for by the holy spirit it seemed good to us, to lay no greater burthen upon you, than these necessary injunctions;
but when he, the spirit of truth shall come, he will inform you of all those truths: for he will not speak from himself; but the information he shall receive will he communicate: and acquaint you with what is to come.
and we are his witnesses in what we say, and so is the holy spirit, whom God hath given to those that obey him.
but she will be happier, if she remain a widow, in my opinion: and I think the divine spirit suggests the same.
but I say to the rest that are in Thyatira, who do not follow this doctrine, and have not been initiated in the depths, as they are called, of satan, I will put upon you no other burden, but what you have:
for they load men with intolerable impositions, and will not take the least pains to ease them of the burthen: they do nothing but out of ostentation,
God who knows their hearts has granted them a testimonial, by giving them the holy spirit, even as he did to us:
wherefore my opinion is not to disquiet the Gentile converts: but only to write to them,
we unanimously judg'd it proper to send particular deputies to you, with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
As to the case of celibacy, I have no positive instructions: yet my advice deserves to be regarded, as coming from one the divine favour has distinguished.
if any one pretends to be a prophet, or to spiritual gifts, let him be assured that the rules which I have here prescrib'd, are the commandments of the Lord.
he therefore that violates these precepts, does not despise man, but God, who has endued me with his holy spirit.
and were answer'd, that it was not they, but we, who were concern'd in the events which they predicted, events which have been now represented to you by those, whom the holy spirit from heaven inspired to preach the gospel to you: a secret which the angels desire to penetrate into.