Systematic theology : vol. 3 Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, by Ernest S. Williams

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Farrar, in Darkness and Dawn, de­ scribes a Christian Service at Rome in the days of Nero: “Armed with the watchword Aliturus found himself in an assembly of at least a thousand persons, who had come by various roundabout paths. .

The believer may ask and ex­ E n d u e m e n t W it h P o w i -k 61 pect what may be termed a baptism of the Spirit. Praying to the Father, . . he may receive such an inflow of the Holy Spirit as shall consciously lift him to a different level from the one on which he had hitherto lived. . ”— Andrew Murray. (ch a pter T/ine GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT (Charismata) EXPLAINED The same word (charisma, singular) is used when re­ ferring to spiritual gifts as when referring to the gift of salvation—- ‘For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Rom.

But because mis­ use is evident in some is not sufficient reason for rejecting and turning aside from the blessing which the Bible reveals to be associated w ith such a supernatural bestowment. T o n gu es N ot F or E v a n g elism Some have believed that, because on the Day of Pente­ cost the multitude said, " A n d how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born” (Acts 2 :8 ), that tongues given at Pentecost were for the evangelizing S y s t e m a t ic T h e o l o g y 50 of the world.

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