Preached in Angelus Temple, Bible Study
#15 July 28, 1927
Interpretation of Tongues:
God has come to visit us and He has revealed Himself unto
us, but He wants you to be so ready that nothing that He
says will miss. He wants to build you on the foundation
Are you ready this morning? What for? Because
God has something better than yesterday. Higher ground,
holier thoughts, more concentrated, clearer ministry God
wants us every day to be in a rising tide. It is a changing
of faith. It is an attitude of the spirit. It is where God
rises higher and higher.
God wants us to come into the place where
we will never look back. God has no room for the man that
looks back, thinks back, or acts back.
The Holy Ghost wants to get you ready for
stretching yourself out to God and believe that He is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. You need not
use vain repetition. Ask and believe.
People come with their needs, they ask,
they go away still with their needs because they do not
faithfully wait to receive what God has promised them. If
they ask they will get it.
Many people are missing the highest order.
I went to a person who was full of the Spirit, but was all
the time saying, “Glory! Glory! Glory!”
I said, “You are full of the Holy
Ghost, but the Spirit cannot speak because you continually
speak.” He kept still then and the Spirit began speaking
through him. We are altogether in the way of God. Do more
believing and less begging.
I want so to change your operation in God
till you will know that God is operating through you for
this time and forevermore more. May the Spirit awake us
to deep things today.
Are you ready? What for? That you may move
and be moved by the mighty power of God that cannot be moved
and so chastened and built up till you are in the place,
it doesn’t matter where the wind blows or difficulty
comes, you are fixed in God.
Are you ready? What for? To come into the
plan of the Most High God, believing what the Scripture
says, and holding fast that which is good, believing so
that no man shall take your crown.
The Word Changes the Believer
God can so change us by His Word that we are altogether
different day by day David knew this. He said, “Thy
word hath quickened me. He sent his word and healed me.”
How beautiful that God can make His Word abound! “I
have hid thy word in my heart that I might not sin against
It is absolutely infidelity and unbelief
to pray about anything in the Word of God. The Word of God
has not to be prayed about, the Word of God has to be received.
If you will receive the Word of God, you will always be
in a big place. If you pray about the Word of God the devil
will be behind the whole thing. Never pray about anything
which is “Thus saith the Lord.” It has to be
yours to build you on a new foundation of truth.
I want to turn your attention this morning
to the sixth chapter of 2 Corinthians. This is a summit
position for us, although there are many ground lines to
be examined to see if we are rising to the summit of these
glorious experiences. This is also ground work for deep
heart searching. This is divine revelation of the spiritual
character to us. The writer must have been immersed in this
If you turn to the first verse of Romans
12 you will see that the speaker is operated by an operation.
He has been mightily under the operation on more than a
surgical table. He has been cut to the very depths, till
he has reached a place absolutely on the altar of full surrender.
And out of the depths of it when he has got it there, now
he is giving his whole life, as it were, in a nutshell.
I beseech you, therefore, brethren, by
the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable
service —Romans 12:1.
Here in this sixth chapter of 2 Corinthians we have again
a beautiful word which ought to bring us to a very great
place of hearing by the hearing of faith.
“We then, as workers together with
him. . .
It is a collective thought. It is preaching
to the whole Church in Christ Jesus. Paul has the Corinthians
in his mind because the Corinthian church was the first
church amongst the Gentiles, and he was the apostle to the
Receive Not God’s Grace in
“We then, as workers together with him, beseech you
also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain”
(2 Corinthians 6:1). This is one of the mightiest words
there is in the Scripture. People are getting blessed all
the time, having revelation, and they go from one point
to another but do not establish themselves in that thing
which God has brought to them.
If you do not let your heart be examined
when the Lord comes with blessing or correction, if you
do not make it a stepping stone, if you do not make it a
rising place, then you are receiving the grace of God in
vain. People could be built far greater in the Lord and
be more wonderfully established if they would move out sometimes
and think over the graces of the Lord.
Grace is to be multiplied on conditions.
How? In the first chapter of 2 Timothy we have these words:
“the unfeigned faith that is in thee.”
