Who (Jesus), being the brightness of His (God's) glory, and the express image of His person" (Heb. 1:3).
Basically, the Bible is the Biography of the Beloved. Its primary object is to provide the Object for our contemplation and conformity.
"Many a Christian has not got beyond this: Christ is a shelter for me, and takes care of me. Souls look for their barrel of meal not to waste, and their cruse of oil not to fail. But is that all? Is it that Christ comes and dwells with me and cares for me?
"I make bold to say it is not. Is it shelter only? No! You are mutilating Christianity if you confine it to that. God says: I have saved you by My own Son, and now another factor must come in; you are to live by the One who has saved you; My purpose is that you are to be conformed to His blessed image."
"There comes a moment when the soul knows union with Christ. Has your soul ever got a glimpse, by the Spirit, of Christ risen? Of the mark' of which Paul speaks? It is Christ in heaven; He is my Object!
"Practically it is what souls have lost sight of. They do not look for acquaintance with Christ Risen. The first thing is the education of the Word; the second, Christ Himself must be seen (2 Cor. 3:18). The Word delights the heart, but till the eye of your spirit has rested on the Person of Christ, you have not the model for the Word to take; there is no formation."
"Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith" (Heb. 12:2).
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