Our Risen Christ
Read the fourth chapter of Acts.
Today we praise God for the fact that our
glorious Jesus is the risen Christ. Those of us who have
tasted the power of the indwelling Spirit know something
of the manner in which the hearts of those two disciples
burned as they walked to Emmaus with their risen Lord as
Note the words of verse 30, “And
when they had prayed, the place was shaken.” There
are many churches where they never pray the kind of prayer
that you read of here. A church that does not know how to
pray and to shout will never lie shaken. If you live in
a place like that you may as well write “Ichabod -
the glory of the Lord has departed” - over the threshold.
It is only when men have learned the secret of prayer, of
power, and of praise, that God comes forth. Some people
say, “Well, I praise God inwardly,” but if there
is an abundance of praise in your heart, your mouth cannot
help speaking it.
There was a man who had a large business
in London who was a great church-goer. The church he attended
was beautifully decorated, and his pew was delightfully
cushioned-just about enough to make it easy to sleep through
the sermons. He was a prosperous man in business, but he
had no peace in his heart. But there was a boy at his business
who always looked happy. He was always jumping and whistling.
One day he said to this boy, “I want to see you in
my office.” When the boy was in his office he asked
him, “How is it that you can always whistle and be
happy?” “I cannot help it,” answered the
boy. “Where did you get it?” asked the master.
“I got it at the Pentecostal mission.” “Where
is that?” The boy told him, and the next thing was,
that the man was attending. The Lord broke him up there,
and in a short while he was entirely changed. One day, shortly
after this, he found that, instead of being distracted by
his business as he formerly had been, he was actually whistling
and jumping. His whole position and his whole life had been
The shout cannot come out unless it is
in. There must first be the inner working of the power of
God. It is He who changes the heart, and transforms the
life, and before there is any real outward evidence there
must be the inflow of divine life. Sometimes I say to people,
“You weren’t at meeting the other night.”
They reply, “Oh yes, I was there in spirit.”
I say to them, “Well, come next time with your body
also. We don’t want a lot of spirit here and no bodies.
We want you to come and get filled with God.” When
all the people will come and pray and praise as did these
early disciples there will be something doing. People who
come will catch fire and they will want to come again. But
they will have no use for a place where everything has become
formal, dry, and dead.
The power of Pentecost as it came at first
came to loose men. God wants us free on every line. Men
and women are tired of imitations; they want reality; they
want to see people who have the living Christ within, and
are filled with Holy Ghost power.
I received several letters and telegrams
about a certain case, but when I arrived I was told I was
too late. I said, “That cannot be. God has never sent
me too late anywhere.” God showed me when I went that
something different would happen to anything I had seen
previously. The people I went to were all strangers. I was
introduced to a young man who lay helpless, and for whom
there was no hope. The doctor had been to see him that morning
and had declared that he would not live through the day.
He lay with his face to the wall, and when I spoke to him
he whispered, “I cannot turn over.” His mother
said that they had had to lift him out of bed on sheets
for weeks, and that he was so weak and helpless that he
had to stay in one position.
The young man said, “My heart is
very weak.” I assured him, “God is the strength
of thy heart and thy portion forever. If you will believe
God, it shall be so today.”
Our Christ is risen. He is a living Christ
who indwells us. We must not have this truth merely as a
theory, Christ must be risen in us by the power of the Spirit.
The power that raised Him from the dead must animate us,
and as this glorious resurrection power surges through your
being, you will be freed from all your weaknesses and you
will become strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
There is a resurrection power that God wants you to have
and to have it today. Why not? Receive your portion here
I said to these people, “I believe
your son will rise today.” They only laughed. People
do not expect to see signs and wonders today as the disciples
saw them of old. Has God changed? Or has our faith waned
so that we are not expecting the greater works that Jesus
promised? We must not harp on any minor key. Our message
must rise to concert pitch, and there must be nothing left
out of it that is in the Book.
It was winter time and I said to the parents,
“Will you get the boy’s suit and bring it here?”
They would not listen to the request, for they were expecting
the boy to die. But I had gone to that place believing God.
In Romans 4:17, we read of Abraham, “(I have made
thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed,
even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things
which be not as though they were.” God help us to
understand this. It is time people knew how to shout in
faith as they contemplate the eternal power of our God to
whom it is nothing to quicken and raise the dead. I come
across some who would be giants in the power of God but
they have no shout of faith. I find everywhere people who
go down even when they are praying simply because they are
just breathing sentences without uttering speech, and you
cannot get victory that way. You must learn to take the
victory and shout in the face of the devil, “It is
done!” There is no man who can doubt if he learns
to shout. When we know how to shout properly, things will
be different, and tremendous things will happen. In verse
24 we read, “They lifted up their voice with one accord.”
