News from Heaven.

As you are so far off, I tell you more of the news of different parts; but what we want always is news from heaven, to be at home there, Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith. I find the Word richer and richer daily. This has brought us news and blessed news from heaven, and in the person of Him who is the fulness of them, and is gone back there after accomplished redemption, and, think of it! as our Forerunner. And we must not think these things are not revealed - what eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor is entered into the heart of man to conceive. "But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit." "We have received, not the. spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God." All the other names of God - Almighty, Jehovah, Most High, Adonai - have to do with this world, and God shines but through the cloud. But the Father is seen in the Son; this is not dispensational; it is the sun breaking through them, and God known in His ways of perfect grace, Himself known. Christ, the only begotten Son, has declared Him - what a blessing! - and brought us into His own place with the Father, soon in the glory itself. In that name of "Holy Father" we are kept; and this is what we have to seek, to walk according to this place as dear children, as sons. May we remember that we are set in Christ before God; that is perfect; but, if so, He is in us, and we are set before the world to represent Him. (See John 14 and Rom. 8) And to do it, "of His fulness have all we received." We must learn experimentally our own nothingness to be there, but it is a blessed (but a very responsible) place; and we must be full of Christ to do it at all - converse with Him for His own sake, for our delight in Him gives us, if we keep in mind our dependence, His presence and wisdom and strength for all through which we have to pass; and men and the world and the saints should meet Christ in us as they did in Christ. I have no need to say how infinitely and constantly perfect He was, and whatever we are it is still Him and of Him; but then so far weakness is not a hindrance, because God does not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able, and then His grace is sufficient for us, and His strength made perfect in weakness. The secret is to keep the sense of that weakness and look entirely to Him. Man lives by every word; it, and He in it, ought to be the source of every movement, as well as the rule of it, in us; and that is a great secret. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." But I must close. The Lord keep you near Him, and guide your heart within and your ways without. My loving remembrances to all the brethren.

J. N. Darby.