The Spirit is Given

Blessed truth in winsome words!

Proverbs 25:11
A word fitly spoken
is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

He Hath Said

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. – John 16:7

It is a great gain to us not to have the Savior here. And see you how it is? He said, “If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you.” Now, it is a nobler thing to have the Spirit of God dwelling in us than it would be to have Jesus Christ dwelling upon earth. For, as I have hinted, if He were on earth we could not all get at Him; He could only be in one place at a time, and how would the poor be able to get where He is? And if He wandered all the world yet in the natural…

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Quote of the day – E.H. Broadbent

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“It is sometimes supposed that Scripture is not sufficient for the guidance of the churches without the addition of, at least, early tradition, on the ground that it was by the early Church councils that the Canon of Scripture was fixed. This, of course, could only refer to the New Testament. The peculiar characteristics and unique history of Israel fitted them to receive the divine revelation, to recognize the inspired writings, and to preserve them with invincible pertinacity and accuracy. With regard to the New Testament, the canon of inspired books was not fixed by the Church councils; it was acknowledged by the councils because it had already been clearly indicated by the Holy Spirit and accepted by the churches generally. This indication and acceptance has ever since been confirmed by every comparison of the canonical with the apocryphal and non-canonical books, the difference in value and power being evident.”

Edmund Hamer Broadbent

“Christianity in Christendom,” The Pilgrim Church, p. 45, Gospel Folio Press, Grand Rapids, MI.

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Quote of the day – Cyprian

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Cyprian, third-century Christian martyr, and Bishop of Carthage, paid high tribute to Scripture. “The names which he gives to the Scriptures testify to his reverence for them. They are ‘Divine Scripture,’ ‘precepts of the Gospel,’ ‘Divine commands,’ ‘Sacred Scriptures,’ ‘Scriptures from heaven,’ ‘precepts of the Divine Law,’ ‘wells of divine fulness,’ ‘voices of the Lord’. . . . The formulae of quotations are varied, and the several phrases are used apparently with entire impartiality. ‘The Lord Himself saith in the twelve Prophets.’ ‘The Holy Spirit declares and saith through Isaiah.’ ‘The Divine Scripture saith.’ ‘The Holy Spirit declares in the Psalms.’ ‘Solomon, inspired by the Holy Spirit, testifies.’ ‘Paul, filled with the grace of the Master’s inspiration.’ ‘The words which God speaks.’ . . . 

Harold Lindsell quoting

George Duncan Barry quoting

Cyprian

“Infallibility in the Church,” The Battle For The Bible, Zondervan, 1976, p. 50. 

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