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Exceeding Righteousness . . . by J. C. Philpot (1802-1869

Tried, But Not Without Hope

When You Pass Through the Waters

December 9"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee." Isaiah 43:2   How many of the dear saints of God, when they have been brought into tribulation andsorrow, have found the fulfilment of this most gracious promise! And is there not one ofthese waters through which all must go—that deep and rapid Jordan which every one mustpass through? How dark and gloomy those waters have appeared to the eyes of many achild of God, in whom is continually fulfilled the experience of the words, "Who throughfear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage." But how often have these watersonly been terrible in prospect, in anticipation. How different has been the reality. When hecomes down to the river's bank and his feet dip in these waters, and it appears as thoughthey would rise higher and higher, the Lord suddenly appears in his power and presence,and then the water sinks. He speaks a word of peace to his soul upon a dying bed—revealsChrist in his love and grace and blood—removes those doubts, fears, and disturbingthoughts which have perplexed him for years, and brings into his heart a holy calm, a sweetpeace, assuring him that all is well with him, both for time and eternity. Has he not then thefulfilment of the promise, "When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee?"

  December 10"That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be onein us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me." John 17:21   The Apostle declares, "He that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor. 6:17). If, then,we are joined to the Lord, in other words, have a union with him, this is the closest of allunions. A man and his wife are one flesh, but Jesus and the saint are one spirit. If possessedof this we are one spirit with him; we understand what he says; we have the mind of Christ;we love what he loves, and hate what he hates. But out of this spiritual union flowscommunion with him, intercourse with him, communications from him, and the whole ofthat divine work upon the heart whereby the two spirits become one. The Spirit of Christ inhis glorious Person and the Spirit of Christ in a believing heart meet together, and meetingtogether as two drops of rain running down a pane of glass, or two drops of oil, kiss intoeach other, and are no longer two but one. Now if you have been ever blest with amanifestation of Christ, your spirit has melted into his, and you have felt that sweet unionand communion with him that you saw as with his eyes, heard as with his ears, felt as withhis heart, and spoke as with his tongue.JC PHILPOT - 1802-1869

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