The Urgency and the Way of Spiritual Reality (continued)
He Called You ... to the Obtaining of the Glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ (continued)
Now, the Lord is not satisfied if we do not obtain, if we do not enter into something of what Christ is. We are so utterly unlike Him in ourselves, and God is determined that we should be like Him; He is working that we shall be like Him. How are we to come to any measure of that reality? Well, I believe again, that the Holy Spirit is here to make all of this true. And I would say, before we close, that the Holy Spirit works in two ways: to make real what is ours in Christ, and to make real Christ in us. Two ways: one way is that He makes the Word of God real. We need to come to His Word not for information merely, but to come to the Word of God in order that it should become real in us. That what we see there shall happen in ourselves. That is what James says, 'The Word of God is like a mirror, that you look into it and you see what you are like.' And then it says, 'The wrong thing is to go away and straightway forget what kind of person you were' (James 1:22-25). The right way is to look into it and to continue therein. To say, 'Lord, this is quite true, I want this to be true in my life, and I am going to trust You to make it real.' Do you know when we do that, the Holy Spirit does begin to make it real!
Yes, I do not know really how any of you got saved, but I can tell you how most people get saved, they usually get saved by believing what the Lord says; they see that the Word of God says: "He took our sins away." Well they do not feel it, but they say, "There it is, well I believe that is true, Lord, I trust Your Word that it is true, that my sins have been taken away on the Cross." You know if you really believed that Word, it is not very long before something happens inside, and you know your sins have been taken away. The Holy Spirit makes real what the Word of God says, because it is true.
Yes, and when anyone receives Christ into their life, they rest upon His promise that He has come in, and they thank Him. And little by little the Holy Spirit says, 'You are quite right, He is in you. You are quite right, Christ is in you.' You find that what God says is true in your own life.
(continued with # 32)