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An experimental Christian!

Octavius Winslowby Octavious Winslow

The religion of the true believer is experimental–it is the religion of the heart. He has no dealings with an unknown, imaginary God.

He does not know God from the hearing of the ear, or from the reading of books, or from the religious conversation of others merely; but he knows Him from personal acquaintance, from heartfelt experience, from close and constant dealings.¬†There has been a manifestation of God in Christ to his soul, and with Job he can say, “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye sees You!”¬†And with the converted Samaritans, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:42

Oh to be a true, an experimental Christian!

The religion of the ear, or of the eye, or of the imagination, or of the intellect–will not, and cannot bring the soul to Heaven! The abodes of endless woe are peopled with souls who went down to its regions of despair with no better religion than this!

Oh, give me . . . the sincere humility of the publican, the trembling faith of the diseased woman, the flowing tears of the penitent Magdalene, the last petition of the dying thief, rather than the most intellectual religion or the most gorgeous ceremonial that the mind ever invented, or the eye ever beheld.

by Octavius Winslow

Power of the Holy Spirit

Octavius Winslowby Octavious Winslow

“Our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction!” 1 Thessalonians 1:5

Apart from the Spirit, the Bible cannot quicken, nor sanctify, nor comfort. It may be . . . read constantly, and searched deeply, and known accurately, and understood partially, and quoted appropriately. Yet, left to its own unassisted power, it comes but in word only, producing no hallowing, no abiding, no saving results.

Unaccompanied by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is inactive and inoperative–a mere dead letter!

All that we spiritually know . . . of ourselves, of God, of Jesus, of His Word–
we owe to the supernatural teaching of the Holy Spirit. All the real light, sanctification, strength and comfort we possess on our way to glory–we must ascribe to Him.

by Octavius Winslow