Sunday, April 14, 2019

Williams: effective sending

Sunday, April 14, 2019
    Palm Sunday
    [Jesus:] “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”
    —Luke 12:11-12 (NIV)
    No man ever did, nor ever shall, truly go forth to convert the nations, nor to prophesy in the present state of witnesses against Antichrist, but by the gracious inspiration and instigation of the Holy Spirit of God... I prejudice not an external test and call, which was at first and shall be again in force at the resurrection of the churches, ... but in the present state of things I cannot but be humbly bold to say that I know no other true sender but the most Holy Spirit. And when He sends, His messengers will go, His prophets will prophesy, though all the world should forbid them.
    ... Roger Williams (1603?-1683), The Hireling Ministry, London, 1652, p. 3-4 (see the book)
    See also Luke 12:11-12; Ex. 4:10-12; Luke 21:12-15; Acts 4:8; 6:8-10; 13:1-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I know the touch of Your Spirit.
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