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Personal Relation of Christians to Christ.

Personal Relation of Christians to Christ.

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"Christ in you, the hope of glory." — Col. i. 27.

"Christ in you, the hope of glory." — Col. i. 27.

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Published by: glennpease on Oct 21, 2013
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PERSOAL RELATIO OF CHRISTIAS TO CHRIST.BY WILLIAM H. H. MURRAY."Christ in you, the hope of glory." — Col. i. 27.THE apostle, in the context, is speaking of therelation of the Gentiles to the gospel ; and, inthe clause we have quoted as our text, he alludes dis-tinctly to the relation that each individual disciplesustains to Christ. And I wish, this morning, to speak to you upon this subject, — the personal relation of Christians to Christ. The subject maps itself out tomy mind along these three lines of thought : — 1. What the believer's relation to Christ is.2. The necessity of it.3. What its influences are.I suggest, to start with, that we, as Christians, havemore than an external relation to gospel truth, — evenan internal one. " I do not catch your idea," you say.Well, you shall have it, then, illustrated. We havean external relation to every truth known to themind. Every truth of astronomy, of science, of art,of government, that is known to us, has, by the factof its being known, a certain relation to us. Our287Digitized by VjOOQlC
288 RELATIO OP CHRISTIAS TO CHRIST.knowledge has connected us with it ; made it, in a cer-tain sense, ours. Thus knowledge unites me to allthat my mind apprehends. There is a relation be-tween it and myself such as did not exist previous tomy apprehension of it. This is what I call the exter-nal relation a man may sustain to truth, — the relationof knowledge, of intellectual apprehension, of mentaldiscernment. Such is the relation which thousandshave to the truth of Scripture. Intellectually theybelieve it. They have a connection with Christianity,and yet are not Christians. They take the Bible verymuch as the ice takes the sun. They give it a surface-reception: they take it upon themselves, not intothemselves. But the Christian takes the truth as itis in Christ, not as the ice, but as the earth, takes thesun, — into himself. His connection with it is notan external, but an internal, a responsive connection.When the sun comes creeping up the eastern sky inwinter, how coldly he is received ! The earth givesno greeting; makes no response as he approaches.His beams can send no thrill along the ice ; can startno pulsation amid the snow ; can quicken no energyin the leafless trees ; can bring no flush to the faceof the sky. He shines in vain, because his rays elicitno response, quicken no germinant power. And yetthe ice and snow and trees and sky have a relation tothe sun, even in midwinter ; but it is not a warm,lively relation, but a cold and lifeless one, — an exter-nal relation only. So it is with many touching gospeltruth. It shines upon them ; but it stirs no responsein their hearts : it sheds itself down upon them ; butDigitized by VjOOQlC
RELATIO OF CHRISTIAS TO CHRIST. 289they give nothing back to it : it brings them out of darkness, even as the sun brings the ice out of thegloom of night ; but they keep their fixed, frozen,insensible state still. Their relation to it is a mereexternal, unsympathetic, accidental relation. Batconsider the sun when he comes wheeling his wayback from the south in the glad spring-season. Howthe earth hails him each morning with a greetingwarmer and sweeter at each repetition ! The ice re-pents of its coldness, and weeps its iciness away ; thesnow hurries along in rivulets, as if glad to lose itsown life in ministering to others ; the trees losetheir rigidity, and no longer resist the breezes, butyield coquettishly to them : every thing seems com-pliant. And how powerful the sun is ! How theearth-pulses beat at his coming ! How the groundthrills and heaves with up-pushing growth ! Howthe grasses multiply themselves ! and the flowers — how they bud and blossom ! The leaves thicken alongthe landscape, and the earth hails the sun in itswealth of overflowing life. It is true, the earthwould be nothing without the sun : but how it glori-fies him ! how sweetly it responds to his solicitation !and how it pays him back for all his ministrations to it !Its relation to him, you see, friends, is far other thanit was in winter. It is now an internal, a vital, a re-sponsive relation, — a relation powerful in its effects,and beautiful in its results. And so, when Christcomes up in all the glory and warmth of his love, andstands over a man, and in a thousand convictions andten thousand promptings sheds himself down uponlaDigitized by VjOOQlC

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