John 14:17 – A.B. Simpson


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For Wednesday June 29, 2022:

JOHN 14:17

John 14:17 (NKJV)
“He dwells with you and will be in you.”

Do not fail to mark these two stages in Christian life. The one is the Spirit’s work in us, the other is the Spirit’s personal coming to abide within us. All true Christians know the first, but few, it is to be feared, understand and receive the second. There is a great difference between my building a house and my going to reside in that house and make it my home. And there is a great difference between the Holy Spirit’s work in regenerating a soul—the building of a house, and His coming to reside, abide and control in our innermost spirit and our whole life and being.

Have we received Him Himself not as our Guest, but as the Owner, Proprietor and Keeper of the temple He has built to be “an habitation of God through the Spirit”?

This is my wonderful story,
   Christ to my heart has come,
Jesus the King of glory,
   Finds in my heart a home.

I am so glad I received Him,
   Jesus, my heart’s dear King,
I, who so often have grieved Him,
   All to His feet would bring.

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A. B. Simpson, Days of Heaven upon Earth: A Year Book of Scripture Texts and Living Truths (New York: Christian Alliance Pub. Co., 1897), 186.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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