Wednesday, September 9, 2009

The Hidden Life

Hugh Martin, "The Hidden Life," in Christ For Us: Sermons of Hugh Martin, pp. 207-208:

'Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee' (Psa. 119:11). For the hidden life is a life of faith; and faith lives, and moves, and has its being in the Word of God. Faith's light is from the lamp of the Word, kindled by the Spirit; and by this lamp, faith penetrates, with unfaltering, unquailing gaze into the things which eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor reason grasped, nor imagination bodied forth. The 'Word-and-Spirit' is a combination with whose glory we might well make all heaven ring in celebrating it. The 'Word-and-Spirit' is the life of God, and whoso has it hidden, because God is hidden, hidden not defect of light, but for excess of splendours, dwelling in light that is inaccessible and full of glory. Amen.

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