Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bonar: belief and the Holy Spirit

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    Feast of Simon & Jude, Apostles
    This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
    —1 John 5:6 (NIV)
    The Holy Spirit is as indispensable to your believing, as is Christ in order to your being pardoned. The Holy Spirit’s work is direct and powerful; and you will not rid yourself of your difficulties by trying to persuade yourself that his operations are all indirect, and merely those of a teacher presenting truth to you. Salvation for the sinner is Christ’s work; salvation in the sinner is the Spirit’s work. Of this internal salvation he is the beginner and the ender. He works in you, in order to your believing, as truly as he works in you after you have believed, and in consequence of your believing.
    ... Horatius Bonar (1808-1889), God’s Way of Peace: A Book for the Anxious, London: J. Nisbet, 1864, p. 149 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 5:6; Acts 13:48; Rom. 4:5; 8:8-10,16,26-27; 1 John 2:20; 3:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You speak in my heart and whisper the truth in my ear.
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