On Experimental Knowledge

Robert Hawker:roberthawker

“…the natural consequences of our fallen state, that everything connected with it is unclean. The very desires of nature are corrupt, and the multiplying of our species is in sin. Psa 51:5. If we spiritualize this scripture and consider it as emblematical of the state of the soul; the running issues of evil from thence are innumerable. (See those scriptures. Isa 1:4-6; Hos 4:1-2; Mat 15:19-20.) But what a precious relief to the soul, that is conscious of this, is that gracious scripture, in which GOD promiseth to cleanse the soul from all its filthiness. Eze 36:25-27. And what a happy state is that soul arrived at, in whom those promises have been fulfilled, and who hath an experimental knowledge of that grand truth, 1 Jn 1:7.” commenting on Leviticus 15:1-18

“Reader! how very awful is it to behold men who have their understanding enlightened, but their minds unrenewed. We are taught to believe that devils excel men in the knowledge of the doctrine of JESUS and his righteousness, but they are eternal strangers to the love or desire of JESUS, in practical, experimental feeling. For while many to whom the SON of GOD came in the days of his flesh, knew him not; the devils cried out, we know thee who thou art, the Holy One of GOD. Luk 4:33-34. Reader! think only what an aggravated state of misery in the other world must it be, both in men and devils, whose darkness becomes more horrible in proportion to the greater light they posses, of knowing without feeling what divine love is. This is what may be supposed intimated in our LORD’S expression: if the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness: Mat 6:23.” commenting on Numbers 24:3-4


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