Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards (John 13: 36).
And when, He had spoken this He saith unto him, Follow Me. Three years before, Jesus Christ had said -- Follow Me, and Peter had followed easily, the fascination of Jesus Christ was upon him, he did not need the Holy Spirit to help him to do it. Then he came to the place where he denied Jesus Christ, and his heart broke. Then he receive the Holy Spirit, and now Jesus Christ says again --- Follow Me. There is no figure in front now saving the Lord Jesus Christ. The first -- "Follow Me" had nothing mystical in it, it was an external following; now it is a following in internal martydom.
Between these times Peter had denied Jesus Christ with oaths and curses, he had come to the end of himself and all his self- sufficiency, there was not one strand of himself he would ever rely upon again, and in his destitution he was in a fit condition to receive an impartation from the risen Lord Jesus Christ. He breathed on them, and saith into them, Receive ur the Holy Ghost. No matter what changes God has wrought in you, never rely upon them, build only on a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ, and on the Spirit He gives.
All our vows and resolutions end in Daniel because we have no power to carry them out. When we have come to the end of ourselves, not in imagination but really, we are able to receive the Holy Spirit. " Receive ye the Holy Ghost" --- the idea is that of invasion. There is only one Lodestar in the life now, The Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Best wishes and blessings from Rev. Dr. Jashobeam Singh.
Administrator Christ Vision Network.