(J. C. Ryle)
The work of the Holy Spirit, though mysterious,
will always be known by the fruits He produces
in the character and conduct of those in whom
He dwells. The presence of the Spirit is like . . .
light which can be seen,
fire which can be felt, and
wind which causes noticeable results.
Where there are no fruits of the Spirit--there
is no presence of the Spirit. Those fruits, I
need not tell you, are always the same:
conviction of sin,
lively faith in Christ, and
holiness of heart and life.
I am afraid there are myriads of professing
Christians throughout the land, who really
know nothing about the Holy Spirit. They
seem to think that as baptized members of
a great ecclesiastical corporation--that they
possess the Spirit. But of the work of the
Spirit on their own individual hearts--of
conversion, repentance, and faith--they
know nothing at all. They are spiritually
asleep and dead--and unless they awake,
are in great danger!