It surely must have been a loud prayer. We must know that
God means us to have life. If there is anything in the world
that has life in it, it is this Pentecostal revival we are
in. I believe in the Baptism of the Holy Ghost with the
speaking in tongues, and I believe that every man who is
baptized in the Holy Ghost will speak in other tongues as
the Spirit gives him utterance. I believe in the Holy Ghost.
And if you are filled with the Spirit you will be superabounding
in life-living waters will flow from you.
At last I persuaded the parents to bring
the boy’s clothes and lay them on the bed. From the
natural viewpoint, the young man lay dying. I spoke to the
afflicted one, “God has revealed to me that, as I
lay my hands upon you, the place will be filled with the
Holy Ghost, the bed will be shaken, you will be shaken and
thrown out of bed by the power of the Holy Ghost, you will
dress yourself and be strong.” I said this to him
in faith. I laid hands on him in the name of Jesus and instantly
the power of God fell and filled the place. I felt helpless
and fell flat on the floor. I knew nothing except that a
short while after the place was shaken, I heard the young
man walking over me and saying, “For Thy glory, Lord!
For Thy glory, Lord!”
He dressed himself and cried, “God
has healed me.” The father fell, the mother fell,
and another who was present fell also. God manifested His
power that day in saving the whole household and healing
the young man. It is the power of the risen Christ we need.
That young man is today preaching the gospel.
For years we have been longing for God
to come forth, and, praise Him, He is coming forth. The
tide is rising everywhere. I was in Switzerland not long
ago, preaching in many places where the Pentecostal message
had not been heard, and today there are nine new Pentecostal
assemblies in different places going on blessedly for God.
All over the world it is the same, this great Pentecostal
work is in motion. You can hardly get to a place now where
God is not pouring out His Spirit on hungry hearts. God
has promised to pour out His Spirit upon all flesh, and
His promises never fail. Our Christ is risen. His salvation
was not a thing done in a corner. Truly He was a man of
glory who went to Calvary for us, in order that He might
free us from all that would mar and hinder, that He might
transform us by His grace, and bring us out from under the
power of Satan into the glorious power of God. One touch
of our risen Christ will raise the dead. Hallelujah!
Oh, this wonderful Jesus of ours! He comes
and indwells us. He comes to abide. He it is who baptizes
us with the Holy Ghost, and makes everything different.
We are to be a kind of firstfruits unto God and are to be
like Christ who is the firstfruit, walking in His footsteps,
living in His power. What a salvation this is, having this
risen Christ in us. I feel that everything else must go
to nothingness, helplessness and ruin. Every thought of
advantage for ourselves must be on the decrease in order
that Christ may increase, that we may live in another state,
where all things are under the power of the Spirit.
Dare you take your inheritance from God?
Dare you believe God? Dare you stand on the record of His
Word? What is the record? If thou shalt believe thou shalt
see the glory of God. You will be sifted as wheat. You will
be tried as though some strange thing tried you. You will
be put in places where you will have to put your whole trust
in God. There is no such thing as anyone being tried beyond
what God will allow. There is no temptation that will come,
but God will be with you right in the temptation to deliver
you, and when you have been tried, He will bring you forth
as gold. Every trial is to bring you to a greater position
in God. The trial that tries your faith will take you on
to the place where you will know that the faith of God will
be forthcoming in the next test. No man is able to win any
victory save through the power of the risen Christ within
him. You will never be able to say, “I did this or
that.” You will desire to give God the glory for everything.
If you are sure of your ground, if you
are counting on the presence of the living Christ within,
you can laugh when you see things getting worse. God would
have you settled and grounded in Christ, and it is only
as you are filled with the Holy Ghost that you become steadfast
and unmoveable in Him.
The Lord Jesus said, “I have a baptism
to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be
accomplished.” He was assuredly straitened in the
way, at Gethsemane, at the judgment hall, and, after that,
at the cross, where He, through the eternal Spirit, offered
Himself without spot to God. God will take us right on in
like manner, and the Holy Spirit will lead every step of
the way. God led Him right through to the empty tomb, to
the ascension glory, to a place on the throne; and the Son
of God will never be satisfied until He has us with Himself,
sharing His glory and sharing His throne.