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Sunday, July 03, 2016

Excerpts from Impressions, by Martin Wells Knapp, 3

1. Impressions from Above. They all originate with God. He speaks directly by His Spirit in the heart wherein He reigns. In its "secret inner chamber" He sweetly whispers the "will of God concerning us."

Under this direct impulse from within Jesus was "led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil."

Paul was thus impelled to preach the Gospel in some places but restrained from others, and Christians in all ages have been directly impressed concerning the truth and its application to their especial needs.

The Holy Spirit is the Christian's promised Guide. He makes no new revelation of truth, but explains that already revealed. His guidance is always in harmony with the Bible, of which He is the Author. His modes of guiding will be noticed further on Following His leadings is one of the marks of being a true believer. "As many as are led by the Spirit of God they are the sons of God." His leadings are above all others, and all others are made potent by His power. Many have written ably on His exalted offices. This work will undertake to magnify Him, by warning against voices which seek to simulate His tones by substituting impressions from below for convictions from above.

From Impressions, by Martin Wells Knapp. Original publication date, 1892. Public domain. My source is here. The previous post in this series is here.

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