Alexander Cumming on Christ’s death and the Spirit’s outpouring

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The promise embodied in these words [John 7:37-39] refers to the Holy Ghost, whose living waters could be imparted in only a stinted measure, under the Old Testament, seeing the Saviour was not yet glorified. Accordingly, it is observed by Dr [John] Owen, that those passages in the prophetic Scriptures which speak of the Spirit being “poured out,” always refer to New Testament times — the term “pouring out” indicating an exuberant abundance, such as could not be granted till the great sacrifice was offered. The increased measures of spiritual influence attest God’s acceptance of Christ’s expiation. A holy God granted straitened supplies under the legal system, to intimate that the great atonement was not offered; and then, after it was presented, to show it was embued with infinite intrinsic merit, his gifts and graces were showered down in unrestricted copiousness. ...

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Many thoughts on this. This ties in with our evening service. We are going through a revival series in our evening service (not wishing to start a debate), and this wonderfully speaks to the subject. Last night was revival and the Lord's Table. Astounding and wonderful the things that the Scottish church had been privileged to witness in connection with the ordinance. In light of this quote, why would not the Spirit be poured out in connection with this sacrament? It signifies and seals the death of Christ. And to honor and prove the death of Christ, the Holy Spirit visits us in the communion season in a special way (not always extraordinarily, but really). Thanks.
 
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