Hear What the Spirit Says

by | Oct 1, 2012

Among the very first conditions of being qualified for membership in the true Church, which is the Bride of Christ, is that of having a willing and obedient heart to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit. Seven times within the limits of the second and third chapters of the book of Revelation, Jesus commands us to hear what the Spirit shall say.

Our Savior tells us that nobody can come to the Son of God, except the Father shall draw him. It is the office of the Father, through the operation of His law applied by the Holy Spirit, to awaken us and draw us in the spirit of repentance and to go to Jesus for pardon and renewal of life.

Then when Jesus receives us and remits our sins and gives us power to become the sons of God, He leads us to the personality and fullness of the Holy Spirit. He tells us to tarry until we are endued with power from on high and that He will pray the Father, and we shall receive another Comforter, who is the Holy Spirit, and He will sanctify us through the truth and take the things of Christ and reveal them unto us.

When we say words of Psalm 23 such as “The Lord is my Shepherd” or “He leadeth me beside the still waters,” we may think of Jesus, after saving us from our sins, leading us to the clear river of the ever-flowing Holy Spirit that we may be filled with pure love and placed under the dominion of the abiding Comforter.

Then when the Holy Spirit gets possession of our nature and life, He in turn leads us back to the eternal Father and reveals to us in ever-widening and brightening fields of light the personalities, as well as the love and fellowship of the Father and the Son.

So the Father leads us to the Son, and the Son leads us to the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit leads us back to the uncreated and unbegotten person of the Father from whom eternally comes the Son and from whom eternally proceeds the Holy Spirit. This is the beautiful and fascinating circuit around which the redeemed soul travels with ever-increasing light and love.

Remember that the blessed Holy Spirit is as safe a guide as the Eternal Father, or the lowly Jesus, and it must grieve His infinite loving nature that so many professed Christians seem to be afraid of Him and will not dare to trust themselves to His full possession. It is the reality of the abiding Holy Spirit within us, bringing us into conscious communion with the three persons of the one ever-blessed God, that gives real supernatural power to our lives and puts into our work a divine force.

This makes us in many instances a real mystery to unspiritual people just because He is making us more beautifully intelligible to the innumerable company of angels and the spirits of just men made perfect, and the church of the first-born, into whose blessed fellowship we are brought by the Spirit of glory and of the God who abides in us.

Our blest Redeemer, ere He breathed


His tender last farewell,


A Guide, a Comforter, bequeathed


With us to dwell.


Spirit of purity and grace,


Our weakness, pitying see;


O make our hearts Thy dwelling place


To worship Thee.


—Harriet Auber, 1829

The Rev. George Douglas Watson (1845–1924 ) was a widely-traveled Methodist evangelist prominent in the post-Civil-War Holiness Movement in the United States. This selection, edited and condensed, is from his book Steps to the Throne, published by the Revivalist Press.