"There is a spirit in man"

When Job was going through a severe trial, some of his friends came to commiserate with him. Those who were steeped in the orthodoxy of their time attempted to justify his suffering on the ground that it must be deserved, or it would not be going on.

Elihu, a more spiritually-minded young man, took a somewhat different point of view and accomplished more for Job than the others were able to. He declared (Job 32:8), "There is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding." This "spirit in man" is the ability to spiritually understand God and man's relationship to Him. As Paul declared (I Cor. 2:12), "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God."

"Precious redemption"
February 2, 1963

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