The Glory and the Prayer
Ezekiel 1.22-28; Colossians 1.24-29; John 17.1-13
a sermon at the Ordination of Priests in Durham Cathedral, June 26 2010 by the Bishop of Durham Dr N T Wright
Some years ago, Maggie and I were invited to dinner by a very senior person in another university. After the meal I asked if I could see the great man's study. (I always like visiting other people's studies.) He took me into a grand room surrounded by bookcases and oak panelling. It was splendid, but it was a bit too formal and neat. Everything was very tidy. I was suspicious. 'This isn't.' I asked, 'where you actually work, is it?' He smiled, and led me through a secret door in the panelling.
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Chapter 2 of Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray.
I want to look at the fact of a life filled with the Holy Spirit more from the practical side, and to show how this life will show itself in our daily walk and conduct.
Under the Old Testament you know the Holy Spirit often came upon men as a divine Spirit of revelation to reveal the mysteries of God, or for power to do the work of God. But He did not then dwell in them. Now, many just want the Old Testament gift of power for work, but know very little of the New Testament gift of the indwelling Spirit, animating and renewing the whole life. When God gives the Holy Spirit, His great object is the formation of a holy character. It is a gift of a holy mind and spiritual disposition, and what we need above everything else, is to say:
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