The Spirit


Abbreviations Used

General Subjects
  John 14-16
  1 Corinthians
  2 Corinthians
  1 & 2 Thess.
  1 & 2 Timothy
  1 & 2 Peter
  1 John
Gifts of the Spirit
Inter-Ecclesial Offices
Word Studies
Epilogue Acknowledgements


"It is by the sacred Scriptures that God convinces men of sin, righteousness, and judgement to come in these times, and indeed, in all the times subsequent to the Apostolic age. God is simple in all His plans. He never appears to use intricate means, when the end to be effected can be produced by simple ones. Simplicity is the characteristic of all that He performs. He rules the heavens, He regulates the seasons, and He saves men upon few, but powerful principles. If one means is able to make men wise, we need not expect to find any other institution than that one to effect the same end. Now Paul says that the sacred Scriptures are able to make us wise to salvation, by the faith (or gospel) which is through Jesus Christ. What more do we want than wisdom in relation to this matter? If the sacred Scriptures are able to make us wise, we need no other instrumentality. The Holy Spirit by the word, . . . teaches us all wisdom and knowledge that is necessary; It instructs man concerning his origin, his constitution, his sinful state, and how he may, though mortal, absolutely and unqualifiedly mortal, yet attain to life and incorruptibility; it informs him concerning the attributes of God, the creation, and the destiny of the earth and the race by which it is inhabited. Why, then, my friends, can we not be content with the means within the grasp of everyone who owns the volume of inspiration? If the ecclesiastical world were content to learn the truth from the Bible alone, and it honestly desired to obey the Messiah, there would soon be an end to Presbyterian and every other ism, by which ‘Christendom’ as it is called or ‘anti-Christendom,’ as it should be termed, has been for ages desolated. But the world loves not the truth; because, therefore, they have ‘not embraced the love of the truth that they might be saved, God has sent them a strong delusion that they might believe a lie; that all might be condemned who have not obeyed the truth.’ The sacred Scriptures are not a dead letter, as the clergy teach you; they are ‘living and powerful and sharper than a two-edged sword:’ this is Paul’s testimony, and ought, therefore to be received as true by all believers." (The Apostasy Unveiled - Brother John Thomas)