November 12 The Transfigured Life
“If any man be in Christ, he
is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become
new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
What idea have you of the salvation of
your soul? The experience of salvation means that in your actual life things
are really altered, you no longer look at things as you used to; your desires
are new, old things have lost their power. One of the touchstones of experience
is – Has God altered the thing that matters? If you still hanker after the old
things, it is absurd to talk about being born from above, you are juggling with
yourself. If you are born again, the Spirit of God makes the alteration
manifest in your actual life and reasoning, and when the crisis comes you are
the most amazed person on earth at the wonderful difference there is in you.
There is no possibility of imagining that you did it. It is this complete and
amazing alteration that is the evidence that you are a saved soul.
What difference has my salvation and
sanctification made? For instance, can I stand in the light of 1 Corinthians
13, or do I have to shuffle? The salvation that is worked out in me by the Holy
Ghost emancipates me entirely, and as long as I walk in the light as God is in
the light, He sees nothing to censure because His life is working out in every
particular, not to my consciousness, but deeper than my consciousness.