Saturday, June 24, 2017

Rees: the Holy Spirit (IV)

Saturday, June 24, 2017
    Feast of the Birth of John the Baptist
    I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.
    —Romans 15:18-19 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    As the Christian life in the individual is the work of the Spirit, it follows that the corporate realisation of that life, in the Church built upon the foundation of apostles and prophets, is also His creation... The great creative acts and significant turning-points were recognised, either by the Church or by its historian, as determined by the Spirit. The Spirit confirmed and preserved the community from the outset, by the descent at Pentecost (Acts 2:4). The extension of the Gospel beyond Judea and the first mission to the Gentiles were commanded and approved by the Spirit (Acts 8:29; 10:19, 44; 13:2, 4). Paul, on his journeys, was led by the Spirit (Acts 16:6, 7). He himself was especially conscious that his whole ministry was inspired by the Holy Ghost (Rom. 15:18,19). All the apostles were conspicuously men of the Spirit. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... Thomas Rees (1869-1926), The Holy Spirit in Thought and Experience, New York: C. Scribner’s Sons, 1915, p. 82-83 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 15:18-19; Acts 2:4; 8:29; 10:19,44; 13:2,4; 16:6-7
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, with Your Spirit, I can go anywhere You send me.
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