“Where the lamb may wade and the elephant may swim” by John Owen

“We look on the Scripture and receive it not as the word of men, but as it is indeed, the word of the living God… In those very fords and appearing shallows of this river of God where the lamb may wade, the elephant may swim. Everything in the Scripture is so plain as that the meanest believer may understand all that belongs unto his duty or is necessary unto his happiness; yet is nothing so plain but that the wisest of them all have reason to adore the depths and stores of divine wisdom in it.”

–John Owen, “The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God,” The Works of John Owen, Volume 4: The Work of the Spirit (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1678/2004), 4: 193.

“The Gospel net” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“It is the work of the Spirit to fill the Gospel net. It is our duty to throw it, and drag it along the bottom. And whether we catch good fish or bad, it is not so much our concern as our Master’s.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, Pictures From Pilgrim’s Progress (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim, 1992), 17-18.

“Only the Spirit can do it” by Richard Sibbes

“God hath the only key of the soul. We can shut our souls, but cannot open them again. So we can shut our hearts to divine truths. We can naturally do this. But to open them without the help of the Spirit we cannot do. He can open our understandings, as He did the disciples’.

He can open our hearts to believe. He can do it and He will do it. If we seek to Him, He will not put back the humble desires of them that fear Him. And therefore for the heavenly light and heavenly revelation, all the teaching of the men of the world cannot do it.

If we know no more than we have by books, and men that teach us, we shall never come to heaven. But we must have God teach the heart, as well as the brain. He must teach not only the truths themselves, as they be discovered, but the love of them, the faith of them, the practice of them.

And only He can do this, He only can teach the heart, He only can discover the bent of the heart, and Satan’s wiles that cast a cloud upon the understanding. Only the Spirit can do it.

And therefore, in all our endeavors, labour to get knowledge, and join holiness and divine grace, and pray to God that He would reveal the mystery of salvation to us.”

–Richard Sibbes, “The Glorious Feast of the Gospel,” in The Works of Richard Sibbes, Vol. 2 (Carlisle, Pa.: Banner of Truth, 1634/1973), 468-469.

“A plain Christ” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“A plain Christ is forever the loveliest Christ. Dress Him up, and you have deformed Him and defamed Him. Bring Him out just as He is, the Christ of God, nothing else but Christ and Him crucified.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Chief Office of the Holy Spirit” in Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 2000), 61.

“Greater glory among the oxen” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“Think for a minute of Christ’s person as revealed to us by the Holy Spirit. What can more glorify Him than for us to see His person, very God of very God, and yet as truly man? What a wondrous being, as human as ourselves, but as divine as God! Was there ever another like Him? Never.

Think of His incarnation, His birth at Bethlehem. There was greater glory among the oxen in the stall than ever was seen where those born in marble halls were swathed in purple and fine linen. Was there ever another baby like Christ? Never. I am not surprised that the wise men fell down to worship Him.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Chief Office of the Holy Spirit” in Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 2000), 61.

“The glory of Christ lies in Himself” by Charles H. Spurgeon

“The things that glorify Christ are all in Christ. The Holy Spirit brings nothing from abroad, but He takes of the things of Christ and shows them to us. The glory of kings lies in their silver and gold, their silk and gems, but the glory of Christ lies in Himself.”

–Charles H. Spurgeon, “The Chief Office of the Holy Spirit” in Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit (New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 2000), 63.

“The work of the Holy Spirit” by Abraham Kuyper

“The need of divine guidance is never more deeply felt than when one undertakes to give instruction in the work of the Holy Spirit– so unspeakably tender is the subject, touching the inmost secrets of God and the soul’s deepest mysteries.”

–Abraham Kuyper, The Work of the Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1900/1979), 3.