Radiant Glory – Martha Wing Robinson
“Martha ran from God’s call as long as she could until God’s love overtook her. Her life exemplifies what giving up your life completely into the call of God can do. God healed her from a sickly nature and from the state of invalidity. She then committed herself to utter devotion to God’s will. Her story will greatly encourage you.”
The time was now at hand for God to answer this great cry of His seeking child. For her encouragement, perhaps also to spur her on for the final lap of this race, the Lord Himself gave her this message with its command and promise, probably on October 30th:
“Pray, My own daughter. The Lord will come to thee in all the fullness thou dost desire.
“Pray, My own, for the Lord will come to thee as thou dost desire, My daughter, in fullness of joy.”
After receiving this word from the Lord, Martha Wing Robinson’s praying became intensified manifold. In the following days and weeks she “agonized before God, and wept, and called upon God” as never before. How she longed to be utterly gone” and to have Christ Himself to live out His very own life within her!
At length, probably about the time of her thirty-third birthday, November 14, the Spirit of God came upon her, helping her infirmities. Now He Himself interceded through her with a petition of just three words: “Let me die.” Like the tick-tock of a great grandfather clock, so it seemed to her, this simple prayer ascended unceasingly from her heart to the throne of God for three days and nights.
On the evening of the third day Mr. Robinson decided to go to the East End Mission to hear a minister from England. After he had left, Mrs. Robinson prepared to settle down for another evening of prayer. The only comfortable room was the kitchen, heated by an old-fashioned coal stove. Therefore, before its opened oven door she placed a chair beside which she knelt.
Suddenly the prayer in her soul stopped! There was not a sound in her soul! Her whole being was enveloped in the great silence of God!
The fact was that, to change the figure, God’s hour had struck to answer her prayer and to come to her “in all the fullness” she had desired. She had “prayed through . . . believed through… obeyed through… loved through.” Inasmuch as she was “all obedience,” Jesus could reveal Himself to her and fulfill His presence in her very body and reign there as King.
The complete details of what followed on this memorable night are known to God alone. Even if they were available, it would not be lawful to utter them, much less to publish them. During those holy hours, however, as Mrs. Robinson was held in the mighty presence of God, the Lord Jesus Christ came to her and performed the miracle whereby she was set out of herself and into Himself. As for Mrs. Robinson, so oblivious was she of herself and so conscious only of Christ that at the time she did not fully realize what was happening to her. She knew only that He had come in to make His abode with her.
“I heard the Lord say something to me, which came in a simple way across my lips,” she later recalled, “and I never noticed He used my own lips. I was astonished that the Lord spoke out to me in words.” Suddenly Mrs. Robinson exclaimed, “Jesus, You are here, but where am I?”
Later Mrs. Robinson was to grasp the significance and extent of what had taken place during this blessed time. She had indeed “passed over into a change which was not like anything we had ever heard of. It included everything from head to foot. In a moment we were gone and a greater One was there. Entire spirit, soul, and body were in a new and divine control. We walked out of the natural into the spiritual in the body as well as in the soul.” Included in this change was the deliverance from those ills and infirmities which had harassed and hindered her during the previous three years.
It was indeed a new Mrs. Robinson to whom her husband came home to that night. She did not need to tell him about it; in fact, there was little she could tell him under the circumstances. Her new experience soon spoke for itself, for it could not but be obvious that Christ was mightily present in her so that even her bodily movements, as she performed her various household tasks, were controlled and directed by the One who was dwelling within her.
As for her feelings in the weeks which immediately ensued, Mrs. Robinson described them in these words: “We felt that we had died and Christ had come to dwell where we had been. We knew only God and were hidden away in God in such a tremendous mystery—the very presence of God came upon us, and we were just bowed before God in that wonderful experience. I felt my God had moved in and, as it were, had eliminated me. My mind did not seem to work at all — my spirit [seemed] off in heaven. It seemed that Christ was just borrowing, as it were, my body. Christ was living in me, and yet I did not seem to live at all. It was more wonderful than anything I had ever dreamed of. I would say it was just Himself.”
Now the Lord explained to her just what had happened to her that momentous night as “the mystery of the indwelling Christ.” “We found out it was a taste of something God is going to do in the last days.”
