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Spirit of Christ in Daily Life

Spirit of Christ in Daily Life

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

" By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free." I COR. xii. 13.

" By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be
Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free." I COR. xii. 13.

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SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN DAILY LIFE.
 
BY THE LORD BISHOP OF WAKEFIELD
Preached at Dewsbury, before the Co-operative CongressWhit-Sunday, 1888." By one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we beJews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free." I COR. xii. 13.THIS day we commemorate the great outpouring of theSpirit of God upon the little band of expectant disciples atJerusalem. The Lord, before He left them, had promised" another Comforter, even the Spirit of truth," who shouldbe with them in His stead ; an inner spiritual presence inplace of His own outer and visible presence. Indeed, Hehad declared that it was " expedient " He should go awayfrom them in order that this Divine Comforter might come,implying that this unseen spiritual presence was to be tothem something even more blessed and strength-impartingthan His own personal presence, strangely dear and preciousas that personal presence must have been. The discipleshad waited ten days since they saw their Master taken fromtheir head as He went up from the Mount of Olives.They had returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and hadbelieved, and prayed, and waited. And it came. Thepromise was fulfilled, and "they were all filled with theHoly Ghost."102 THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN DAILY LIFE.Now that this Holy Ghost was given in such wise as toconfer new and marvellous powers upon the recipients in
 
no way detracts from the fact that the Holy Ghost is, andwas given to be, the ordinary guiding, teaching, informing,and sanctifying Spirit in the Church of God. He was toconvict the world of sin and of righteousness and of judgment. He was to lead into all the truth. He was theSpirit of holiness. And the writers of the New Testament acknowledge Him as the Spirit of adoption, that is,the Spirit which bestows a childlike heart ; the Bond of unity; the Inspirer of prayer; the Source of all worthyobedience; the Power which changes into the likeness of Christ. All this shows as plainly as possible that, whenwe speak of the Holy Ghost and His work in the heart of man, we are by no means to fix our thoughts upon specialand extraordinary manifestations of Divine power, nor uponwhat we usually think of as religious acts and frames of mind ; but that the Holy Spirit is for Christians the Spiritwhich governs and fashions and directs their whole livesand conduct, having to do with their entire character andprinciples, and being concerned therefore no less with thedaily routine of life, and with all ordinary motives and aimsand actions, than with things which we count more distinctively religious. Indeed I know no greater mistakethan to attempt to draw a line (and some try to draw a veryblack line) between religion and the daily life. A well-known writer says, "Greatness consists not so much indoing great things, as in doing little things greatly"; andI think we may say, Religion consists not so much in doingreligious actions, as in doing common actions religiously.If religion does not enter into all the daily life, governing,fashioning, characterizing, all its many forms and phases ;THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN DAILY LIFE. IO3if it does not make people different in all conditions and
 
circumstances, regulating their commercial transactions noless than their private devotions, interpenetrating theirsocial relations no less than their secret attitude towardsGod ; it is a sham and a pretence. I know of no such thingas a religion good for the inside of a church and not goodfor the outside, good for Sunday and not good for Monday,good for hymn-singing and not good for industrial enterprise. Religion is not a tender fragile thing, meant onlyfor gentle women and hours of sorrow and the solitudeof the secret closet. It is a strong hardy serviceablething, meant for the hard rough work, and the strangeperplexities, and the terrible problems, of life ; a thing forstrong men to carry about with them into workshops andfactories and streets and courts ; a thing that has to dowith social questions and politics as certainly as it has todo with lying and lust and drunkenness.The truth is, we want to take the Spirit of Christ intoall regions of thought and action far more than we do. Itis not only that people draw the silly line I have spoken of between religion and daily life, but even when they do feeland acknowledge that religion, or, let me rather say, theSpirit of God, ought to govern the more secular side of their life, they seem to me very often to stop short at thenarrow margin of personal and individual responsibility.They will hold that each man in his dealings is bound tobe honest and true and charitable, but they will not carrythis into the relations which subsist between bodies of men,or between class and class. Many a man will allow that,if he is guided by the Spirit of God, he must obey the lawwhich says, " All things whatsoever ye would that menshould do to you, do ye even so to them," But when it is104 THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN DAILY LIFE.

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