Quote of Note #73: Word AND Spirit

Day Lily; photo by GAC

“The secret of effective Christian living is know the power of the Spirit through the Word.  The secret of effective Christian service is using the Word in the power of the Spirit.  Some believers magnify the Spirit but neglect the Word.  This will not do because fanaticism and groundless enthusiasm are the result.  Others seek to magnify the Word but largely ignore the Spirit.  This will not do either.  It leads to dead orthodoxy and to truth without life and power.  The true course is to recognize both the instrumental power of the Word through which the Holy Spirit works and the living, personal power of the the Holy Spirit who acts through the Word.”

R. A. Torrey, Power-Filled Living: How to Receive God’s Best for Your Life.  New Kensington, PA:  Whitaker House, 1998, page 36.


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