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The Holy Spirit: The Need for Illumination, by A.W. Tozer
 

 *The Holy Spirit: The Need for Illumination*
* by A.W.Tozer

**But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for
they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned. --1 Corinthians 2:14

*The doctrine of the inability of the human mind and the need for divine
illumination is so fully developed in the New Testament that it is nothing
short of astonishing that we should have gone so far astray about the whole
thing.

Fundamentalism has stood aloof from the Liberal in self-conscious
superiority and has on its own part fallen into error, the error of
textualism, which is simply orthodoxy without the Holy Ghost. Everywhere
among Conservatives we find persons who are Bible-taught but not
Spirit-taught. They conceive truth to be something which they can grasp with
the mind.
If a man hold to the fundamentals of the Christian faith he is thought to
possess divine truth. But it does not follow. There is no truth apart from
the Spirit. The most brilliant intellect may be imbecilic when confronted
with the mysteries of God. For a man to understand revealed truth requires
an act of God equal to the original act which inspired the text....

Conservative Christians in this day are stumbling over this truth. We need
to re-examine the whole thing. We need to learn that truth consists not in
correct doctrine, but in correct doctrine plus the inward enlightenment of
the Holy Spirit. We must declare again the mystery of wisdom from above. A
re-preachment of this vital truth could result in a fresh breath from God
upon a stale and suffocating orthodoxy. *The Pursuit of Man*, 76-77,84.

*"Lord, I do believe in the authority of the Scriptures, and thank You for
that foundation of truth. But I need this reminder that even that inspired
text is not alive until the Holy Spirit takes it and enlightens the
recipients. May the Holy Spirit indeed take what I teach and imbed it in the
hearts and minds of my hearers. Amen."*


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