John Newton On the Holy Spirit

“It remains therefore a truth, in defiance of all the cavils of the ignorant, that the Holy Spirit does influence the hearts of all the children of God, or, in other words, they are inspired, not with new revelations, but with grace and wisdom to understand, apply, and feed upon the great things already revealed in the Scriptures, without which the Scriptures are as useless as spectacles to the blind.” — From Letters to a Nobleman (XV)

 

Here, in one long sentence, Mr. Newton reminds us of at least three things; 1) that God has given all his children the Holy Spirit in order “that we might understand the things freely given us by God“, 2) no one can comprehend the Word of God apart from the work of the Holy Spirit. “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” and 3) there are no new revelations apart from the truths revealed in the Holy Scriptures.

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