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The Concept of Majesty


"Sunlight upon the open field"
Today, I finished reading "The Knowledge of the Holy" for the third time. At the very end, A. W. Tozer said that knowledge is given "as sunlight falls free upon the open field". However, he pointed out, it is not gained by mental toil, but is spiritually discerned. Its difficulty lies in the obstinate nature of man, opposing God's conditions.
He gave seven conditions taught by the Bible and by the "holiest, sweetest saints the world has ever known". I was particularly taken up with the fifth condition, which is perhaps at the fore of all the difficulties that Christians face in the 21st Century. For your own spiritual well-being, please take notice:

"We must practice the art of long and loving meditation upon the majesty of God. This will take some effort, for the concept of majesty has all but disappeared from the human race. The focal point of man's interest is now himself. HUMANISM IN ITS VARIOUS FORMS HAS DISPLACED THEOLOGY AS THE KEY TO THE UNDERSTANDING OF LIFE. When the 19th Century poet Swinburned wrote, 'Glory to Man in the highest! for man is the master of things,' he gave to the modern world its new Te Deum. All this must be reversed by a deliberate act of the will and kept so by a patient effort of the mind."

"God is a Person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimate acquaintance as we prepare our hearts for the wonder. It may be necessary for us to alter our former beliefs about God as the glory that gilds the Sacred Scriptures dawns over our interior lives. We may also need to break quietly and graciously with the lifeless textualism that prevails among the gospel churches, and to protest the frivolous character of much that passes for Christianity among us. By this we may for the time lose friends and gain a passing reputation for being holier-than-thou, but no man who permits the expectation of unpleasant consequences to influence him in a matter like this is fit for the kingdom of God."

I recommend again to you, the careful study of the book, "The Knowledge of the Holy".    
 L. Brueckner


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