04 December 2016

The power of the name. (1/23)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Pentecostal Evangel, 20 January 1923.
Preached at the Springfield Assembly, Springfield, Missouri. Ever Increasing Faith, chapter 3.

Scripture reading: Acts 3.1-16.

All things are possible through the name of Jesus. God hath highly exalted him, and given him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. There is power to overcome everything in the world through the name of Jesus. I am looking forward to a wonderful union through the name of Jesus. There is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

I want to instill into you a sense of the power, the virtue, and the glory of that name. Six people went into the house of a sick man to pray for him. He was an Episcopalian vicar, and lay in his bed utterly helpless, without even strength to help himself. He had read a little tract about healing, and had heard about people praying for the sick, and sent for these friends, who, he thought, could pray the prayer of faith. He was anointed according to James 5.14, but because he had no immediate manifestation of healing, he wept bitterly. The six people walked out of the room, somewhat crestfallen to see the man lying there in an unchanged condition.

When they were outside, one of the six said, “There is one thing we might have done. I wish you would all go back with me and try it.” They went back and all got together in a group. This brother said, “Let us whisper the name of Jesus.”

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27 November 2016

Published in Confidence, 1908.

These are all short items from Confidence, a magazine published by A.A. Boddy of All Saints Church in Sunderland, where Wigglesworth received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1907. —KWL

Bradford. (5/08)


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Confidence, May 1908.

Bro. Smith Wigglesworth of Bowland Street Mission reports:

The Lord is mightily blessing us. The results are that sinners are being saved and saints being filled with the fullness of the Holy Ghost with the signs.

We are realizing the blessing that comes to us through pleading the blood. There is certain victory if the pleader keeps the precious Jesus before him. Then the Holy Ghost commences to plead through him. This is the commencement of signs.

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20 November 2016

Report from Yorkshire. (4/08)


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This is the earliest published item from Wigglesworth I found so far. Confidence was a magazine published by All Saints Church in Sunderland, where Wigglesworth received the baptism of the Holy Spirit in 1907.

Confidence also reported on page 7 of the April 1908 issue, “The Rev. C.F. Atherton holds waiting meetings at his manse. The Lord graciously baptized him at Bradford in Mr. Smith Wigglesworth's house about a month ago.” KWL

by Smith Wigglesworth
Confidence, April 1908.

Bowland Street Mission, Bradford, has had many days of God’s right hand, and has won many trophies of the cross, and seen much of the working of the mighty hands of God; but none of the past days resemble those of the present. Thank God, we are in the midst of that which might be called the soul’s awakening. Those that were lifeless and helpless (having to be carried), are now full of life and prepared to carry others from the cold, indifferent, formal life, to be red-hot, Spirit-filled saints, speaking and singing in tongues.

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13 November 2016

Great grace upon the church. (8/23)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Latter Rain Evangel, August 1923.
Preached in Chicago, 31 October 1922.
[Sermon incorrectly dated 1923.]

“And great grace was upon them all.” Great grace is upon us when we magnify the Lord. If ever you want to see what God means when he gets a chance at his people, have a peep at the fourth chapter of Acts, and see what God did. Just because all the people shouted aloud to him, he imparted to them such blessing that every person was filled with the Holy Ghost, and I believe what God wants to do in these days is to give an inward manifestation of his divine presence within the body until the body is moved by the power of the Spirit. Beloved, we are accustomed to earthly things, but when God sends the heavenly it is beyond our understanding. Oh, to have the revelation of the mind of God! It fills my soul, the thought of it! Oh, for the kind of loosening of the body that we will never be bound again! Just filled with God!

I believe God wants us to understand something of the words of this life. What life? The manifestation of the power of Jesus in the human body, a divine life, a divine power, a quickening, thrilling energy given to you. I was baptized with the Holy Ghost in 1907. If anyone had said to me: “Now, Wigglesworth, you will see such-and-such things,” it would have been beyond my human comprehension, but the tide has risen for 15 years, and it is still rising. Thank God, there has never been a black day, nor a blank day.

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06 November 2016

Deliverance to the captives. (2/23)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Pentecostal Evangel, 17 February 1923.
Confidence, October-December 1923.
Preached at the Springfield Assembly, Springfield, Missouri. Ever Increasing Faith, chapter 2.

Read Luke 4.1-20.

