Notice that Peter said, “This is that of which Joel spoke.” In other words, what you see and what you hear is that which Joel said would be.
We who claim the Baptism with the Holy Spirit should ask ourselves the question, “Is ‘this’ that I have that which they had?” If it is not quite like that that they received, then we must in honesty say that “this’’ is not “that.” But if this that we have received is like they received, then we can say that “this” is “that,” and that “that” which they received is “this” that we received, and that “this” is “that.”
Here is a poem for you to read:
THIS IS THAT (Acts 2:17)
“These are the last days saith God.”
What you hear and what you see,
As Peter explained at Pentecost
Are the things God said would be.
Peter standing with the eleven did explain
“These are not drunken as ye suppose it
Seeing it is but the third hour of the day.
God has foretold it, now don’t you oppose it.
God spoke through the mouth of the prophet Joel
Now more than 800 years ago;
What He said would be, is now come to pass,
Read it in Joel, Chapter two, and you will know.
“This is the promise of the Father,” Peter said,
For you, and for your children, but that’s not all;
It is for all generations, even them afar off
As many as the Lord our God shall call.
God has said, I’ll pour out of my Spirit,
And when He said, UPON ALL FLESH, He meant ALL
Regardless of age, sex, rank, race, or station.
And if you are flesh you’ve got the call.
So, may I make this little suggestion?
That you give yourself a “pinch” and see
And if you discover that you are “flesh”
Say, “Thank God the promise is for me.”
I can’t help what some preachers say
Because I’ve pinched myself and know
I, too, can have the very same thing
The Apostles received a long time ago.
This that I’ve got is that – This is –
I didn’t say, it’s almost like that
What I said is, that “This is That”
I like this that I’ve got so well
That I’ve just decided that “This is That”
And if this that I’ve got is not that
Then I’ll just keep this till I get that.
So, if you will just let me keep this
At least until I can get that
But to tell you the truth, the way I feel
I can’t help but believe that “This is That”
So that’s that!
Signed, This man that’s got that.
So, what I’ve got must be that
This that I’ve got is like that
And that that they got is like this I got
So I conclude that that is this
And therefore that “This is That.”
You will never understand this until you get that
But when you get that, you will understand this
And then you’ll know for sure that “This is That”
Or you’ll want to keep this till you get that.
That’s all there is to it. “This is That”
Because it’s just the same as that, this is
It’s bound to be that “This is That”
That’s all I’ve got to say, so that’s that.
I’m not a “Know-all”
But I believe Brother Jo-all (Joel)
I’m sorry there isn’t anymore
But this is all
So, “This is That” and “That is This”
And beside “This is That” because “This is That”
THAT’S WHAT THIS IS, “THIS IS THAT!”
Don’t blame me, blame Peter, he said it
That “This is that.”
Dr. Joe Campbell, Warning: Don’t Seek for Tongues, p. 69
The Rev. Dr. Joseph Enoch Campbell, author, world evangelist, professor, held the first earned Doctoral Degree in The Pentecostal Holiness Church. He wrote the first history of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1903. His mother, Mary Campbell, was a dear friend of my mother, Julia Payne Morgan. I was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1932. According to Dr. Vinson Synan, noted Pentecostal Holiness historian he says, that our church in Birmingham is the third oldest Pentecostal Holiness Church in the U.S.A. God still has His hand upon this church and the mission of our church in Birmingham will be fulfilled in God's perfect timing.
An active evangelist, revivalist, and pastor, Dr. Campbell held a long time interest in missions. He was greatly involved in the Hong Kong church and college.
Joe Campbell and I were good friends. Everywhere Melvine and I and our family lived he would come to visit us. He loved Melvine's cooking. He enjoyed Melvine's famous old-fashioned cornbread, pinto beans, and buttermilk.
When we had a "One hundred thousand one-day fund drive," he providentially showed up and spent a couple of nights with us in Birmingham at Good Shepherd Church, formerly the First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Birmingham. It was a long day. Our people had responded to the challenge in a wonderful way. I must admit I became weary, and thought we might not reach the goal. Pappy Campbell saw it in my eyes and sensed it in his spirit. He took me aside and spoke softly to me. He said, "Hugh, you can't afford to give up now. You are too close to the goal. God will honor your faith and the faith of your people. You can tell the congregation that he, Pappy Campbell, will give the last $10,000. And he did. What a glorious day that was. The memory lingers to this day. I want to thank God for friends like Joseph E. Campbell. And I want to thank God for Dr. Garnet and Frances Pike. Garnet is a gifted scholar, and has written a wonderful book on the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. He has been instrumental in leading hundreds of people in receiving this Pentecostal blessing called the Baptism with the Holy Spirit. He and Frances are prayer warriors.