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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Holy Spirit is a Spiritual Flame

"For the good that I would do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do" (Romans 7:19)

The Holy Spirit is also a spiritual flame. He alone can raise our worship to true spiritual levels. For we might as well know once for all that morality and ethics, however lofty, are still not Christianity.

The faith of Christ undertakes to raise the soul to actual communion with God, to introduce into our religious experiences a supra-rational element as far as above mere goodness as the heavens are above the earth.

The joy of the first Christians was not the joy of logic working on facts. They did not reason, "Christ is risen from the dead; therefore we ought to be glad." Their gladness was as great a miracle as the resurrection itself; indeed these were and are organically related. The moral happiness of the Creator had taken residence in the hearts of redeemed creatures and they could not but be glad.

The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion.

~A. W. Tozer~

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