Everyone in this place, the whole Church
of God, has the same like precious faith within him. And
if you allow this like precious faith to be foremost, utmost
on everything, you will find that grace and peace are multiplied.
Just the same the Lord comes to us with
His mercy and if we do not see that the God of grace and
mercy is opening to us the door of mercy and utterances,
we are receiving it in vain.
I thank God for every meeting. I thank
God for every blessing. I thank God every time a person
says to me, “God bless you, Brother!” I say,
“Thank you, Brother. The Lord bless you!” I
see it is a very great place to have people desirous that
we shall be blessed.
If we want strength in building in our spiritual character,
we should never forget the blessings. When you are in prayer
remember how near you are to the Lord. It is a time that
God wants you to change strength there, and He wants you
to remember He is with you.
When you open the sacred pages and the
light comes right through and you say, “Oh, isn’t
that wonderful!” thank God, for it is the grace of
God that has opened your understanding.
When you come to a meeting like this, the
revelation comes forth, you feel this is what you wanted,
receive it as the grace of the Lord. God has brought you
to a place where He might make you a greater blessing.
For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and
in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now
is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation
—2 Corinthians 6:2.
Two processes of salvation. He succoured
you when the Spirit was moving you and when the adversary
was against you, when your neighbours and friends wished
it not to be and when everybody rose up in accusation against
you. When you know there were fightings without and fightings
within, He succoured you. He covered you till you came into
salvation. And then He keeps you in the plan of His salvation.
This is the day of salvation. Being saved
does not mean to say that you were not saved, but that you
are being continually changed, in the process of regeneration
being made like unto God, being brought into the operation
of the Spirit’s power, being made like unto Him.
This is the day of salvation. He has succoured
thee in a time when Satan would destroy thee, and He is
with thee now.
This is the day of salvation. If we remain
stationary, God has nothing for us. Everybody must see that
they must be in progress. Yesterday will not do for today.
I must thank God for yesterday Tomorrow is what I am today
Today: inspiration, divine intuition, where
God is ravishing the heart, breaking forth all shorelines,
getting my heart only responsive to His cry, where I live
and move honoring and glorifying God in the Spirit. This
is the day of visitation of the Lord. This is the great
day of salvation, being moved on, into, for God.
Interpretation of Tongues:
It is the Lord. Let Him do what seemeth Him well. It may
be death, but He has life in the midst of death.
We will praise and magnify the Lord, for
He is worthy to be praised!
He has succoured us, and now He is building
us. Now He is changing us. Now we are in the operation of
the Holy Ghost. You must every day make higher ground. You
must deny yourself to get on with God. You must refuse everything
that is not pure and holy and separate. God wants you pure
in heart. He wants your intense desire after holiness.
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God,
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added
In Perfect Harmony
“Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry
be not blamed” (2 Corinthians 6:3).
That is lovely! Oh! The church can be built.
God will break down opposing things.
If you people in Angelus Temple are in
a place where you would rather see one person saved here
than two people saved at Bethel Temple, then you are altogether
wrong and you need to be saved. If there is anybody here
from Bethel Temple, if you would rather see one person saved
in your temple than two people saved in Angelus Temple,
then you are still out of order of the Spirit of the line
of God and you are strangers to real holy life with God.
If your ministry is not to be blamed, how
will it not be blamed? You have to live in love. See to
it there is never anything comes out of your lips or by
your acts that will interfere with the work of the Lord,
but rather live in the place where you are helping everybody,
lifting everybody, and causing everybody to come into perfect
harmony For remember, there is always a blessing where there
is harmony. “One accord” is the keynote of the
victory that is going to come to us all the time.
There are thousands and thousands of different
churches, but they are all one in the Spirit just in the
measure as they receive the life of Christ. If there is
any division, it is always outside the Spirit. The spiritual
life in the believer never has known dissension or break,
because where the Spirit has perfect liberty, then they
all agree and there is no schism in the body
“The letter killeth, but the spirit
giveth life.” When there is division it is only because
they take the letter instead of the Spirit. If we are in
the Spirit, then we shall have life. If we are in the Spirit,
we shall love everybody. If we are in the Spirit, there
will be no division. There will be perfect harmony God wants
to show us that we must so live in the Spirit that the ministry
is not blamed.
