Jonathan Edwards – 1e kenmerk van een waarachtig werk van de heilige Geest

1e kenmerk waaraan de charismatische beweging moet worden getoetst:

When that spirit that is at work amongst a people is observed to operate after such a manner, as to raise their esteem of that Jesus that was born of the Virgin, and was crucified without the gates of Jerusalem; and seems more to confirm and establish their minds in the truth of what the Gospel declares to us of his being the Son of God, and the Saviour of men; ’tis a sure sign that that spirit is the Spirit of God.

This sign the Apostle gives us in the 1 John 4:2 and 1 John 4:3 verses, “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God; every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God; and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God.” This implies a confessing, not only that there was such a person that appeared in Palestine, and did and suffered those things that are recorded of him, but that that person was Christ, i.e. the Son of God, the Anointed of God to be Lord and Saviour, as the name Jesus Christ implies.

That thus much is implied in the Apostle’s meaning, is confirmed by the 1 John 4:15 verse, where the Apostle is still on the same subject of signs of the true Spirit: “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.”

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