Sunday, June 25, 2017

Rees: the Holy Spirit (V)

Sunday, June 25, 2017
    I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard?
    —Galatians 3:2 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    The Spirit guided the Church in the creation of organisation and officers (Acts 6:3; 20:28). The first three gifts of the Spirit which God had set in the Church were apostles, prophets, and teachers, in addition to which the whole Church had a gift of government (I Cor. 12:4, 28). The decisions of the first council of the Church were first of all the decrees of the Spirit (Acts 15:28). Paul had preached and created churches by the power of the Spirit (I Cor. 2:4; 1 Thess. 1:5,6; Gal. 3:2). In one Spirit were all believers baptized into one body (I Cor. 12:13: cf. Phil. 1:27). The Spirit therefore dwells in the Church as the principle of its entire united and common life (Eph. 2:18, 22; cf. I Cor. 3:16).
    ... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 83 (see the book)
    See also Gal. 3:2; Acts 6:3; 15:28; 20:28; 1 Cor. 2:4; 3:16; 12:4,13,28; Eph. 2:18,22; Phil. 1:27; 1┬áThess. 1:5-6
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, send Your Spirit to us, that we may speak the truth boldly.
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