A Full Christian

We are in Christ according to His perfection before God. Christ in us is the ground and measure of our responsibility, but in which He is the source of our strength, and that according to what has been said in the beginning of the chapter. A Christian is a man who has not only been born again (which is absolutely necessary), but in whom also the Holy Spirit dwells. He directs the eye of the believer to the work of Christ, and teaches him to appreciate its worth. He it is who gives him the consciousness that he is in Christ, and Christ in him (John 14), and fills his heart with the hope of glory, with the certainty that he will be like Christ, and with Christ forever and ever. When the converted man knows that his sins are forgiven; when he can cry "Abba, Father;" when he has the knowledge that for him there is no more condemnation, he is delivered; he stands in liberty before God, and he is freed from the law of sin and death. But he is a full Christian-" perfect;" only when he understands by the Holy Spirit that he occupies the place of Christ in relationship to God, that God is his Father and God because He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; when he understands that he has passed out of the position of Adam into the position of Christ, that he has died with Christ, and thus that it is no more he who lives, but Christ in him. (Gal. 2:2020I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20))
J. N. D.