The Soul Senses Its Origins and Longs to Return to its Source

Left to ourselves we tend immediately to reduce God to manageable terms.  We want to get Him where we can use Him, or at least know where He is when we need Him.  We want a God we can in some measure control.  We need the feeling of security that comes from knowing what God is like, and what He is like is of course a composite of all the religious pictures we have seen, all the best people we have known or heard about and all the sublime ideas we have entertained.

The yearning to know What cannot be known, to comprehend the incomprehensible, to touch and taste the Unapproachable, arises from the image of God in the nature of man.  Deep calleth unto deep, and though polluted and land locked by the mighty disaster theologians call the Fall, the soul senses its origin and longs to return to its Source.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 8-9

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A Legacy Undimmed and Undiminished

The heaviest obligation lying upon the Christian Church today is to purify and elevate her concept of God until it is once more worthy of Him – and of her.  In all her prayers and labors this should have first play.  We do the greatest service to the next generation of Christians by passing on to them undimmed and undiminished that noble concept of God which we received from our Hebrew and Christian fathers of generations past.

– A.W.Tozer; Knowledge of the Holy; Kindle Version; Page 5

When We Get Saved…

When we get saved, we become united with Christ and indwelt by the Spirit, so that’s it’s impossible to untangle Christ’s empowering presence, the Spirit’s transformative work, and our own regenerated response to God.

– Sprinkle, Preston; Charis: God’s Scandalous Grace for Us; David C. Cook Publishing; Colorado Springs, CO; Kindle version; copyright 2014; page 176

It Is Impossible that Glory Should Be Without Radiance

As the light from the lamp is the nature of that which sheds the brightness, and is united with it (for as soon as the lamp appears the light that comes from it shines out simultaneously), so in this place the Apostle would have us consider both the Son is of the Father, and that the Father is never without the Son; for it is impossible that glory should be without radiance, as it is impossible that the lamp should be without brightness.

Gregory of Nyssa commenting on Hebrews 1:3

– Reeves, Michael; Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith;  IVP Academic; Downer’s Grove, IL, Page 27

God is No Abstract Diety

In the covenant, God binds himself to a specific people, places and things.  He is not an abstract deity worshiped by some as Yahweh and by others as Allah, the Great Spirit or the Benign Providence mentioned by many of America’s founders.  Rather, he is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel, the God who dwells in Zion – and the God who became flesh in the virgin’s womb.

– Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 29