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HOLY

OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS

SPIRIT IN

manifested Himself

From this it He was not;

among

119

among the latter. He can come where

the former and not

follows that in the spiritual world

He came among Israel, not having been among and that then He manifested Himself among them powerfully and in another way than on and before the day of

them before less

that

,

Pentecost.

The Holy Spirit seems to act upon a human being in a twofold manner from without, or from within. The difference is similar to that in the treatment of the human body by the physician and the surgeon the former acts upon it by medicines taken inwardly the A very defective latter by incisions and outward applications.

;

:

comparison, indeed, but tion of the

Holy

In the beginning

it

may

illustrate faintly the twofold opera-

upon the souls

Spirit

we

of

men.

discover only an outward imparting of cer-

On Samson He bestows great physical strength. Ahoand Bezaleel are endowed with artistic talent to build the tabernacle. Joshua is enriched with military genius. These operations did not touch the center of the soul, and were not They become more enduring when saving, but merely external.

tain gifts. liab

they assume an

official

character as in Saul

;

altho in

him we

find the

best evidence of the fact that they are only outward and temporal.

They assume a higher character when they

receive the prophetic

stamp; altho Balaam's example shows us that even thus they penetrate not to the center of the soul, but affect man only outwardly. But in the Old Testament there was also an inward operation in Believing Israelites were saved. Hence they must have believers. received saving grace. tion without an

He was

the

And

since saving grace is out of the ques-

inward working of the Holy

Worker

of faith in

Abraham

Spirit, it follows that

as well as in ourselves.

between the two operations is apparent. A person outwardly wrought upon may become enriched with outward Or, having gifts, while spiritually he remains as poor as ever. received the inward gift of regeneration, he may be devoid of every

The

difference

talent that adorns

man

outwardly.

Hence we have these three aspects omnipresence of the Holy Spirit in space, the same in heaven and in hell, among Israel and among the nations. Second, there is a spiritual operation of the Holy Spirit according to choice, which is not omnipresent active in heaven, but not First, there is the

;

in hell

;

among

Israel,

but not

among

the nations.

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The work of the Holy Spirit - pagina 159

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