Monday, September 12, 2011

It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profitieth nothing: the words that I speak to you, are spirit, and are life." -Jesus, the King of kings

"...Christ's words especially are spirit-stirring and life-giving.
The principle contained in this verse, however faintly we may grasp its full meaning, deserves peculiar attention in these times. There is a tendency in many minds to attach an excessive importance to the outward and visible or "doing" part of religion. They seem to think that the sum and substance of Christianity consists in Baptism and the Supper of the Lord, in public ceremonies and forms, in appeals to the eye and ear and bodily excitement. Surely they forget that it is "the Spirit that quickeneth," and that the "flesh profiteth nothing." It is not so much by noisy public demonstrations as by the still quiet work of the Holy Ghost on hearts that God's cause prospers. It is Christ's words entering into the consciences, which "are spirit and life."- John Charles Ryle


Craver Vii said...

I have heard it said that all people are born Arminian, but I do not remember who to attribute the quote to. But reading these words (both Scripture and commentary), I ask myself, "Why did it take so many years to gain a good grasp on the practical meaning of the doctrines of grace?"

Thanks for the profound words, Sandman. It encourages me to see a post that gives credit to Whom it is due.

donsands said...

Thanks for stopping by my friend and eternal brother of our loving Abba Father, and Christ our King of kings.