A Shining Face

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To have Christ,—I mean practically to walk with Him and after Him, to have communion with the Father and the Son, to walk in unfeigned obedience and lowliness: to live i n realized dependence on Christ and have His secret with us, and realize a Father's love; to have our affections set on things above, to walk in patience and yet confidence through this world, this is what we have to seek, and if we realize it we shall be a testimony, whether individually or collectively, but in possessing the things themselves, and they form us through grace, so that we are one (i.e. a testimony), but seeking or setting up to be it does not. Moses did not seek to have his face shine nor even know when it did, but when he had been with God it did so. A shining face never sees itself. The true heart is occupied with Christ, and in a certain sense and measure self is gone.
The right thought is not to think of self at all- save as we have to judge it.
"Not only did the blessed Lord meet for us who believe all our "Not only did the blessed Lord meet for us who believe all our sin as children of Adam, by His death, so as to clear us according to the glory of God from it all in His sight, but He perfectly glorified God himself in so doing. 'Now is the Son of man glorified, and God is glorified in Him. If God be glorified in Him, God shall also glorify Him in Himself, and shall straightway glorify Him.' See John 17:4, 54I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. (John 17:4‑5). Hence, as stated in both these passages, man in the person of Christ entered into the glory of God. But it was wrought for us, our sin was put way by it.
Christ, as having glorified all God is, is our righteousness. We are thus the righteousness of God in him. We have a positive title to enter into that glory as regards righteousness, though owning it all to be grace (grace reigns through righteousness), and rejoice in hope of the glory of God, by the work and worth
of Christ 'As He is, so are we in this world.' But this took place in Him, as entering into, beginning in His person a new place of human existence, a risen man entered into glory. The power of eternal life was in it. Dead to the old scene and all that state of being and place and ground of relationship to God.
He lives, in that He lives to God. Christ has thus His perfect place of acceptance as Man with God, and we in Him. He is gone in the power of divine life, save according to divine righteousness into divine glory."
" The Gospel proclaimed righteousness on God's part, instead of requiring it from man, according to the law. Now the Holy Ghost could be the seal of that righteousness-He could come down upon the Man Christ, because He was perfectly approved of God. He was righteous-The Righteous One-He can come down upon us because we are made the righteousness of God in Christ."