Grabbers of the impossible

It is interesting to me how many great pioneers of the past believed in the Baptism of the Holy Spirit as something that is needed, subsequent to conversion, to empower the believer for works of service. One example of this is seen in the following quote from C.T. Studd (see also for example, Lloyd-Jones on Baptism with the Holy Spirit).

“The fiery baptism of the Holy Ghost will change soft, sleek Christians into hot, lively heroes for Christ, who will advance and fight and die, but not mark time . . .  Nail the colors to the mast! That is the right thing to do, and, therefore, that is what we must do, and do it now.

What colors? The colors of Christ, the work He has given us to do – the evangelization of all the unevangelized. Christ wants not nibblers of the possible, but grabbers of the impossible, by faith in the omnipotence, fidelity and wisdom of the Almighty Savior who gave the command. Is there a wall in our path? By our God we will leap over it! Are there lions and scorpions in our way! We will trample them under our feet! Does a mountain bar our progress? Saying, Be thou removed and cast into the sea, we will march on. Soldiers of Jesus! Never surrender! Nail the colors to the mast!”

C.T. Studd (1860-1931), quoted by Norman P. Grubb in C. T. Studd: Cricketer & Pioneer.

Quoted at Missionary Mentors – CT Studd Pt 2 – Confluence | Newfrontiers USA Charismatic Reformed Blog | Confluence Blog.

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