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Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher


Copyright © 20111

by
Percy Gutteridge

Psalm 19

  1. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.
  2. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night shows knowledge.
  3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
  4. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
  5. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race.
  6. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hidden from the heat thereof.
  7. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
  8. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
  9. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
  10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
  11. Moreover by them is your servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
  12. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.
  13. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
  14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

Who Is Earth’s Most Powerful Preacher?

Let’s consider the question, “Who is the most powerful preacher that God has ordained on earth?” And understand that I’m not talking about a human being. I am not going to pick out one of today’s famous evangelists or ministers and say, “This one is the most powerful preacher,” because none of them has the worldwide audience or impact of God’s sovereign choice. So then, let’s refine the question and ask, “What is the most powerful preacher that God has ordained on earth?” as we examine potential candidates.

The Sun?

How about the sun? Is the sun earth’s most powerful preacher? Our Scripture passage says that the sun is really a preacher; it comes out of its chamber as a bridegroom. It comes up in the morning and goes down at night, going right over the whole circuit of heaven, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. It preaches of light, it preaches of energy, it preaches of power, it preaches of judgment, it preaches even of love. It preaches also of life, because there would be no life without the sun. The sun preaches to us about so many things.

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The Most High and the Elohim


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by
Percy Gutteridge

  1. There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed2 evil.
  2. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
  3. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
  4. And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
  5. And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, “It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus did Job continually.
  6. Job 1:1-5 KJV

All People

Job is a very remarkable book, one of the most remarkable books in the Bible, containing an amazing amount of wisdom. But please understand that the Book of Job is not about an Israelite, for Job didn’t belong to the tribes of Israel. It tells you that Job “was the greatest of all the men of the east” (Job 1:3). “Ah,” you say, “but don’t you realize that Israel is in the east?” Yes, but you must realize that if one is writing in Israel, Israel would not be in the east—Arabia would be in the east. This Bible is written from the geographical point of view of someone living in Israel. When the Bible speaks about east and west, you must mentally reorient yourself as though you are living in Israel in order to get your bearings properly. In that mindset you properly interpret “west” and “east” as being relative to Israel. [click to continue…]


The Sevenfold Holy Spirit


This entry is part 1 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

Copyright © 20091

by
Percy Gutteridge

1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass; and He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John: 2Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 3Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 4John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from Him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne; 5and from Jesus Christ, Who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the Prince of the kings of the earth.  Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, 6and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen. — Revelation 1:1-6 KJV

Just as Jesus is Lord of the Church, so the Holy Spirit is Lord in the Church. Now about the Holy Spirit, we have a very special announcement in these opening verses: “…and from the seven Spirits which are before His throne” (Revelation 1:4). The interesting thing is that the phrase is repeated later several more times. In Revelation 3:1 Jesus says,

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This entry is part 2 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

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by
Percy Gutteridge

The prophecy of Joel 2:23-29 is the first of our two readings:

  1. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.
  2. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.
  3. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.
  4. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and My people shall never be ashamed.
  5. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.
  6. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
  7. And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my Spirit.

Then with Pentecost comes the fulfillment of this precious promise of God, recorded in Acts 2:

  1. But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, “Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words:
  2. “For these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
  3. “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel;
  4. “ ‘ “And it shall come to pass in the last days,” saith God, “I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:
  5. “ ‘ “And on My servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of My Spirit; and they shall prophesy.” ’ ”
  6. Acts 2:14-18 KJV

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The Double Portion of Elisha


This entry is part 3 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

Copyright © 2009 1

by
Percy Gutteridge

  1. And it came to pass, when the Lord would take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal.
  2. And Elijah said unto Elisha, Tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Bethel. And Elisha said unto him, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they went down to Bethel.
  3. And the sons of the prophets that were at Bethel came forth to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he said, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
  4. And Elijah said unto him, Elisha, tarry here, I pray thee; for the Lord hath sent me to Jericho. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. So they came to Jericho.
  5. And the sons of the prophets that were at Jericho came to Elisha, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Lord will take away thy master from thy head to day? And he answered, Yea, I know it; hold ye your peace.
  6. And Elijah said unto him, Tarry, I pray thee, here; for the Lord hath sent me to Jordan. And he said, As the Lord liveth, and as thy soul liveth, I will not leave thee. And they two went on.
  7. And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went, and stood to view afar off: and they two stood by Jordan.
  8. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.
  9. And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.
  10. And he said, Thou hast asked a hard thing: nevertheless, if thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee; but if not, it shall not be so.
  11. And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
  12. And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. And he saw him no more: and he took hold of his own clothes, and rent them in two pieces.
  13. He took up also the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and went back, and stood by the bank of Jordan;
  14. And he took the mantle of Elijah that fell from him, and smote the waters, and said, Where is the Lord God of Elijah? and when he also had smitten the waters, they parted hither and thither: and Elisha went over.
  15. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him.
  16. And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren.
  17. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him.
  18. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the Lord, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
  19. So the waters were healed unto this day, according to the saying of Elisha which he spake.
  20. 2 Kings 2:1-15,19-22 KJV

