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upper kingdoms of the Infinite, he assured his disciples in all ages—“ These signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover; and if they eat any deadly thing it shall not hurt them: Go ye therefore into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature”

While sincerely believing in Jesus, infinitely deeper is our trust in God, the incarnate life and light of eternity. In holiest fellowship with Jesus, angels and loved spirits in the bosom of the Infinite, then, is our rest forever.

CHAPTER XXVIII.

THE HOLY SPIRIT.

“Lie open, Soul! lo, angels wait

To enter thine abode !
Messiahs linger at thy gate ;

Let in the truth of God."

The Spirit, the Paraklete, the Comforter, is frequently referred to in the gospels. In John's record we read : “But the Conforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance whatever I have said unto you."

Ghost is a most barbarous translation of the Greek, pneuma—the Latin, spiritus. Pneuma, naturally of the neuter gender, should have been translated--spirit. “He shall baptize you with the holy spirit (en pneumati agio) and with fire;” that is, shall surround and infill you with a most exalting and spiritualizing influence, the purifying effects of which are comparable to fire. As scripturally used, the phrase sometimes signifies influence or agency, and at other times individualized, immortalized spirits.

“ The disciples * * *

* * were terrified and affrighted, and supposed they had seen a spirit.

“Well spake the Holy Spirit by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers."

" Whatsoever shall be given unto you in that hour that speak ye; for it is not yE that speak; but the Holy Spirit.

" Then said Jesus to them again, peace be unto you.

And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and said, Receive ye

the Holy Spirit.”

“ After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia; but the spirit permitted them not.”

“While Peter thought on the vision, the spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee."

“ Then the spirit said unto Philip, Go near and join thyself to this chariot."

“ And when Paul laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them and they spake with tongues and prophesied."

“ Then Peter and John *** laid their hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit.”

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These apostles, as well as Paul, being powerful developing mediums, so intensified the spiritual atmosphere, that, by laying their hands upon those susceptible persons, thus increasing the magnetic battery, they were surcharged and thrilled with the electric influx. So at the Pentecostal scene described in Acts, “when they were all with one accord in one place, suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared cloven tongues like as of fire.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance."

The spiritual manifestations upon present pentecostal occasions, when our media are in harmony, corroborate those of the past; and the past, to historic inclined minds, confirm the present. Thus the old and the new, as witnesses in a common cause, clasp hands.

One of the demonstrations of spiritual clairvoyance, establishes the fact that each individual is enveloped in a spiritual sphere or emanation. This is often seen by the exceedingly sensitive, and sometimes absolutely felt even by those of dull and deadened sensibilities. The discovery of the spectrum analysis, which now occupies so important a position in the investigation of the physical sciences, is already helping Spiritualism, by demonstrating similar auroral spheres

and emanations around physical substances. Spiritualists have taught this for years. It was a clairvoyant discovery. Science follows Spiritualism-a great way off.

Mr. Ruskin, writing a friend in the north of England, says:

“ You most probably have heard of the marvelous power which chemical analysis has received in recent discoveries respecting the laws of light. My friend showed me the rainbow of the rose, and the rainbow of the violet, and the rainbow of the hyacinth, and the rainbow of the forest leaves being born, and the rainbow of forest leaves dying. And, last, he showed me the rainbow of blood. It was but the three-hundreth part of a grain, dissolved in a drop of water; and it cast its measured bars, for ever recognisable now to human sight, on the chord of the seven colors. And no drop of that red rain can now be shed, so small as that the stain of it cannot be known, and the voice of it heard out of the ground.”

If there is a spheral emanation around the crystal, the plant, the rose, and a drop of blood, how natural that there should be electro-odylic spheres around physical and more etherealized spiritual bodies. The earthly is but the analogue of the spiritual.

Sensitive persons, with organisms like iodized plates, sympathetically sense these spheres. Clairvoyants see, and read therefrom the true character.

This age has few secrets. Seers see the innermost of things, and conscious souls know kindred souls. When rapt in this holy soul-blending sympathy, law is useless, labor a pleasure, and duty a word obsolete. Such souls converse across oceans when no sounds pass.

Oblivious to the outward, to time and space, they live the inner life. Those positive impart to the negative—impart what they have, the quality of the efflux corresponding to the interior state. If good and pure-minded, they impart the Holy Spirit ; " that is, a most uplifting and spiritualizing influence. This rationally explains why Jesus s took little children in his arms and blessed them.” The blessing did not consist in the uttered words, but in the celestializing influence of the divine magnetism he imparted.

It explains also why he “breathed upon his disciples," and how it was that he “ felt virtue go out of him ” when the negative woman touched the hem of his garment.

To feel the breath of the pure—to come into soul-fellowship with the true and noble, is equivalent to a baptism of the “Holy Spirit;” a crown of joy and a moral transfiguration.

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