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It s Not What, But Who You Know The intellect knoweth that it is ignorant of Thee, said Nicholas of Cusa, because it knoweth Thou canst not be known, unless the unknowable could be known, and the invisible beheld, and the inaccessible attained. A. W. Tozer – The Knowledge of the Holy, © 1961 Aiden Wilson Tozer
Holiness is Specialness, Chosenness The first and simplest meaning of the word sanctification is “separation.” That which is taken out of its surroundings by God’s command and is set aside or separated as His own possession and for His service is holy. This does not mean separation from sin only but from all that is in the world, even from what may be permissible. Thus God sanctified the seventh day. The other days were not unclean… but the seventh day alone was holy, which God had taken possession of by His own special act. Andrew Murray – The Blood of Christ © 1935
My Sheep Hear and Follow When the Reformation came, the providence of God raised Martin Luther to restore the gospel of pure, costly grace. Luther passed through the cloister; he was a monk, and all this was part of the divine plan. Luther had left all to follow Christ on the path of absolute obedience. He had renounced the world in order to live the Christian life. He had learnt obedience to Christ and to his church, because only he who is obedient can believe. The call to a cloister demanded of Luther a complete surrender of his life. But God shattered all his hopes. He showed him through the Scriptures that the following of Christ is not the achievement or merit of a select few, but the divine command to all Christians without distinction. Dietrich Bonhoeffer – The Cost of Discipleship, circa 1945, copyright 1959 by SCM Press Ltd.
Fresh Wind, Fresh Rain! And O, how do we feel ourselves again united to the Lord, and strengthened anew to fight against Satan, the world, and our own flesh; and how does the joyful confidence bloom afresh in our minds, that we really possess a Savior, after such a renewed experience of his faithfulness! F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers
Hard-headed vs. Air-headed The difference between an obstinate man and a strong-minded man lies just here: an obstinate man refuses to use his intelligence when a matter is in dispute, while a strong-minded man makes his decision after having deliberately looked at it from all standpoints, and when opposed, he is willing to give reasons for his decision. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
Proof-Texting the Church Remember, the Church was not reformed from the outside, but from the inside. It was the Church reforming the Church. It was the Church s faith that arose, under the Holy Spirit, and reformed the Church. So it is with the Bible. Whatever renovation we find in connection with the Bible I do not mean renovation of ourselves, but the renovation of our way of understanding the Book arises out of the Bible itself. P. T. Forsyth – The Work of Christ, Wipf & Stock, 1910
No More Excuses There is only one Bethlehem, one Calvary, one Pentecost. These are landmarks of Time and Eternity, everything and everyone is judged by them. Beware of thinking of Pentecost in the light of personal experience only. The descent of the Holy Ghost can never be experimental, it is historical. The reception of the Holy Ghost into our hearts is experimental. — Oswald Chambers.
God entered the world to convict the world of sin at Bethlehem. God stood as substitute for the sins of the world at Calvary and judged sin and death, making a spectacle of them both, then arose to His Glorification. At Pentecost God returned and released His Spirit upon all mankind. The Spirit of God has entered the world to testify of the works of Him. Anybody who will may sup with Him. He stands at the door and knocks (John 3:18-21). The Holy Spirit is the trump of God to announce his return. Just as John the Baptist stood in the Wilderness calling out, the Holy Spirit is roaming the earth calling for men to be saved. One day He will quit calling because the men who remain love darkness rather than light and Time will end and all who remain will be ushered into Eternity. Some to everlasting Life, some to everlasting Death. Look, the fields are white onto harvest! There are lighthouses strategically placed throughout the land, cities of refuge, houses of the holy, a light on a hill, shining and reflecting His Light that all who are weary may come and enjoy the rest. The light is come into the world but the darkness has not understood it. If then your eye is dark, how great is that darkness!
Tom Van Hoogen
What Are You Depending Upon? God or Works? We may work for Christ from morning until night. We may spend much time in Bible study. We may be most earnest and faithful and acceptable in our preaching and in our individual dealing. But none of these things can be truly effective unless we are much in prayer. We will only be full of good works, but not being fruitful in every good work (Col. 1:10). To be little with God in prayer is to be little with God in service. Much secret prayer means much public power. Yet is it not a fact that while our organizing is well near perfect, our agonizing in prayer in well near lost? Unknown Christian – The Kneeling Christian, circa 1890, © 2007 Bidge-Logos.
God vs. The World Behind all that is tangible we meet something intangible, we meet a planned system; and in this system there is a harmonious functioning, a perfect order. Concerning this system there are two things to be emphasized. First, since the day when Adam opened the door for evil to enter God’s creation, the world order has shown itself to be hostile to God. The world “knew not God” (first Corinthians 1:21), “hated” Christ (John 15:18) and “cannot receive” the Spirit of truth (14:17)…. secondly, there is a mind behind the system. John writes repeatedly of “the prince of this world”… “he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4) and matches against him the Spirit of truth who indwells believers…. he is the rebellious kosmokrator, world ruler — a word which, however, appears only once, used in the plural of his lieutenants, the “world rulers of this darkness” (Ephesians 6:12). There is, then, an ordered system, “the world,” which is governed from behind the scenes by a ruler, Satan. Watchman Nee – Love Not The World, © 1968 CLC Publications