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IN TOUCH WITH GOD    by Edward Heppenstall

Good Success NOVEMBER 11


The man who comes to me I will never turn away. John 6:37, N.E.B.

The monarchs of the world have, for the most part, affected great seclusion. They have surrounded themselves with impassable barriers of state. Remember Queen Esther. Though the monarch was her husband, she went with her life in her hands when she ventured to present herself before the king.

This is not so with the King of kings. His courts are far more splendid, His person is far more worshipful, yet we are invited to draw near unto Him at all times. On occasion when Christ was on earth, the disciples were inclined to restrict access to their Lord. Christ always corrected this idea and welcomed all those who wished to see Him. The door of His house of mercy is set wide open. Over the lintel of His palace gate is written, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" (Matt. 11:28).

We may come to Christ without any righteousness of our own. He has in Himself all the righteousness that we need and is ready to impute it to us. When Moses descended from Mt. Sinai, he stood before the people with such a flaming countenance that they asked him to wear a veil. But if Christ should come to us in His earthly form, there would be no closed eyes, no covering of the face, no alarm, no anxiety.

Not one sincere seeker after Christ has ever been turned away. If there had been we should have known of it by now. Satan would have told it. The devil will tell us that God is a hard taskmaster, for he is the father of lies. But God is love and that love embraces all who come to Him.

Luke tells us that "there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth" (Luke 15:10). When God created this world and man, the Bible tells us that "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy" (Job 38:7). When man sins, the whole universe suffers. When he repents, the universe awakens to music; the whole creation is stirred to the acclamations of praise to God.

When we drink of sin and its degradation, we cannot understand how a sinner can be saved. When we think of our heavenly Father and His beloved Son, we cannot understand how any man can be lost.

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