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God s Spirit, The Revealer of Gospel Gifts.

God s Spirit, The Revealer of Gospel Gifts.

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BY REV. FRANCIS GOODE, M. A.


1 CORINTHIANS ii. 12.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit which is of God ; that we might
know the things that are freely given to us, of
God.
BY REV. FRANCIS GOODE, M. A.


1 CORINTHIANS ii. 12.

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world,
but the Spirit which is of God ; that we might
know the things that are freely given to us, of
God.

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GOD S SPIRIT, THE REVEALER OF GOSPEL GIFTS.BY REV. FRACIS GOODE, M. A.1 CORITHIAS ii. 12.ow we have received, not the spirit of the world,but the Spirit which is of God ; that we mightknow the things that are freely given to us, of God.OE momentous truth lies upon the surface of these words; That the mere reasonable spiritof the man of this world, apart from divine illumination by the Spirit of God, can never attainto saving knowledge of divine things. " Theyare spiritually discerned." (ver. J4.)ow, if this be so, certainly, a conviction of its truth is a matter of vital importance, to everyman. It, at once, lays low a sinner s pride ;takes him off from a vain, high-minded dependence on his own natural resources, andbrings him to God in his proper character : as aGOD S SPIRIT, THE REVEALER. 381blind sinner needing light ; an erring wanderer, needing to be taken by the hand, andguided into the way of peace." (Luke i. 79.)And, as a sense of this dependence brings thesinner, at first, to God s mercy-seat, so it keepshim there. The believer waits constantly onGod, to be his teacher. He knows that preachers,sacraments, yea, even the word of inspirationitself, all, are nothing to him, for instruction orcomfort, but as God himself uses them, ishimself present with them, hereto.This truth, too, rightly apprehended, at onceclears up that mystery, at which so many areperplexed and stumble, -that, when God hasgiven a revelation of himself, there should yet be
 
such a multitude of conflicting opinions, in religion ; such utterly irreconcilable systems, allclaiming to be founded upon the same divinetestimony. ow, if the word of God be, simply,the lesson-book of the Great Teacher, the Spiritof God, then, what wonder is it, that proudmen, using that word without any childlikedependence on his teaching, should make out asmany different interpretations of it, as there areminds employed on it? My brethren, blamenot God. Blame not the word of God. Thatword is perfect, as its blessed Author : but men,in their self-sufficiency, are abusing it for apurpose, for which God never intended it ; to382 GOD S SPIRIT, THE REVEALER instruct themselves about the things of God, without God : as if a child should take hisspelling-book, and insist on being wise by it, of himself, without a parent to explain it to him.Who consults a sun-dial in the shade ? or holdsa candle to it, to learn the hour by it ? True :its use is to show the time of day, and it is admirably suited for such a purpose. The hoursare marked there. The style is fixed there. Itscircle is accurately divided. The whole is ad justed with the utmost nicety. What more canbe needed ? Why, just that, without which allthe rest is valueless : The sun, to shine upon it.If his beams be obscured only, who but an ideotwill have recourse to it ? o : the folly of suchconduct is instantly perceived in worldly things :and, indeed, there is the very same, in lookingfor spiritual understanding of the things of God,without the shining of God s Spirit into ourhearts, in the use of that word which revealsthem.For want of this, multitudes, who call themselves Christians, and are well acquainted withthe letter of scripture, know nothing, savingly,of God or Christ, or themselves. They haveno conception of the real nature, and precious-ness, of the gospel : and that, though they may
 
be daily conversant with the facts of revelation,and even occupied in illustrating, and enforcingthem.OF GOSPEL GIFTS. 383May " the Spirit which is of God" visit anysuch among us, this evening, while we contemplate him, from these words, as the alone authorand giver of true wisdom, in the things of God !We may notice,I. The light in which gospel blessings are herepresented to us.II. The insufficiency of nature for their discovery.III. Whence believers have the knowledge of them.I. The light in which gospel blessings arehere presented to us.The apostle calls them " the things that are^apiffOevTa, freely given to us, of God." The description is deeply interesting. May the Lordimpress it on every heart ! Perhaps, to some,it is a view of the gospel altogether new. Theyhave heard it, and thought themselves acquaintedwith it ; but they have conceived of it as littlemore than a code of duties, somewhat milderthan those prescribed under the law, but a system of duties, still. ow see, my brethren, thegospel, as God describes it, is a revelation of " things freely given to us, of him." Thus itmakes God known to us, in a character all attractive. It sets the service of God in a light,384 GOD S SPIRIT, THE REVEALER that may well engage our hearts, in willingobedience to it. Here he is revealed, as bring

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