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The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the New Birth

The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the New Birth

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY AUSTIN PHELPS



IT is one of the perils of probation that the
most stupendous truths may become the
least impressive. In religious thought
such are the truths with which we become
most familiar ; and through our familiarity with
them, our intellects may grow drowsy over them
and through the dulness of our conceptions our
hearts may become torpid in respouse to them.

BY AUSTIN PHELPS



IT is one of the perils of probation that the
most stupendous truths may become the
least impressive. In religious thought
such are the truths with which we become
most familiar ; and through our familiarity with
them, our intellects may grow drowsy over them
and through the dulness of our conceptions our
hearts may become torpid in respouse to them.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Apr 09, 2014
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THE IDWELLIG OF THE HOLY SPIRIT I THE EW BIRTHBY AUSTI PHELPSIT is one of the perils of probation that the most stupendous truths may become the least impressive. In religious thought such are the truths with which we become most familiar ; and through our familiarity with them, our intellects may grow drowsy over them 5 and through the dulness of our conceptions our hearts may become torpid in respouse to them. By a subtile law of language the words which express such truths may become tame. Intense words, once the utterance of an intense experi- ence, may lose their heat; figurative words, originated to express vivid ideas which could not otherwise be pressed into language, may die out in literal commonplace. We may read and speak and pray, therefore, as we may think, 214 Hosted by Google THE TEMPLE OF GOD. 215 of some of the grandest ideas of our faith, with-r out emotion, because without a lifelike sense of their reality. They may become that which we
 
so significantly describe as " a dead letter." An apostolic earnestness, admonishing us of such a truth, may startle us into a momentary vision of it, by addressing us as if we had lost our faith in it ; as if we had sunk into ignorance of its existence. '' Know ye not ? " may be the query which hints at the deadness of our sensibility. Let us seek to quicken our thoughts of one of these well-known elements of Christian truth, by observing some of the lessons suggested by the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in regenerate souls. ''Know ye no^ that ye are the Temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" The work of the Holy Ghost in regeneration suggests with singular impressiveness, I. THE SACREDESS OF A CHBISTIA2PS BEIG. A renewed mind is a consecrated thing. It is sacred as the abode of God. In all history, a Hosted by Google 216 THE EW BIRTH, temple has been an object of reverence as the
 
clwellmg-place of Deity. Men close its doors against profane intrusion. They put off their shoes and approach it with prostrations. The ground on which it has stood has been deemed holy. The very soil within its courts has been carried over seas as a memorial of divine virtues. By human law, crime has been sometimes so gauged as to reach its climax in an act of sacri- lege. The avenger of blood, in hot pursuit of the murderer, has stopped short on the threshold of a sanctuary, lest by entering with revengeful purpose he should commit a more damning crime than that which he sought to punish. Such a Temple of God is a regenerate soul. The thoughts of such a soul may ho the radiation of the thoughts of God. Its emotions may be tremulous with the sensibility of God. Its pur- poses may be decrees of the Will of God. Its entire character may be a similitude of the holi- ness of God. Its life, therefore, may be the life of God, and its joy the peace of God. A man may have reason to stand in awe of him- self. He may be an object of reverence to an observant universe, as a being who is filled with Hosted by Google COSECUATED BEIG,

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