with God Through Faith
That they all may be
one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us.
"I am the vine, ye are the
branches." Can we conceive of a more intimate relation to Christ than
this? The fibers of the branch are almost identical with those of the vine. The
communication of life, strength, and fruitfulness from the trunk to the
branches is unobstructed and constant. The root sends its nourishment through
the branch. Such is the true believer's relation to Christ. He abides in
Christ, and draws his nourishment from Him.
This spiritual relation can be
established only by the exercise of personal faith. This faith must express on
our part supreme preference, perfect reliance, entire consecration. Our will
must be wholly yielded to the divine will; our feelings, desires, interests,
and honor, identified with the prosperity of Christ's kingdom and the honor of
His cause, we constantly receiving grace from Him, and Christ accepting
gratitude from us.
When the intimacy of connection and
communion is formed, our sins are laid upon Christ, His righteousness is
imputed to us. He was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness
of God in Him. We have access to God through Him; we are accepted through the
Beloved. Whoever by word or deed injures a believer, thereby wounds Jesus.
Whoever gives a cup of cold water to a disciple because he is a child of God,
will be regarded by Christ as giving to Himself.
It was when Christ was about to take
leave of His disciples that He gave them the beautiful emblem of His relation
to believers. . . . A union with Christ by living faith is enduring; every
other union must perish. . . . The true believer chooses Christ as first and
last, and best in everything.
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