Saturday, December 15, 2012

Church: the renewing Spirit

Saturday, December 15, 2012
    We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
    —1 Corinthians 2:12 (NIV)
    If our knowledge of God is clearer than that of heathen; if prophecies which were dark to Jews are plain to us; if a fellowship and communion with our Father in heaven are granted to us which they could not claim; if the mystery of our sins and our forgiveness is declared to us in the Cross of Jesus Christ; if the hope of what is to come is opened to us, as not even good and holy men under the old covenant were allowed to have it; if we know more of heaven, if we see clearer through death, if we can trust more surely in trials and temptations—it is because for us the Spirit of God has been given.
    ... R. W. Church (1815-1890), Village Sermons, New York: Macmillan Company, 1897, p. 119-120 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit teaches me.
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