Our precious Lord Jesus has everything for everybody. Forgiveness of sin, healing of diseases, and the fullness of the Spirit all come from one source—from the Lord Jesus Christ. Hear him who is the same yesterday, today and forever, as he announces the purpose for which he came: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

Jesus had been baptized by John in Jordan, and the Holy Spirit had descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him. Being full of the Holy Ghost, he had been led by the Spirit into the wilderness, there to come off more than conqueror over the archenemy. Then he returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee and preached in the synagogues, and at last he came to his old hometown—Nazareth, where he announced his mission in the words I have just quoted. For a brief while he ministered on the earth, and then gave his life a ransom for all. But God raised him from the dead. And before he went to the glory he told his disciples that they too should receive the power of the Holy Ghost upon them. Thus, through them, his gracious ministry would continue. This power of the Holy Ghost was not only for a few apostles, but even for them that are afar off, even as many as our God should call, even for us in this 20th century. Some ask, “But was not this power just for the privileged few in the first century?” No. Read the Master’s great commission as recorded by Mark, and you will see it is for them that believe.

After I had received the baptism of the Holy Ghost—and I know that I received; for the Lord gave me the Spirit in just the same way as he gave him to the disciples at Jerusalem—I sought the mind of the Lord as to why I was baptized. One day I came home from work and went into the house and my wife asked me, “Which way did you come in?” I told her that I had come in at the back door. She said, “There is a woman upstairs and she has brought an old man of 80 to be prayed for. He is raving up there and a great crowd is outside the front door, ringing the doorbell and wanting to know what is going on in the house.”

The Lord quietly whispered, “This is what I baptized you for.”

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30 October 2016

Dare to believe, then command. (4/27)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Pentecostal Evangel, 9 April 1927.
Preached in Melbourne, Australia.

Let us read the 14th chapter of John’s gospel tonight, but take the 12th, 13th, and 14th verses for our lesson. Jesus is speaking and the Spirit can take the words of our Lord Jesus and make them as real to us as if he were speaking tonight. He says, “Verily, verily, I say unto you; He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also: and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

“He that believeth on me… greater works than these shall he do.” What a word! Is it true? If you want truth where will you get it? “Thy word is truth,” he said to the Father. When you take up God’s word you get the truth. God is not the author of confusion or error, but enlightens and brings forth that which reveals truth unto us like the noon-day. It changes us, and we enter into the fellowship, into communion, into faith, into assurance, into God’s likeness, for we saw the truth and believed. I see that faith is an operative power. God opens the understanding of your heart and shows things you would never know if your mind had never been opened.

I do not think we have greater words than are in Romans 4.16, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be by grace.” Grace is God’s benediction coming right down to you, and when you open the door to him, which is an act of faith, he does all you want. It is by faith that it might be by grace. You are the one to open the way; God is the one to replenish your need all along the way.

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23 October 2016

The faith that comes from God. (9/22)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Pentecostal Evangel, 16 September 1922.
Preached at Glad Tidings Assembly, San Francisco.
Faith that Prevails, chapter 1, “God-given faith.”

Read Hebrews 11.1-11.

I believe that there is only one way to all the treasures of God, and that is the way of faith. By faith and faith alone do we enter into a knowledge of the attributes, become partakers of the beatitudes, and participate in the glories of our ascended Lord. All his promises are yea and Amen to them that believe.

God would have us come to him by his own way. That is through the open door of grace. A way has been made. It is a beautiful way, and all his saints can enter in by this way and find rest. God has prescribed that the just shall live by faith. I find that all is a failure that has not its base on the rock Christ Jesus. He is the only way, the truth, and the life. The way of faith is the Christ way, receiving him in his fullness and walking in him; receiving his quickening life that filleth, moveth, and changeth us, bringing us to a place where there is always an Amen in our hearts to all the will of God.

As I look into the 12th chapter of Acts, I find that the people were praying all night for Peter to come out of prison. They had a zeal but no faith. They were to be commended for their zeal in spending their time in prayer without ceasing, but there was one thing missing. It was faith. Rhoda had more faith than the rest of them. When the knock came to the door, she ran to it, and the moment she heard Peter’s voice, she ran back again with joy saying that Peter stood before the gate. And all the people said, “You are mad. It isn’t so.” But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. But they had no faith, and conjectured, “Well, God has sent his angel.” But Peter continued knocking. They had zeal but no faith. And I believe there is quite a difference.

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16 October 2016

The grace of longsuffering the counterpart of “gifts of healing.” (4/23)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Latter Rain Evangel, April 1923.
From “Salvation of God Is All-Inclusive.”

This morning we will move on to the “gifts of healing.” “To another, faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit.”

