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ing of God, a better knowledge of him, and an will and purpose. Thus we see that there is still another way of learning to know God than learning about him from books or sermons. * Further on we will try to show that this knowl-

ever clearer insight into his

edge of God from books and sermons is also indispensable, but we pass it by for the present. It is eminently necessary that eyes that are now closed against seeing God's work in the inner life of the soul shall open to see this glorious work. Without an understanding of the reality of the life of the soul, and of God's work therein, there is neither power nor outpouring of the same, nor fruit of that power in the life. In that case the Church is dead. It only echoes sounds when it thinks that it sings Psalms of praise unto God. Then the world pushes the Church to a side, and not the Church the world. All attention therefore must be centered on the will, on the willingness, on the self that wills, and upon God who in the self works the willing. The poet in his songs prayed for feeling, imagination and heroic courage. For feeling, willpower and heroic courage let every child of God supplicate the Father.

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WOULD, THAT DO

The distance that separates the mightiest man on earth from God

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NOT." and immeasur-

noblest is

We fully understand that it can "Why exclaim almost despairingly: should we seek after knowledge of God? Behold, ably

make

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

To be near unto God - pagina 174

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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