Thursday, September 08, 2005

CQOD: 09/09/05 -- Manley: to be more like Christ

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 9, 2005
Meditation:
    For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
    -- Romans 8:29 (NIV)

Quotation:
    This is our great need, to be more like Christ, that His likeness may be seen in our lives; and this is just what is promised to us as we yield ourselves in full surrender to the working of His Spirit. Then, as we draw nearer to Christ, we shall be drawn nearer to His people; and in our search for unity with the members we shall be drawn closer to the Head.
    ... G. T. Manley, Christian Unity [1945]

Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I long to be more like you. Implant in me the love You have for your people.


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Blogger Tim Warlick said...

(Please see comments inserted below)

Christian Quotation of the Day

September 9, 2005

Meditation:
For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed
to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn
among many brothers.
-- Romans 8:29 (NIV)

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Quotation:
This is our great need, to be more like Christ, that His
likeness may be seen in our lives; and this is just what is
promised to us as we yield ourselves in full surrender to the
working of His Spirit. Then, as we draw nearer to Christ, we
shall be drawn nearer to His people; and in our search for
unity with the members we shall be drawn closer to the Head.
... G. T. Manley, Christian Unity [1945]

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Quiet time reflection:
Lord, I long to be more like you. Implant in me the love
You have for your people.

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Comments inserted below by Tim, with an excerpt from the Spiritual CU Prophecy Intro:

Amen to Adam's CQOD quiet time reflection, above.

"That love of ours for each other, for all believers in Christ, is the same as the Father's eternal, self-sacrificial love for all His children, and is the same as the love of Jesus for all His brethren, all those for whom Jesus laid down His own life. Christian unity means uniting in God’s eternal love and mercy for all of us Christians, His children, by having that love and mercy for all of His children in ourselves. We are to have His love for us in ourselves for one another, to the point of laying down each our own lives, as Jesus did, for all of God’s children, whosoever believeth in Him, of every Christian denomination and group. "

Link to Intro:
http://home.swbell.net/twarlick/christianunityprophecy/intro.htm

Lord, make us all more like you: implant your eternal, self-sacrificial love for us, in us, for one another. One in Jesus' holy name, the name of the Father's eternal, self-sacrificed Love for us believers, all, amen.

We've known and believed that Love: God is love; and through the eyes of the apostles, we saw the Love that is God bleed to death on a cross.
"And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him." (1Jo 4:16 av)

It'd be nice to dwell with and in Him, now that He's resurrected in all power in heaven and earth; to follow Him to where He is, to be with Him, there where He is, as one together in Him, living now in God's eternal love for all believers. It'd be nice to behold His glory there.

"Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world." (Joh 17:24 av)

But then, the trip to be with Him might be an uphill battle for all of us: like the trip up Golgotha. That might involve a lot of crosses, taken up on a lot of days. Lord, make it begin now, in the glory you gave us to make us one.

"And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." (Lu 9:23 av)

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour." (Joh 12:24-26 av)

Lord, let the crucifixions begin. Make it begin now, in the glory you gave us to make us one. We're brothers and sisters, "predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers" (noted above.) We can hardly wait to see that, too, as we behold your glory.

"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." (Ro 8:19 av)

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (1Jo 3:2 av)

See related CQOD, below:

'This is the revealing of the sons of God for which the whole creation is waiting. ..."

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Christian Quotation of the Day

September 7, 2005

Commemoration of Douglas Downes, Founder of the Society of Saint Francis, 1957

Meditation: Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 1 Corinthians 8:1 (NIV)

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Quotation: We have spoken throughout of the Divine Commonwealth. That phrase represents Paul’s “ecclesia of God.” It is a community of loving persons, who bear one another’s burdens, who seek to build up one another in love, who “have the same thoughts in relation to one another that they have in their communion with Christ.” It is all this because it is the living embodiment of Christ’s own Spirit. This is a high and mystical doctrine, but a doctrine which has no meaning apart from loving fellowship in real life. A company of people who celebrate a solemn sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood, and all the time are moved by selfish passions -— rivalry, competition, mutual contempt —- is not for Paul a Church or Divine Commonwealth at all, no matter how lofty their faith or how deep their mystical experience; for all these things may “puff up;” love alone “builds up.” In the very act, therefore, of attaining its liberty to exist, the Divine Commonwealth has transcended the great divisions of men. In principle, it has transcended them all, and by seriously living out that which its association means, it is on the way to comprehending the whole race. Short of that its development can never stop. This is the revealing of the sons of God for which the whole creation is waiting. ... C. Harold Dodd (1884-1973), The Meaning of Paul for Today [1920]

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Quiet time reflection: Lord, show me how to help with the building up of the church.

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12:52 AM  
Blogger Robert McAnally Adams said...

I am quite touched by this response. I wish there were more of this attitude around. Thanks for writing.

10:46 PM  

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