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Christ professes to be the inexhaustible person, welcoming all of humanity in every generation; even then, there will be more than enough from this artesian well…No Plato of philosophy, no Einstein of intellect, no politician, no academician, no sage or philosopher ever made this statement. But Christ can, and twenty centuries have proven its truth. The apostles drank from this Source in the first century; but at the end of their era the blessed Source was still brimful.

Justin Martyr and Irenaeus and thousands of other Christian martyrs drank of it in the second century, and they died saying it is still full. Origen and Clement and the great commentators of the third century drank; and when they laid down their pens, the well was still overflowing. Augustine and his generation drank in the fourth century and died crying out, ‘There is still more!’ That well flowed through the Dark Ages, a river flowing through the night
of superstition that chained Bibles in cathedrals. In the twelfth, thirteenth, and fourteenth centuries they came to drink–John Wyclif, John Huss, Thomas Aquinas, and others, and they all cried out, ‘The longer it flows, the deeper it grows!’ Then the great reformers and the thousands they brought to Christ all drank. Luther gave the cup to Calvin, and cried, ‘John, it’s still full!’ Calvin passed the cup to Knox in Scotland, and cried, ‘The more you drink, John, the more there is!’ Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans drank and John Smyth and the Separatists drank, and still, the further it went, the wider it would grow, and the deeper it would flow.

That river flowed through colonial America in great awakenings and it became a mighty wave that flowed over the Appalachians to the great revivals on the frontier. It flows right down to this very day…Jesus, the Source of Life, promises to flow to and through the believer–and through us as sources to others.”

Dr. Joel C. Gregory – “Homesick for God” (Word Publishing)

 


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