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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

'SOUL FOOD' - an audio-book by G.D. Watson - Ch. 30 of 32

Chapter 30 - "THE FORMS OF DIVINE LIFE"
-- G.D. Watson lived in England, in the early part of the 1900's --




Just as all the character and life of the Godhead was formed and expressed in the person and life of our blessed Jesus, so, in a similar way, it is God's design that the fullness of the Christ-life shall be reformed and expressed in us by the power of the indwelling and infilling of the Holy Spirit. That infinite life of spotless, lowly, gentle love is seeking vessels in which to shape and spread itself abroad in the world, and the Holy Spirit is the person who imparts and unfolds this Divine life in us.

In order that this life may perfectly fill us, every obstruction to its inflow in heart and mind and habit must be purged away; and then the spirit, in taking possession of us, will naturally take the form of our peculiar individuality and innocent characteristics. The Christ-life is a unit, but the living forms in which it may be expressed are as manifold as are the living vessels that will receive it. As the great ocean pouring itself into the various inlets along the shore will take the form and depth and other peculiarities of those inlets, so the infinite sea of Divine life, in being poured into His creatures, will assume the various forms of those creatures, and blend itself with all their God-given faculties and temperaments.

The blood in our heart takes the shape of the heart, but as it is thrown out through all the body, it shapes itself to the arteries and veins down to the least molecule of each organ. Thus Christ is the infinite heart of life, and by the Holy Ghost He pulsates that life out into all the members of His mystical body - into youth and old age, male and female, nervous and phlegmatic temperaments - shaping itself according to each one's make and endowment. In like manner this Holy Ghost life can flow through all the natural affections and adapt itself to their form and manifestation. It is God's revealed will that all the natural affections - connubial, parental, filial, fraternal - shall exist in spotless purity, and be the appropriate channels for showing forth the very life of Jesus that circulated in heaven. Hence the need of the uttermost purification of every part of our being, that nothing may hinder the infinite person of Christ from filling our spirit, mind, and body. Though the life takes our individual human form, yet the life is Divine, and its power in and through us is superhuman.

"We have this treasure in earthen vessels," and the reason why this precious life is put into our earthen vessels is because it may more clearly be seen "that the excellency is of God," and not of us. Only think of the great honor given to us, that we can give individual form and expression to the very life of the Lamb of God. The air I breathe takes the fashion of my lungs and the tones of my voice which no other in the human race will duplicate. So our loving Lord wants each of us to breathe in His life and Spirit, and give some form or voice or expression for Him which none but us can give. Hence, instead of fretting over our peculiar make-up, or criticising that of others, let us remember that God will not undo the mechanism or form of our individualism, but His plan is to purge away all sin and self, and have each of our diverse individualities utterly filled with His life and Spirit. Not to chafe or wrestle with my formation, but to perfectly and always yield it to the possession of the Holy Spirit, is the way to victory and blessing.

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