Baptism of the Holy Ghost - Carol Krum
My contribution to the Journal of Healing for this month is an excerpt from the book titled:
John G. Lake – His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith
Kenneth Copeland Publications
In reading this book I have been struck with a gnawing hunger for more of God, more of His Spirit, more of His presence and more of His power in my life. The manner in which John G. Lake writes has had a riveting effect on my heart. Because of what has been resonating within me as a result of allowing my spirit to marinate in these words, I have elected to share a few snippets of richness with you. I pray that your spirit will be blessed, and perhaps tantalized for more of what has been given through this magnificent gift of the baptism of the Holy Ghost.
BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST
Feb. 23, 1921
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost is the greatest event in Christian history, greater than the crucifixion, of greater import than the resurrection, greater than the ascension, greater than the glorification. It was the end and finality of crucifixion and resurrection, ascension and glorification.
If Jesus Christ had been crucified and there had been no resurrection, His death would have been without avail, insofar as the salvation of mankind is concerned. Or if He had risen from the grave in resurrection, and failed to reach the throne of God, and received from the Father the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the purpose for which He died, and for which He arose, would have been missed.
It is because there was no failure, it is because Jesus went to the ultimate, to the very Throne and heart of God, and secured right out of the heavenly treasury of the Eternal Soul, the Almighty Spirit, and poured it forth upon the world in divine baptism that we are here tonight.
There is no subject in all the Word of God that seems to me should be approached with so much holy reverence as the subject of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. Beloved, my heart bleeds every day of my life when I hear the flippancy with which Christians discuss the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
When Moses entered into the presence of God at the Burning Bush, God said “Put off thy shoes from thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” How much more so when the individual comes into the presence of God looking for the Baptism of the Holy Ghost, and remembers that in order to obtain this Gift, Jesus Christ lived in the world, bled on the cross, entered into the darkness of death and hell and the grave, grappled with and strangled that accursed power, came forth again, and finally ascended to Heaven in order to secure it for you and me. If there is anything under Heaven that ought to command our reverence, our Holy reverence, our reverence beyond anything else in the world, it surely is the subject of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
BIRTHDAY OF CHRISTIANITY
The Day of Pentecost was the birthday of Christianity. Christianity never existed until the Holy Ghost came from Heaven. The ministry of Jesus in the world was His own divine preparation of the world for His ultimate and final ministry. His ultimate and final ministry was to be BY THE SPIRIT.
The ministry of Jesus during His earth life was localized by His humanity, localized again in that His message was only given to Israel. But the descent of the Holy Ghost brought to the souls of men a UNIVERSAL ministry of Jesus to every man right from the heart of God. Heavenly contact with the eternal God in power set their nature all aflame for God and with God, exalted their natures into God and made the recipient GOD-LIKE. Man became God-like!
Supposing that God in His goodness would let us look into that scene of scenes at the Throne of God, when the heavens lifted up their gates, and the Lord of Glory came in. Oh, if we could, beloved, we would have a better comprehension of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost.
I love that dear old word “Ghost.” The Anglo-Saxon is “Ghest”, a spiritual guest, heavenly visitor, spiritual presence, the Angel One. And that Angel One that comes to you and me, comes right out of the heart of the Eternal God, breathed through the soul of Jesus Christ!
I believe that the first essential in a real Holy Ghost church and a real Holy Ghost work, is to begin to surround the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with that due reverence of God with which an experience so sacred, and that cost such an awful price, should be surrounded.
A HABITATION OF GOD
Sometimes I have tried to get it clear before my soul that God LIVES IN ME. I have tried to note the incoming influence and power of that pure, sweet, living Spirit of the Eternal God. I have tried to realize His presence in my spirit, in my soul, in my hands, in my feet, in my person and being—a habitation of God, a habitation of God! God equipping the soul to minister Himself, God, to the world. God equipping the soul of man that he may live forever in harmony of mind with God. God furnishing to the soul of man the POWER of His personality, by which man is made as God. For all the God-like qualities of your heart is due to the fact that God, by the Spirit, dwells in you.
YOU MAY HAVE GOD
The Baptism of the Holy Ghost was the incoming of God in personality, in order that the man, through this force, might be moved by God. God lives in him, God speaks through him, God is the impulse of his soul, God has His dwelling place in him.
YOU may have God! That is the wonder of the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. It is not a work of grace; it is God possessing you. Oh, your heart may have been as sinful as the heart of man ever was sinful. But Christ comes to your soul. That spirit of darkness that possessed you goes, and in its stead, a new Spirit comes in, the Spirit of Christ. YOU have become a new creature, a saved man, a God-filled man.
THE HOLY GHOST NOT A GIFT OF POWER BUT OF GOD HIMSELF
The common teaching that my heart these days is endeavoring to combat is that God comes to present the individual with a gift of power, and the individual is then supposed to go out and manifest some certain characteristic of power. No! God comes to present you with HIMSELF. “Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you.”
Jesus went to Heaven in order that the very treasury of the heart of the Eternal God might be unlocked for your benefit, and that out of the very soul of the Eternal God, the streams of His life and nature would possess you from the crown of your head to the sole of your feet, and that there would be just as much of the Eternal God in your toe nails and in your brain as are capable of containing. In other words, from the very soles of your feet to the last hair on the top of your head, every cell of your being would be a residence of the Spirit of the living God. Man is made alive by God and with God, by the spirit. And in the truest sense, man is the dwelling place of God, the house of God, the tabernacle of the Most High.
Listen! “The words that I speak, I speak not of myself, but the Father that DWELLETH in Me.” “But the Father dwelleth in Me.” Where did the Eternal Father dwell in Jesus Christ? Why, in every part of His being, within and without—in the spirit of Him, in the soul of Him, in the brain of Him, in the body of Him, in the blood of Him, in the bones of Him! Every single, solitary cell of His structure was the dwelling place of God, of God, OF GOD!
Do you want Him? You can have Him. Oh, He will come and fill your soul. Oh, the Holy Ghost will take possession of your life. He will reveal the wonder of Heaven and the glory of God, and the richness and purity of His holiness, and make you sweet and God-like forever.
PRAYER IN TONGUES AND INTERPRETATION
Thou art not far away, Oh, God! Our souls tonight are enveloped in the Eternal God. We feel Thee round about us. We feel Thy precious loving arm, and the beating of Thy heart, and the pulsing of Thy heavenly soul, and we are asking thee, my God, that the truth of the Eternal shall be breathed into us forever, until all our nature is submerged in God, buried up in God, infilled with God, revealing God.