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THE PRAYER OF THE REGENERATED In the second place,

it

is

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necessary to distinguish between the

and of Jesus Christ the Righteous. and the Holy Spirit on earth. being absent from us, intercedes outside of Christ our Holy Head, Comforter intercedes our in our own heart which us the Holy Spirit temple. chosen as His He has There is a difference, not only of place, but also in the nature of this twofold intercession. The glorified Christ intercedes in heaven for His elect and redeemed, to obtain for them the fruit of His sacrifice : " If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ But the object of the Holy Spirit's the Righteous" (i John ii. i). petitions is the laying bare of all the deep and hidden needs of the saints before the eye of the Triune God. In Christ there is a union of God and man, since, being in the form of God, He took upon Himself the human nature. Hence His prayer is that of the Son of God, but in union with the nature of man. He prays as the Head of the new race, as King of His people, as the one that seals the covenant of the New Testament in His blood. In like manner, there is to some extent a union between God and man, when the Holy Spirit prays for the saints. For, by His indwelling in the hearts of the saints. He has established a lasting and most intimate union, and by virtue of that union putting Himself in their place. He prays for them and in intercession of the

Holy

Spirit

Christ intercedes for us in heaven,

;

their stead.

In each instance there is intercession, but in each in a different manner.

In his priestly capacity, as head of the family, the

father prays for his family not because the

members could

not

on account of his calling as their head to represent them before God. All pray, but he as their head prays offer similar prayer, but

"to help," requires that the person rendering assistance be not only in us,

but also works with us and for us. Verse 27 leads to the same conclusion, first, because it speaks of the mind of the Spirit, and not of man's

mind secondly, because the intercession is said to be according to God, "kata Theon," not "eis Theon," i.e.. according to the will of God, and this can be said of the Holy Spirit alone. We do not, however, deny that, m one respect, this groaning makes instrumental use of the vocal organs, as in the matter of the "glossais We maintain only that the unutterlalein," the speaking with tongues. able groaning does not imply the use of those organs rather the opposite. ;

,

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 677

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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