I knew Gordon P. Gardiner and some others who knew this woman. When some of them spoke about this woman they got emotional. The introduction in Gardiner’s book is something that they believed… that her experience though rare would become less unique in the future. While Paul could say “it is no longer I who live but it is Christ who lives within me” that that was his experience does not necessarily make it automatically the experience of all Christians. And to do so minimizes that uncharted reality. Some have spoken or written about demonization or absolute demonic possession but when it comes to the Holy Spirit how many have remarked upon the using the Holy Spirit to get religious work done (God under the domain of man) and how few have remarked upon the possibility whereby a person can be utterly possessed by the LORD? This is the kingdom of God (being under the King’s domain). I also refer you to Gordon P. Gardiner’s Concerning Spiritual Gifts which may also be found free and its entirely online. Also http://www.hanswaldvogel.com It was not just F.F Bosworth and John G. Lake who had their roots in Zion Illinois.
Thank you, André. I will definitely read more about Gardiner and Waldvogel.
Martha Wing Robinson’s experience, as wonderful as it was, must never be allowed to eclipse Jesus as our primary focus. She was like a full moon reflecting the light of the sun, always pointing others away from herself to Jesus, the greater light and the only one able to impart the grace to become like Him. [2 Corinthians 3:17-18] She would be horrified to discover that she and her experience had become an idol in the way of others finding the very One she adored. Let’s be inspired by her life to press into to our own experience with God wherever it may lead us and like the mother of Jesus ponder the signposts of her journey into Christ as inspiration to keep us focused on Christ.
I think that somebody should write a book about Gordon Gardiner. He ministered at East Texas Bible College in 1978. Totally remarkable.
I was a believer and so called Christian for years. I’ve seen the face of Jesus in a dream. I had once, as a young sinful believer, asked for His cup to be shared. Not the good cup but the wrath of the Father in full, asking for this a lot hoping for the worst judgment to come to me. Well, fire came upon my soul searing me, nobody believed me. I felt fire in me for weeks making me cry morning until night , even when i was not crying i was holding back tears….. I begged for heaven after that, I begged for the Spirit of Christ and mind of Christ to be given and to see Jesus for real….. i wanted to die. So I dedicated 40 days to bowing all day and reading the bible all day/night, A month later nothing had happened to fix this. Day 33 was the day i was sincerely saved….. i woke up feeling power from m belly, that power went into my mind upon reading the word of God again… like a flood, Jesus entered my mind as a Spirit… and was in my entire body. He came to me that night in a dream releasing 7 stars form his right hand as a parade followed him coming to my apartment…. Awake, three angels came to my room as did the Father as SPIRIT, I saw HIS Spirit fully, he was invisible but i saw Him perfectly. Then Jesus came to me awake transfigured….. Since then I have felt this power in me grow and grow like a tree, heaven in me expanding. I have seen Jesus in dreams MANY times. You cannot receive heaven within and the Spirit of Christ without knowing you deserve judgment first and sharing in his death, cup and crucifixion, these are not allegorical metaphors, they are real things that must happen first.
WE MUST ALL BE SALTED WITH FIRE. THE CUP IS THE FIRE.
Jeremiah 49:12 For the LORD says, “If even those who did not deserve to drink from the cup of my wrath must drink from it, do you think you will go unpunished?”
Mark 10:39 Jesus said to them, “You WILL DRINK THE CUP that I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with.”
Matthew 26:42 “Again a second time He went away and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is impossible for this cup to pass without my drinking it, Thy will be done.”
Revelation 16:19 “The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath.”
Revelation 14:10 “They, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.”
Can you handle being made into sin? Can you handle feeling as the devil did and does? Jesus handled it……. YOU MUST if you want to reign with Jesus and see Him in life.
YOU WILL FEEL THIS FIRE IN HELL FOR A TIME EVEN IF YOU ARE A BELIEVER… GET IT OVER WITH NOW IN LIFE AND REIGN WITH JESUS SO YOU DO NOT BARELY ESCAPE THE FLAMES SUFFERING LOSS.
Romans 6:5 “For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly also be united with him in a resurrection like his.”
2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
YOU ARE THE SON OF PERDITION… THERE IS no ONE PERSON ANTICHRIST POLITICAL LEADER COMING. 2 Thessalonians is about you and me.
STOP sinning if you are asking for Jesus to forgive you… or ask for judgement to come to share in the cup of wrath so you CAN stop sinning.
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