I want to expound to you that word of Elijah where he said to Elisha in 2 Kings 2:10, “If thou see me when I am taken from thee, it shall be so unto thee.” What was it that Elijah desired? Elijah desired to give Elisha what Elisha desired. So he said to Elisha, “What shall I do for you before I am taken away?” And Elisha asked for a special gift. Elisha said, “I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me.” Elijah said, “You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you it shall be given unto you, but if not, you won’t get it.” In other words, if you are present when I am taken away so you see the manner of my going, then you will have the request you are asking for.” What was it that Elisha was really asking for? He was asking to inherit Elijah’s gift. He was asking to be the prophet in Elijah’s place. He was asking to be God’s man, the seer, the prophet, the man of God. Elijah made a very remarkable statement when he said, “If you see me when I go, you shall have it.”

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This entry is part 3 of 12 in the series Faith Is Substance

Copyright © 1975, 2002

by
Percy Gutteridge

Faith Is The Substance

Faith is not just the fuse of a spiritual explosion. It is more than the trigger to produce a sign and wonder. It is not just a necessary ingredient for a miracle. It is substance, in fact the substance that God created to be the pith and marrow of the true Christian life.

'Grandpa Jack' Mavros (left) with the author, Percy Gutteridge, at the 1968 Summer Bible Teaching Conference at Camp Seeley, Crestline, California, USA“Grandpa Jack” Mavros [left]
and the author, Summer 1968,
Bible Teaching Conference
Camp Seeley, Crestline, California
(Photo courtesy Dennis and Patti Holland)

Faith was substance in Jack Mavros, one of God’s hidden saints, very few of whom are known to the established Christian circles of earth; but “Grandpa Jack” was known in Heaven. He worked as a cobbler in his own small repair shop in North Hollywood, California.

A friend of mine was in his shop one day, when in blustered a motorcycle gang member in his typical black leather jacket. He hit the counter with a pair of shoes and yelled out, “Clean these, ol’ man.” Grandpa Jack was not a cleaner of shoes, but a most able shoe repairer. He took up the shoes and cleaned and polished them beautifully, and then handed them back with his usual sweet smile.

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The Holy Spirit as Wind


This entry is part 7 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

Copyright © 2009 1

by
Percy Gutteridge

  1. There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
  2. The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
  3. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
  4. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
  5. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
  6. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
  7. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
  8. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
  9. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?
  10. Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?
  11. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, We speak that we do know, and testify that we have seen; and ye receive not our witness.
  12. If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?
  13. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
  14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
  15. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
  16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
  18. John 3 KJV

In our study of the Holy Spirit, we now come to the words of Jesus in John 3:8— “The wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof and canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth; so is everyone that is born of the Spirit.” The wind blows where it lists, that is, where it wants to go. The Lord Jesus is referring to [click to continue…]


The Holy Spirit as Dew


This entry is part 5 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

Copyright © 2010 1

by
Percy Gutteridge

  1. O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.
  2. Take with you words, and turn to the Lord : say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the fruit of our lips.
  3. Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
  4. I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.
  5. I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
  6. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
  7. They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
  8. Ephraim shall say, What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard him, and observed him: I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.
  9. Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he shall know them? for the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them: but the transgressors shall fall therein.
  10. Hosea 14:1-9 KJV

We have considered several subjects having to do with that most blessed and glorious Person, the Holy Spirit, who indwells God’s children.  We have looked at the Holy Spirit as oil, and as fire.  Now we want to understand that wonderful figure of the Holy Spirit as dew.

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The Nature of Faith: Ch. 3 of ‘Faith Is Substance’


This entry is part 5 of 12 in the series Faith Is Substance

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by
Percy Gutteridge

New Covenant Language,
Old Covenant Experience

The true weakness of the evangelical fundamentalism of today is that it exercises New Covenant speech from an Old Covenant experience. This is a recurring problem in the Church, and it is only solved for many when the Holy Spirit comes into the midst of His people in revival power, and reigns sovereignly as Lord. There is too much mechanical Christianity.

