Those influences of the Spirit which believers now enjoy are both a foretaste of future blessedness – the same in kind though immeasurably less in degree – and a pledge of the certain enjoyment of that blessedness, just as the firstfruits were a part of the harvest and a guarantee of its ingathering. – Charles Hodge (1797-1878)
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Charles Hodge lived during an era of great crisis in the United States. Living for most of the nineteenth century, he would witness the abolition tumult of pre-war America, the bloody War Between the States, and the ongoing struggle of Reconstruction. 135 more words
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope (Romans 5:3-4).
One of the key aspects of the Christian life is that it is full of tribulations and sufferings.599 more words
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“The Lord Jesus Christ could not sin because He was the ‘Holy One of God.’ Before He was born into the world it was said to Mary, ‘The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also…