LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit

An excerpt from Spurgeon sermon The Outpouring Of The Holy Spirit, sermon 201
http://www.spurgeon.org/sermons/0201.htm

And I must say, before I leave this point, that all the former part of what I have mentioned is done instantaneously. When a man is converted to God, it is done in a moment. Regeneration is an instantaneous work. Conversion to God, the fruit of regeneration, occupies all our life, but regeneration itself is effected in an instant. A man hates God; the Holy Spirit makes him love God. A man is opposed to Christ, he hates his gospel, does not understand it and will not receive it: the Holy Spirit comes, puts light into his darkened understanding, takes the chain from his bondaged will, gives liberty to his conscience, gives life to his dead soul, so that the voice of conscience is heard, and the man becomes a new creature in Christ Jesus. And all this is done, mark you, by the instantaneous supernatural influence of God the Holy Ghost working as he willeth among the sons of men.

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Blogger jazzycat said...

Spurgeon had such a gift. As the saying goes...... I have been there done that and I know it was not initiated by my own free will, but was a work of God.

What an insult to God, by some who either cannot or will not understand reformed theology, to accuse reformed theology of asserting works justification and to be a self appointed judge and place reformed theology on trial.

The very definition of reformed theology precludes human merit and human decision as this post points out.

To accuse reformed theology of works justification would be like insisting an airplane was an automobile because you see it taxiing along the tarmac.

May 05, 2008 9:05 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

I might also add (as Augustine said) God gives all that he requires in salvation. Therefore, reformed theology has one less human free will "requirement" than even the false gospel of Zane Hodges, et. al. which asserts that man must produce his own faith through human merit. In reformed theology everything is given by God (Eph. 2:8-9).

May 05, 2008 9:24 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

Wayne,

Spoken with your usual candor. I admire your tenacity.

May 05, 2008 11:10 AM

 
Blogger mark pierson said...

I no longer have email notification of somebody posting a comment on my blog. Hmmm.

May 05, 2008 11:13 AM

 

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