It is a wonderful ministry God has given
to us because it is a life ministry Pentecostal positions
are spiritual positions. We recognize the Holy Ghost, but
we recognize first the Spirit quickening us, saving us from
every rudiment of evil power, transforming our human nature
till it is in divine order. Then in that divine order we
see that the Lord of Hosts can be very beautifully arranging
the life till we live in the Spirit and are not fulfilling
the lusts of flesh.
Interpretation of Tongues:
Let not thy goodness be evil spoken of, but so live in the
spiritual life with Christ that He is being glorified over
thy body, thy soul and thy spirit, till thy very life becomes
emblematic and God reigns over thee in love and peace.
I like that because I see that when the
Holy Ghost has perfect charge, He lifts and lightens and
unveils the truth in a new way till we grip it.
Oh! What I would be if every one of us
would go away this morning with this word in our heart,
“Let not your goodness be evil spoken of.” I
know we all want to be good. It is not a wrong thing to
desire that our goodness shall be appreciated. But we must
watch ourselves because it is an evil day (although it is
the day of salvation), and we must understand these days
that the Lord wants to chasten and bring a people right
into a full-tide position.
I believe that it is possible for God to sweep a company
right into the glory before the Rapture just as well as
at the Rapture. It is possible for you to be taken if others
are left. May God grant unto us a very keen inward discerning
of our heart’s purity. We want to go. It is far better
for us to go. But it is far better for the church that we
If you comprehend the truth of this word
which Paul realized was true, “It is far better for
me to go,” you will never take a pill nor use a plaster.
You would never do anything to’ save you from going
if you believed it was better to go. There is a definite,
inward motion of the power of God for the human life to
so change it till we would not lift a finger, believing
it was far better to go.
Then there is another side to it. Believing
that God has us for the proclamation of the Gospel, for
the building of the church, we would say, “Lord, for
the purpose of being a blessing further for Thy sake, and
for the sake of the Church, just keep us full of life to
We would not be full of disease, but we
would be full of life.
So the Lord grant unto us this morning
a living faith to believe.
In Affliction for the Church
“But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers
of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities,
in distresses” (2 Corinthians 6:4).
Now, these afflictions are not the afflictions
of the disease class. Paul is very definite on these lines.
He suffered afflictions with the people. Jesus suffered
afflictions with the people. There can be many afflictions
within our human frame on the line of feeling the association
of our spiritual acquaintance is not ripening in the life
You have to so live in the Spirit that
when you see the church not rising into its glory, you have
affliction for the church. You are sorry and deeply distressed
because the church is not capturing the vision, and there
is affliction in your sorrow.
God would have us so spiritual that we
could have perfect discernment of the spirit of the people.
If I can in a moment discern the spirit, whether it is quickening,
whether the whole church is receiving it, whether my heart
is moved by this power, then I can see the declination of
positions, I can see the waning of positions, and I can
see faith waning, and that will cause affliction and trouble
to my life.
May God give us to realize that we are
so joined to the Church that we may labor to bring the Church
up. Paul said he travailed in birth for people to be formed
again.8 It was not to be saved again. But they had missed
apprehension. They had missed fellowship of divine order,
so he labored again that they might be brought into this
deep fellowship in the Spirit.
God help us to see that we can travail
for the church. Blessed is the person who can weep between
the door and the altar. Blessed is the people of God that
can take Angelus Temple on their hearts and weep behind,
cry through till the church is formed again, till she rises
in glory till the power of heaven is over her, till the
spiritual acquaintance rises higher and higher, till the
song lifts them to the heights.
This is the order of the church of God.
The ministry be not blamed, but a higher height, a glorious
truth, a blessed fidelity, higher and higher.
“Possess Your Soul in Peace
“In much patience.”
There is a word which needs to be in these
days. I know I am speaking to people who have churches and
who have a lot to do in churches. Remember this: You never
lose so much as when you lose your peace. If the people
see that you have lost your groundwork of peace, they know
you have got outside of the position of victory. You have
to possess your soul in peace.
