The Glory of This Mystery

From:  F. B. The Secret of Guidance (Moody Classics). New ed. publication place: Moody Publishers, 2010.

“When God’s secrets break open, they do so in glory. The wealth of the root hidden in the ground is revealed in the hues of orchid or scent of rose. The hidden beauty of a beam of light is unraveled in the sevenfold color of the rainbow. The swarming, infinitesimal life of southern seas breaks into waves of phosphorescence when cleft by the keel of the ship. And whenever the unseen world has revealed itself to mortal eyes, it has been in glory. It was especially so at the Transfiguration, when the Lord’s nature broke from the strong restraint within which He had confined it and revealed itself to the eye of man. “His face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light” (Matthew 17:2).

So when we accept the fact of His existence deeper within us than our own and make it one of the aims of our life to draw on it and develop it, we shall be conscious of a glory transfiguring our life and irradiating ordinary things, which will make earth, with its commonest engagements, like the vestibule of heaven.

Such glory—the certain pledge of the glory to be revealed—is within reach of each reader of these lines who will dare day by day to reckon that Christ lives within and will be content to die to the energies and prompting for the self-life so that there may be room for the Christ-life to reveal itself. “I am crucified with Christ,” said the greatest human teacher of this divine art; “Christ liveth in me … I live by the faith of the Son of God” (Galatians 2:20).”

 

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