Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Wesley: why the gifts were withdrawn

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
    ... for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
    —2 Corinthians 3:6 (NIV)
    The grand reason why the miraculous gifts were so soon withdrawn was not only that faith and holiness were well nigh lost, but that dry, formal, orthodox men began even then to ridicule whatever gifts they had not themselves, and to decry them all as either madness or imposture.
    ... John Wesley (1703-1791), entry for Aug 15, 1750, Journal of the Rev. John Wesley, v. II, London: J. Kershaw, 1827, p. 161 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 3:6; 1 Cor. 14:1,39; Eph. 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19-20
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I never have contempt for Your Spirit’s work.
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