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Body-The Guided Life

The Guided life by George Body is a shorter 5 chapter work looking at the Holy Spirit guiding us by the way of contrition, then Sanctity, then Ministry, and finally by the way of Patience.

The Guided life by George Body is a shorter 5 chapter work looking at the Holy Spirit guiding us by the way of contrition, then Sanctity, then Ministry, and finally by the way of Patience.

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The Guided Life;

OR,
LIFE LIVED UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
BY THE REV GEORGE BODY, D. D.,
CANON MISSIONER OF THE DIOCESE OF DURHAM, CHAPLAIN TO THE BISHOP
OF ST. ANDREW’S, AND WARDEN OF THE COMMUNITY OF THE EPIPHANY.
THIRD EDITION.
London :SKEFFINGTON & SON, PICCADILLY.
SKEPPINGTON TO PICCADILLY.
1894.

CONTENTS of the Guided Life

1. The Guidance of the Holy Spirit
2. The Way of Contrition
3. The Way of Sanctity
4. The Way of Ministry
5. The Way of Patience

PREFACE.

The following Meditations were given in substance some years since, as a Lenten Course of Instructions, at the Church of St. Mary Abbott, Kensington. Notes of these Instructions were taken at the time of their delivery by a friend of mine, who embodied them in the form in which they now appear. In this form they have been rather widely privately circulated, and, I am told, have been found helpful by many. The knowledge of this has led me to yield to the request to publish them. But I have thought it best to do so in the form in which they have appeared hitherto. So, although I have revised these Meditations before now publishing them, they are as they appear the composition of my friend.

My great desire is that these Meditations may be helpful in leading some to see how truly our Living Lord is the Director of His people, and to give themselves up to His immediate guidance. I know full well the value of spiritual direction by a true Pastor. But I am as certain that much

The following Meditations were given in substance some years since, as a Lenten Course of Instructions, at the Church of St. Mary Abbott, Kensington. Notes of these Instructions were taken at the time of their delivery by a friend of mine, who embodied them in the form in which they now appear. In this form they have been rather widely privately circulated, and, I am told, have been found helpful by many. The knowledge of this has led me to yield to the request to publish them. But I have thought it best to do so in the form in which they have appeared hitherto. So, although I have revised these Meditations before now publishing them, they are as they appear the composition of my friend.

My great desire is that these Meditations may be helpful in leading some to see how truly our Living Lord is the Director of His people, and to give themselves up to His immediate guidance. I know full well the value of spiritual direction by a true Pastor. But I am as certain that much pastoral direction to – day is immoral and dangerous. No director can be the mind or will or conscience of another without bringing the directed under a tyranny which is as immoral as it is degrading. Nothing can set each Christian free from personal responsibility for his conduct. All moral decisions must be the act of the individual : they cannot be rightly made for him by any other, be he Priest or Layman. A true spiritual direction is educative. It leads the directed to follow the guidance of the Living Lord by a free and personal conformity with His known Will ; it guides to true liberty. But not unfrequently direction, as used to – day, guides to a servile and unintelligent obedience to a fallible director ( frequently one whose fallibility is very apparent ), in which the surrender of mind and will and conscience is demanded and yielded. From such a tyranny may all God’s children be set free, to find in the ever – present ministry of the Living Lord, by His in – dwelling Spirit, that true Direction which is at once wise and free.

GEORGE BODY. The College, Durham,
July 26th, 1893.

Notes on the Holy Spirit - His Works

We see a focus on the biblical material about the Holy Spirit in the following general areas:

  • The Works of the Holy Spirit
  • The Person of the Holy Spirit
  • The Deity of the Holy Spirit
  • The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit's Works

  • The Holy Spirit participated in Creation.
  • The Holy Spirit convinces of sin, justice, and judgment.
  • Calling of the Believer
  • Regeneration of the Believer (Bavinck)
  • Indwelling (Murray)
  • The Spirit of Christ (Murray)
  • Making Believer Holy
  • Convincing of Sin

Note by Editor: David Cox

When speaking of the works of the Holy Spirit, the Spirit is active in the salvation of a person's soul. His activity comes in the form of a general conviction of sin which goes on constantly between every human and his Lord God. But in the "coming of a soul to Christ", the reformed/Presbyterian view is that a person does not do anything within his own self to get saved, yea, it is impossible for him to do anything such as faith, repentance, remorse, etc. 

The reformed view is that the Holy Spirit regenerates that person's soul "with irresistible grace" to make him have at a later point, saving faith. The order is very distinctive of Calvinism, regeneration has to happen by the Holy Spirit BEFORE a person is saved, not after.

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