FOR THE PROMISE OF THE FATHER
Acts 1:4: He commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father.
One filling, one Baptism, of the Holy Spirit, is not enough…I daily need to wait for the Father to fulfill His promise in me. The Spirit in me is not a power at my disposal. Nor is the Spirit an independent power, acting apart from the Father and the Son. The Spirit is the real Living Presence and the Power of the Father working in me, and therefore it is just he who knows that the Spirit is in him who waits on the Father for the full revelation and experience of what the Spirit’s indwelling is, for His increase and abounding more and more. The Apostles were not only filled with the Spirit at Pentecost, but received fresh fulfillments of the Father’s promise thereafter as well, as the need arose and as they asked. Keep in mind…God does not impart grace or strength or life as a gift given, as something that comes out from Him and is given to me to become mine or to then be used by me in my living out my life. No…He gives by giving Himself to work ALL Personally in me; He does it ALL Himself…it is all inseparable from Himself. He does it in me; I do not do ANYTHING at all (other than to carefully and dilligently fulfill my responsibility to actively cooperate with His grace and respond to His Spirit). I am not the doer; He is the doer. Much more so the Holy Spirit. He is not given to me as a power that I use in order to produce fruit or good works. No…He Himself is given to me, and then He Himself works in me, and He produces fruit and good works in me. Therefore, ALL the glory belongs to Him! The Holy Spirit is God, present and working in me: the true position in which I can count upon that working with an unceasing power is as I, praising Him for what I have, still unceasingly wait for the Father’s promise to be still more mightily fulfilled within me. With the gift of Pentecost, it is now possible for God to take possession of His redeemed child and work in me as He did before the fall of Adam.
The two great lessons of the spiritual life are thus: my entire sinfulness and helplessness and utter impotence to do anything towards the maintenance and increase of my inner spiritual life; the infinite willingness of God’s Love to communicate Himself and His blessedness every moment to work in me by His Son and Spirit all that I need. Therefore, the very essence of true religion consists in an unalterable dependence upon God, because I can give God no other glory than yielding myself to His Love, which created me to show forth in me its glory, that it may now perfect its work in me.
The solemn truth is that I am utterly helpless and eternally unable to do anything that is good or pleasing or acceptable to God. God Himself Personally does these things in me as I am in direct communication with Christ Jesus and the Father, and They work in me and maintain the life of the Spirit in me; this is the Eternal desire of Their heart. I can, therefore, be absolutely sure that the Omnipotent God will, through the Glorified Christ, work in me with a Power that can bring to pass things unexpected, things impossible! What will not the church be able to do when her individual members learn to live their lives waiting on God, and when together, with all of self and the world sacrificed in the fire of love, they unite in waiting with one accord for the promise of the Father, once so gloriously fulfilled, but still unexhausted!
This is the blessed life of deep and intimate personal relationship with God: my waiting upon God…watching and waiting, looking off unto Him and listening for His voice…with an unwavering child-like trust and an unreserved child-like dependence, with a joyful expectation and an excited anticipation, for God to reveal to me His plans, His purposes, His will, a deeper revelation of Who He is, SO I MAY THEN RESPOND with an unquestioning child-like obedience to every leading and prompting of the Holy Spirit, cooperating with the power of His enabling grace Who works in me both to will and to do. My soul, wait thou only upon God!