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takes no part in this transition

is left

in the rear.

The whole church will understand that she loses power when she adheres to the old, without harmonizing her insight into the past with the She then claims of our clarified consciousness. Her preaching does loses her touch upon life. not join itself to what stirs and moves in the world. She does not equip the faithful with needed armor, and becomes herself the cause, that in ever weaker positions in the conflict of Confess, in times she is incapacitated. such as these, when in every way the will has become the object of investigation and thought, will it do for Christians to act as though the knowledge of the will did not concern them? Here we confine ourselves to our subject. It is the aim of these meditations to bring the soul This requires into secret fellowship with God. spirits

knowledge of God, even that knowledge which is In that knowledge of God itself eternal life. we must increase. And this increase is more possible through the will than through the understanding. This is the point which we emphasize.

The holy

apostle expresses

it

so clearly:

''Walk

worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, whereby we shall be fruitful in every good work, and at the same time increase in the knowledge of

God"

(Col. 1:10), bends his will so that at length he has no other will than to forgive his debtor, comes through his own will to the knowledge of the compassionate God who forgives him. To God forgiveness is no outward rule, which he applies.

He who

To

forgive proceeds from his will. to forgive proceeds from his Being. 161

And If

this will

we come

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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 165

Bekijk de hele uitgave van dinsdag 1 januari 1918

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 620 Pagina's

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