Part I is here
More from Pastor Kleinig:
“Christian spirituality presupposes that we have been given the gift of eternal life and enjoy it now here on earth…
The Sacred Scriptures not only teach us about eternal life but also bestow it. We also have ‘the real teacher of the Scriptures,’ the Holy Spirit, who uses the Scriptures to teach us the things of God. We do not need devise our own theory and practice of devotion based on human reason and experience. Instead, we may discover the hidden gift of eternal life from God by praying for the Holy Spirit to be our instructor.
…we, not once but repeatedly, pray to receive the Spirit as the teacher of eternal life whenever we have our devotions. As beggars who kneel before our great Benefactor, we are drawn into the life of the triune God and share in His work here on earth.… We should pray that the Holy Spirit would use the Scriptures to disclose the mystery of our participation in the divine life of the Holy Trinity.
…Apart from the Spirit and the power that He gives us, we have no access to eternal life and know nothing about it. Without His illumination, the teaching of the Scriptures remains mere theory without any reality. Prayer for God’s ongoing bestowal of the Holy Spirit through Jesus and the ongoing reception of the Holy Spirit is the foundation for Christian spirituality, the life that is produced and developed by the Holy Spirit. And that is a lifelong undertaking.” (17, 18)
As I said, I will be posting more quotes from Dr. Kleinig’s book as it relates to the topic of this blog. In the meantime, for more, you can also see here and here. Pastor Will Weedon also has many quotes from Kleinig’s book on his blog (you can find them by using Google’s Advanced search option, limiting your search to his blog).