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HOLY SPIRIT AND THE CHURCH
CONVERSION OF THE WORLD.
REV. THOMAS W. JENKYN,
AUTHOR OF "THE EXTENT OF THE ATONEMENT IN ITS RELATIONS TO
GOD AND THE UNIVERSE."
THE SPIRIT AND THE BRIDE SAY, COME.”
HILAR. lib. ii. DE TRIN.
JOHN SNOW, 26, PATERNOSTER ROW.
Men, BRETHREN, AND FATHERS, To you is entrusted the conversion of the world. A nobler enterprise never occupied the energies of created intelligences. The seraphs of heaven would kindle with love, had they been constituted the angels and the ambassadors of a commission so benevolent and glorious.
I lay this volume at your feet, in the hope, that should you take it up, it will strengthen your confidence in your spiritual resources, and animate you to increased and persevering effort.
! Who knoweth whether you are come to the world for such a time as this ?”-a time of unparalleled activity, when all the world seems to be awakening, and when a thousand jubilant sounds usher in a morn of knowledge, liberty, and glory.
Though the millennial sun may not be risen, it is light enough to call the family up, and to rouse the labourers to their work. The morning is fresh, lovely, and bracing. The agencies of the world and of hell are already at their work, and the agencies of heaven are ready for action, waiting only to honour the agency of the church of Christ.
Your strength is in your union with the Holy Spirit. If you feel in unison with his dispositions, purpose in harmony with his designs, and operate in consistency with his arrangements, no counter-agency shall foil you, and no weapon formed against you shall prosper.
The bond of your union with the Holy Spirit, is “the truth as it is in Jesus.” I have assumed that the Spirit never works without the instrumentality of means, that the only means by which he works is truth, and that the truth is committed to your charge for the salvation of the world.
In these means the influences of the Holy Spirit are ever present; and, wherever the means are present, you have the highest authority for expecting Him to act. In exercising his influences, he neither disturbs the operations of your own instrumentality, nor displaces the agency of the sin
Your union with the Holy Spirit, exalted and distinguished as it is, implies no co-equality : it is the union of stewards with their master, of ambassadors with their king ; it is the union of him that planteth, and him that watereth, with the “God that giveth the increase.”
Heaven, earth, and hell, are observing your activity.
The first, the second and the third thing, in the religion of the nineteenth century, is action. The age of sentimental and effortless prayer for the conversion of the world is gone by, and appropriate means are cautiously chosen, and vigor-, ously worked, by spirits fresh from the slumber of centuries.
The collision of conflicting principles is rapidly approaching. The two great battles of truth and error will probably be fought on the plains of India, and in the valley of the MISSISSIPPI. In India, the encounter has commenced between Christianity, and the united forces of idolatry and Mohammedanism. In the valley of the MissisSIPPI, the lines are now drawing for a deadly conflict between true Christianity, and antichristian popery. The neutral ground is narrowing every day, and they who are on the Lord's side must quit it for ever.
In proportion as you are united to the Holy Spirit, you will be united to each other, “for by one spirit are ye all baptized into one body, and have been all made to drink into one spirit.” In the union of the Spirit and the bond of peace, there will be love and sympathy, harmony, and concentrated energy, “ by that which every joint supplieth.” In union of purpose, sympathy of hearts, harmony of movements, and identity of prayer, your healthy activity will avail the world. If any church, or any society, should endeavour to increase its own interest, by the disadvantage and injury of another, it is enfeebling the body of Christ : “Ut,” says the Roman orator, “si unumquodque mem