an immediate, personal, spiritual certainty



If the personal confession of the power and guilt of sin be missing; if the thankful, eager, conscious reception of the forgiveness of sins be lacking, faith will remain nothing but a “mere empty, idle, dormant idea concerning Christ.”

But where the word of reconciliation has been heard, understood and accepted with implicit trust there follows an immediate, personal, spiritual certainty that pervades and dominates man’s entire nature, his heart, spirit, understanding and all his powers, both conscious and unconscious.

–Adolph Köberle in The Quest for Holiness