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The Holy Spirit can savingly apply the truths of the Bible in remarkable ways. Can you see the power of the Holy Spirit at work in the following stories?

    A diamond merchant in England chose some expensive gems to send to a trader in India and wrapped each diamond with great care. When he came to the last one which was the largest of all, he wrapped it with some soft paper from the wastebasket in his office. It was paper which had been torn from an old Bible. On the paper were written the first three chapters of John. When the trader in India received the precious gems, he carefully unwrapped each one. As he took the wrapping from the largest diamond, he read these words, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).

    The Indian trader was astonished and read these words over and over. He then read and reread the chapters contained in the pages he had received. As the Holy Spirit applied the truths he read to his heart, he told others of them and began to read these chapters to them.

    Sometime later, a missionary arrived at this village in India. He expected to find only heathens, but instead found a large gathering of Christian Indians.

    How can the power of the Holy Spirit, working through and applying the truths of the Bible, be clearly seen in this story?

    Some years ago a sales representative for a New York company arrived in Chicago. He had been stealing money from his company until the amount totaled several thousands of dollars. The man had worked out a plan by which he thought to stifle his conscience; he would work hard all day and go to places of amusement at night, remaining there until a late hour. In this manner, there would be no time for his conscience to speak.

    One day in a Chicago hotel, he was shaving with an old-fashioned razor, and, looking for a piece of paper to wipe the blade on, he tore out a page from the Gideonplaced Bible. As he wiped the blade, his eye caught these words, "The wages of sin is death." This struck his heart, and smoothing out the page, he read, "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

    The startled salesman began to read further, and read the Bible for two hours.


For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater.

So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

- Isaiah 55:10-11


Some "Christian" people deny the truth of the necessity of the Holy Spirit's saving application of biblical truths to a sinner's heart. If this doctrine were not true, no sinner would ever be saved. Why not? What rich truths about God's grace and man's salvation are missed by people who deny this doctrine?

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