Monday, March 24, 2014

The Law of Spritual Growth

The man who is content to pass along with an aimless existence; or, only seeking daily supplies for daily needs, never looking hopefully into the future, and never seeking to excel, does injustice to his higher nature, and grovels on a plane but little elevated above the demands of animal existence.

No aim can so call out all the powers of the human mind, and soul--as the aim after God-likeness. For what is godliness? Is it not God-likeness? a seeking to be like God? Yet the question at once arises, How can man be like God?  God is infinite; man is finite.  God fills immensity; man stands on a few feet of a little world. God inhabits eternity; man has his breath in his nostrils, flourishing like the grass today, and tomorrow cut down and withered.

Yet with all this disparity, the Bible exhorts us to set the Lord always before us, and to grow up into His likeness. What may be termed the physical attributes of God, those which pertain to Him as Maker of all things, Ruler over suns and systems, the Upholder of the universe; these, man can neither comprehend nor copy, they are beyond his reach, and of them it is, that the Bible asks, "Who by searching can find out God?"

It is God's moral qualities that we are to copy and emulate. These are revealed to us in His holy Word; and though these, like the other attributes of God, are infinite, yet they are held up before us as patterns for us to admire and copy.
[William Bacon Stevens]
1 Timothy 4:7 ... But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness.
1 Corinthians 2:16 ... For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.
2 Peter 3:18 ... But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.