Saturday, October 08, 2022

Allen: guided by the Holy Spirit

Saturday, October 8, 2022
    [Letter to the Gentile believers:] It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements: You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things. Farewell.
    —Acts 15:28-29 (NIV)
    In arriving at a decision in a question of doubt, the apostles in the Acts were guided solely by their sense of the Spirit behind the action, not by any speculations as to consequences which might ensue.
    And so they found the truth. Gradually the results of the action manifested themselves, and, seeing them, they perceived what they had really done, and learnt the meaning of the truth revealed in the action. But if, from fear of the consequences, they had checked or forbidden the action, they would have lost this revelation. They would have missed the way to truth.
    ... 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. 50 (see the book)
    See also Acts 15:28; John 16:13; Acts 2:17,18; 8:29; 13:2-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Spirit of God, may You alone be my guide.
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