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The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

February 2, 2011

Ray Ortlund posts the following quote from George Smeaton’s The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit:

The Church’s ever-living Head knows how to usher in creative epochs, to rally His people to some converging point through the lapse of centuries, and to gather up under this powerful influence isolated opinions into one consistent whole. . . .

The praying attitude of the Church in the first days after the Ascension, when the disciples waited for the Spirit, should be the Church’s attitude still. . . . And no more mischievous and misleading theory could be propounded, nor any one more dishonoring to the Holy Spirit, than the principle . . . that because the Spirit was poured out at Pentecost, the Church has no need and no warrant to pray any more for the effusion [outpouring] of the Spirit of God.  On the contrary, the more the Church asks the Spirit and waits for His communication, the more she receives.

 

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