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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Bringing to Remembrance

I have heard many fanatical persons say the Holy Spirit revealed this and that to them. Now that is very generally revealed [eventually, to be] nonsense. The Holy Ghost does not reveal anything fresh now. He brings old things to our remembrance. "He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have told you."* 
The canon of revelation is closed; there is no more to be added. God does not give a fresh revelation, but he rivets the old one. When it has been forgotten, and laid in the dusty chamber of our memory, he fetches it out and cleans the picture, but does not pain a new one. There are no new doctrines, but the old ones are often revived. 
It is not, I say, by any new revelation that the Spirit comforts. He does so by telling us old things over again; he brings a fresh lamp to manifest the treasure hidden  in Scripture; he unlocks the strong chests in which the truth had long lain, and he points to secret chambers filled with untold riches; but he coins no more, for enough is done. Believer! there is enough in the Bible for thee to live upon forever.
*John 14:26
-Charles Spurgeon, From "The Holy Spirit: The Comforter," Delivered on Sabbath evening, January 21, 1855, at New Park Street Chapel, Southwark. No. 5. As quoted from Spurgeon's Sermons on Jesus and the Holy Spirit, 2006, Henderson: Peabody, Mass.

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