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repelled in so far as the Scriptures were believed or rejected. And so it will ever be. It is
vain to seek Him, and forsake the Word in which He is revealed.
At another time we must consider Paul's remarkable words:--
"Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, Though we have known
Christ after the flesh, yet henceforth know we Him no more" (II Cor. 5: 16).
As they stand, however, they speak of a possible knowledge and fellowship with
Christ that transcends the personal and intimate acquaintance of the Gospels.
Returning to our subject, I Pet. 1: 8, let us not forget that, though we have never seen
Him, we may love Him, and rejoice with joy unspeakable. The link between the love and
the joy is faith--"yet believing". And we know that "faith cometh by hearing and
hearing by the Word of God" (Rom. 10: 17). Prayer alone is not sufficient. To avoid the
written Word is to turn from the path of God's appointment. We must, therefore, be
patient, and accept the problems associated with the study of the Scriptures as so many
small tests of our willingness to endure, if so be we may find Him. His name is "The
Word". May He speak to our hearts, and may we have ears to hear.
#13. "Oh that I knew where I might find Him" (Job 23: 3).
pp. 139, 140
In a communication at one time made to the writer, it was stated that after studying
Paul's epistles the reader was quite unmoved, and still cried out for the person of Christ,
and not for doctrines and theological arguments.
It would appear that there is something wrong with any child of God who can read
Paul's epistles and fail to see at every turn the personal Christ. Paul, with all the doctrine
and deep argument that is associated with his name, was first of all a preacher of the
personal Christ. First, look at his conversion. We have the record in Acts 9:, and
Paul's comment in Gal. 1: His first words, on the road to Damascus, were:--
"Who art Thou, Lord? Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" (Acts 9: 5, 6).
Here, at the commencement, we have vividly set forth Paul's contact with the living
The Lord's own words, too, in this same chapter, bind Paul very closely to Himself:--
"He is a chosen vessel unto ME, to bear MY name . . . . . I will show him how great
things he must suffer for MY name's sake" (Acts 9: 15, 16).