Monday, October 19, 2009

His Divine Presence - More Thoughts from His LIfe is Mine

In prayer, especially, we are aware of the divine Presence of our Lord, Jesus Christ.  There is nothing greater than to have this personal relationship with our Creator.  Savor these thoughts given to us by Archimandrite Sophrony:
In Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit God gave us the full and final revelation of Himself.  His Being now for us is the First Reality, incomparably more evident than all the transient phenomena of this world.  We sense His divine presence both within us and without: in the supreme majesty of the universe, in the human face, in the lightning flash of thought.  He opens our eyes that we may behold and delight in the beauty of His creation.  He fill our souls with love towards all mankind.  He indescribably gentle touch pierces our heart.  And in the hours when His imperishable Light illumines our heart we know that we shall not die.  We know this with a knowledge to prove in the ordinary way, but which for us requires no proof, since the Spirit Himself bears witness within us.
Archimandrite Sophrony in His LIfe is Mine, p22-23
To develop this relationship with God takes time and effort.  In Scripture we can observe how slowly He revealed His full nature to His disciples.  At the very end of His time on earth He told them, "The Holy spirit...shall teach you all things to your remembrance, whosoever I have said unto you." (John 14:36)  "When the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth" (John 16:13)  They prepared themselves for this with several years of His teaching and many days of prayer and fasting. It is in a life of prayer that we receive inspiration from Him, sending down on us His unlimited love.  The relationship we can develop with Him is one that cannot be put into words.
For us, Christians, Jesus Christ is the measure of all things, divine and human.  "In Him dwelleth the fulness of the Godhead" (Col 2:9) and of mankind.  He is our most perfect ideal.  In Him we find the answer to al our problems, which without Him would be insoluble.  He is n truth the mystical axis of the universe.  If Christ were not hte Son of God, then Salvation through the adoption of man by God the Father would be totally incomprehesible.  With Christ man steps forward into divine eternity.
Archimandrite Sophrony in His LIfe is Mine, p 31

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