In case you haven’t figured this out already, here is an indisputable fact. I absolutely love the Holy Spirit. I love Him as a Person, I love to enjoy His presence, I love to work together with Him, and I love to depend upon Him. Fanatic? Maybe to some. Passionate? A Texas-size yes!
Here’s another fact. I love to read books and articles written by individuals who are equally passionate about the Holy Spirit. I found such a book when I discovered several years ago a small, 61-page book titled The Phenomena of Pentecost. Each of its five chapters was written by a different Pentecostal legend … Donald Gee, P.C. Nelson, Myer Pearlman, George Jeffreys, and D.W. Kerr. These names might be unknown to you, but in heaven’s eyes, these five men were instrumental through their preaching and writing in helping usher in a great global outpouring of the Spirit back in the 1920’s through 1940’s.
Sadly, this book published back in 1931 is long out of print. Knowing that it is rare for this book to become available through Amazon or rare book sites, from time to time, I love to share spiritual nuggets from this book. Here is one such nugget from D.W. Kerr’s chapter “The Bible Evidence of the Baptism”…
“Here we meet with that fixed law in the universe so manifest everywhere, that is, the law of cause and effect. Like causes produce like effects. Peter does not say this in so many words, but it is included in the expression, “as on us at the beginning.” We see the cause of their speaking in tongues. “They were all filled with the Holy Ghost and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.” What was the cause of their speaking in tongues at Caesarea? In the beginning, the Holy Ghost was the cause; eight years later, the Holy Ghost was the cause. In the beginning, the effect was speaking in tongues; eight years later, the effect was speaking in tongues. Like causes produce like effects. But that is not all that Peter said. Listen: “Forasmuch as God gave them the like gift” – like means equal – so like or equal causes produce equal effects.”
To me, this puts to rest questions about whether believers baptized in the Holy Spirit will have the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues. It’s so simple. Like causes WILL produce like effects. It can’t get much simpler than that. I hope that Kerr’s quote will be a blessing to you.