Saturday, July 07, 2018

Bounds: the needed anointing

Saturday, July 7, 2018
    As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.
    —1 John 2:27 (NIV)
    Earnestness is good and impressive: genius is gifted and great. Thought kindles and inspires, but it takes a diviner endowment, and more powerful energy than earnestness or genius or thought to break the chains of sin, to win estranged and depraved hearts to God, to repair the breaches and restore the Church to her old ways of purity and power. Nothing but this holy unction [the anointing of the Holy Spirit] can do this.
    ... E. M. Bounds (1835-1913), Preacher and Prayer, Publishing House of the M. E. Church, South, Dallas, Tex., 1907, p. 93-94 (see the book)
    See also 1 John 2:27; Jer. 31:33-34; John 14:26; 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:13; Eph. 4:21; 1 Thess. 2:13; 2 Pet. 1:16-17; 1 John 2:20-21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, teach us to grasp Your reconciliation.
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