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More Light Lord, More Light…

“More Light, Lord… More Light!!”

Charles Spurgeon in his lecture entitled “Light. Fire. Faith. Life. Love.” wrote this brief account of a desperate prayer for greater illumination: “I suggest to you all the prayer of a Puritan who, during a debate, was observed to be absorbed in writing. His friends thought he was taking notes of his opponent’s speech; but when they got hold of his paper, they found nothing but these words, ‘More light, Lord! More light, Lord!’ Oh, for more light from the great Father of lights!”

The Importance of the Holy Spirit in the Life of a Theological Student:

Archibald Alexander, the first President of Princeton Theological Seminary, 1812:

The student of the Bible must receive illumination and assistance from the Holy Spirit in order to “be possessed of sincere and ardent piety. He should be a man ‘taught of God,’ conscious of his own insufficiency, but confident of the help of the Almighty… he, who would understand the Scriptures, therefore, ought not to ‘lean to his own understanding,’ but by continual and earnest prayer should look unto the ‘Father of lights,’ from whom proceedeth every good and every perfect gift; and who hath promised to give wisdom to those who lack it, and ask for it… There is no person who needs more to be in the constant exercise of prayer than the Theological student: not only at stated periods, but continually in the midst of his studies, his heart should be raised to heaven for help and direction.” [1]

Ashbel Green, former President of the College of New Jersey (1812, Princeton) on the purpose of a theological institution:

The primary purpose of a theological seminary would be a gospel institution that serves to: “unite, in those who shall sustain the ministerial office, religion and literature [faith and learning]; that piety of the heart which is the fruit only of the renewing and sanctifying grace of God, with solid learning; believing that religion without learning, or learning without religion, in ministers of the Gospel, must ultimately prove injurious to the Church.”[2]

Education without a regenerate heart, proves inadequate and spiritually-destructive, often evidenced in self-promotion and pride. A regenerate heart that does not seek to grow and learn shall bear little fruit within itself and spur on even less in the lives of those around it. In everything a seminary seeks to be, it is useless without the powerful working of the Holy Spirit to effect all that it is and hopes to be for the cause of Christ and His Kingdom.

[1] David B. Calhoun, Princeton Seminary: Faith and Learning (1812-1868) (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994), 35.

[2] Ibid, 31.

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