[b]Having Begun In The Spirit[/b]
THE WORDS FROM WHICH I wish to address you, you will find in the epistle to the Galatians, the third chapter, the second and third verses: This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? And then comes my text-Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
When we speak of the quickening or the deepening or the strengthening of the spiritual life, we are thinking of something that is feeble and wrong and sinful. It is a great thing to take our place before God with the confession: Oh, God, our spiritual life is not what it should be! May God work that in your heart, reader. As we look around at the Church, we see so many indications of feebleness, failure, sin, and shortcoming. They compel us to ask: Why is it? Is there any necessity for the Church of Christ to be living in such a low state? Or is it actually possible that Gods people should be living always in the joy and strength of their God?
Every believing heart must answer: It is possible. Now, we have here a solemn discovery of what the great need is in the Church of Christ. God has called the Church of Christ to live in the power of the Holy Spirit. But the Church is living, for the most part, in the power of human flesh, and of will and energy and effort apart from the Spirit of God. I do not doubt that this is the case with many individual believers. And oh, if God will use me to give you a message from Him, my one message will be this: If the Church will return to acknowledge that the Holy Spirit is her strength and her help, and if the Church will return to give up everything, and wait on God to be filled with the Spirit, her days of beauty and gladness will return. We will see the glory of God revealed among us.
[i]Andrew Murray (1828-1917) - Was used in revival in South Africa as the leader of the Dutch Reformed Church in that nation. Authored over 50 volumes which are cherished by the Church in our day.[/i]
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon