Church of God, Carmichael, CA
H. M. Riggle, 1900
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10th. An objection considered. Christ's remark to Peter"When thou art converted" (Luke 22:32)is set up as proof that the conversion of the disciples was yet future. Let us briefly consider this text and its connection. "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death. And he said, I tell thee, Peter, the cock shall not crow this day, before that thou shalt thrice deny that thou knowest me."
We have the following facts set forth:
( 1 ) That Peter did not belong to Satan, from the fact that Satan desired to have him, that he might sift him as wheat. Satan would not desire to sift his own.
(2) Peter had faith; for Jesus prayed that his faith might not fail when assaulted by the enemy. (In fact, Peter's faith did not fail, but his courage.)
(3) Peter understood that Jesus meant that at some future time Satan would overcome him and turn him away from Christ: and because of his close attachment to Jesus, and trusting in his own strength, he was surprised, and said, "I am ready to go with thee both unto prison, and to death."
(4) Jesus told him that he would fall by denying him; but said, "When thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." "When once thou hast turned again, stablish thy brethren."Revised Version. "When thou hast recovered thyself, confirm thy brethren."Campbell. "When you recover yourself, confirm your brothers."Sawyer. 
(This clearly proves that Peter's conversion here referred to, was his restoration after he fell.) We read that after he denied Christ he remembered these words and "went out and wept bitterly." After his resurrection, Jesus put Peter to a test as follows: "Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs." This was repeated thrice. It proves that Peter was restored to the favor of God. It is therefore an indisputable fact that the disciples were fully justified before Pentecost, and even before the crucifixion. It is also a fact that Christ directed their minds forward to another great moral change, even sanctification, as follows.
11th. Entire sanctification to be experienced in the future. Carnality was manifest in their lives by ambition. (Mark 9:33, 34), by resentment (Luke 9:51 56), and by fear (Luke 8:23 25; Matt. 26:56; 1 John 4:18.) Jesus prayed thus for them: "Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth." "And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth." John 17:17, 19. Here we see that their sanctification was yet future.
Some may ask, "In what sense did Christ sanctify himself?" By his suffering, shedding of blood, and death, a legal sanctification, he became invested with power and authority to fully save mankind. He was made perfect as our Savior. Read Heb. 2:10; Heb. 5:8, 9.
Christ promised his disciples "another Comforter" the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit"whom the world cannot receive ;" who was to "teach them all things," and "guide them into all truth." John 14 :15 17, 26; 15 :26; 16 :13, 14. He also promised a "fullness of joy," to be received and experienced in the future. John 15:11; 16:24; 17:13. This all related to their entire sanctification. Before his ascension, he told them to return to Jerusalem and there "tarry" until they should receive the "baptism of the Holy Ghost," and "be endued with power from on high." Read Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:4, 5, 8. It having  been prayed for, promised, and commanded by the Lord, we shall now prove that
12th. The disciples received a second experience of saving grace. In obedience to the command of Jesus, "they worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy: and were continually in the temple, praising and blessing God."Luke 24 :52, 53. Surely this was not a meeting of the unconverted.
"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. . . . And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance." Acts 2 :1 4. "Being sanctified by the Holy Ghost."Rom. 15:16. "He hath perfected forever them that are sanctified; whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us."Heb. 10 :14, 15. Here we see that the disciples were sanctified and made perfect subsequent to their regeneration. This experience was not received by a gradual growth, but "suddenly."
By closely comparing their lives after Pentecost, with that recorded before, it will be apparent to all that a great moral change was wrought in them at that time. Instead of envying one another, and desiring to be greatest, as before, they now submitted to each other and were of ''one heart and of one soul." Instead of the man fearing spirit which so often troubled them, they now "spake the word of God with boldness," fearing not the face of man.
Some teach that this experience was for the disciples alone; but we read that God hath "put no difference between us and them."Acts 15:9. And again, "The promise [of the Holy Ghost] is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."Acts 2 :38, 39. 
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