Posted by: the watchmen | December 28, 2007

CH Spurgeon———December 28.

December 28-Morning {Daily Reading: #Re 14:1-16:21} {Quick Study: #Re 12:1-14:20}

“The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith

of the Son of God.” {#Ga 2:20}

When the Lord in mercy passed by and saw us in our blood, he

first of all said, “Live”; and this he did first, because

life is one of the absolutely essential things in spiritual

matters, and until it be bestowed we are incapable of partaking

in the things of the kingdom. Now the life which grace confers

upon the saints at the moment of their quickening is none other

than the life of Christ, which, like the sap from the stem, runs

into us, the branches, and establishes a living connection

between our souls and Jesus. Faith is the grace which perceives

this union, having proceeded from it as its firstfruit. It is

the neck which joins the body of the Church to its all glorious

Head.

O Faith! thou bond of union with the Lord,

Is not this office thine? and thy fit name,

In the economy of gospel types,

And symbols apposite—the Church’s neck;

Identifying her in will and work

With him ascended?

Faith lays hold upon the Lord Jesus with a firm and determined

grasp. She knows his excellence and worth, and no temptation can

induce her to repose her trust elsewhere; and Christ Jesus is so

delighted with this heavenly grace, that he never ceases to

strengthen and sustain her by the loving embrace and

all sufficient support of his eternal arms. Here, then, is

established a living, sensible, and delightful union which casts

forth streams of love, confidence, sympathy, complacency, and

joy, whereof both the bride and bridegroom love to drink. When

the soul can evidently perceive this oneness between itself and

Christ, the pulse may be felt as beating for both, and the one

blood as flowing through the veins of each. Then is the heart as

near heaven as it can be on earth, and is prepared for the

enjoyment of the most sublime and spiritual kind of fellowship.

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