Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Life

The Christian life is something removed altogether from controversy about what we do and what we don't do. "The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking not, that is to say, to be conceived in those terms at all, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost," which are in a realm wholly different. The Christian lives, and is guided, not by rules specifying just how far he may mix with men, but by these inward qualities which are mediated to him by God's Holy Spirit. " Righteousness and peace and joy" are matters of concern in The Kingdom of God. Never let us be drawn away, therefore, into the old realm of "eating and drinking," for it is neither the prescription of these things nor their prohibition that concerns us, but another world altogether. So we who are of the kingdom need not abstain. We overcome the world not by giving up the world's things but by being otherworldly in a positive way: by possessing, that is, a love and a joy and a peace that the world cannot give and that men sorely need. We are partakers of a divine nature. Its not a life changed it is a life exchanged. I live yet not I but Christ lives in me!