J. N. Darby.
(Words in Season Vol. 7, 1893, page 242.)
I am going to be like Christ in glory; then I must be as like Him now as ever I can be; of course we shall all fail, but we are to have our hearts full of it. Remember this, that the place you are in is that of the epistle of Christ. We are set for this, that the life of Christ should be manifested in us. Christ has settled the question with God: He appears in the presence of God for us, and we are in the presence of the world for Him. "In that day ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you." If I know He is in me, I am to manifest the life of Christ in everything. If He has loved me with unutterable love which passes knowledge, I feel bound in heart to Him; my business is to glorify Him in everything I do. "Bought with a price" - that is settled: if bought, I am His. But, beloved friends, I press upon you that earnestness of heart which cleaves to Him, especially in these last evil days, when we wait for the Son from heaven. Oh! if Christians were more thoroughly Christians, the world would understand what it was all about. There is a great deal of profession and talk; (and the activity of the Spirit of God, thank God there is); but DO YOU THINK THAT IF A HEATHEN CAME HERE TO LEARN WHAT CHRISTIANITY MEANT, HE WOULD FIND IT OUT?
The Lord give you to have such a sense of the love of Christ, that, as bought with a price, the only object of your souls may be to live by Christ and to live for Christ; and for those who do not know Him, that they may learn how He came down in love to seek us, and, because righteousness could not pass over sin, died to put it away.
J. N. D.