It's not Jiggery-Pokery

18 August 2011 by Neil

Q. 31. With whom was the covenant of grace made?
A. The covenant of grace was made with Christ as the second Adam, and in him with all the elect as his seed.

Q. 32. How is the grace of God manifested in the second covenant?
A. The grace of God is manifested in the second covenant, in that he freely provides and offers to sinners a Mediator, and life and salvation by him; and requiring faith as the condition to interest them in him, promises and giveth his Holy Spirit to all his elect, to work in them that faith, with all other saving graces; and to enable them unto all holy obedience, as the evidence of the truth of their faith and thankfulness to God, and as the way which he has appointed them to salvation.

Nothing can contain God, so why would he condescend to actually dwell within you? There is a ready and sufficient answer: to give you access to great power that is not your own.

Now you're woefully harebrained if you think it's the kind of jiggery-pokery power that lets you pull rabbits out of hats or cancerous growths out of your sleeves, or gives you the chutzpah to slay dupes in Toronto and Florida with your cheeky fakery.

Or if you expect us to believe that it shows you replays of the sordid pasts of your hapless congregants in HDTV.

No, the power granted by the Holy Spirit is cleansing and pure. It's not deceptive. It's not prurient.

Perhaps you're now crying foul because you're not like that, but are sincerely a respectable continuationist... so sorry, but you're misguided and missing the point if you aspire to the kind of power that lets you accept or work unverifiable sign-miracles in a manner quite unlike how it happened in the New Testament.

The power of the Holy Spirit is loftier than that. It's more excellent than that (1 Corinthians 12:31).