A Living Epistle



The Promise

You yourselves are our letter, inscribed on our hearts, known and read by everyone. It is clear that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.

— 2 Corinthians 3:2,3, BSB 


The Testimony

A godly life is a living epistle, known and read of all men… By the quiet, unconscious influence of a holy life, true Christians reveal Christ. The fragrance of the life, the loveliness of the character, show to the world that they are children of God. 

To those who have named His name Christ says, “You have given yourselves to Me, and I have given you to the world as you My representatives.” As the Father had sent Him into the world, so, He declares, “have I also sent them into the world.” As Christ is the divine channel for the revelation of the Father, so we are the channel for the revelation of Christ. While our Saviour is the great source of illumination, forget not, O Christian, that He is revealed through humanity. Every individual disciple is Heaven’s appointed channel for the revelation of God to man. Angels of glory wait to communicate through you heaven’s light and power to souls that are ready to perish. 

“Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”… But the victory to be gained is not won by human power. The field of conflict is the domain of the heart. The battle which we have to fight—the greatest battle that was ever fought by man—is the surrender of self to the will of God, the yielding of the heart to the sovereignty of love. 

The victory is not won without much earnest prayer, without the humbling of self at every step. Our will is not to be forced into co-operation with divine agencies, but it must be voluntarily submitted… The will must be placed on the side of God’s will. You are not able, of yourself, to bring your purposes and desires and inclinations into submission to the will of God; but if you are “willing to be made willing,” God will accomplish the work for you, even “casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” Then you will “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” 

— Signs of the Times, May 18, 1904 


The Response 

O my Father, I long to be a channel to communicate heaven’s light and power to souls that are ready to perish. Make me willing to be willing to surrender my heart totally to Your supreme love. I humble my heart in prayer asking You to cast down every high thing that exalts itself against You, help me to bring my every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. I praise You, for You are able to accomplish this work in me! 



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