Strange things will happen in the church,
things will look as though they were all contrary, and you
will feel that the enemy is busy At that time possess your
soul in peace. Let the people know that you have acquaintance
with One Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again.
Let your patience be so possessed that
you can suffer anything for the church or for your friends
or for your neighbors, or anyone. Remember this: We build
character in others as our character is built. Just as we
are pure in our thought, tender and gracious to other people,
and possess our souls in patience, then the people have
great desire for our fellowship in the Holy Ghost.
Now Jesus was emblematic of that line.
They saw Him undisturbed. I love to think about Him. He
helps me so much because He is the very essence of help.
Give Not Offense Nor Cause Distress
“In necessities and distresses.” This means
spiritual distresses because of acquaintance with the Church.
It is the Church we are dealing with here. Paul is in a
place where he is breathing forth by divine appointment
to the Church.
The purpose of these meetings is to gather
the Church together in fidelity lines, because if five people
could save Sodom and Gomorrah, five holy people in a church
can hold the power of the Spirit till Light shall reign.
We do not want to seek to save ourselves, but lose ourselves
that we may save the Church. You cannot help distresses
coming. They will come, and offenses will come, but woe
unto those that cause offenses. See that you do not cause
offense. See that you live in a higher tide. See that your
tongue cannot move.
I wonder if you have ever seen the picture
in the twenty-second chapter of Luke, “Lord, is it
I?” Every one of them was so conscious of his human
weaknesses that not a single one of them had a place where
he could say that it would not be he.
“One of you will betray me,”
John was leaning on the breast of the Lord,
and Peter beckoned to him and said, “Please get to
know.”’2 He knew if anybody could get to know
it would be John.
How long do you think Jesus had known?
He had known at least for nearly three years. He had been
with them in the room, He had been feeding them, He had
been walking up and down with them, and He had never told
any of them it was Judas.
The church that follows Jesus should be
so sober, sober to a sensitiveness that they would not speak
against another, whether it was true or not.
Jesus is the great personality I have in
every way to listen and also to be provoked by His holy
inward generosity and purity, and also His acquaintance
What would it have done? If He had told
them, everyone would have been bitter against Judas. So
He saved all His disciples from being bitter against Judas
for three years.
What love! Can’t you see that holy
divine Saviour? Every one of us today would throw ourselves
at His feet. If we had a crown worth millions of money,
we would say “You are worthy” O God, give us
such a holy, intense, divine acquaintance that we would
rather die than grieve Thee! Oh, for an inward savor that
shall make us say “A thousand deaths rather than sinning
once.” O Jesus, we worship Thee! Thou art worthy!
Interpretation of Tongues:
Into the very depths have I gone to succour thee. And in
the very depths I called thee My own, and I delivered thee
when thou wast oppressed and in oppression, and I brought
thee out when thou wert sure to sink below the waves, and
I lifted thee and brought thee into the banqueting house.
It is the mercy of the Lord. It is the
love of the Lord. It is the grace of the Lord. It is the
Spirit of the Lord. It is the will of the Lord.
Be ready Be alert for God. Live in the
Holy Ghost. Oh, I can understand, “I would that ye
all spake in tongues, but rather that ye prophesy except
we have interpretation.” I pray God that we may learn
the lesson how to keep ourselves so that the Spirit shall
blend, the harmony shall be beautiful. There is not a person
in the place but is feeling the breath of the Almighty breathing
over us. This is one of those moments when the Spirit is
coming to us and saying, “Don’t forget. This
is the receiving of the grace of God.” You are not
to go away and forget. You are to go away and be what God
intends you to be.
Apprehended in Sweden
“In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours,
in watchings, in fastings” (2 Corinthians 6:5). How
those first apostles did suffer! And how we together with
them do suffer.
Sweden is a most remarkable place in many
ways. When I was in Sweden the power of God was upon me,
and it was there that I was apprehended for preaching these
wonderful truths, talking about the deep things of God,
seeing people healed on every line.
