Supernatural light

(Joseph Philpot, "The Heir of Heaven Walking in
Darkness, and the Heir of Hell Walking in Light

"For God, who commanded the light to shine out
 of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the
 light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the
 face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor. 4:6

Until, then, this supernatural light of God
enters into the soul, a man has no saving
knowledge of Jehovah. He may . . .
  say his prayers,
  read his Bible,
  attend preaching,
  observe ordinances,
  bestow all his goods to feed the poor,
  or give his body to be burned;
but he is as ignorant of God as
the cattle that graze in the fields!

He may call himself a Christian, and be
thought such by others, talk much about
Jesus Christ, hold a sound creed, maintain
a consistent profession, pray at a prayer
meeting with fluency and apparent feeling,
stand up in a pulpit and contend earnestly
for the doctrines of grace, excel hundreds
of God's children in zeal, knowledge and

And yet, if this ray of supernatural light has
never shone into his soul, he is only twofold
more the child of hell than those who make
no profession!