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Thou holy Spirite, we pray to the Strengthe our fayth and increase it alwaye; Comforth our hertes in adversite With trewe beleve bothe nyght and daye.
“Thou worthy lyght, that art so cleare,
“ Thou swete love, graunt us altogether
“ Be thou our comfortoure in all nede;
THE subject of the following chapters needs
no prefatory introduction to the Christian reader. In itself eternally and divinely important, it has become in the mercy of God a special subject of our own time. Far and wide in the Christian Church, amidst too many phenomena of peril and perplexity, we hail as a phenomenon of good and glorious omen an ever-deepening attention to the divine promises which gather round the truth of the Holy Ghost. More and ever more it is recognized by those who name the Name of the Son that, alike for individual blessing and for the work and witness of the Community, we depend with an absolute need upon the presence and power of the SPIRIT.
May these pages, for all their fragmentary character, be used in some measure by HIM of whom they speak to stir up His saints so always to lay hold on Him that He evermore may lay hold on them, and graciously fill them with Himself.
CAMBRIDGE, March 28th, 1890.
Purpose of the Book-Owen's theory of successive tests
of orthodox faith-Present supreme importance of
- John xiv.-xvi. the ruling passage for its proof-
- The Epistles to the Churches—The Spirit produced
(1) Union with Christ by the Spirit - Bearing of
previous enquiry on this truth–Its spiritual comfort
and power—The Spirit's work in material creation-
Noticed only in passing—(2) The Spirit's work in
relation to the Scriptures-Not an easy subject to
treat at the present day—Prevalence of humanitarian
views of Scripture-Its main cause in a certain
mental bias-Unification of phenomena-Inspira-
tion, a term vaguely used-Authority of Scripture-
Scripture as literature bears witness to Scripture
as oracle—“Consciousness” of the Scripture writers
not known in most cases—But the writings inspired
-So viewed and used by our Lord–The Holy Spirit
the ultimate and ruling Author-Testimonies to this
-How far this limits speculation as to the “human
element”—The First Homily on study of Scripture . 43
(1) The Holy Spirit as the Interpreter of Scripture-
Cowper's hymn-How is the work done ?-Not by