The Guarantee of The Spirit

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The Holy Spirit presents believers with proof of the life to come.  In regeneration, comfort, joy, peace,  wisdom, love, power to obey God and miraculous gifts he takes something of the world to come and brings it into our present existence:  Christ is raised and we are raised with him, and the whole of creation will be made new!   Just as the dove brought Noah a freshly plucked olive … Read More

The Spirit Filled Church – Clement’s Epistle to The Corinthians

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Below is a quote from Clement of Rome’s letter to the Corinthians in which he describes the fullness of life the Corinthians enjoyed prior to the crisis in the leadership that he was writing to correct.  What is most noticeable is the link he makes between their humble obedience and the pouring  out of the Spirit.  Far from being an … Read More

Spurgeon on The Holy Spirit and “Latter-Day Glory”

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Another great work of the Holy Spirit, which is not accomplished, is the bringing on of the latter-day glory. In a few more years—I know not when, I know not how—the Holy Spirit will be poured out in a far different style from the present. There are diversities of operations; and during the last few years it has been the case that … Read More

Book Review: Toronto in Perspective

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This book is a retrospective study of “the Toronto Blessing” (TTB), from a variety of contributors.  Although it is now coming up to 12 years old, it offers useful and thought provoking perspectives on the issue of manifestations of the Spirit, and will be fruitful reading for pastors and academic theologians alike. David Hilborn, who edits the work, provides a brilliantly insightful … Read More

John Bunyan – Difficult Prayer

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John Bunyan writes with honesty and insight of his own experiences in prayer: May I but speak my own experience, and from that tell you the difficulty of praying to God as I ought, it is enough to make your poor, blind, carnal men to entertain strange thoughts of me. For, as for my heart, when I go to pray, … Read More

Christ in the Old Testament, Moses in the New Testament

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Preaching Christ in the Old Testament is a hot topic among Evangelical preachers, Daniel Block suggests over at TGC that we should preach Christotelically rather than Christocentrically.  I agree. He also makes the interesting point that “[i]f there is a second Moses in the New Testament, that person is Paul.”  This is something that I’ve been thinking about recently, and I think the … Read More

Religious Affections

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I find Jonathan Edwards’ assertion unanswerable that religious affections are a necessity in Christian faith since we are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind soul and strength. What does that mean in practice? According to scripture, creation itself declares to us that God deserves our total worship.  God’s word clarifies, commends and commands that … Read More