I'm interupting the reports from "Together on a Mission" to share this very interesting and insightful quote from a book I've been reading. I was quite challenged by my US friend Jesse, who asked the important question whether it is actually worth writing and arguing for our views if there really is no hope of persuading avid Macarthur cessationists. I think we must keep reading and writing. One of my favourite Spurgeon quotes makes that challenge clear;
“Beloved when you and I have seen or heard anything which God has revealed to us, let us go and write it or make it known by some other means … You have not been privileged to see, merely to make glad your eyes and to charm your soul; you have been permitted to see in order that you may make others see”.
That is one of the reasons why I love the Puritans so much. They had an experience of God and wrote about it and their writings ooze with Spirit-drenched passion for the Lord. So if we have had any experience of God, any testimony to share then surely we must write! I am passionate about the need for every believer to be baptised in the Holy Spirit. It is our rightful inheritance that guarantees us an experience of sonship. Imagine a world filled with Spirit-baptised believers and churches who knew without a doubt that they are sons of the living God! Imagine a world of churches where doubt and fear has left them that our inheritance is guaranteed!
That is why Jesse's paper on the Baptism of the Spirit is such a vital resource. It's here - free!
So back to the quote. I've been reading "Foundational Truths for Christian Living" by Derek Prince and I felt he had a very insightful take on the issue of the baptism of the Holy Spirit. He wrote this;
"We can sum up the differences between the two experiences of receiving the Holy Spirit.
1. On Resurrection Sunday it was:
- Resurrected Christ.
- Inbreathed Holy Spirit.
- Result: Life.
2. On Pentecost Sunday it was:
- Ascended Christ.
- Outpoured Holy Spirit.
- Result: Power".
I felt this was a important distinction that deserves being heard. May many more new believers be baptised in the Holy Spirit of power bringing the wonderful assurance that Jesus Christ is alive and standing before the Father interceding for them!
 C H Spurgeon (5th ed, 1995) – C H Spurgeon Autobiography – “The Full Harvest” (Volume 2) - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh – page 142 – emphases mine.