A fundamentalist in this sense is one who believes that a person is born of God, is in Christ, and is a spiritual man indwelt by the Holy Spirit because he believes in the infallibility of the Scriptures and accepts all of the fundamental truths taught therein. But the true son of God has not been made so by the Bible. The Bible cannot give life, but only point the way to life. The Lord Jesus Christ alone is the Life, and He alone can give it. He gave this life to many thousands in the early days of the Church, before ever the New Testament was written, and when the great majority of the Church, being of the poorest class, were unable to read the Scriptures of the Old Testament either in the Hebrew or the Greek. [click to continue…]



This entry is part 6 of 12 in the series Faith Is Substance

Copyright © 1975, 2002

by
Percy Gutteridge

Living By Faith

William Tyndale, English Bible Translator and Martyr

Faith must be active, that is, a working faith, else it is not true faith. James says concerning Abraham, “Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?” (James 2:22) The inspired word is clear, plain, and unalterable: “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:20); that is, without works, true faith is non-existent. This does not mean that the child of God is always working miracles. It means that the conduct of his life demonstrates that he lives by faith. William Tyndale, forever renowned as the one who, overcoming all opposition, translated the New Testament and had it distributed in England, and who was martyred for his faith (being strangled and burned at Vilvorde near Antwerp in 1536), thus explains faith: [click to continue…]


The Holy Spirit as Oil


This entry is part 4 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

Copyright © 20101

by
Percy Gutteridge

  1. Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
  2. And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
  3. They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
  4. But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
  5. While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
  6. And at midnight there was a cry made, “Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.”
  7. Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
  8. And the foolish said unto the wise, “Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.”
  9. But the wise answered, saying, “Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.”
  10. And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
  11. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, “Lord, Lord, open to us.”
  12. But he answered and said, “Verily I say unto you, I know you not.”
  13. Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
  14. Matthew 25:1-13 KJV

I want to share about the Holy Spirit, but not in a technical, theological, ecclesiastical way. I’d very much rather take it in the way the Bible teaches, looking back to see how the Lord has spoken to us in the Scriptures. You see, God has made a very simple way of teaching us in the Bible. He has given us various types. And God’s great scheme and idea is that we should learn the greatness of our God; that we should learn the purposes of our God; that we should learn the ways of our God; and especially that we should learn the offices of the Persons of the Trinity. For the Persons of the Trinity share their sovereign work; and in Their sovereign will They each have a portion, each Their own works.

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The Holy Spirit As Salt


This entry is part 8 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

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by
Percy Gutteridge

You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 5:13

These words about salt are the very words of the Lord Jesus. It is our great joy to be able to read the actual words that Jesus said when He was on the earth. And we must remember, when we read them, who is speaking. Of course, it is the Lord Jesus; but it is the Creator talking. It’s the Logos. It’s the Word of God. “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3). There can be no scientific inaccuracy in what the Lord Jesus said, for He is the Author and the Creator of all science, of all matter, of all scientific laws, of everything on the earth. So if the Lord Jesus tells us something about matter, we can believe it, for not only did He create it, He also sustains it. “By Him all things consist [hold together]” (Colossians 1:3). It’s almost amusing, if it was not so solemn, to realize that if it were not for the existence of the Christ, atheists would be “non-ists”—nothing! gone! having no being! All things hold together by Him. That means you, and matter, and all things are held together by Him. So this is the One, this glorious One, Who is telling us something about salt, and something about us in association with salt.

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This entry is part 8 of 12 in the series Faith Is Substance

Copyright © 1975, 2002

by
Percy Gutteridge

Faith-Life

Life is the greatest of all human desires. Even most suicides rush out of this life because they think that the next life cannot be as unpleasant as the one which they are now enduring. When Graceless in Pilgrim’s Progress was convinced that the City of Destruction, in which he dwelt, was going to fall into Tophet,1 “the man put his fingers in his ears and ran on, crying, ‘Life! Eternal life!’” Because of this, his name was changed to Christian. The Lord Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). [click to continue…]


The Holy Spirit as Former and Latter Rain


This entry is part 6 of 10 in the series The Holy Spirit

Copyright © 20041

by
Percy Gutteridge

Psalm 65

1 Praise waiteth for Thee, O God, in Sion:
and unto thee shall the vow be performed.

2 O thou that hearest prayer,
unto Thee shall all flesh come.

3 Iniquities prevail against me:
as for our transgressions, Thou shalt purge them away.

4 Blessed is the man whom Thou choosest,
and causest to approach unto Thee,
that he may dwell in Thy courts:
we shall be satisfied with the goodness of Thy house,
even of Thy holy temple.

5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt Thou answer us,
O God of our salvation;
Who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth,
and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

6 Which by his strength setteth fast the mountains;
being girded with power:

7 Which stilleth the noise of the seas,
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