Steps to Fullness
Would you open your Bibles tonight to the gospel of John, chapter 7, verses 37 – 39?
Several weeks ago on a Wednesday night, I took this passage of Scripture and gave you a little bit of this passage. I warned you at that time at a later date on some Sunday morning or Sunday night I wanted to do a complete message on this passage of scripture. That night is upon us.
This is one of the tremendous statements of Jesus in the New Testament concerning the fullness of the Spirit.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
From time to time visitors in our services and new members come to me and say what really is the answer to some of the things you talk about, and you preach about. You preach so much, and people in my class talk so much about life in the Spirit and about the abundant life. Constantly, I hear people referring to something that happened sometime ago, a new revelation of Jesus, a new experience with him. What really are you referring to? You speak about this abundant life and living a victorious life and being filled with the Spirit. How do you come to that?
I think sometimes that we forget that people come into our church every Sunday and sometimes we just assume that everyone knows exactly what we have been talking about. We assume that everyone knows exactly what it means to be filled with the Spirit. We assume that everyone knows how to appropriate for themselves that filling of the Holy Spirit. We need to remind ourselves, just like preaching from time to time on how to be saved, we need from time to time to go back to b ...
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