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. Continued…
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