“It pleased God … to reveal His Son in me.” Galatians 1:15-16
Hence begins spiritual life, a life proceeding from God, holding communion with God, and tending to the glory of God. The honor and happiness of our souls arise from this revealing of Christ in us. Oh, for the reviving comfort of this, while we consider it!
To reveal Christ in us is to make such a clear discovery of the matchless charms and glory of His person as we never saw before, so that we choose Him, love Him, delight in Him, and cleave to Him in all His offices and characters. For by the eye of our soul, we then behold His glory, “the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth,” on behalf of us miserable sinners. Hence He is the chief Beloved of our souls. Without this revelation of Jesus Christ in us, what is all outward profession? No more than mere talk, dry formality, and heavy drudgery.
O, my soul! O, my friends! Let us not be content to live without a constant revelation of Christ. This makes the conscience peaceful, the heart heavenly, and the soul happy. This subdues lust, exalts the affections, makes the whole man happy in God, and creates Heaven in the soul. If Christ be in the heart, all will be right and well in life.
If you believe in Christ as revealed in the Word, this blessed promise is for you: “I will manifest myself to him” (John 14:21).
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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