Wisdom of the Ages – Alexander MacLaren

Wisdom of the Ages

“That is a solemn fact worth making very clear to ourselves, that the profoundest spiritual decline may be going on in us, and we be all unconscious of it. Samson wist not that his strength was departed from him,’ and in utter ignorance he tried to perform his old feats, only to find his weakness. So the life of our spirits may have ebbed away, and we know not how much blood we have lost until we try to raise ourselves and sink back fainting. Like some rare essence in a partially closed vessel, put away in some drawer, we go to take it out and find nothing but a faint odour, a rotten cork, and an empty phial. The sure way to lose the precious elixir of a Christian life is to shut it up in our hearts. No life is maintained without food, air, and exercise. We must live on the bread of God which came down from heaven, and breathe the breath of His life-giving Spirit, and use all our power for Him, or else, for all our name to live, and our shrunken, feeble imitations of the motions of life, the eyes which are as a flame of fire will see the sad reality, and the lips into which grace is poured will have to speak over us the one grim word – dead.”
– Alexander MacLaren

Wisdom of the Ages – Alexander MacLaren

Wisdom of the Ages

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“The root of all steadfastness is in consecration to God.”
Alexander MacLaren

“Remembering without ceasing your work of faith,
and labour of love, and patience (steadfastness) of hope
in our Lord Jesus Christ”
1 Thessalonians 1:3

 

Wisdom of the Ages – Alexander MacLaren

Wisdom of the Ages

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“The act of faith, which separates us from all men, unites us for the first time in real brotherhood; and they who, one by one, come to Jesus and meet Him alone, next find that they are come to the city of God “and to an innumerable company.”
– Alexander MacLaren

“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect”
– Hebrews 12:22-23

 

Wisdom of the Ages – Alexander MacLaren

Wisdom of the Ages

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“We must have the glory sink into us before it can be reflected from us. In deep inward beholding we must have Christ in our hearts that He may shine forth from our lives”
– Alexander MacLaren

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord”
– 2 Corinthians 3:18

Wisdom of the Ages – Alexander MacLaren

Wisdom of the Ages

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“Faith refers to Christ.
Holiness depends on faith.
Heaven depends on holiness”
Alexander MacLaren

“…even so now yield your members
servants to righteousness unto holiness”
Romans 6:19