In him was life; and the life was the light of men” (John 1:4).
The difference between philosophy and religion, particularly the religion of Jesus Christ, is in the words I quoted from the Scriptures, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men.” Philosophy is light. It is the best light the individual possessed who framed the philosophy. But it is not a LIFE GIVER.
But from the soul of Jesus there breathed a holy, living life of God, that comes into and quickens the nature of man, him by its power, and by the grace of God he has the life of Jesus in him, eternal life.
Many of the ancient philosophies have a marvelous light. One of the Indian philosophies, Bhagavad Gita, was written five hundred years before Isaiah. In it they predicted the coming of a Son of God, a Redeemer, who was to come and redeem mankind.
Buddha presented his philosophy five hundred years before Jesus. Pythagoras wrote four thousand years before Jesus Christ. In each one of them you will find many of the teachings of Jesus. The teachings of Jesus were not unique in that they were all new. They were new because they contained something that none of the rest possessed.
Beloved, the real Christian, and the real Christian Church undertakes to bring to mankind the real life of the Lord Jesus, knowing that when the LIFE of Jesus comes, the light of civiliza tion and Christianity will follow, but the LIFE is the first thing.
As men traveled from God, and as the world traveled from God, men naturally fell into their own consciousness and soul states, and proceeded in the common way of the world to en deavor to bless the world through LIGHT. But LIGHT never saved a world. Light will never save the world.
In my youth I took a course in medicine. I never practiced medicine, for I abandoned the whole subject a few months be fore the time of my graduation, when it came to the place where diagnosis became the general subject for examination. It was then that I discovered that the whole subject of diagnosis was very largely a matter of guesswork, and it so remains.
Having had former acknowledgment as a medical student, it is still my privilege to attend a medical clinic, which I frequently do. I submitted myself at one time to a series of experiments. It was not sufficient to know that God did things, I had to know HOW God accomplished these things.
So when I returned from Africa at one time I visited at the Johns Hopkins institution, and submitted myself for this series of experiments.
First, they attached to my head an instrument to record the vi brations of the brain. This instrument had an indicator that would mark according to the vibrations of the mind. I began by repeating soothing things, like the twenty-third Psalm; then I re peated the thirty-seventh Psalm and then the thirty-fifth chapter of Isaiah, then the ninety-first Psalm; then Paul’s address before Agrippa. Then I went into secular literature, and I repeated the Charge of the Light Brigade, Poe’s Raven, with a prayer in my heart that somehow God would connect my soul with the Holy Ghost. My difficulty was that while this was going on I could not keep the Spirit from coming upon me, and when I got through with Poe’s Raven, they said: “You are a phenomenon. You have a wider mental range than any human being we have ever seen.” But it was this, that the Spirit of God kept coming upon me in degree, so I could feel the moving of the Spirit within me.
But I prayed in my heart, “Lord God, if you will only let the Spirit of God come like the lightnings of God upon my soul for two seconds, I know something is going to happen that these men never saw before.”
So I closed the last lines. All at once the Spirit of God struck me in a burst of praise and tongues, and the old indicator on the instrument went to the end of the rod, and I haven’t the least idea how much farther it would have gone if there had been an indicator to record it.
Next broadcast: Now, in order to get the force of what I want to tell you into this next experiment, something of the process of digestion, I want to explain the assimilating power of your nature, your capacity to assimilate God and take the life of God into your being, and keep it in your being.
For twenty-five years God has kept me so that sickness, nor the devil, were able to touch me, from the day that I saw in the ninety-first Psalm a man’s privilege of entering into God, not only for healing, but HEALTH, and having God and the life of God in every fiber of his being.
Gk. 2222, zoe
is used in the NT “of life as a principle,
life in the absolute sense,
life as God has it,
that which the Father has in Himself, and which He gave to the Incarnate Son to have in Himself, John 5:26,
and which the Son manifested in the world, 1 John 1:2.
From this life man has become alienated in consequence of the Fall, Eph. 4:18,
and of this life men become partakers through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, John 3:15, who becomes its Author to all such as trust in Him, Acts 3:15,
and who is therefore said to be ‘the life’ of the believer, Col. 3:4,
for the life that He gives He maintains, John 6:35,63.
Eternal life is the present actual possession of the believer because of his relationship with Christ, John 5:24; 1 John 3:14,
and that it will one day extend its domain to the sphere of the body is assured by the Resurrection of Christ, 2 Cor. 5:4; 2 Tim. 1:10.
This life is not merely a principle of power and mobility, however, for it has moral associations which are inseparable from it, as of holiness and righteousness.