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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Spirit Is a Volitional Flame

"Now the Lord is that Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty" (2 Corinthians 3:17)

The Holy Spirit is also a volitional flame. Here as elsewhere the imagery is inadequate to express all the truth, and unless care is taken we may easily gain a wrong impression from its use. For fire as we see and know it every day is a "thing", not a person, and for that  reason it has no will of its own.

But the Holy Spirit is a Person, having those attributes of personality of which volition is one. He does not, upon entering the human soul, void any of His attributes, nor does He surrender them in part or in full to the soul into which He enters. Remember, the Holy Spirit is Lord.

Now it hardly need be said that the Sovereign Lord will never abandon the prerogatives of His Godhood. Wherever He is He must continue to act like Himself. When He enters the human heart He will be there what He has always been, Lord in His own right.

The yielding up of the soul to the disposal of Christ, is an act of the mind which cannot be separated from living faith.

~A. W. Tozer~

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