“They have have awakened to the value and solemnity of time, and feel that the one thing needful is to fill our few and swiftly passing years with a life large and useful and ever more abundant. But it must be a life like Christ’s, for His was the best; and any life, however filled with excitement or success, of which He disapproves, would not seem to them worth living.”
(From the closing words of the preface to “Imago Christi: the Example of Jesus Christ”, by Rev. James Stalker, D. D., American Tract Society, N.Y, N.Y., 1889)
“Where this element is too largely missing in Christians and gospel ministers, Bramwell believed, the cause was commonly twofold. First*, the day is not planned that private prayer takes first place. ‘Go to bed earlier’; ‘Spend less time talking to others – never be too long even in the best company’, were his common counsels to fellow preachers. Sometimes he spent unusual lengths of time in prayer (‘What is so beneficial as a whole night spent in prayer?’), but it is the regular daily times of devotion, he insisted, that are essential.”
(Ian H. Murray, Wesley and Men Who Followed Him, pg. 133, The Banner of Truth Trust, Pennsylvania, 2003)
** The “element” referred to above, was a famouse quote from Bramwell, given as the proceeding paragraph to the above, as follows.
“The more familiar acquaintance we have with God the more do we partake of him. He that passes by the fire may have some gleams of heat, but he that stands by it has his colour changed. It is not possible that a man should have any long conference with God and be no whit affected. If we are strangers to God it is no wonder that our faces become earthy.”
**I will give his second reason in another post, at another time.
“What it is to ‘walk in the light’ is explained by vs. 8-10. ‘All things… are made manifest by the light’ (Eph. 5:13). The presence of God brings the consciousness of sin in the nature (v. 8), and sins in the life (vs. 9, 10). The blood of Christ is the divine provision for both. To walk in the light is to live in fellowship with the Father and the Son. Sin interrupts, but confession restores that fellowship. Immediate confession keeps the fellowship unbroken.“
(C. I. Scofield, D.D., note on I John 1:7, given by C. I. Scofield, D.D., and found at the bottom of page 1321 of The Scofield Study Bible. Bold print added for particular emphasis.)
The following is I John 1:7 – 10. (The numbering has been added, and the two necessary actions steps have been underlined, to clarify the simplicity needed for the consistent maintenance of a powerful holy fellowship both with God and amidst his people. Hallelujah!)
- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
- If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
- If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
- If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
The worldly must admit they’re wrong,
The weakest man is made the strong,
The timid man is made secure,
The vilest man is made the pure,
The wildest man is cool and tempered,
The forgotten man is much remembered,
And he who prays fights on the field;
Oh, righteous armor, oh, faithful shield,
Oh, let this soldier never yield,
Oh, let this Sword of God I wield,
Through Jesus Christ who saves,
Be evermore that which reveals
Who were the bold, who were the brave.
(Yet still, oh God, its thee I crave!)