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OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT;

 

OR,

 

THE HIDDEN LIFE MADE MANIFEST THROUGH FACTS OF OBSERVATION AND EXPERIENCE: FACTS ELUCIDATED BY THE WORD OF GOD.

 

BY

REV. ASA MAHAN, D.D.

1877.

 

PREFACE.

 

BELIEVERS in Jesus, as we read in the Scriptures, are “all children of the light, and children of the day,” and are privileged to “walk in the light, as God is the light,” God Himself being “their everlasting light, and their God their glory.” Thus “walking in the light,” they “have fellowship one with another;” and more than this, “with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.” Abiding in this light and in this fellowship, their “joy is full,” “out of weakness they are made strong,” in all conditions of existence they find perfect content, and are “more than conquerors through Him that hath loved us,” and “having all sufficiency for all things, are abundantly furnished for every good work.” If all this is not true of any believer, it is because he is living below his revealed privileges, and is thus living because he does not “know the things which are freely given us of God.” It contradicts every true idea of Christian character, to suppose that a true believer in Christ will “walk in darkness,” knowing that he may “walk in the light,” will remain weak, knowing that he may be girded with “everlasting strength;” and will continue “carnal, sold under sin,” knowing that he may enjoy “the glorious liberty of the sons of God.” The specific and exclusive object of the following treatise is to make known to all who would know and understand their privileges as “the sons of God” and “believers in Jesus,” the forms of divine knowledge above referred to. To the prayerful examination of all who are “walking in the light,” or are inquiring after the light, the work is commended, with the fervent desire and prayer of the author, that “their joy may be full.”

 

CONTENTS.

 

INTRODUCTION

 

PART I.

OUT OF THE PRIMAL LIGHT INTO DARKNESS

 

I. THE OFFICE AND WORK OF THE SPIRIT IN CONVICTION OF SIN.

II. CHARACTER OF THE CONVICTING ILLUMINATIONS OF THE SPIRIT, AS ILLUSTRATED IN MY OWN EXPERIENCE.

III. A GREAT TEMPTATION, A FINAL VICTORY, AND ANOINTING.

IV. ASSURANCE OF HOPE.

V. The Gift Of Grace.

VI. The True And Proper Food For The Lambs Of The Flock.

VII. The Faith Of The Convert As Eclipsed, And Rendered Weak And Inoperative, By The Example And Testimony Of Old Disciples, And By False Teaching And False Interpretation Of Scripture.

VIII. Trial Of Faith And Triumph Of Principle.

IX. Light And Principles Retained Through The Entire Christian Life.

X. A Growing Dimness Of The Inner Light, And A Consequent Feeble And Sickly Development Of The Inner Life.

XI. Intense Struggles, Conflicts, Fightings, And Inglorious Defeats.

XII. Light Breaking In.

XIII. The Legal And The Christian Spirit.

XIV. Conscious Deficiencies Of Christian And Ministerial Qualification.

XV. Protracted Inquiries After The Mystery Of The Hidden Life.

 

PART II.

OUT OF DARKNESS INTO LIGHT.

 

I. The Light Dawning.

II. The Light Come, Or The Brightness Of The Divine Rising.

III. Speaking To The People When Standing In The Light.

IV. The Renewing Of The Holy Ghost.

V. Free In Christ.

VI. Jesus Manifested To The Believer.

VII. The Promise Of The Spirit, Or The Doctrine Of The Baptism Of The Holy Ghost.

VIII. Results Of The Baptism Received.

IX. Trials Of Faith, And Victories By The Blood Of The Lamb And The Word Of His Testimony.

X. Sustaining And Anticipatory Grace.

XI. The Intercessory Functions Of The Spirit.

XII. Crucifixion And Sanctification Of The Propensities.

XIII. Parental Discipline Of The Sons Of God.

XIV. Everlasting Consolation, Or Our Highest Joys Welling Out Of Our Deepest Sorrows.

XV. Spiritual Discerning And Enlightenment.

XVI. The Letter And The Spirit, And The Flesh And The Spirit.

XVII. Christ In Us, And Christ For Us.

XVIII. Religious Joy.

XIX. Miscellaneous Topics And Suggestions

          Sect. A. Giving Testimony In Respect To Facts Of Personal Experience.

Sect. B. Proposed Remedies For Pride Of Heart.

Sect. C. Confessing Sin.

Sect. D. Important Misapprehension.

Sect. E. Great And Little Faith.

Sect. F. When The Gospel Will Exert Its Full Power Over Our Hearts And Character.