirit. Ministers have gone on in dull routine, continually
preaching—preaching—preaching, and little good has been done. I do hope that
perhaps a fresh era has dawned upon us, and that there is a better pouring out
of the Spirit even now. For the hour is coming, and it may be even now is,
when the Holy Spirit shall be poured out again in such a wonderful manner that
many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased—the knowledge of
the Lord shall cover the earth as the waters cover the surface of the great
deep; when his kingdom shall come, and his will shall be done on earth even as
it is in heaven. We are not going to be dragging on for ever like Pharaoh with
the wheels off his chariot. My heart exults and my eyes flash with the thought
that very likely I shall live to see the out-pouring of the Spirit; when “the
sons and the daughters of God again shall prophecy, and the young men shall
see visions, and the old men shall dream dreams.” Perhaps there shall be no
miraculous gifts—for they will not be required; but yet there shall be such a
miraculous amount of holiness, such an extraordinary fervour of prayer, such a
real communion with God and so much vital religion, and such a spread of the
doctrines of the cross, that everyone will see that verily the Spirit is
poured out like water, and the rains are descending from above. For that let
us pray: let us continually labour for it, and seek it of God.

For meditation: Spurgeon saw answers to his prayers in the 1859 revival. What
are your visions for revival? Lots of excitement with extravagant claims that
the Holy Spirit is involved? Or a genuine work of the Spirit which speaks for
itself in real conversions, true fellowship and godly living (Acts 2:37-47)?

Sermon no. 30 / 17 June (1855) – Charles Spurgeon

– Bible Gateway.Com

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