The Anointing of His Spirit is a set of Smith Wigglesworth’s sermons, collected by Wayne Warner, not already published in previous books (as of 1994), along with some biographical anecdotes at the end of the sermon. The sermons themselves are organized roughly into the topics of faith, putting faith into action, the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and yielding to the Holy Spirit, although the topics have a tendency of bleeding into each other. Reading through a bunch of sermons is a little challenging, but if you take notes you find that several themes emerge.

The theme Wigglesworth is most known for is faith. Wigglesworth saw faith as something which pulls the eternal fact into the natural present. Faith is an actual substance. And faith is the opposite of human reasoning. “‘Faith is the substance of things hoped for’ (Heb 11:1). ... ‘I want things that are tangible,’ people say to me.  'I want something to appeal to my human reasoning.’” (82)  You simply read the Word of God and believe it. Yet at the same time, faith has to do with the quality of our relationship with God, as he says that imperfect faith always stems from imperfect knowledge. Faith comes from keeping our eyes on Jesus.

Faith must be acted on before you see the eternal fact in the natural. Wigglesworth was known for insisting that people do something to demonstrate their faith. If he prayed for their lameness he told them to run around the church. He told a man with advanced tuberculosis (“consumption”) to run a mile, which he did and came back breathing healthily. He tells story after story (plus some anecdotes by Warner) of instantaneous healing upon performing the act of faith.

A second theme is the purpose of the Holy Spirit’s work, which is to reveal Jesus. The Holy Spirit works in us so that we look like Jesus; so that when people see us acting in the world, they see Jesus acting in the world. The baptism of the Holy Spirit enables Jesus to be presented to the world by uniting us with Him.

The baptism of the Holy Spirit is another frequent theme. Wigglesworth, like Pentecostals in general, sees the baptism of the Spirit (as distinct from the infilling of the Holy Spirit at the time of salvation) as essential to the Christian life. “Justification will not be sufficient to accomplish the purpose of God.  People may be justified and sanctified but they will not be satisfied until they are filled with the Holy Ghost.” (151)  With the baptism comes a uniting of our spirit with His in a deep way that gives Him access to work through our lives by our yieldedness. However, the baptism is not a one-time event, but a lifestyle. Wigglesworth said he would rather share his platform with someone not filled with the Spirit, than someone who was satisfied with his experience of the Holy Spirit!

A theme strongly related to the previous two is that yieldedness is essential. We get the baptism of the Holy Spirit by being yielded to God. We are filled by the Holy Spirit as we yield to him. The more we yield to him, the more strongly he moves through us. Ultimately we must die to ourselves, as Jesus said; this is the level of yieldedness that is necessary.

Similar to yieldedness is the theme of union with Christ, or relational intimacy with Christ. Wigglesworth rarely directly states it, but often says things that suggest that yieldedness and the baptism of the Spirit combine to create a deep intimacy with Jesus. Out of that relationship, where we interact with God and God interact with us, comes the confidence to ask in faith, which leads to the power of God being manifested. And it was this union with God that gave Jesus his power: he would spend hours with the Father, and it was during those times that God gave him the word for others.

Wigglesworth was known for the power of God manifested in his meetings. While less of a theme, he does talk about power. First, power comes from yieldedness. Second, power comes after being tested and broken—Jesus did not act in power until after he was tempted in the wilderness.
Third, power requires faith, and possibly need: “if we will believe, the power of God will be always manifested when there is a definite need.” (186)  Fourth, you do not have power because you feel like you do, or even because people are healed, but you have power when you know you have power. Fifth, sin reduces power, because it reduces our confidence that God is with us, presumably due to guilt and shame. Finally, the place of power is a place we can live in, as we are fully yielded to God.

I read these messages because of the consistent power demonstrated in Wigglesworth’s meetings, and by an anecdote from someone who had attended a meeting where the presence of God fell, and people started leaving, least mature first. He had heard of a similar meeting and determined to stick it out. He succeeded in lasting until he was one of the last people, but was forced to flee for his life, while Wigglesworth was still there hanging out with God. I found Wigglesworth’s messages to be very helpful in giving a direction to go to reach that level. Wigglesworth stressed complete yieldedness as the essence of the baptism of the Spirit and the source of power. Previously I thought that the baptism of the Spirit was what caused the power, but it is really yieldedness that enables power to flow. The baptism enhances the yieldedness and the oneness with God. (Note that yieldedness is different from mere obedience; yieldedness is relational and is related to union with God, where obedience is simply following rules or commands and need not have any relational element.)

If you have any interest in seeing God’s supernatural power manifested in your life, or in obtaining the baptism of the Holy Spirit, I recommend these messages. (If you do not have any interest, his messages will kindle it!)  The book nicely organizes them in order of increasing depth. I found myself yearning for more of God’s presence and more yieldedness as a result of the messages. However, it is not a didactic book, so you need to read throught the messages, take notes, and piece together Wigglesworth’s themes and thought process from the pieces scattered throughout the messages. This is a really solid collection from one of the formost revivalists that will kindle the revival in you.

Review: n/a
It is hard to review a set of sermons. All I can say is that they will light a passion to burn like Wigglesworth and they will give you direction to start a discussion with God. Definitely a 100 year book, since most of these sermons are 100 years old. All I can say is that anyone who consistently brings as many supernatural healings as Wigglesworth, and anyone who can be in the same room as God when everyone else has fled must be worth listening to any number of years later (unless maybe that is already your experience). These messages are the opportunity to learn directly from Wigglesworth himself, that is timeless in itself.