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The Spirit's Influences as a Spirit of Wisdom.

The Spirit's Influences as a Spirit of Wisdom.

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BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. i. 15 — 20. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith
in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to
give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the Spirit of tvisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of him : the eyes of your understanding being en-
lightened ; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,
and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the
saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his poiver to
US-ward tvho believe, according to the working of his mighty
power, ivhich he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from
the dead.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M. A.



Eph. i. 15 — 20. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith
in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not to
give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,
may give unto you the Spirit of tvisdom and revelation in the
knowledge of him : the eyes of your understanding being en-
lightened ; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,
and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the
saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his poiver to
US-ward tvho believe, according to the working of his mighty
power, ivhich he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from
the dead.

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THE spirit's influences AS A SPIRIT OF WISDOM.BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M. A.Eph. i. 15 — 20. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faithin the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, cease not togive thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,may give unto you the Spirit of tvisdom and revelation in theknowledge of him : the eyes of your understanding being en-lightened ; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling,and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in thesaints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his poiver toUS-ward tvho believe, according to the working of his mightypower, ivhich he wrought in Christ, when he raised him fromthe dead.278 EPHESIAS, I. 15—20. [2095.WE are told by our blessed Lord, that howevergreat the pains of parturition may be, a woman re-membereth no more her anguish, for joy that a childis born into the world. Yet if the mother, watchingthe child from month to month, should see no growthin his bodily stature, nor any improvement in hisintellectual faculties, her joy would soon be turnedinto grief, and she would account the death of thechild a greater blessing than its birth. Somewhatsimilar to these are the feelings of a minister towardsthose who have been born to God through his minis-trations. Like " the angels in heaven, he rejoicesover every sinner that is brought to repentance :" butif his subsequent care and labour be attended withno benefit to his converts, he will feel much pain andsorrow on their account : he will " travail, as it were,in birth a second time, till he see Christ completely
 
formed in them." To see them walking in the truth,is the one object of his desire, and the summit of his joy^ : and it is only when they stand fast in the faith,that he has a real enjoyment of his life^ How fullof complaints was the Apostle Paul, when the peopleto whom he had ministered did not make their pro-fiting to appear^ On the contrary, he quite exultedwhen he heard of their growth in faith and love*^.But in nothing did he shew his anxiety for their wel-fare more, than in his unwearied intercessions in theirbehalf.The prayer which he offered for the Church atEphesus, evinces clearly,L That the Spirit, as a Spirit of wisdom and revela-tion, may be obtained by all — What was sought on behalf of all the Christians atEphesus, may certainly be expected by Christians inevery age and place — 1. We need the Spirit as much as they did in theApostles' days — a 3 John, ver. 4. ''I Tliess. iii. 8.<= 1 Cor. iii. 1—3. Gal. iii. 1. and iv. 11, 19, 20. Heb. v. 12.<^ 2 Thess. i. 3, 4.2095. J THE spirit's influences. 279[If we are unconverted, our eyes are blincl% our souls aredead*^, yea we are incapable of receiving or knowing the thingsof the Spirit, because we have not that spiritual discernment,whereby alone they can be discerned ^ If we are con-verted, still we are in need of fresh supplies of the Spirit, as
 
much as the Ephesian converts were. It is " by the Spiritonly that we can know the things which have been freelygiven to us of God'\" The Apostles not only had been con-verted, but had enjoyed the public and private instructions of their Divine Master for nearly four years : yet after his resur-rection he " opened their understandings to understand theScriptures'," and on the day of Pentecost gave them his Spiritin a more abundant measure, " to guide them into all truth '^,"It is by repeated communications of the same Spirit that wealso are to obtain a deeper insight into the things of God. Wefind oftentimes, even after we have been enlightened, that thewritten word is only to us as " a dead letter ;" and that unlessthe Spirit shine upon it, we learn no more from it than froma dial when the sun is hid behind a cloud.If then we need the Spirit as much as they did of old, wemay expect it as well as they.]2. The promises relating to the communicationsof the Spirit, are made to us, as much as to any per-sons whatever — [Those of the Old Testament extend to the Church inevery age. Shall we confine to the apostolic age such declara-tions as those ; " Turn you at my reproof, and I will pour outmy Spirit upon you^:" " All thy children shall be taught of the Lord"':" " This shall be the covenant that I will makewith the house of Israel ; I will put my law in their inwardparts, and write it in their hearts ; and they shall teach nomore every man his neighbour, saying. Know the Lord ; forthey shall all know me, from the least of them unto thegreatest of them":" "I will put my Spirit within you, andcause you to walk in my statutes ° ?" To deny our interest insuch passages as these, were to rob us of half the Scriptures.And what shall we say to the promises of the ew Testa-ment ? Shall we limit those also to the Apostles' days ? Hearwhat our Lord says ; " If ye, being evil, know how to givegood gifts unto your children, how much more shall your hea-venly Father give the Holy Spirit unto them that ask himP?"

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