The Holy Spirit’s Consolation from the Burdens of Sin

April 2, 2015 § 1 Comment

In a few words, John Owen gives us encouragement by describing how the Holy Spirit works to bring us comfort from the burden of sin that often haunts us as Christians. Here are a few lines from his writing, Of Communion with God.

Our great and only refuge from the guilt of sin is the Lord Jesus Christ; in our flying to him, doth the Spirit administer consolation to us. A sense of sin fills the heart and troubles and disquietness; it is the Holy Ghost which gives us peace in Christ;–that gives an apprehension of wrath; the Holy Ghost sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts;–from thence doth Satan and the law accuse us, as objects of God’s hatred; the Spirit bears witness with our spirits that we are the children of God. There is not any one engine or instrument that sin useth or sets up against our peace, but one effect or other of the Holy Ghost towards us is suited and fitted to the casting of it down.

When we feel crushed by the weight of our sin, let us remember to flee to Christ, who has crushed the head of the Serpent and who was crucified for our sins, so that the Holy Spirit may give us comfort in our time of need.

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