Led by The Spirit

I'll throw a few things on the blog this week related to today's sermon on the Holy Spirit at Redeemer. First, a quote from George Smeaton's classic Doctrine of the Holy Spirit.

The expression, "led by the Spirit", means... that they who are the sons of God are actuated by a motive power on the part of the Spirit of God that will never be withdrawn. ...They are not mechanically moved, like a block of stone, but by the Spirit occupying all their faculties, and moving in them, they are carried onward in the exercise of new powers supplied to them.... In a word, we may fitly say, with Edwards and other eminent divines, that God produces all, and that man acts all.

He moves the Christian to the reception of doctrine, to the discharge of duty, to the exercise of worship, and to the enjoyments of religion, by the exceeding greatness of His power to usward who believe, according to the working of His might power, which He wrought in Christ when He raised Him from the dead."

"It is God that worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure." The language there used proves, beyond doubt or cavil, that before man either wills or acts in the ways of God, there is in the recesses of the heart a divine operation anticipating our will, and giving effect to our action.