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"Pilgrim and Sojourner." - 1 Peter 2:11

 The Importance of Christ’s Position as the Head

In the beginning of the Pentecostal work, I became very much exercised in the Spirit that Jesus should not be slighted, “lost in the temple,” by the exaltation of the Holy Spirit and of the gifts of the Spirit. There seemed to be a great danger of losing sight of the fact that Jesus was “all, and in all.” I endeavored to keep Him as the central theme and figure before the people. Jesus will always be the center of our preaching.All comes through and in Him.The Holy Spirit is given to “show the things of Christ.”

The work of Calvary, the atonement, must become the center of our consideration. The Holy Spirit never draws our attention from Christ to Himself, but rather reveals Christ in a fuller way.We are in the same danger today.

There is nothing deeper nor higher than to know Christ. Everything is given by God to that end.The ‘’one Spirit” is given to that end. Christ is our salvation and our all. That we might know ‘’the breadth, and length, and depth, and height of the love of Christ” (Ephesians 3:18-19), having a “spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him” (Ephesians 1:17). It was “to know Him (Christ),” for which Paul strove.

The attention of the people must be first of all, and always, held to Him. A true ‘Pentecost’ will produce a mighty conviction for sin, a turning to God. False manifestations produce only excitement and wonder. Sin and self-life will not materially suffer from these.We must get what our conviction calls for. Believe in your own heart’s hunger and go ahead with God. Don’t allow the devil to rob you of a real ‘Pentecost.’ Any work that exalts the Holy Spirit or the gifts above Jesus will finally end up in fanaticism. Whatever causes us to exalt and love Jesus is well and safe.

- Frank Bartleman


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