Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Owen: the Holy Spirit essential

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
    Feast of the Holy Cross
    Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
    —Mark 13:11 (NIV)
    To some particular proof of the proposition,—namely, that the Holy Ghost thus promised, thus sent, thus given, doth furnish the ministers of the gospel, according to his mind, with spiritual abilities in the discharge of their work; and without it they are no way fitted for nor able to it,—no way accepted with Christ in what they do, nor can give any faithful account of what they undertake.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), An Ordination Sermon (Sermon IV) [1678], in Works of John Owen, v. IX, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1851, p. 447 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your Spirit is with those who speak Your word.
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