The Lutheran churches, yes, and the doctors
rose up like an army against me and had special meetings
with the king to try to get me out of the country And at
last they succeeded.’ It was in Sweden that I was
escorted out with two detectives and two policemen, because
of the mighty powers of God moving amongst the people in
Stockholm. But beloved, it was very lovely!
One of the nurses in the king’s household
came, and she was healed of a leg trouble — I forget
whether a broken thigh or a dislocated joint. She went to
the king and she said, “I have been so wonderfully
healed by this man. You know I am walking all right now.”
“Yes,” he said, “I know
everything about him. I know all about him. Tell him to
go. I do not want him turned out. If he goes out, he can
come back; but if he is turned out, he cannot come back.”
I thank God I was not turned out, I was
They went to see the policemen to see if
I could have a big meeting in the park on the Whitsun Tide
Monday. The policemen joined together and they said, “There
is only one reason that we could refuse him, and it is on
this line: if that man puts his hands upon the sick in the
great park, it would take thirty more policemen to guard
the situation. But if he will promise us that he will not
lay his hands upon the people, then we will allow you to
have the park.”
They came and asked me, and I said, “Promise
them. I know God is not subject to my laying hands upon
the people. When the presence of the Lord is there to heal,
it does not require hands. Faith is the great operation
position. When we believe God all things are easy”
So they built places where I could speak
to thousands of people.
I prayed, “Lord, You know. You have
never been yet in any place fixed. You have ,the mind of
all things. Show me how it can be done today without the
people having hands laid upon them. Show me.”
To the people I said, “All of you
that would like the power of God going through you today,
healing everything, put your hands up.”
There was a great crowd of hands, thousands
of hands went up.
“Lord, show me.”
And He told me as clearly as anything to
pick a person out that stood upon a rock. It was a very
rocky place. So I told them all to put their hands down
but this person. To her I said, “Tell all the people
what are your troubles.”
She began to relate her troubles. From
her head to her feet she was so in pain that she felt if
she did not sit down or lie down she would never be able
to go on.
“Lift your hands high,” I said.
Then, “In the name of Jesus I rebuke from your head
to your feet the evil one, and I believe He has loosed you.”
Oh, how she danced and how she jumped and
how she shouted!
That was the first time that God revealed
to me it could be done. We had hundreds healed without touching
them and hundreds saved without touching. Our God is a God
of mighty power. Oh, how wonderful, how glorious and how
fascinating it is that we can come into a royal place! This
is a royal place. We have a great God. We have a wonderful
Jesus. I believe in the Holy Ghost.
In Prison in Switzerland
“. . . in imprisonments.”
In Switzerland I have been put into prison
twice for this wonderful work. But praise God, I was brought
out all right!
The officers said to me, “We find
no fault. We are so pleased. We have found no fault because
you are such a great blessing to us in Switzerland.”
And in the middle of the night they said,
“You can go.”
I said, “No. I will only go on one
condition. That is that every officer there is in the place
gets down on his knees and I pray with all of you.”
Glory to God!
A High Tide
Are you ready? What for? To believe the Scriptures. That
is necessary. The Scripture is our foundation to build upon
properly. Christ is the cornerstone. We are all in the building.
Oh! If I could let you see that wonderful
city coming down out of heaven, millions, trillions beyond
countless numbers, a city coming down out of heaven to be
married, millions, trillions of people making the city.
Get ready for that. Claim your rights in God’s order
this morning. Do not give way. If you hear any spiritual
breathing from anyone, believe that is your order. If you
see Christ, believe He was your firstfruit. If you see Paul
by the Holy Ghost penetrating your divine position, believe
it is yours.
Have faith in God. Believe the Scripture
is for you. If you want a high tide rising in the power
of God, say, “Give me, Lord, that which I shall be
short in nothing.” Have a real faith. Believe that
love covers you, His life flows through you, His quickening
Spirit lifts you.
O God, take these people into Thy great pavilion. Lead them,
direct them, preserve them, strengthen them, uphold them
by Thy mighty power. Let the peace that passeth understanding,
the joy of the Lord, the comfort of the Holy Ghost be with
Questions and Answers
Q: In Ephesians 6:12 does “wrestling”
mean wrestling in prayer? “For we wrestle not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities,” etc.
