Tag Archives: Christ

The goal of living in this world

(J.R. Miller, “Things That Endure”)
The goal of living in this world, is ever to grow into more and more radiant and lovely Christ-like character–whatever our conditions or experiences may be.

We cannot escape temptations–but we are so to meet them and pass through them, as not to be hurt by them–to come out of them with new strength and new radiancy of soul.

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We shall be like Him!

(James Smith, “The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior’s Grace Displayed!”)

We are predestined to be conformed to Christ’s image. But now we groan, being burdened with sin. Now we are grieved, because . . .
  our tempers are so unlovely,
  our feelings are so carnal,
  our minds are so wandering, and
  our hearts are so depraved.

“But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him–for we shall see Him as He is!” 1 John 3:2. We shall be exactly like Him–in every sentiment, feeling, and design! Then selfishness will be forever done away. There will be no more . . .
  rebellion in the will,
  hardness in the heart,
  wandering in the affections,
  guilt in the conscience, or
  blindness in the understanding;
but every faculty will be perfect in holiness–and the whole soul filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory!

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The law of Christian life

(J.R. Miller, “Intimate Letters on Personal Problems” 1914)

Love never gets its debts paid off. “Do not owe anyone anything, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” Romans 13:8

Paul implies that we never can pay off all love’s debts, or even if we do get them paid off at the close of some happy day–we shall find them waiting at our door in the morning, as clamorous as ever. Of course, LOVE is the law of Christian life. We cannot be Christlike–unless we love. But oh! is not love tremendously costly sometimes?

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If our faith stops at the cross

(J. R. Miller, “Life’s Byways and Waysides”)
The women had brought spices, expecting to find Jesus’ body wrapped in burial garments, lying in the tomb. He is not here–He has risen!said the angel. Matthew 28:6

Too many Christians look yet for their Christ, among the dead. They do not get beyond the cross and the grave. They see Christ, as only the Lamb of God who takes away their sin. They think of Him as accomplishing in His sufferings and death, the whole of His work of human redemption. They do not think of a living Christ who intercedes for them in Heaven, and who walks with them on earth in loving companionship.

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Chicken or eagle?

(J.R. Miller, “Things That Endure”)
A man had an eagle which had grown up among the barnyard hens. For a time the bird seemed content to be only a chicken. But one day it looked up into the sky, and something within the eagle, sleeping until now, awoke. Flapping its wings, it soared away toward the sun and never returned.

Just so, too many Christians, meant for the eagle-life–content themselves with a barnyard existence. Now and then they feel something stirring within them–but they are too indolent to make the effort necessary to take their place in the upper air and among the mountain crags. So they spend all their days down in the dust, among earthly things, never waking up to their God-given potentials.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ–set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above–not on earthly things!” Colossians 3:1-2

Photo: Bald eagle in flight raptor bird by Hillebrand Steve, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Our world would have been one continuous Hell!

(James Smith, “The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior’s Grace Displayed!”)

But for the love of Christ, our world would have been one continuous Hell–and every one of its inhabitants would have been suffering Jehovah’s tremendous curse!

Despair would have erected its dreadful throne upon it;

darkness would have spread its horrifying wings over it; and

the never-dying worm would have preyed upon every one of its miserable inhabitants!

O let us then admire the love of Jesus! From this blessed fountain, flows all our present comforts and all our future prospects!

To the love of Jesus, every Heaven-bound pilgrim has been indebted . . .

for every gleam of hope,

for every ray of comfort,

for every delightful foretaste of the glory which is to be revealed!

To the love of Jesus, we shall be everlastingly indebted for all that we have–and for all that we are!

Thanks, eternal thanks to Jesus–for His unspeakable love!

“May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully!” Ephesians 3:19

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How blessed is my condition!

(Gleanings from the Inner Life of Ruth Bryan)
This is just the experience I love–willing to be nothing, that Christ may be all in all.
How blessed is my condition!
Though so vile a sinner in myself; yet chosen and beloved in Christ from all eternity–every blessing for time, all glory for eternity–secured to me in Him!
Himself my blissful portion!
Himself my endless treasure!
Himself my ocean of love, my God and my glory!
My Lord, these hands and feet, this heart and tongue, and my whole self–afresh I consecrate to You. Oh, to spend and be spent in service for Your glory!