There is no use expecting to understand the gifts and to understand the epistles unless you have the Holy Ghost. All the epistles are written to a baptized people, and not to the unregenerated. They are written to those who have grown into a maturity as a manifestation of the Christ of God. Do not jump into the epistles before you have come in at the gate of the baptism of the Spirit. I believe that this teaching God is helping me to bring to you will move on you to become restless and discontented on every line till God has finished with you. If we want to know the mind of God through the epistles, there is nothing else to bring the truth but the revelation of the Spirit himself. He gives the utterance: He opens the door. Don’t live in a poverty state when we are all around, in and out, up and down, pressed out beyond measure with the rarest gems of the latest word from God. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For everyone that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” There is the authority of God’s word. And remember, the authority of God’s word is Jesus. These are the utterances by the Spirit of Jesus to us this morning.

I come to you with a great inward desire to wake you up to your great possibilities. Your responsibilities will be great, but not as great as your possibilities. You will always find that God is over-abundance on every line he touches for you, and he wants you to come into mind and thought with him so that you are not straightened in yourselves. Be enlarged in God!

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09 October 2016

Have faith in God. (12/22)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Pentecostal Evangel, 9 December 1922.
Preached at the Springfield Assembly, Springfield, Missouri.
Ever Increasing Faith, chapter 1.

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”

These are days when we need to have our faith strengthened, when we need to know God. God has designed that the just shall live by faith. Any man can be changed by faith, no matter how he may be fettered. I know that God’s word is sufficient. One word from him can change a nation. His word is from everlasting to everlasting. It is through the entrance of this everlasting word, this incorruptible seed, that we are born again, and come into this wonderful salvation. Man cannot live by bread alone, but must live by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. This is the food of faith. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

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02 October 2016

The word of knowledge by the same Spirit. (3/23)


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by Smith Wigglesworth
The Latter Rain Evangel, March 1923.
From “‘Thus Saith the Lord’ for Your Life.”

Beloved, I believe that God wants to take us further into his revelation and I beseech you to hear, because there are none so deaf as those who will not hear. We ought to have ears to hear and the hearing of faith because the word profiteth nothing unless it is mixed with faith in them that hear it. If you want the plan of God made real in your hearts you must take it all as “Thus saith the Lord.” Then God will be able to put you on the foundations which cannot be shaken. God has the only plan and that plan is so perfect that it has no flaws in it. You will find that it always comes out right to the place where you can build upon it. “There is no other foundation than that which is laid,” and that foundation is Christ Jesus. He is not only the cornerstone but he is also the head of the corner. We must see that everything is perfectly dovetailed together, and that we are all members in particular of that body in order that it may be fitly joined together in perfection in all its glorious beauties. Just like that wonderful city which will come right down out of heaven and will surpass every city that ever was made in all the world. Billions and trillions of saints, far more than human mind can give expression to, because they will be innumerable as the sands on the seashore, will comprise that wonderful city, the bride of the Lamb, which will come down out of heaven. And so I believe that God has a wonderful place for us.

When I read the Scriptures and see that blessed truth that Jesus said to the sons of Zebedee, “To sit on my right hand and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father,” I believe there will be innumerable seats there for those prepared for that place. And every time I preach I try to get people prepared for that wonderful place at the right hand of God. I do not want to think that anyone will come short of the adornment which only the Holy Ghost can give, the adorning of the beautiful grandeur of our Lord Jesus Christ which is for us all.

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I started this site ’cause I took a Pentecostal history class in grad school, used several Wigglesworth articles for a paper, and rather than just throw away my source materials, I stuck ’em on the internet. I’ve been adding to them since. Thanks for the encouraging feedback!

Yes, the Wigglesworth articles are edited for spelling, punctuation, paragraph breaks, and verse references. But that’s all. Most of the source materials are transcripts of what he spoke aloud, so I believe such alterations are justifiable. I’ve included scans of the original publications in case you wish to compare. Any further typos are because the OCR software made them and I didn’t catch them. Sorry.

If you come across another version of these articles with significant differences (including in print!) it’s because their editor decided to take further liberties with Wigglesworth than I would. There comes a point when such editing becomes less about Wigglesworth’s own words, and more about editors wishing to reshape Wigglesworth to suit them. Or the times. There are certain things Wigglesworth said and taught where I personally can’t agree, and honestly don’t believe the scriptures back him up. (You want my view, visit Christ Almighty.) But as an historian I’m posting what he said, disagreements or not. I wouldn’t appreciate it if people bent my words in like manner, and I’m not editing him for anyone’s theological sensibilities—neither mine nor yours.

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