— Religious Maxims (1846) CXLIX.
The life of those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High may be called a Hidden Life, because the animating principle, the vital or operative element, is not so much in itself as in another. It is a life grafted into another life. It is the life of the soul, incorporated into the life of Christ; and in such a way, that, while it has a distinct vitality, it has so very much in the sense, in which the branch of a tree may be said to have a distinct vitality from the root.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Degrees of Faith
There are various relations running through the diferent kinds and degrees of faith, which are worthy of notice. For instance, we must have a belief, that God IS, and that he is the rewarder of those who diligently seek him, before we can believe in him as accepting us. And again, we must believe in him as granting forgiveness and acceptance to ourselves, and consequently as sustaining to us the relation of a Father and a friend, before we can have faith to make known to him our requests to him in the behalf of others.