A: According to 2 Corinthians 10:5, we
are able to smite the enemy and bring every thought into
perfect obedience to the law of Christ.
“Casting down imaginations, and every
high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of
God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience
Now is that through prayer, or how? It
is quite clear to me that faith inspires you to pray but
faith will command you to command. And if you are in the
place of real faith when these things come up against you,
you will say “Get thee behind me”4 no matter
what it is.
Prayer is without accomplishment unless
it is accompanied by faith. Jude says we can pray in the
Holy Ghost. Be sure you are filled with the Spirit that
you do not pray but Another prays. Be sure you are filled
with the life of Christ till faith rises, claims, destroys,
brings down imagination and everything that opposes Christ.
Faith and prayer, an act, a command.
Q: Which is the right way to baptize, in
the name of Jesus, or the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost?
A: Always do that which causes no contention
and no split. Water baptism in the name of Jesus causes
more trouble than anything else, and you should never have
trouble in the church, you should be at peace. The Lord
said it was to be in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy
Ghost, and when we keep in the right order, as He said,
then there is no schism in the body.
When you go on your own line and strike
out a new cord, you cause dissension and trouble. This thing
has caused more trouble than anything because it has not
been satisfied to go there. It has gone further and said
that Jesus is the Father, Jesus is the Son, and Jesus is
the Holy Ghost. If you do not keep on the right line, keep
in the words where Jesus was, you will be tippled over in
awful distress and darkness. Keep on the high line.
Q: What should be our attitude toward the
coming of the Lord? Should we be enjoying His personal presence
now, disregarding the time of His coming, or should we wait
and anticipate His coming?
A: Do what Peter did. He hastened to the
coming, and he left everything behind him to catch the gleam
of it. You have to keep your mind upon it, looking unto
and hastening it. It is a joy to the Church. It is that
“blessed hope.” It is that glorious appearing.
And it will save you from any amount of things, for he that
looks for that purifieth himself.
Q: Does a person have to go to school in
order to save souls?
A: I think you will save more souls out
of the school. What you have got to do is to understand
that soul-saving work is never made in schools. Soul-saving
work is the regenerative of the spirit, of the life, to
make you eaten up with the zeal of the Lord. Soul saving
is the best thing. It is the sure place, it is the right
place, and I hope we are doing it when He comes.
Q: Is the Spirit of God within the individual that is born
again? I have always thought so from the eighth chapter
A: If you will rightly consider the truth
and keep it before you, it will save you from any amount
of error. The epistles are for people who are baptized in
the Holy Ghost, baptized believers.
When you say, “Except you have the
Spirit of Christ, you are none of His,”6 you will
find that is a perfect word right in the epistles. The new
birth has within it the Spirit of Jesus, and it has the
word also, “My word is spirit and life.” It
is not the Holy Spirit; it is the Spirit of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit is that which comes after,
and is with you all the time. He was with you in revelation
of conviction, but when you were filled He came inside.
And after He comes inside, it is so much different from
Q: Did Jesus think it not robbery to be
equal with God? What did He mean by saying that?
A: It meant He was equal in power, equal
in authority, equal in the glory. He was perfectly one,
and what His Father was, He was, perfectly joined. Yet in
order for perfect obedience, that all the people should
learn obedience, He left the glory left everything
behind to save us. He had as much right
to stop and say, “Father, You go,” but He was
willing to go and left the glory although He had the right
Q: If a contract were entered into by two
people and broken by one party, should that be collected
by law by the other party?
A: Yes, if you lived in the law. But if
you lived in the Spirit, then you would not go to law with
your brother. It depends upon whether you live in law or
live in grace. If you live in grace, you will never go into
I thank God that I was in business for
twenty-five years and might have picked up a lot of money,
but it is still left there because I would not go to law.
I do not believe in it.
But I am not a law to you people. I tell
you what law is and I tell you what grace is.
Q: What is the seal put upon God’s
A: The seal is the Holy Spirit. It is different
from anything else. It is upon you, and the devil knows
it. All the evil powers of the earth know it. You are sealed
with that Holy Spirit of promise till the day of redemption.
