The Young Friend's Manual
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Benjamin Hallowell
Excerpt from book: 5 CHAPTER IV. ON THE TEACHING OF THE SPIRIT. 1. Question. What do Friends mean by the Teaching of the Spirit? Answer. A measure of the same Spirit is in us, except we be reprobates, which was in Christ Jesus in the fulnesS. "Know ye not that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates ?" 2 Cor. 13:5. By humble obedience to this Spirit, we become Christ-like, and " are His," clothed with love, humility, meekness, faith, patience, charity, and obedience to the will of the Heavenly Father. Then, if any presentation to the thoughts or feelings is not in entire harmony with this pure abiding Spirit, uneasiness and discomfort will be produced, and it will then be shown, as we are watchful and humble, what course will bring a return of peace. Thus does the Spirit teach,as a voice, saying: " This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, or wheii ye turn to the left," not spoken in words, but in the language of impression, bringing clear conviction to the soul. 2. Q. Can every one have this Guide ? A. It is the glorious privilege of all mankind, to secure this unspeakable blessing. To the truly faithful ones, this Divine Spirit, or Inward Teacher, will be a safe guide through life, in all things,spirituals and temporals,for it leads immediately to Godliness, and " Godliness is profitable unto all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." 1 Tim. 4 : 8. 3. Q. How is it to be known when this Teacher speaks? A, In a watchful state of mind, without which there can be no spiritual progress, an abiding, staid serenity of feeling, attending and following any thought, word, or action, is its language speaking approvingly : and a feeling of unsettlement, disquietude, doubt, and distress, is an admonitory repr...