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The Work of the Holy Spirit (7 of 15)
Series: Deeper Life Conference
II Timothy 1:7
I going to read a scripture which has meant a great deal to me in my life, and I'm going to talk about the work of the Holy Spirit. I'm calling our Wednesday night Bible studies a Deeper Life Conference, and we've been talking in particular for several weeks now about the work of the Holy Spirit.
I gave my life to Christ when I was a nine-year-old boy. I've always been glad that I came to Christ at an early age. The Lord called me to preach at the age of 16, and then at the age of 18 I suddenly found myself the pastor of a Baptist church. It was only after the Lord called me to preach and I began to preach the Word of God on a weekly basis that I came to understand and to realize the need for the Holy Spirit in my life. I'm sure all of the years of my boyhood that my pastor preached about the Holy Spirit. I'm sure I knew about the Holy Spirit and had heard teachings on the subject, but it was really when I was a young preacher that I got interested in the work of the Holy Spirit, who the Holy Spirit is and what the Holy Spirit does.
In the course of that, I began to study the Holy Spirit in the life of a believer. I read a number of books that are classics in the field of the work of the Holy Spirit. One of the books I read in those years was a book entitled Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians. It talked about the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of some of the great figures in the Christian faith. Another book I read was a large three-volume work by Ruth Paxon entitled Life on the Highest Plane.
Somewhere in the course of that reading on the subject of the Holy Spirit I ran across this statement. I have not been able to locate who said it or where it came from. The statement is, "Many Christians are somewhere between Calvary and Pentecost." They have been to Calvary for pardon, forgiveness of their sins, but they haven't ...
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