You are also baptized in the same Spirit, and that is in
the epistles. But don’t forget that you get a great
deal in your salvation, in the new birth. Press on and get
sealed with the Spirit.
All they which are in Christ will be caught
up at His coming. The twenty-second chapter of Luke distinctly
says that Jesus would not sit down again to break bread
till the kingdom had come. Now the kingdom is in every believer,
and He will not sit down till every believer is there. The
kingdom is in the believer, and the kingdom will come and
millions and millions of people, I am sure, will be there
who never received the Holy Ghost. But they had the life
of the Christ inside. When He comes Who is our life —
it is not the Holy Ghost Who is the life; Christ is the
life — when He comes Who is our life, then shall we
go to the Life.
Q: Is it every Christian’s privilege to have his eyes
so preserved that he need never wear glasses?
A: One thing will take place with every
person here. There are any number of people who have been
praying ever since they were ten years old, and if praying
and the life within them could have altered the situation,
it would have been altered. But I see they are here today
with gray hair, and white hair, meaning that the natural
man decays and you cannot do what you like with it. But
the supernatural man may so abound in the natural man that
it never decays. It can be replaced by divine life.
There comes a time in life when at fifty
or so all eyes, without exception, begin to be dim. But
why? What kind of dimness? If we were living in the time
of Moses we should not require glasses and we should have
as good eyesight as he had. How do you know? Because those
tables of stone that he carried were written on so that
he could see or anybody else could see without glasses.
It doesn’t mean to say that your
eyes are any worse than were Moses’. It means to say
that the natural man has had a change. I believe and affirm
that the supernatural power can be so ministered to us that
even our eyesight can be preserved right through. But I
say this: Any person is a fool that professes to have faith
and then gets a big printed Bible so that he will not need
glasses. It presents a false position before the people.
What he has got to see is if he will carry a Bible about
in his hand which, as the whole of the Bible in very short
space, his eyesight may require either some help or he may
not be able to read correctly.
I have been preaching faith to our people
for thirty years. When my daughter came back from Africa
and saw her mother and myself with glasses, she was amazed.
When our people saw us put glasses on the first time, they
were very much troubled. They were no more troubled than
we were. But I found it was far better to be honest with
the people and acknowledge my place than get a Bible that
was right big print and deceive the people and say that
my eyesight was all right. I like to be true.
My eyesight gave way at about fifty-three, and somehow God
is doing something. I am now sixty-eight, and I do not want
any kind of glasses different, and I am satisfied God is
When I was seeking this way of divine healing
I was stumbled because all the people that had such testimony
of divine healing were wearing glasses. I said, “I
cannot go on with this thing. I am stumbled every time I
see the people preaching divine healing wearing glasses.”
And I got such a bitterness in my spirit that God had to
settle me on that line — and I believe yet that I
have not fully paid the price.
My eyes will be restored, but until then
I will not deceive anybody. I will use glasses till I can
A woman came up to me one day and I noticed
she had no teeth.
“Why,” I said, “your
mouth is very uneven. Your gums have dropped in some places
and the old gums are very uneven.”
“Yes,” she said, “I am
trusting the Lord for a new set of teeth.”
“That is very good,” I said.
“How long have you been trusting Him for them?”
“Look here,” I said, “I
would be like Gideon: I would put the fleece out and I would
tell the Lord that I would trust Him to send me teeth in
ten days or money to buy a set in ten days, and whichever
came first I would believe it was He.”
In eight days, fifty dollars came to her
from a person whom she had never been acquainted with in
any way, and it bought her a beautiful set of teeth —
and she looked well in them.
A person is prayed for for eyesight and
as soon as he is prayed for, he believes, and God stimulates
his faith, but his eyesight is about the same. “What
shall I do?” he asks. “Shall I go away without
“Can you see perfectly?” I
ask. “Do you require any help?”
“Yes. If I should go as I go now,
I would stumble.”
“Put your glasses on,” I say.
“For when your faith is perfected you will not require
any glasses, and when God perfects your faith your glasses
will drop off. But as long as you have need, use them.”
You can take that for what you like, but
I believe in common sense.