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The Holy Spirit's Earthly Temple.

The Holy Spirit's Earthly Temple.

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BY DANIEL STEELE, D. D.

" Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?" 1 Cor. vi. 19.
BY DANIEL STEELE, D. D.

" Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?" 1 Cor. vi. 19.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT'S EARTHLY TEMPLE. BY DANIEL STEELE, D. D." Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?" 1 Cor. vi. 19. The Spirit dwells not in the mass of Christians orga-nized into the church, but in the heart of the individual believer. Man was created like God in his mental, moral, and spiritual constitution. In his body and soul (psyche) he is related to the animal orders. But in his spirit, the dome of his nature full of skylights, he is related to the spiritual intelligences above him and has the capacity for becoming the " habitation of God through the Spirit." As Adam was made a son of God within the sphere of creaturehood, he was made a temple of the Holy Spirit, as the only begotten Son was the Temple of the Spirit in the sphere of divinity. As God finished the first creation by breathing the life-giving Spirit into Adam's body, so Christ finished the new creation of his disciples when " he breathed on them and said, Receive ye the Holy Ghost." The Spirit received is the completion of the new creation. As Adam's fall caused the withdrawal of the Spirit
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when he lent his ear to the tempter's falsehoods, so his restoration is complete when the risen Christ breathes that Spirit anew into the soul that turns its ear to God in a total and irreversible self-surrender. Thus the last Adam becomes to every believer a quickening spirit by imparting the Comforter, the Lord of life. We must limit the pentecostal gift, except as a reprover, to be-lievers of every age, sex, and condition, and thus con-ditionally "upon all flesh" was the Spirit poured out as a permanent indwelling comforter. In all the Christian ages there have been witnesses to the conscious indwelling of the Holy Spirit. These have been few and discredited in eras of rationalism, and stigmatized as mystics and fanatics in periods of formalism ; but they have been numerous and received with credence in the most spiritual eras and sections of the Church. Their testimony is confirmed by their deadness to sin and self and fullness of joy. " It hap-pens sometimes that the indwelling of Christ and God and his Spirit signalizes itself with such energy in the believer, that the human individual life is overflowed and swallowed up by the divine, as a river of delight."*
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Delitzsch quotes the case of the " holy Ephrem who ex-perienced such wondrous consolation that he often cried, ' Lord withdraw thy hand a little, for my heart is too weak to receive such excessive joy.' " John Fletcher at times offered a similar prayer. There are now on the earth witnesses to the conscious indwelling of the Holy Ghost in larger numbers probably than ever before. I know a man in Christ twenty-eight years ago — in the body, or out of the body, no matter which — into whose consciousness the Comforter came and took up his per-manent abode, in a day and hour never to be forgotten either in this world or in that to come. Invisible him-self he glorified Christ whom he revealed within as a bright reality, as he did in Paul, when God revealed his Son in him. * Biblical Psychology, p. 418. 225 Though earnestly sought, his incoming was a blissful surprise. He brought with him delicious viands for a
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