August 9, 2022     2:52 pm
170. Week of Fifth Sunday after Easter - Monday
Every man who has this hope in Him purifies himself.
          Every man who has this hope in Him purifies himself.   1 John 3:3
          O Christian, behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us through our Lord Jesus Christ: we poor sinners are called the sons of God! Children of God, can there be anything more exalted? Therefore God has also given us His Holy Spirit, that we should be like Him in mind and disposition, in action and performance. True, this divine newness within us is still greatly hidden by sin, suffering, and death, here below. Therefore the unbelieving world does not recognise us for what we are in fact; and what it does perceive of our new godlike being it heaps with scorn and hatred, for it does not know God. But all this must not trouble us. We are the children of God, though it does not now clearly and resplendently appear what we are. But it will appear; it will most certainly appear. It will appear, when Christ shall appear on His great day to wake us from death and to change our bodies. Then it will be apparent before the eyes of all the world what we are. And we know that then we shall be like Him. Like whom? Like Christ. Then we shall be completely holy, pure, and righteous, without sin; then we shall be altogether perfect and glorious within and without, rid of the misery of death; then our, divine disposition, which even now we have; will pervade and shine through our body and soul, and we shall shine in grandeur as the children of God, which even now we are. For then we shall see God as He is, face to face. Such perfection excludes all the former misery of body and soul. Thus to behold Him changes us into the likeness of God. What a hope we have in Him! In whom? In Christ, who will bring His work of salvation to full perfection in us. And every man that has this hope in Him purifies himself, even as He is pure. This our hope which we have in Him does not allow us to serve sin any longer, and, through sin, the devil. In such hope we purify ourselves: we mortify the old Adam in us with all sins and evil lusts through daily contrition and repentance; and the new man daily comes forth and arises, who lives before God in righteousness and purity, and shall live forever. Mark this well, my dear Christian! Purify yourself, knowing that you have such a blessed hope!
          PRAYER: - Purify me, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whose body, by Your grace, I am a living member. Purify me, my heavenly Father, who has adopted me as Your child through Jesus Christ, our Saviour. Purify me, most kind God, who will soon give me eternal and heavenly purity and glory. Purify me, You who have given me Your Holy Spirit, the Spirit of purity and of blessed hope, for I do not delight in sin, nor do I want to serve it. I am Yours, my God, in time and eternity. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 9, 2022     2:52 pm