Eyes Of Faith
eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the
hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in
the saints. Eph. 1:18.
highest qualification of the mind will not, cannot, supply the place of true
simplicity, of genuine piety. The Bible may be studied as a branch of human
science would be; but its beauty, the evidence of its power to save the soul
that believes, is a lesson that is never thus learned. If the practice of
the Word is not brought into the life, then the sword of the Spirit has not
wounded the natural heart. It has been shielded in poetic fancy. Sentimentalism
has so wrapped it about that the heart has not sufficiently felt the keenness
of its edge, piercing and cutting away the sinful shrines where self is worshipped.
. . .
eyes of the understanding must be enlightened, and the heart and mind brought
into harmony with God, who is truth. He who beholds Jesus with the eye of
faith sees no glory in himself, for the glory of the Redeemer is reflected
into the mind and heart. The atonement of His blood is realized, and the taking
away of sin stirs the heart with gratitude.
justified by Christ, the receiver of truth is constrained to make an entire
surrender to God, and is admitted into the school of Christ, that he may learn
of Him who is meek and lowly of heart. A knowledge of the love of God is shed
abroad in his heart. He exclaims, Oh, what love! What condescension! Grasping
the rich promises by faith, he becomes a partaker of the divine nature. His
heart being emptied of self, the waters of life flow in; the glory of the
Lord shines forth. Perpetually looking unto Jesus, the human is assimilated
by the divine. The believer is changed into His likeness. . . . The human
character is changed into the divine.
looks upon His people in their purity and perfection as the reward of all
His sufferings, His humiliation, and His love, and the supplement of His glory—Christ
the great center, from whom radiates all glory.
Devotional: Our Father Cares, pp. 103, 104.