Saturday, February 23, 2019

Owen: no Spirit, no Gospel

Saturday, February 23, 2019
    Feast of Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, Martyr, c.155
    After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.
    —Acts 4:31 (NIV)
    It is sottish ignorance and infidelity to suppose that, under the Gospel, there is no communication between God and us but what is, on His part, in laws, commands, and promises; and on ours, by obedience performed in our strength, and upon our convictions unto them. To exclude hence the real internal operations of the Holy Ghost, is to destroy the Gospel.
    ... John Owen (1616-1683), II.5 in A Discourse Concerning Holy Spirit, bk. I-V [1674], in Works of John Owen, v. III, London: Johnson & Hunter, 1852, p. 200 (see the book)
    See also John 14:6; Acts 4:31; Rom. 8:14,26-27; 1 Pet. 1:21
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You speak in the secret recesses of our hearts.
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