Thursday, November 02, 2017

Allen: unity in the Holy Spirit

Thursday, November 2, 2017
    Feast of All Souls
    Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says “Jesus is accursed!” and no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.
    —1 Corinthians 12:3 (ESV)
    It will perhaps be said that in our present state of schism this assertion of spiritual principle [as in 1 Cor. 12:3] can give us no definite guidance for action, can provide us with no clear programme, and must remain unfruitful. Surely that is not wholly true. It certainly must help us if we recognize that it is the presence of the Holy Spirit which creates a unity which we can never create. If men believe in the existence of this unity, they may begin to desire it, and desiring it to seek for it, and seeking it to find it. If, when they find it, they refuse to deny it, in due time, by ways now unsearchable, they will surely return to external communion.
    ... Roland Allen (1869-1947), Pentecost and the World, London: Oxford University Press, 1917, included in The Ministry of the Spirit, David M. Paton, ed., London: World Dominion Press, 1960, p. 58 fn. (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 12:3; John 14:20; 17:20-23; Eph. 4:3; Col. 2:2-3; 1 John 1:3; 3:24
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, we acknowledge that our unity comes from Your Spirit alone.
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