Sunday, September 05, 2010

WROUGHT WITH DIVINE POWER


"Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction."
(1 Thessalonians 1:5)

Most men's religion is nothing else but 'a round of forms'.

Some have their 'doings'.
Some have their 'doctrines'.
And others have their 'duties'.

And when the one has performed his doings, the other learned his doctrines, and the third discharged his duties — why, he is as good a Christian, he thinks, as anybody.

While all the time, the poor deceived creature is thoroughly ignorant of the kingdom of God, which stands not in simply in word — but in power.

But as the veil of ignorance is taken off the heart, we begin to see and feel that there is a power in vital godliness — a reality in the teachings of the Spirit — that religion is not to be put on and put off as a man puts on and off his Sunday clothes.

Where vital godliness is wrought with divine power in a man's heart, and preached by the Holy Spirit into his conscience — it mingles, daily and often hourly, with his thoughts — entwines itself with his feelings — and becomes the very food and drink of his soul.

Now when a man comes to this spot — to see and feel what a reality there is in the things of God made manifest in the conscience by the power of the Holy Spirit — it effectually takes him out of dead churches, cuts him off from false ministers, winnows the chaff from the wheat, and brings him into close communion with the broken-hearted family of God.

"Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction."
(1 Thessalonians 1:5)

By J.C. Philpot

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