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ORGANICALLY ONE tivate an affection tion they


which excludes His

not ignore



In their mutual affec-


act as tho



did not exist


be in-


name and truth as tho they were of little and their mutual love the principal thing. Nay, the wisdom which is from above is first pure, then peaceMutual love among the saints can not flourish unless the saint able. acknowledge God, confess His name, exalt His truth as their shield and buckler; praise His virtues and reverence His counsel, espeChristian love, cially regarding their own person and destiny. different to His

unfailing, born here to live forever, can scintillate only that the name of the Lord shines forth in His truth, where

new and where

truth, bearing


and animating

souls, is

experienced and confessed.

wheedling tones, or sinful being united and knit together by the Holy

this exists, not in sentimentalism,

indulgence, but in

Spirit according to the divine foreordination.


this point the


of the

counsel of the Lord Jehovah.



Spirit returns to the eternal

that counsel


flows; in that

to that counsel every

life has its starting-point, and completed development must return, impelled from its own internal pressure. Every development, tho adorning itself with fairest

counsel every

names, which opposes that counsel, proceeds in a wrong direction, and must change its course or run into eternal death. That which inexhaustible fulis to receive consistency, endurance, and eternal, with reference end. the in and ness must spring from that counsel, to itself, correctly reflect its fulness.


since in that counsel the parts do not lie loose, side


side, but are destined to form one rich, spiritual whole, it is the Holy Spirit who, by fitly joining together these parts— /.^., the elect children of God— unites and knits them together according to that Only when this is accomplished, love's perfect beauty counsel.

shall appear.


the Church of Christ shall shine as the bearer And then only the Holy

of that love in the presence of the Lord. Spirit,


even the Spirit of Truth, shall have finished His greatest

—that of the cultivation of Love.

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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 619

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 704 Pagina's

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