“Christian life is not to be lived in the realm of natural temperament, and Christian work is not to be done in the power of natural endowment, but Christian life is to be lived in the realm of the Spirit, and Christian work is to be done on the power of the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is willing and eagerly desirous of doing for each one of us His whole work, and He will do in each one of us all that we will let Him do.”
(R. A. Torrey)
“You cannot have Christ if you will not serve Him. If you take Christ, you must take Him in all His characters, not only as Friend, but also as Master; and if you are to become His disciple, you must also become His servant.”
(Charles Haddon) Spurgeon)
“True freedom is not the opportunity to do what you want.
Rather, true freedom is the power to do what you ought.”
“So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36, ESV)
These are helpful questions to keep in mind when you are interpreting Scripture.
1. Do I retain the principle and the practice?
2. Do I retain the principle but modify the practice?
3. Do I abandon/discontinue the principle (and therefore the practice as well)?
“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
(Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus)
“Atheism is a strange thing. Even the devils never fell into that vice, for “the devils also believe and tremble” (James 2:19).”
(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
“Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.”
(Jesus Christ, as recorded in John 12:24-26, ESV)