LOOKING TO PRAISE AND WORSHIP JESUS THE CHRIST, THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD. 18 No man has ever seen God at any time; the only unique Son, or the only begotten God, Who is in the bosom [in the intimate presence] of the Father, He has declared Him [He has revealed Him and brought Him out where He can be seen; He has interpreted Him and He has made Him known].

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A Transforming Knowledge

A transforming knowledge(Thomas Brooks,

"Heaven on Earth" 1667)"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory." 2 Corinthians 3:18

Saving knowledge is a transforming knowledge, which metamorphoses the soul.
Divine light beating on the heart,
warms it and betters it;
transforms and changes it;
moulds and fashions it into the very likeness of Christ!

The naturalists observe that the pearl, by the often beating of the sunbeams upon it, becomes radiant. Just so, the often beating and shining of the Sun of righteousness, with His divine beams, upon the saints, causes them to glisten and shine in . . .
holiness,
righteousness,
heavenly-mindedness,
humbleness, etc.
Divine light casts a general beauty and glory upon the soul; it transforms a man more and more into the glorious image of Christ!Look! as the child receives his features from his parents;just so, the beams of divine light and knowledge shining into the soul, stamp the living image of Christ upon the soul.Mere notional knowledge may make a man excellent at praising the glorious and worthy acts and virtues of Christ; but that transforming knowledge which accompanies salvation, will work a man divinely to imitate the glorious acts and virtues of Christ.

When a beam of divine light shined from heaven upon Paul, ah, how did it change and metamorphose him! How did it alter and transform him! It made his rebellious soul, obedient: "Lord, whatwill You have me to do?" Acts 9:6.
Divine light lays upon a man a happy necessity of obeying God. Divine light makes . . .
this lion--into a lamb,
this persecutor--into a preacher,
this destroyer of the saints--into a strengthener of the saints,
this tormenter--into a comforter,
this monster--into an angel,
this notorious blasphemer--into a very great admirer of God, and the actings of His free grace.

Just so, when a spark of this heavenly fire fell upon the heart of Mary Magdalene, oh what a change, what a transformation does it make in her! Now she loves much, and believes much, and repents much, and weeps much. Oh what a change did divine light make in Zacchaeus, and in the jailor! Truly, if your light, your Biblical knowledge does not better you, if it does not change and transform you, if, under all your light and knowledge you remain as vile and base as ever; your light,your knowledge, your notions, your speculations, will be like fire!That knowledge which is not a transforming knowledge--will torment a man at last more than all the devils in hell; it will be . . .
a sword to cut him,
a rod to lash him,
a serpent to bite him,
a scorpion to sting him,
and a vulture, a worm eternally gnawing him!

God at last will own no knowledge, but that which leaves the stamp of Christ, the print of Christ, the image of Christ upon the heart; but that which changes and transforms the soul, which makes a man a new man, another man than what he was before divine light shined upon him.

5 Comments:

Blogger bluecollar said...

A Thomas Brooks quote got me in trouble last time. Let's see, I was in love with The Council of Trent, preaching RCC doctrine, praying over rosary beads, not eating meat on Friday, remaining celibate, getting ashes on the forehead, wearing scapulars, attending Mass daily, eating wafers, going to confession, kissing the Pope's ring, and receiving Last Rites...

January 18, 2007 8:38 AM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

If we are changed we are changed indeed, and are changing as well...

January 18, 2007 8:52 AM

 
Blogger Even So... said...

So if that were true blue then blue collar is now white collar?

(I amuse myself)

January 18, 2007 8:54 AM

 
Blogger jazzycat said...

Wow. Good article. The power of God in the sanctification of the redeemed will be evident.

January 18, 2007 11:02 AM

 
Blogger bluecollar said...

go to...

http://www.aomin.org//index.php?itemid=1697

January 19, 2007 8:19 AM

 

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