Blessed Lord Jesus! with my whole heart I worship Thee, as exalted on the Throne to baptize with the Holy Ghost. Oh! reveal Thyself to me in this Thy glory, that I may rightly know what I may expect from Thee.
I bless Thee that in Thyself I have seen what the preparation is for receiving the Holy Spirit in His fulness. During Thy life of preparation in Nazareth for Thy work, O my Lord, the Spirit was always in Thee. And yet when Thou hadst surrendered Thyself to fulfil all righteousness, and to enter into fellowship with the sinners Thou camest to save, in partaking of their baptism, Thou didst receive from the Father a new inflowing of His Holy Spirit. It was to Thee the seal of His love, the revelation of His indwelling, the power for His service. And now Thou, on whom we see the Spirit descend and abide, doest for us what the Father did for Thee.
My Holy Lord I bless Thee that the Holy Spirit is in me too. But, oh I beseech Thee, give me yet the full, the overflowing measure Thou hast promised. Let Him be to me the full unceasing revelation of Thy presence in my heart, as glorious and as mighty as on the Throne of Heaven. O my Lord Jesus! baptize me, fill me with the Holy Spirit. Amen.
1. All Divine giving and working is in the power of an endless life. And so we can look up to Jesus each day in the blessed light of this word: ‘He baptizeth with the Holy Spirit,’ He cleanses with the blood and baptizes with the Spirit, according to each new need.
2. Let us keep inseparably connected in our faith the double truth the Baptist preached: Jesus the Lamb taking away sin, Jesus the Anointed baptizing with the Spirit. It was only in virtue of His shedding His blood that He received the Spirit to shed forth. It is as the cross is preached that the Spirit works. It is as I believe in the precious blood, that cleanses from all sin, and walk before my God with a conscience sprinkled with the blood, that I may claim the anointing. The blood and the oil go together, I need both. I have them both in the one Jesus, the Lamb on the Throne.