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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 72

Bron: Abraham Kuyper Collection
Datum: maandag 1 januari 1900
Auteur: Abraham Kuyper
Pagina: 72

VII.

The

Creaturely Man. "

Spirit of

God hath made me, and

the breath

of the Almighty hath

The

given

The

Eternal and Ever-blessed

me life."—yi?3 xxxiii.

God comes

4.

into vital touch with

the creature by an act proceeding not from the Father nor from the Son, but from the Holy Spirit.

Translated by sovereign grace from death unto

dren are conscious of this divine fellowship; they sists

life,

know

God's

chil-

that

con-

it

not in inward agreement of disposition or inclination, but in

God upon their spiritual being. But they know that neither the Father nor the Son, but the Holy Spirit, has made their hearts His temple. It is true Christ comes to us through the Holy Spirit, and through the Son we have fellowship

the mysterious touch of also

with the Father, according to His word,

" I

and the Father

will

come unto you, and make Our abode with you"; yet every intelligent Bible student knows that it is more especially the Holy Spirit

who

enters into his person and touches his innermost being. That the Son incarnate came into closer contact with us proves

nothing to the contrary.

He

Christ never entered into a huma.n person.

took upon Himself our

Himself

much more

human

nature, with

closely than the

Holy

which He united but He did

Spirit does;

not touch the inward man and his hidden personality. On the contrary, He said that it was expedient for the disciples that He should

go not away, the Comforter will not come unto Moreover, the InI will send Him unto you." carnation was not accomplished without the Holy Spirit, who overshadowed Mary; and the blessings that Christ imparted to all around Him were largely owing to the gift of the Holy Spirit, which was given Him without measure. Hence the principal thought remains intact When God comes into direct contact with the creature it is the work of the Holy

go away; you; but

"

for

if I

if I

depart

: