Paul N. F. (28 Jan 2011)
"THE SPIRIT ILLUMINATES"


THE SPIRIT ILLUMINATES

By A. W. Tozer

Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men,
but in the power of God.  1 Corinthians 2:5

    When we study the New Testament record, we see
plainly that Christ's conflict was with the theological
rationalists of  His day.

    John's  gospel  record  is  actually  a  long,  inspired
passionately-outpoured  account trying to save us from
evangelical rationalism---the doctrine that says the text
is enough.

    Divine revelation is the ground upon which we stand.
The Bible is the book of God and I stand for it with all
my heart;  but  before  I  can be  saved,  there  must be
illumination, penitence, renewal, inward deliverance.

    In our Christendom, we have tried to ease many people
into  the  kingdom,  but  they  have  never  been  renewed
within  their  own  beings.   The  Apostle  Paul  told  the
Corinthians that their faith should not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God!  There is a
difference.

    We must insist that conversion to Christ is a miraculous
act  of  God  by the Holy Spirit---it must be wrought in the
Spirit.  There  must  lie  an  inward  illumination!

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Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.