Priceless Heritage

Most of our nation is celebrating the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. today. And that celebration is honorable. But I’d like to focus today on celebrating the life and work of another great African-American who allowed the Lord to use him to begin a work that changed the lives of millions of individuals and changed the world as a whole for all the rest of time.

William J. Seymour had a hunger for God, and at the turn of the 20th century, because he was a black man, he was refused admittance into the meetings of the handful of white people who were beginning to understand the baptism in the Holy Spirit and to move in the power of God’s ministry gifts to the Body of Christ. But his personal hunger for more of Jesus and His power caused Seymour to willingly sit alone for days in a hallway outside a meeting room and listen to the teaching so that he could learn the truth about the Holy Spirit and God’s will to pour that Spirit out on all people who would believe.

From that more than humble beginning, Seymour rose up a giant of faith and obedience to the Spirit of God and traveled to Los Angeles to share the truths he’d learned and made his own. After considerable persecution at the hands of many in that city, he eventually moved his teaching to a little wooden building on Azuza Street, and the rest, as we say, is history.

But it’s not just any kind of history. It is the history of Almighty God pouring out His love and power on the human race, in the 20th century, in a manner that changed the entire world forever. We who believe have a part yet to play in that history. Thank You, Lord, for such a priceless heritage.

 

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2 thoughts on “Priceless Heritage

    1. James, I’m not sure exactly what part you want me to respond to. If you’re asking about the text of the post, I would agree that intercession is more than just saying words in prayer, but I would not agree that it is “reaching out to people with the Gospel.” Reaching out is just that: reaching out in words and deeds that will show people actively the love and mercy of God. But intercession, as it’s used in both the Old and New Testaments, is an activity that is carried on between the person praying and the Lord only.

      That person stands in the gap for the one being prayed for and, using the Word, the blood of Jesus, and the name of Jesus, opens the doors that will allow God to work in that person’s life, whether that individual person believes or not. It is important to reach out to people, but we don’t want to confuse that with intercession.

      You’re correct in reminding people that Jesus not only prayed, but reached out physically to people. He did, but that was another facet of His ministry. His intercession, when on earth, and even now in Heaven, was and is transacted between Him and the Father alone. Right now His intercession involves continually focusing the Father on Jesus’ blood and His finished sacrifice so that the Father sees us only through Jesus.

      If you’re asking my thoughts on Robert Morris’ teaching, I’d say he’s done an excellent job of explaining intercession. It definitely is bringing together two parties — making a way for them to connect — when they would not be able to connect without the intercession.

      I hope what I’ve said makes sense, and, of course, you don’t have to agree with it. I’m just responding to your request to give you my own feedback.

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