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The Holy Spirit, The Seal of the Christian Life.

The Holy Spirit, The Seal of the Christian Life.

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by Oxenden, Ashton, 1808-1892

The descent of the Holy Ghost upon the
early followers of our Lord, was the great
object to which He specially directed their
thoughts. And in accordance with this
promise, the Spirit came down on the day
of Pentecost, in all the fulness of His power,
to bless and give life to the Christian
Church.
by Oxenden, Ashton, 1808-1892

The descent of the Holy Ghost upon the
early followers of our Lord, was the great
object to which He specially directed their
thoughts. And in accordance with this
promise, the Spirit came down on the day
of Pentecost, in all the fulness of His power,
to bless and give life to the Christian
Church.

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THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE SEAL OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. by Oxenden, Ashton, 1808-1892The descent of the Holy Ghost upon the early followers of our Lord, was the great object to which He specially directed their thoughts. And in accordance with this promise, the Spirit came down on the day of Pentecost, in all the fulness of His power, to bless and give life to the Christian Church. Now, it was promised by our Lord that the Holy Spirit should abide with us — not merely visit us for a time, but continue and remain with us. And He does now actually dwell in the hearts of all God's people. He is as truly present with them as He was with the Disciples on the day of Pentecost. And if we cannot see this, and believe it, what is it but a sad proof that we are still in our worldly state ; not taught of God, (i8i)
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1 82 THE CHRISTIAN LIFE. and not under the influence of His grace? For does not the Saviour Himself, when speaking of the Holy Spirit, say, " Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him ; hxsXye know Him, for He dvvelleth with you, and shall be in you ! " I would ask those who deny the Spirit's influence, just to consider this — Is it not most clearly told us in Scripture, that our Lord promised to bestow the gift of the Spirit upon His people ? Is it not clear that the Holy Ghost did descend upon the Disciples ten days after our Lord's Ascension ?
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And again, is it not clear that, in the Acts and Epistles, Christians are spoken of as having the Holy Spirit in their hearts ; nay, that if they are not led by the Spirit, they are not, and cannot be, the true children of God? But some have the notion in their minds, that the Holy Spirit is with the Church gen-erally, but that He does not work in indi-vidual hearts. They do not, and cannot, deny His presence and His power in the world ; but they will not allow that He THE HOLY SPIRIT, 183 carries on a special work in the Believer's soul. This they look upon as all fancy and enthusiasm. They are willing to pray in church, as we have been praying this morn-ing, "Almighty God, cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of Thy Holy
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