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Friday, November 12, 2010

The Spirit of God dwelleth in you

DWELLETH in whom! In every Christian. For "if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." Wherever the Spirit dwells, he works, and his work is the efficient cause of our sanctification, comfort, and useful-, ness. He dwells in us as a Spirit of life, quickening and reviving us. As a Spirit of light, instructing and illuminating us. As a Spirit of liberty, delivering from bondage, dread, and terror. As a Spirit of love, shedding abroad the love of God in our hearts, and leading us to love him and all his dear people. As a Spirit of power, enabling us to conquer the world, overcome Satan, and crucify the old man with his deeds. As a Spirit of prayer, teaching us how to pray, and making intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. As a Spirit of peace, applying the atonement, giving us peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and producing in us a peaceable disposition. As the Spirit of Christ, exalting him in our minds, enthroning him in our breasts, and glorifying him in us and by us. Reader, have you received the Holy Ghost? Do you make it manifest by your zeal for Christ?

    Come, sacred Spirit! from above
And rill my poor, cold heart with love:
Soften to flesh the flinty stone,
And let thy god-like power be known.

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