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JUST as God the Father promised, with ever in-
creasing emphasis in the Old Testament the
coming time in which His Son should be mani-
fested, so during the latter months of Jesus' minis-
try He promised when He went away He also would
bestow a gift upon the world, even the Holy Ghost.
As the hour of his departure approached, and Cal :
vary's cross cast its shadow over the fearful hearts
of His disciples, Jesus more and more sought to
impress upon the minds of His people the neces-
sity and importance of receiving His gift the
So many times did the Lord promise the Spirit
and explain the importance of His coming and His
office work in our lives from conviction to bap-
tism, and on to perfection, that time and space
will permit our giving only a few quotations at
In the 16th chapter of John, Jesus said: "It is
expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not
away the Comforter will not come unto you, but
if I depart I will send Him unto you." Here and
in other places He begins to enumerate the differ-
ent reasons why we should receive the Holy Ghost,
and to explain still more fully His office work in
this world :
(1) When He is come He will reprove the world
of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. John
(2) Howbeit when He, the Spirit of truth is
come, He will guide you into all truth. John 16 :13.
(3) He will not speak of himself; but whatso-
ever he shall hear, that shall he speak. John 16 :13.
(4) He will shew you things to come. John
(5) He shall glorify ME. John 16 :14.
(6) He shall receive of mine, and show it unto
you. John 16:14.
(7) But when the Comforter is come, whom I
w4ll send you from the Father, even the Spirit of
truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall
testify of me. John 15 :26.
(8) But the Comforter, which is the Holy
Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name,
He shall teach you all things and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto
you. John 14 :26.
(9) But ye shall receive power after that the
Holy Ghost is come upon you. Acts 1:8.
Jesus' parting words to His little flock after
His death and resurrection, as His pierced feet
were rising from earth as He ascended to His
Father, rang out clear and plain : "Behold I send
the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry
in Jerusalem until ye be endued with power from
on high." Luke 24 :49.
True to His commission, Acts 1 :12 shows the
little band of faithful followers (one hundred and
twenty in number) wending their way to Jerusa-
lem, to tarry until they should receive the prom-
ised gift. "And when they were come in, they
went up into an upper room, where abode both
Peter and James and John, and Andrew and
Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew,
James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes,
and Judas the brother of James. These all con-
tinued with one accord in prayer and supplication
with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus,
and with His brethren. Acts 1 :13, 14.