Monday September 16, 2013

Notice the language employed to make the point. We can easily apply the spiritual meaning of these words to get a more in-depth picture of the problem.

I was shown in the case of sister Hannah More that the neglect of her was the neglect of Jesus [the Word] in her person. Had the Son of God [the Word] come in the humble, unpretending manner in which he journeyed from place to place when he was upon earth, he would have met with no better reception. It is the deep principle of love that dwelt in the bosom of the humble man of Calvary, that is needed. Had the church lived in the light [the Word], they would have appreciated this humble missionary whose whole being was aglow to be engaged in her Master’s service. Her very earnest interest was misconstrued. Her externals were not just such as would meet the approval of the eye of taste and fashion; for familiarity with strict economy and poverty had left its impress upon her apparel. But the hard-earned means had been exhausted as fast as earned to benefit others; to get light [the Word] to those whom she hoped to lead to the cross [the Word] of truth. Even the professed church of Christ [the Word], with their exalted privileges and high professions, discerned not the image of Christ [the Word], in this self-denying child of God [the Word], because they were so far removed from Christ [the Word] themselves that they reflected not his image [the Word].

Evidently Hannah More had the Word in her, hence, she reflected Christ’s image. Others who professed to be Christians were not studying their Bible, were not growing from strength to strength and for this reason could not discern God’s Word in Hannah. Insert 1 Corinthians 3:1-3 here as a reminder of the difference between the milk and meat is and how to tell.

The Testimony reads, “because they were so far removed from Christ.” This is no different than saying “they were so far removed from studying their Bible.”

They judged by the external appearance, and took not special pains to discern the inward adorning [the Word?]. Here was a woman whose resources of knowledge and genuine experience in the mysteries of godliness [the Word] exceeded those of any one residing at Battle Creek, and whose manner of address to youth and children was pleasing, instructive, and salutary. She was not harsh, but correct and sympathetic, and would have proved one of the most useful laborers in the field, to fill positions as an instructor of the youth, and an intelligent, useful companion and counselor to mother. She could reach hearts by her earnest, matter-of-fact presentation of incidents in her religious life which she had devoted to the service of her Redeemer [the Word]. Had the church emerged from darkness and deception into the clear light [the Word], their hearts would have been drawn out after the lonely stranger. Her prayers, her tears, her distress to see no way of usefulness open to her, have gone up to Heaven. God has heard. Talents and help the Lord offered to his people, but they were rich and increased with goods, and had need of nothing. They turned from, and rejected a most precious blessing of which they will yet feel the need. Had Elder —– stood in the clear light [the Word], of God, imbued with his Spirit [the Word], when this servant of Jesus [the Word], lonely, homeless, and thirsting for a work to do for her Master [the Word], was brought to his notice, spirit [the Word], would have answered to spirit [the Word], as face answereth to face in a mirror, and his heart would have been drawn out after this disciple of Christ, and he would have understood her. Thus also with the church. They had been in such spiritual blindness they had lost the sound of the voice of the true Shepherd [the Word], and were following the voice of a stranger, who was leading them from the fold of Christ [the Word]. p. 35, Para. 1, [16OT].

Interjecting the Word in brackets may not be exactly correct in each instance, but, it definitely makes a strong point about our relationship with that Word. Very strong.

God Bless your study

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